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The Poetry Center presents Cosmic Diaspora and Steve Dalachinsky, reading and in performance. Cosmic Diaspora (Jake Marmer, poetry; John Schott, guitar; and Joshua Horowitz, keyboard, accordion) opens with a set of songs shaped around poems by Marmer, paralleling immigration and science fiction. Steve Dalachinsky follows with an extended reading, much of it dedicated to musicians, from The Superintendent's Eye (Autonomedia/Unbearable Books, 2000), The Mantis (Iniquita Press, 2009), and works in manuscript.
The Poetry Center presents novelist-writer Darius James, and Val Jeanty, Haitian electronica composer-percussionist, in performance at The Lab in San Francisco. James performs excerpts from the newly issued edition of his novel Negrophobia: An Urban Parable (New York Review of Books, 2019), and from newer works in manuscript, all accompanied by Jeanty, electronic percussion. This performance is the second of a three-evening program in The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, supported by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Poetry Center, as the inaugural event in the Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series, presents M. NourbeSe Philip, at McRoskey Mattress Co., San Francisco, in performance and in conversation. Philip reads and performs work from Zong! (Wesleyan University Press, 2008). The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience. The evening was co-sponsored by The Green Arcade. The annual series is supported by the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund.
The Poetry Center and the Department of English at UC Berkeley co-present Tom Raworth (1938–2017): A Celebration of His Life and Work: 23 poets, musicians, publishers, and friends, in tribute to Tom Raworth. Taking place in the Maude Fife Room in Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley, the event includes in-person tributes, along with several recorded or written and read by proxy, by: Lyn Hejinian, Stephen Emerson, Norma Cole, Alastair Johnston, Kit Robinson, Claude Royet-Journoud, David Southern, Jean Day, Alan Bernheimer, Merrill Gilfillan, Armando Pajalich, Stephen Vincent, Rod Smith, Larry Ochs, Fanny Howe, Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Jim Nisbet, Gian Antonio Pozzi, Rita degli Esposti, Duncan McNaughton, Dale Heard, Lyn Hejinian, Andy Berlin, Steve Dickison, and Miles Champion. Selections from a 2012 recording of Tom Raworth, reading his poems (from Tottering State: Selected Early Poems, 1963–1983, The Figures, 1984/O Books, 2000) conclude the evening.