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The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade present Fred Moten and Nathaniel Mackey reading their poetry, along with Hafez Modirzadeh on alto saxophone, at the 3rd Floor, McRoskey Mattress Co., in San Francisco. Fred Moten reads from The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016); Hafez Modirzadeh offers a brief solo performance; Nathaniel Mackey reads from Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015), Whatsaid Serif (City Lights Books, 2001), and from manuscript. The evening culminates with Mackey and Moten performing their works in tandem.
The Poetry Center presents, as the inaugural program in its In Common Writers Series, Janice Lee, reading and in conversation with Brenda Iijima. Janice Lee reads from her collection The Sky Isn’t Blue: Poetics of Spaces (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), as well as her forthcoming novel Imagine a Death, and from unpublished lyrical essays. The In Common Writers Series series is supported by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Poetry Center presents Maw Shein Win, Carrie Hunter, Melissa Eleftherion, Aja Couchois Duncan, and Trevor Calvert reading from their contributions to The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, an online community for poets to share and collaborate through chapbooks, hosted by The Poetry Center. Their readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.