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The Poetry Center and City Lights Books co-present a memorial tribute to David Meltzer, at San Francisco State University. Steve Dickison opens, with Garrett Caples as emcee, introducing Lawrence Ferlinghetti (via recording), Julie Rogers, George Herms, Jack Hirschman, Jerome Rothenberg, Marina Lazzara, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Michael McClure, and Clark Coolidge, all of whom come together to pay tribute, read from their own work, and from Meltzer's books of poetry, including David's Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer (Penguin, 2005), Luna (Black Sparrow, 1970), Beat Thing (La Alameda Press, 2004), and a poem written by Meltzer for the 2011 Theo Saunders Sextet album Intergeneration. The event also features several recordings of David Meltzer reading his work at City Lights Bookstore. Photo, left-right: Sheppard Powell, Jack Hirschman, George Herms, and Clark Coolidge, courtesy Richard Friedman. Note: audio recording only, with apologies for distortion and irregular audio levels.
The Poetry Center presents James Kass and Paul Flores, reading and in conversation, to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Youth Speaks. They read from manuscript, and performed from memory, poems that reflect on their time as founders and directors at Youth Speaks, which they launched in 1996 while still graduate students in the MFA Writing program at SF State. They discuss topics in between the poems, with their readings followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Martha Ronk and Paul Vangelisti, reading and in conversation. Martha Ronk reads poems on the subject of photography from her book Ocular Proof (Omnidawn Publishing, 2016) and newer works in manuscript. Paul Vangelisti reads poems from his book Border Music (Talisman House, 2016) and a longer work from the chapbook "Toodaloo" (Magra Books). The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.