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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 Pat Parker and Audre Lorde reading at the Women's Building in San Francisco. Pat Parker reads from Jonestown & other madness: poetry (Firebrand Books, 1985), Movement in Black (Crossing Press, 1978), and The Complete Works of Pat Parker (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2016). Audre Lorde reads from Our Dead Behind Us (W.W. Norton & Company, 1986). Parker and Lorde trade reading in four alternate "sets."