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The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade co-present a tribute to Bill Berkson (1939–2016), hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co. Thirty poets, artists, and friends of Bill Berkson come together to reminisce and read poems and prose, from, among others of Berkson’s books, Lush Life (Z Press, 1984), Blue is the Hero (L Publications, 1976), Repeat After Me (with John Zurier, paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, 2011), Portrait and Dream: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009), Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently (The Owl Press, 2007), What’s Your Idea of a Good Time? Interviews and Letters 1977–1985 (with Bernadette Mayer, Tuumba Press, 2006), The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings 1985–2003 (Qua Books, 2004), Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981–2006 (Cuneiform Press, 2007), and For the Ordinary Artist: Short Reviews, Occasional Pieces and More (BlazeVox, 2010), as well as from the festshrift volume For Bill, Anything (Pressed Wafer, 2015). The program incorporates "School of Poets," a short video featuring Bill Berkson interviewed at his home, commissioned by Kenward Elmslie and appearing here courtesy of Citizen Film.
The Poetry Center presents Duncan McNaughton, reading from Tiny Windows (Auguste Press, 2014), among other work, and Bill Berkson, reading from earlier poems and then from Expect Delays (Coffee House Press, 2014), followed by the two poets conversing and responding to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Julia Bloch and erica lewis reading and in conversation. Bloch reads from her book Valley Fever (Sidebrow Books, 2015) and her forthcoming chapbook Like Fur (Essay Press, 2016). erica lewis reads from her book daryl hall is my boyfriend (Barrelhouse Books, 2015) and her forthcoming book mary wants to be a superwoman (Third Man Books, 2017). Their readings are followed by a conversation in response to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Samantha Giles and Angela Hume reading and in conversation. Hume reads new work as well as two pieces from her book Middle Time (Omnidawn, 2016). Giles reads from her forthcoming book Origin (Ixnay Press, 2016). Their readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.