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The Poetry Center and the Museum of the African Diaspora co-present artist Asya Abdrahman and writers Faith Adiele and Tonya M. Foster, each presenting their work then responding to questions from the audience. The program, titled "Navigating Space for Women," took place at MoAD, San Francisco, within the context of the exhibition "Where Is Here" (curated by Jacqueline Francis and Kathy Zarur) and in celebration of International Women's Day, and was co-sponsored by MoAD and the Poetry Center. During March 2017, all Poetry Center programs were dedicated to the theme "Because We Come from Everything: Poetry and Migration," shared with 30+ organizations across the US engaged in the Poetry Coalition.
The Poetry Center presents Jerome Rothenberg, reading and in conversation. Rothenberg reads works from several of his books, including Flower World Variations (revised, expanded edition, The Operating System, 2017), Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader (Black Widow Press, 2013), China Notes & the Treasures of Dunhuang (Ahadada Books, 2006), and A Field on Mars: Divagations & Autovariations, Poems 2000-2015 (PURH, 2015), plus a new poem and a poem previously published in the online magazine Jacket2. The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Stefan Hyner in a reading and talk entitled "This Other World Not Civilized." Hyner reads in reverse-chronology from his own poetry dated 2003–2015, all in manuscript. He also reads his translations from Classical Chinese poets Lao Tzu, T'ao Yuan-Ming and Li T'ai Po, and responds to questions and remarks from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents William Rowe and Helen Dimos reading and in conversation. William Rowe reads newer poems in manuscript form, his translations from Raúl Zurita and César Vallejo, and poems from his own Collected Poems (Crater Press, 2016). Helen Dimos reads from No Realtor was Compensated for this Sale (The Elephants, 2017) and poetry in manuscript. Their readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.