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The Poetry Center presents Brontez Purnell and Tommy Pico, reading and in conversation. Brontez Purnell reads from Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2017) and his forthcoming collection 100 Boyfriends. Tommy Pico reads from Junk (Tin House Books, 2018) and from the manuscript to his forthcoming book, Feed. After the reading is a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Jared Stanley and Steven Seidenberg, reading and in conversation. Jared Stanley reads unpublished poems, "Civilian" (previously published by the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, 2017, and forthcoming in Harvard Review), and work from Ears (Nightboat Books, 2017). Steven Seidenberg reads an extended excerpt from Situ (Black Sun Lit, 2018). The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents The Black Aesthetic, including curatorial members Jamal Batts, Ryanaustin Dennis, and Leila Weefur, together with contributors Shah Noor Hussein, Christian Johnson, and Ismail Muhammad, each reading and in conversation. After an introduction to the project, the writers each read their contributions to The Black Aesthetic Season II (Wolfman Books, 2018). The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.