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The Poetry Center presents Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, reading and in conversation. Maryam Ivette Parhizkar opens, reading an assortment of her poems as published at The Brooklyn Rail, OmniVerse, Gramma, and Gesture, as well as unpublished work. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle reads extended excerpts from her forthcoming debut book SIR (Litmus Press, 2019). Their readings are followed by a conversation with the audience. This event continues is the second evening of a two-night program in The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, supported by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Poetry Center presents Lauren Levin and Melissa Mack, reading and in conversation. Melissa Mack, judge for the Poetry Center Book Award, reads from her book, The Next Crystal Text (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018), and from newer work, before introducing Levin. Lauren Levin, winner of the Poetry Center Book Award, reads excerpts from their prize-winning book The Braid (Krupskaya Books, 2016), along with additional excerpts from their new book Justice Piece // Transmission (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018). The poets' readings are followed by an extended conversation with one another and in response to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Morgan Parker and Charif Shanahan, reading and in conversation. Charif Shanahan reads poetry from his collection Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017) as well as some newer work from manuscript. Morgan Parker reads from her books Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night (Switchback Books, 2015), There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House, 2017), and Magical Negro (Tin House, 2019), before reading some new work from manuscript. Following the readings, both writers engage in 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."