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Shortly following the 1968 release of his book Soul on Ice, and during a time of civil unrest and riots in more than 100 U.S. cities, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and rioting at the Chicago Democratic National Convention in August 1968, Eldridge Cleaver addresses a crowd from the San Francisco State speaker’s platform. Note: Cleaver's address preceded by one month the San Francisco State Student Strike (November 6, 1968-March 20, 1969).
The Poetry Center presents Robert Adamson reading from The Goldfinches of Baghdad (Flood Editions, 2006) and Net Needle (Flood Editions, 2015). Adamson responds to questions from the audience and talks extensively about his adolescent incarceration and discovery of poetry while in prison.
The Poetry Center presents Tongo Eisen-Martin performing works from his book Someone's Dead Already (Bootstrap Press, 2015) along with new work which has appeared at SFMOMA's Open Space, and Jasmine Gibson reading from her chapbook Drapetomania (Commune Editions, 2016) and other unpublished works. Their readings are followed by a conversation between the poets and with the audience.