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The Poetry Center presents the third event of the Kuwentuhan (Talkstory) project, featuring readings by Arlene Biala, Urayoan Noel, and Aimee Suzara, at the Bayanahan Community Center in San Francisco. Kuwentuhan (Talkstory), a project of The Poetry Center and Barbara Jane Reyes, is supported by the Creative Work Fund.
The Poetry Center presents the 33rd annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture featuring David B. Hobbs at the Unitarian Center. Hobbs's talk is titled "Oppen and His Early Others," and builds on his research on a formerly lost manuscript of Oppen’s early poetry which he discovered in Ezra Pound's papers, and subsequently edited for publication as 21 Poems by George Oppen (New Directions, 2017). The lecture is followed by his response to a question from Frances Richard, in the audience, then his reading of two of Oppen's early poems.
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 Langston Hughes reading from his poetry and providing an extensive autobiographical account of his development as a poet.