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The Poetry Center, in collaboration with giovanni singleton and Nocturnes Review, presents Jayne Cortez and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. Each poet reads briefly from their work and then engages in a conversation, moderated by singleton. The event, in tandem with an unrecorded performance the prior night at The Victoria Theatre, in San Francisco, by Jayne Cortez and The Firespitters (Denardo Coleman, Al McDowell, Bern Nix), with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Matana Roberts opening, took place at the César Chavez Student Center on the SF State campus as part of a multi-program project funded in part by the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Initiatives grant program.
The Poetry Center presents Jayne Cortez [as part of a program shared with French novelist and feminist theorist Monique Wittig] at the Women Working in Literature Conference, held at Fort Mason, San Francisco. Cortez reads her poems from the recently published book Coagulations: New and Selected Poems (Thunder's Mouth Press,1984).
The Poetry Center presents June Jordan reading her essay "Requiem for the Champ" (written in response to boxer Mike Tyson having been convicted of sexual assault) followed by a selection of poems from Things That I Do in the Dark: Selected Poems, 1954–1977 (Random House, 1977), Passion (Beacon Press, 1980), Haruko: Love Poems (Serpent's Tail., 1993), Living Room: New Poems (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1985), Kissing God Goodbye (Anchor Books, 1997), and Directed by Desire: The Complete Poems of June Jordan (Copper Canyon Press, 2005).
The Poetry Center co-presents June Jordan, acclaimed poet, essayist, political activist, and professor of Afro American Studies at UC Berkeley, in an evening of poetry and spoken word as part of the fifth annual AfroSolo Festival. Jordan reads from her poetry, some at the time unpublished works and others from her collection Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991–1997 (Anchor Books, 1997).