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The Poetry Center in conjunction with the Flor y Canto Festival presents a bilingual reading by Ernesto Cardenal. As featured guest artist for the Flor y Canto Festival, the celebrated Nicaraguan poet-priest makes a rare Bay Area appearance, at the Brava Theater in San Francisco's Mission District, to read from his 1989 volume Cánto Cósmico [Cosmic Canticle, translated by John Lyons, Curstone Books, 2002] and from later poems that appear in his English-language volume of 90 new poems, The Origin of Species and Other Poems (Texas Tech University Press, 2011), also translated by John Lyons.
The Poetry Center presents Samantha Giles and Angela Hume reading and in conversation. Hume reads new work as well as two pieces from her book Middle Time (Omnidawn, 2016). Giles reads from her forthcoming book Origin (Ixnay Press, 2016). Their readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center, with support by the Sam Mazza Foundation, presents Mazza Writer in Residence Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta along with Daisy Zamora, reading and in conversation. Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta reads a new unpublished poem and their essay "A Film About Bleeding, Composed of Previously Discarded Fragments" (Open Space, 2018). Daisy Zamora reads from The Violent Foam (Curbstone Press, 2002) and La violenta espuma (Visor, 2017) as well as newer, unpublished poems, reading both in Spanish and in translations by George Evans. The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.
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at SFMOMA's Open Space, and Jasmine Gibson reading from her chapbook Drapetomania (Commune Editions, 2016) and other unpublished works.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.