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The Poetry Center and the Museum of the African Diaspora co-present artist Asya Abdrahman and writers Faith Adiele and Tonya M. Foster, each presenting their work then responding to questions from the audience. The program, titled "Navigating Space for Women," took place at MoAD, San Francisco, within the context of the exhibition "Where Is Here" (curated by Jacqueline Francis and Kathy Zarur) and in celebration of International Women's Day, and was co-sponsored by MoAD and the Poetry Center. During March 2017, all Poetry Center programs were dedicated to the theme "Because We Come from Everything: Poetry and Migration," shared with 30+ organizations across the US engaged in the Poetry Coalition.
The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade present a tribute to Franco Beltrametti (1937-1995), incorporating a screening of Claudio Tettamanti's short film "Ultime cose (d’après CHOSES qui voyagent)” (1995). Stefan Hyner, Duncan McNaughton, Joanne Kyger, Donald Guravich, Judy Goldhaft, Maggie Brown, and Jim Nesbit read from Beltrametti's Almost Everywhere: Selected Poems 1965-1995 (Fondazione Franco Beltrametti/Blackberry Books, 2016), and from Beltrametti's 1971 novel Nadamas, and comment on the late poet-artist and his work.
The Poetry Center presents Frances Richard delivering the 32nd annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture, entitled "The Mind's own Place and Feminine Technologies: George Oppen and Possibilities of the Political." The Oppen Memorial Lecture series benefits from the support of the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust.