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The Poetry Center presents “Adjunct Action | Poets in Action,” a panel at the 2nd Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair, with poets, adjunct faculty members, and union organizers Jessica Beard, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, David Buuck, and Stephanie Young, co-chaired by Jessica Lawless (SEIU) and Sheila Tully (CFA). The panelists each read briefly and comment on short excerpts of poetry and prose, followed by conversation with Jessica Lawless and Sheila Tully. Event co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, SFSU Labor Archives and Research Center, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021, and California Faculty Association (CFA) San Francisco.
The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade co-present a tribute to Bill Berkson (1939–2016), hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co. Thirty poets, artists, and friends of Bill Berkson come together to reminisce and read poems and prose, from, among others of Berkson’s books, Lush Life (Z Press, 1984), Blue is the Hero (L Publications, 1976), Repeat After Me (with John Zurier, paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, 2011), Portrait and Dream: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009), Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently (The Owl Press, 2007), What’s Your Idea of a Good Time? Interviews and Letters 1977–1985 (with Bernadette Mayer, Tuumba Press, 2006), The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings 1985–2003 (Qua Books, 2004), Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981–2006 (Cuneiform Press, 2007), and For the Ordinary Artist: Short Reviews, Occasional Pieces and More (BlazeVox, 2010), as well as from the festshrift volume For Bill, Anything (Pressed Wafer, 2015). The program incorporates "School of Poets," a short video featuring Bill Berkson interviewed at his home, commissioned by Kenward Elmslie and appearing here courtesy of Citizen Film.
The Poetry Center presents Duncan McNaughton, reading from Tiny Windows (Auguste Press, 2014), among other work, and Bill Berkson, reading from earlier poems and then from Expect Delays (Coffee House Press, 2014), followed by the two poets conversing and responding to questions from the audience.