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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 Camille T. Dungy and Javier Zamora, reading and in conversation. Camille Dungy reads poems from Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) and excerpts from her prose work Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W.W. Norton, 2017). Javier Zamora reads poems from Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents David Brazil, Rebecca Eland, Sara Larsen, and Andrew Schelling reading and in conversation. David Brazil reads "Tombstone Blues," Rebecca Eland reads from Arrives, then Steady Pace with the Hour (Plein Air Editions, 2016), Sara Larsen reads from Merry Hell (Atelos, 2016), and Andrew Schelling reads a mixture of published and unpublished works. The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.