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The Poetry Center presents Clarence Major and Patricia Spears Jones, celebrating the release of two retrospective volumes: Major’s From Now On: New and Selected Poems, 1970–2015 (University of Georgia Press, 2015) and Spears Jones’s A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015). Their readings are followed by both poets responding to questions from the audience.
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 presents Lee Ann Brown and Rod Smith reading and in conversation. Lee Ann Brown reads new work as well as poems from her book In the Laurels, Caught (Fence Books, 2013). Rod Smith reads from his book Touché (Wave Books, 2015) as well as from unpublished work. The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Martha Ronk and Paul Vangelisti, reading and in conversation. Martha Ronk reads poems on the subject of photography from her book Ocular Proof (Omnidawn Publishing, 2016) and newer works in manuscript. Paul Vangelisti reads poems from his book Border Music (Talisman House, 2016) and a longer work from the chapbook "Toodaloo" (Magra Books). The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.