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The Poetry Center presents alex cruse and Kevin CK Lo (who collectively perform as Drought Spa) in performance and in conversation. alex cruse reads from a new manuscript, "Era of Zero," alongside an original multimedia work, live electronic sound projections by Lo, and electronic visuals by cruse and Lo. Their performance is followed by a conversation on their work, in response to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Arisa White reading from Post Pardon (Mouthfeel Press) and A Penny Saved (Aquarius Press, 2012) and Raina J. Léon reading from Boogeyman Dawn (Salmon Poetry, 2014) followed by questions from the audience.
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 Orlando White, recipient of the Poetry Center Book Award for LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, 2015). White reads with award judge Patrick James Dunagan, who reads from Drops of Rain / Drops of Wine (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016) and Book of Kings (Bird & Beckett Books, 2015). The poets' readings are followed by an extensive conversation with the audience focused on questions of poetics.