The Poetry Center presents Andrew Maxwell and Hank Lazer reading and in conversation. Andrew Maxwell reads from "Utility Verses," Candor is The Brightest Shield (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), Conversion Table (Mindmade Books, 2016), and unpublished work. Hank Lazer reads from Book of 10 Line Poems, The New Spirit (Singing Horse Press, 2005), Poems Hidden in Plain View (Presses universitaires de Rouen, 2016), N18 (Singing Horse Press, 2012), and Brush Mind: At Hand (GreencupBooks, 2016). The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center and the Department of English at UC Berkeley co-present Tom Raworth (1938–2017): A Celebration of His Life and Work: 23 poets, musicians, publishers, and friends, in tribute to Tom Raworth. Taking place in the Maude Fife Room in Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley, the event includes in-person tributes, along with several recorded or written and read by proxy, by: Lyn Hejinian, Stephen Emerson, Norma Cole, Alastair Johnston, Kit Robinson, Claude Royet-Journoud, David Southern, Jean Day, Alan Bernheimer, Merrill Gilfillan, Armando Pajalich, Stephen Vincent, Rod Smith, Larry Ochs, Fanny Howe, Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Jim Nisbet, Gian Antonio Pozzi, Rita degli Esposti, Duncan McNaughton, Dale Heard, Lyn Hejinian, Andy Berlin, Steve Dickison, and Miles Champion. Selections from a 2012 recording of Tom Raworth, reading his poems (from Tottering State: Selected Early Poems, 1963–1983, The Figures, 1984/O Books, 2000) conclude the evening.