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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 presents Layli Long Soldier and Truong Tran reading and in conversation. Layli Long Soldier reads from Whereas (Graywolf Press, 2017), along with unpublished work. Truong Tran reads new poems in manuscript. The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience. During March 2017, all Poetry Center programs were dedicated to the theme "Because We Come from Everything: Poetry and Migration," shared with 30+ organizations across the US engaged in the Poetry Coalition.
“Stop Sweeping Us. We Are Not Trash,” a performative workshop and reading on poverty, homelessness, gentrification, and disability, featuring Leroy F. Moore Jr. and Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, accompanied by Paige Kirstein, is presented in collaboration with the Paul K. Longmore Disability Studies Institute, the departments of Africana Studies, History, Women and Gender Studies, the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, and The Poetry Center. Leroy F. Moore Jr. reads pieces from his books Black Kripple (Poetic Matrix Press, 2015), Black Disabled Art History 101 (Xóchitl Justice Press, 2017), and his forthcoming comic book, Krip-Hop Komic. Lisa "Tiny" Gray-Garcia reads from her books The Hard Worker/Trabajador Fuerte (POOR Press), Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America (City Lights Foundation, 2006), and her forthcoming work Poverty Scholarship. Each of the writers also participates in unpublished performance pieces, and responds to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents May-lee Chai and Junse Kim, reading and in conversation. May-lee Chai reads excerpts from her story "Ghost Festivals," from her newly published collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants (Blair, 2018). Junse Kim reads excerpts from a larger work in progress (part of which was published in Fourteen Hills, 2012). Their readings are followed by an extended conversation with the audience. This program was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Note: video exists only for May-lee Chai's portion of this program; the remainder is audio only.