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The Poetry Center presents Gwendolyn Brooks, reading at Wheeler Hall, the University of California, Berkeley, at an event co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley English Department and The Poetry Center. Brooks reads poems published at the time in magazines and newspapers, selections from Winnie (Third World Press, 1991), A Street in Bronzeville (Harper & Bros., 1945), In Montgomery, and Other Poems (Third World Press, 2003), Children Coming Home (David Co., 1991), The Bean Eaters (Harper & Bros., 1960), The Near-Johannesburg Boy (David Co., 1987), and Gottschalk and the Grand Tarantelle (David Co., 1988), commenting throughout on her work. Black studies scholar and UC Berkeley professor Barbara Christian contributes at the close of the recording. Note: This recording is audio only. Photo of Gwendolyn Brooks, April 21, 1997, by Jewelle Gomez.
The Poetry Center and the UC Berkeley Department of English co-present this celebration of the publication of Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015, with readings of her work by her friends and fellow writers Stephen Emerson, Gloria Frym, August Kleinzahler, and Mimi Pond at the Maud Fife Room in Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley.
The Poetry Center and the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University co-present a reading by Solmaz Sharif. Sharif reads from her book of poetry Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), and from new work in manuscript. The reading was followed by a reception, with the event held in celebration of the new Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and its premier director, Persis Karim.