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The Poetry Center presents Cosmic Diaspora and Steve Dalachinsky, reading and in performance. Cosmic Diaspora (Jake Marmer, poetry; John Schott, guitar; and Joshua Horowitz, keyboard, accordion) opens with a set of songs shaped around poems by Marmer, paralleling immigration and science fiction. Steve Dalachinsky follows with an extended reading, much of it dedicated to musicians, from The Superintendent's Eye (Autonomedia/Unbearable Books, 2000), The Mantis (Iniquita Press, 2009), and works in manuscript.
The Poetry Center presents the Lewis Jordan Trio in performance on the 116th anniversary of the birth of Langston Hughes. The trio, consisting of Lewis Jordan (voice, alto saxophone, harmonica), Sandra Poindexter (violin, electric violin, percussion), and Jimmy Biala (voice, percussion, drums), performs music to poetry by Langston Hughes, Lewis Jordan, and Bertolt Brecht, including some works found on the CD, Lewis Jordan and Music at Large, this is where i came in (Common Notions, 2017). The performance is followed by a conversation in response to questions from 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.