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The Poetry Center presents June Jordan reading her essay "Requiem for the Champ" (written in response to boxer Mike Tyson having been convicted of sexual assault) followed by a selection of poems from Things That I Do in the Dark: Selected Poems, 1954–1977 (Random House, 1977), Passion (Beacon Press, 1980), Haruko: Love Poems (Serpent's Tail., 1993), Living Room: New Poems (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1985), Kissing God Goodbye (Anchor Books, 1997), and Directed by Desire: The Complete Poems of June Jordan (Copper Canyon Press, 2005).
The Poetry Center co-presents June Jordan, acclaimed poet, essayist, political activist, and professor of Afro American Studies at UC Berkeley, in an evening of poetry and spoken word as part of the fifth annual AfroSolo Festival. Jordan reads from her poetry, some at the time unpublished works and others from her collection Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991–1997 (Anchor Books, 1997).
The Poetry Center, with support by the Sam Mazza Foundation, presents Mazza Writer in Residence Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta along with Daisy Zamora, reading and in conversation. Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta reads a new unpublished poem and their essay "A Film About Bleeding, Composed of Previously Discarded Fragments" (Open Space, 2018). Daisy Zamora reads from The Violent Foam (Curbstone Press, 2002) and La violenta espuma (Visor, 2017) as well as newer, unpublished poems, reading both in Spanish and in translations by George Evans. The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.