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The Poetry Center presents Amy Berkowitz and Caren Beilin, reading and in conversation. Berkowitz reads from her book-length lyric essay Tender Points (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015/Nightboat Books, 2019) and an excerpt from a novel-in-progress. Beilin reads from her memoir Blackfishing the IUD (Wolfman Books, 2019), which incorporates testimonies from other women. The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience. This is the first of two events in a double-program in The Poetry Center’s In Common Reading Series, supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Poetry Center presents Dale M. Smith speaking on Robert Duncan and Charles Olson, reading briefly from his own poetry, and in conversation. Smith presents two pieces drawing on his research into the relationship between poets Duncan and Olson, as involved in his work on two books: An Open Map: The Correspondence Between Robert Duncan and Charles Olson and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan's Lectures on Charles Olson, both volumes co-edited by Smith and the late Robert J. Bertholf (University of Mexico Press, 2017). Smith also reads briefly from his recent book Sons (Knife Fork Book, 2017). The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Duncan McNaughton, reading from Tiny Windows (Auguste Press, 2014), among other work, and Bill Berkson, reading from earlier poems and then from Expect Delays (Coffee House Press, 2014), followed by the two poets conversing and responding to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Stefan Hyner in a reading and talk entitled "This Other World Not Civilized." Hyner reads in reverse-chronology from his own poetry dated 2003–2015, all in manuscript. He also reads his translations from Classical Chinese poets Lao Tzu, T'ao Yuan-Ming and Li T'ai Po, and responds to questions and remarks from the audience.