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The Poetry Center presents Darius James and Val Jeanty in a first-ever collaboratiive "workshop performance" at The Poetry Center, in advance of their full performance the following night at The Lab in San Francisco. James reads from a newly issued edition of his novel Negrophobia: An Urban Parable (NYRB, 2019). Jeanty plays an electronic Korg Wavedrum as well as electronic turntables, improvising in real time with James's reading. This event, the first of a three-evening program in The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, was supported by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Poetry Center and City Lights Books co-present Darius James, reading and in conversation. James reads excerpts from his newly reissued novel Negrophobia: An Urban Parable (New York Review of Books, 2019), interspersed with questions from the audience. The afternoon event concludes with James reading a new work, and final comments from the audience. This event is the third in a three event program in The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, supported in part by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. Photo of Darius James at City Lights Books by Sean Christian Smith. NOTE: this program is audio only; no video was recorded.
The Poetry Center presents Tongo Eisen-Martin performing works from his book Someone's Dead Already (Bootstrap Press, 2015) along with new work which has appeared at SFMOMA's Open Space, and Jasmine Gibson reading from her chapbook Drapetomania (Commune Editions, 2016) and other unpublished works. Their readings are followed by a conversation between the poets and with the audience.