The Poetry Center
The Poetry Center was founded in 1954 on the basis of a small donation by W. H. Auden (he surrendered the honorarium paid him when he read his poetry to celebrate the opening of the present San Francisco State University campus). Today, the Poetry Center is one of the most long-lived and nationally renowned literary arts institutions in the United States. Founding director Ruth Witt-Diamant, with advice and encouragement from local poets Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Duncan, and Madeline Gleason among others, initiated The Poetry Center's pioneering poetry reading series, with a visit by Theodore Roethke in February 1954, followed by numerous other poets, including some of the earliest documentation of the poets on the San Francisco scene.
Since then, the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University has presented over one-hundred continuous seasons of outstanding contemporary poets and writers reading from their works. With its companion project, The American Poetry Archives, the Center has amassed over 4,000 original recordings of poets and writers reading from their works. The Poetry Center represents an irreplaceable collective record of the past half-century of American literary accomplishment.
Poetry Center Digital Archive represents our first steps into the public digital realm: we look forward to you exploring this amazing content with us.
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