In Common Writers Series starting October 2018

Thanks to a generous grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Poetry Center is thrilled to present our newly launched In Common Writers Series. We'll present six double-programs (twelve events in all) during 2018–19, featuring a series of remarkable writers from across the US, paired in conversation and performance with (for the most part) local area writers with whom they share strong affinities. Each featured guest writer appears at The Poetry Center—we're doing outreach in particular to students and faculty in SF State's College of Ethnic Studies—reading here and in conversation with their paired writer, and then off-campus with both writers reading their work at one of the Bay Area's local bookstores. We want to recognize our local bookstores as crucial cultural centers and, paradoxically maybe, among the most long-lived and durable cultural sites in this violently gentrified greater community. Details below.

October 25: Kiese Laymon, novelist, essayist — author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, along with numerous powerful topical essays and reviews — will be presenting his powerful new book Heavy: An American Memoir (Scribner, October 2018), coming to San Francisco from his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. He'll read and join Tongo Eisen-Martin in conversation during the afternoon, then the two of them will each present their own work at Oakland's landmark Marcus Books, "the oldest African American-themed bookstore in the country."

November 29 and tba: Janice Lee is author of ten books and chapbooks — recently The Sky Isn’t Blue: A Poetics of Spaces (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) — an intensely querying book of essays taking off from Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space. Lee is a prolific writer and reviewer, founder/executive editor of Entropy online magazine and, with Maggie Nelson, co-editor of Sublevel online magazine. Formerly of Los Angeles, she now lives in Portland, OR, teaching writing at Portland State. She'll be reading from her work and will join poet Brenda Iijima (here from Brooklyn, NY, for this occasion) in conversation, at The Poetry Center, and they will both present their own work at a bookstore location to be announced.

In Common Writers Series
Kiese Laymon
reading and in conversation with Tongo Eisen-Martin

Thursday OCT 25
*1:00pm @ The Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU, free and open to the public
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Kiese Laymon and Tongo Eisen-Martin
reading from their works

Thursday OCT 25
*6:30 door; readings 7:00pm sharp @ Marcus Books
3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (one block west of MacArthur BART), Oakland, free and open to the public
supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund

In Common Writers Series
Janice Lee
reading and in conversation with Brenda Iijima
Thursday NOV 29
7pm @ The Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU, free and open to the public
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Janice Lee and Brenda Iijima
reading from their works
date, location and time tba, free and open to the public
supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund