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Mazza Writer in Residence Phoebe Giannisi with Brandon Brown, at The Green Arcade

Saturday, April 22, 2023
Event Time 07:00 p.m. - 08:30 p.m. PT
Cost Free and open to the public
Location The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco
Contact Email poetry@sfsu.edu


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The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade co-present poet, performer, and scholar Phoebe Giannisi, visiting from her home in Athens, Greece, together with poet and translator Brandon Brown. Giannisi is The Poetry Center's Mazza Writer in Residence for Spring 2023, with her residency including guest appearances in various classrooms at SF State, as well as two public events. The first of these is a solo performance (in Greek and English) followed by a conversation with poet and scholar Eleni Stecopoulos and the audience, Thursday April 20 at The Poetry Center (link below). This second public event, with Bay Area poet Brandon Brown joining in, is the final Poetry Center program at The Green Arcade, where our dear friend Patrick Marks has hosted poets, writers, and artists since the bookstore opened in 2008. Please join us for what should be a memorable evening! 

This event is free and open to the public. Susan Gevirtz will provide introductions for the poets. 

The Mazza Writer in Residence series is supported by the Sam Mazza Foundation. 

Phoebe Giannisi is the author of eight books of poetry in Greek, including Ομηρικά, (Athens : Kedros, 2010), published in German and in English (Homerica, translated by Brian Sneeden, World Poetry Books, 2017). This book has been selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017 (“unusually excellent new poetry book from Greece, in unusually excellent translation”) in the Paris Review. In 2022 a second poetry collection, Cicada, has been published in English by New Directions, also translated by Brian Sneeden. Giannisi works on polyphonic and chimeric poetics, mixing genres and media. She performs poetry, creates sound works, videos and poetic installations. Her last 5 projects and books, in the field of eco-poetics, focus on animal poets and their connection to land, myth, gender and human communities, using scholar and anthropological work.

Born in Athens, Giannisi is Professor of Architecture and Cultural Studies at the University of Thessaly, and lives in Volos, Greece.

Brandon Brown is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Work (Atelos) and The Four Seasons (Wonder). His first three books were translations of works by Aeschylus, Catullus, and Baudelaire. His translation of the complete poems of 12th century troubadour Raimbaut d'Aurenga, Joy Is My Hotel, is forthcoming in 2024. Hhas edited the zines Fuck You Longhair, Dee Dee's Kids, Sleep Is The Enemy, Commonweal, OMG!, and Panda's Friend, among others, and has lived in the Bay Area since 1998. 

Related event: 

Phoebe Giannisi, Mazza Writer in Residence, in performance and in conversation with Eleni Stecopoulos


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