Supported by the Sam Mazza Foundation
- This in-person event is free and open to the public; audience will be limited to half normal room capacity, and proof of vaccination and masks are required. Video of the event will also be live-streamed to our YouTube channel. We welcome people with disabilities and want to do what we can to make the event accessible to you. The Poetry Center Reading Room space in Humanities 512 on the San Francisco State University campus is accessible for wheelchair users. Contact us in advance for other reasonable accommodations. Media captioning will be available after the event at our YouTube channel.
Poet Angel Dominguez, as The Poetry Center's 7th Mazza Writer in Residence, will be guest writer in classes across the SF State campus though the week of October 11, 2021. They'll also be presenting two public events, the first along with poet Hannah Kezema, an early afternoon reading and conversation at The Poetry Center. Please join us, in person or by live-stream.
I keep trying to write the same book, which is not a book. There’s a Clarice Lispector translation of Agua Viva with a line that reads, “There is much I cannot tell you. I am not going to be autobiographical. I want to be 'bio.'"
I too want to be bio. Here with you. What is the gesture needed to compress the body until it becomes the page? How might we (re) capture the spirit(s) of lived experiences, here. Sometimes I hear a train call out to the ocean from the redwoods. Sometimes, a small mountain town street calls out my name with no one there. Sometimes I let myself sleep and become the rain elsewhere.
—Angel Dominguez, from ROSESUNWATER
Angel Dominguez is a Latinx poet and artist of Yucatec Maya descent, born in Hollywood and raised in Van Nuys, CA, by their immigrant family. They’re the author of ROSESUNWATER (The Operating System, 2021) and Black Lavender Milk (Timeless, Infinite Light 2015). Angel earned a BA from the University of California Santa Cruz and an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. You can find Angel’s work online and in print in various publications. You can find Angel in the redwoods or ocean. Their third book, DESGRACIADO (the collected letters) is forthcoming with Nightboat Books in 2022.
Hannah Kezema is an artist who works across mediums. She is the author of the chapbook, three (2017, Tea and Tattered Pages), and her work appears in Black Sun Lit, Grimoire, New Life Quarterly, Full Stop, Spiral Orb, and other places. She was the 2018 Arteles Resident of the Enter Text program, and she is currently the co-editor of Moving Parts Press’s broadside series of Latinx and Chicanx poetry, in collaboration with Felicia Rice and Angel Dominguez. Listen to her songs at soundcloud.com/hannahkezema