In Common Writers Series, supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund

The Poetry Center is happy to announce that, thanks once again to a generous grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, our In Common Writers Series will continue for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. We'll present six new double-programs throughout the year, which follow on six double-programs presented during 2018–19. The series features a range of remarkable guest artists from across the US, paired in performance and conversation with — for the most part — local area artists with whom they share strong affinities.

We're doing outreach in particular to students and faculty in SF State's College of Ethnic Studies, as well as other areas of study across the university, to bring in new audiences. Each featured artist appears at The Poetry Center, performing original work and in conversation with their paired guest artist. Then, moving off-campus, both offer performances of their own work at one of the Bay Area's local bookstores, or in some instances, at a local non-profit performance space.

We want to recognize in particular Bay Area bookstores as crucial cultural centers and among the most long-lived and durable cultural sites in this aggresively gentrified region.

Details for each new program below, with links to streaming video and downloadable audio for each completed program. All In Common Writers Series programs are free and open to the public.

Coming events:

In Common Writers Series: Fay Victor and Myra Melford
workshop performance and conversation

Thursday, October 3 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University
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In Common Writers Series: Fay Victor and Myra Melford
in performance and conversation

Thursday, October 3 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street (near Market), San Francisco
In Common Writers Series: Caren Beilin
reading and in conversation with
Amy Berkowitz
Thursday, October 17 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University
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In Common Writers Series: Amy Berkowitz and Caren Beilin
reading and in conversation

Friday, October 18 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street (near 12th St. BART), Oakland

In Common Writers Series: Raquel Salas Rivera and Vanessa Angélica Villareal, reading and in conversation
Thursday, November 21 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University
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In Common Writers Series: Vanessa Angélica Villareal and Raquel Salas Rivera, reading and in conversation
Friday, November 22 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue (btw Haste and Dwight Way), Berkeley