The Poetry Center Presents Pat Parker and Audre Lorde reading at the Women's Building in San Francisco. Pat Parker reads from Jonestown & other madness: poetry (Firebrand Books, 1985), Movement in Black (Crossing Press, 1978), and The Complete Works of Pat Parker (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2016). Audre Lorde reads from Our Dead Behind Us (W.W. Norton & Company, 1986). Parker and Lorde trade reading in four alternate "sets."
The Poetry Center presents Audre Lorde, reading her poems from New York Head Shop and Museum (Broadside Press, 1974) as well as a then recent poem titled "Power."
Video stills: Audre Lorde and Pat Parker, February 7, 1986, at The Women's Building, San Francisco.
CANCELED: The Poetry Center's events scheduled for March 12, 13, 19, and April 2, 2020 have been canceled by the university, together with all university-sponsored public programs through April 5, due to concerns involving covid-19.
Additionally, we are canceling all remaining Spring events, scheduled for April 9, 18, 23, 24, and May 7, 8.
We plan to reschedule these programs for Fall 2020.
This special event, supported in part by a grant to the Academy of American Poets from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Poetry Coalition programs, is free and open to the public.
The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, as part of a nationwide series of Poetry Coalition programs under the shared rubric “I am deliberate / and afraid / of nothing”—Poetry and Protest, has dedicated Thursday March 19, 2020, as a day to honor the legacy of poets Audre Lorde and Pat Parker. This daylong series of events will be a gathering of writers and artists, students, and public audience, “after” and in honor of the work, spirit, and continued influence of these two Black lesbian friends, dedicated activists, and outstanding, outspoken poets.
“I am deliberate / and afraid / of nothing”—Poetry and Protest
A day in honor of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker
Thursday March 19, 2020
1:00 pm Judy Grahn, Jewelle Gomez, and Avotcja
7:00 pm Arisa White, Leila Weefur, and Angela Hume
@ The Poetry Center
Humanities 512, San Francisco State University
free and open to the public
co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and Women and Gender Studies, San Francisco State
supported in part by a grant to the Academy of American Poets from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Poetry Coalition programs