Steve Dickinson

Steve Dickison, Director

Steve Dickison has directed The Poetry Center’s acclaimed public reading series since Spring 2000, as well as the American Poetry Archives collection of nearly 5,000 hours of original recordings of poets and writers (1954–present).

He teaches as Lecturer in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University, and is Senior Adjunct Professor in the Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts.

Co-editor of Shuffle Boil, a music magazine, with David Meltzer (2002–2006; "Shuffle Boil Special Issue" of Amerarcana, 2016); editor and publisher of various works under the imprint Listening Chamber (with offshoots Rumor Books and Parrhesia Press); and co-editor of Prison/Culture (City Lights Foundation, 2009) and Homage to Etel Adnan (The Post-Apollo Press, 2012), he organized the exhibition Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954–2004, at the California Historical Society in San Francisco (2004–05), in celebration of The Poetry Center’s 50th anniversary, and the book exhibition Recent Visitors: Poets and Publishers on the Bolinas Scene in the Seventies, at the Book Club of California (2006).

His recent book of poetry, Inside Song (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Tyrone Williams for the Omnidawn Chapbook Prize. Recent writings appear in BAX 2015: Best American Experimental Poetry (Wesleyan), BOMB (2014 BOMB Poetry Prize), Hambone, Aufgabe, Mandorla, Vanitas, Amerarcana, Where Eagles Dare, and online at EOAGH, ONandOnScreen, and Evening Will Come (The Volta). Disposed, a book of poetry, was published by The Post-Apollo Press (2007); Wear You to the Ball, as a poetry-sound collaboration with composer Bill Dietz, was performed in London and Berlin (2009); Sound Studio 3 (Liner Notes) was published by [ 2nd floor projects ] (2015). He lives in San Francisco.


Elise Ficarra

Elise Ficarra, Associate Director

Elise Ficarra came to the Poetry Center in Fall 2000 after working as a publications manager, promotional writer, grant writer, editor, and lecturer in English composition at SFSU. In addition to working at the Poetry Center, she teaches writing at Chabot College.

Ficarra is author of the poetry collection Swelter (Fourteen Hills Press, 2005) and a contributor to hinge: a BOAS anthology of eight women writers and has published work in 14 Hills, Transfer, Scribbler, SmallTown and Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children. She has a Bachelor of Arts in women studies, a Master of Arts in English composition and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry.



Poetry Center Interns

Dan-Tran Cong Huyen

Carlos Quinteros III

Sean Christian Smith


John F. Norton Fellows

Molly Hirsch

Amasha Lyons-Clark

Efayo Odiase


Poetry Center Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee will be announced Fall 2019