Support The Poetry Center

Poetry Center programs for 2022–23 are kindly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sam Mazza Foundation, the Poetry Coalition (via a grant to the Academy of American Poets from the Mellon Foundation), the John F. Norton Trust, the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust, San Francisco State University’s College of Liberal & Creative Arts, Anonymous Donors, and Friends of the Poetry Center. Join us!

From the Director

November 2022


Dear Friend,

Come February 2023, it will be 70 years since The Poetry Center started its operations — organizing the means and public space for poets to bring their work to an audience, and recording these unique occasions for the unpresupposable future. It is, by definition, an act of trust to help assure that the particular art forms (these "articulations of sound forms in time" as Susan Howe once put it) which poets and related artists bring into existence find a way toward those who need it: now and here, and in these new worlds which we have intimations of as coming into being. In the past months we've added some 50 video programs to our dedicated online archive, going back to the 1970s, and we're almost at a million viewers. For 2022, as we've tended to do, we'll have hosted 25 distinct events with over 60 poets and writers bringing their work to you.

Can you help us keep things rolling? We're aware not everyone can afford to make a donation. If you can, please do. All of what you can give goes toward supporting the poets who'll bring us their words this coming year. One of the options if you hit the DONATE button is to give a little each month, the way that I donate to KPFA-FM, one small $10 drop at a time, which becomes $120, a nicer drop, by year's end. Your one-time donation is also, of course, most welcome! We're looking into new fundraising applications with foundations for this coming year, though still we rely considerably on gifts from folks like you to keep this organization happening. 

To this end, we're doing three outstanding programs in December — each of which offers (a backhanded gift from the pandemic) the option to tune in online, during or after the appointed time. Kiki Petrosino and Tongo Eisen-Martin are each reading and talking December 1 (White Blood, Kiki's book of poems, was selected by Tongo for the Poetry Center Book Award). There's a rare night, December, 8 with Will Alexander and his surrealist elder brother poet Sotère Torregian, who came up with the New York School poets before moving west years ago to California. If you're in the Bay Area, don't miss December 15: we're collaborating with The Lab, who are hosting a 3-day residency with Moor Mother, a.k.a. Camae Ayewa and three different music ensembles. For the opening night we've invited six terrific local poet/artists to take part in a workshop and collective performance, as prelude to astounding Moor Mother's solo reading. Details here for all these, with lots more after we shift into the imminent New Year. 

My very best wishes to you as this year comes to its turn, and thank you in advance for your kind donation to The Poetry Center.

Gratefully yours, 
Steve Dickison
Director, The Poetry Center

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