7PM – 9PM
Thursday, November 29, 2018
The Poetry Center
San Francisco State University

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In Common Writers Series: Janice Lee, reading and in conversation with Brenda Iijima

Thanks to a generous grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Poetry Center is thrilled to launch our new In Common Writers Series. We’ll present six double-programs (twelve events in all) during 2018–19, featuring a series of remarkable writers from across the US, paired in conversation and performance with (for the most part) local area writers with whom they share strong affinities. Each featured guest writer appears at The Poetry Center—we’re doing outreach in particular to students and faculty in SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies—reading here and in conversation with their paired writer, and then off-campus with both writers reading their work at one of the Bay Area’s local bookstores. We want to recognize our local bookstores as crucial cultural centers and, paradoxically maybe, among the most long-lived and durable cultural sites in this violently gentrified greater community.

Our In Common Writers Series opens November 29 at The Poetry Center with prolific essayist and fiction writer Janice Lee, visiting from Portland, Oregon, who will reading from her work and then engage in conversation with poet Brenda Iijima, visiting from Brooklyn, New York. Two days later in the afternoon, December 1 at San Francisco’s Alley Cat Books & Gallery, on 24th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, the two of them will each read from their own work. Both events are free and open to the public.