[MGSA-L] Fwd: Thurs OCT 27 & Sat OCT 29: Anna MOSCHOVAKIS & John SAKKIS

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Date: October 24, 2011 9:04:36 AM PDT
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Subject: Thurs OCT 27 & Sat OCT 29: Anna MOSCHOVAKIS & John SAKKIS
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Thur OCT 27 & Sat OCT 29:
[Anna Moschovakis]
the Poetry Center

Thursday OCT 27
Anna Moschovakis and John Sakkis Open Workshop
4:30 pm @ the Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU, free

Saturday OCT 29
Anna Moschovakis and John Sakkis reading their work
7:30 pm @ Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell Street, $10
SFSU students and Poetry Center members free
reduced low-income admission; no one turned away for lack of funds

Thursday afternoon Open Workshop will include brief readings, a discussion regarding the poets' recent work and poetics, and a conversation with the audience. Saturday night will feature full-length Readings by both poets.

ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS's recent publications include You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake (Coffee House Press, 2011), her second book of poetry, recently selected for the prestigious James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.

"But this ambitious and compassionate book also believes -- or hopes -- that mindful attention to language might happily lead us elsewhere, toward other economies, other ways of being here together. 'One letter at a time we build relationships,' Moschovakis declares, 'even though the letter is only a virtual letter and the labor, such as it is, is free.'" (Brian Teare, Award Judge)


Her translations from the French include Egyptian writer Albert Cossery's novel The Jokers, and The Engagement, one of Georges Simenon's extraordinary "romans durs" (both from New York Review of Books). Based in Brooklyn and in upstate New York, she is an editor at Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Pratt Institute and in Bard's interdisciplinary MFA program.

JOHN SAKKIS is the author of Rude Girl (BlazeVOX Books), and with Angelos Sakkis he has translated two books by Athenian poet and multi-media artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis -- Maribor (The Post-Apollo Press), awarded the 2011 Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation, and Chinese Notebook (Ugly Duckling Presse). Under the moniker BOTH BOTH he has curated various projects including: blog, reading series, music collaboration, and since 2005 a magazine. A graduate of SFSU and Naropa University, he lives in Oakland and works for Small Press Distribution.

wherever particles spoken
into my nerves
I hear outer voice
and Love
peeling away hunger
within months of walking
I refer to myself
nerves in vibration
and not vice versa

(from Rude Girl)

"Sakkis travels across time, space, meaning, rule, principle, mode, listening acutely and carving away all excess. . . . Rather than write about it, all I want to do is quote this exquisite book whose 'fatty sheets of rainbow' speak for themselves." (Susan Gevirtz)

"The lyricism of this book is suspended on a threshold of surplus and excess -- terms which cue the melancholy of its unique version of human loss and the fragility of whoever's left to report. This book disturbs me -- it disturbs my participation in the dissipating, breakable ecologies I participate in: the woods, tunnels, streets; the 'reified house' with its 'barking economy.'" (Brandon Brown)


Monday NOV 7
Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gary Snyder
a benefit reading for the Poetry Center
7:00 pm @ Club Fugazi, 678 Green Street, tickets

Thursday NOV 10
Will Alexander and Maria Damon
4:30 pm @ the Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU, free

Friday NOV 11
"Does the Secret Mind Whisper?"
Will Alexander, Maria Damon and Justin Desmangles
a symposium on Bob Kaufman, Black Surrealism,
and cultural poetics
7:30 pm @ Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell Street (above Sutter), $10
co-sponsored with Before Columbus Foundation

Wednesday NOV 30
Anne Waldman in conversation
on The Iovis Trilogy, cultural memory, and archives
1:30 pm @ the Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU, free

Saturday DEC 3
Anne Waldman with Ambrose Bye
a performance in celebration of her major work,
The Iovis Trilogy
7:30 pm @ Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), $10
co-sponsored with City Lights Bookstore

Saturday DEC 10
The George Oppen Memorial Lecture
presented by Peter Nicholls
7:30 pm @ Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), $10

Most events are free for SFSU students and Poetry Center Members
reduced low-income admission; no one turned away for lack of funds.




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