The Poetry Center continues its long-running collaboration with The Paris Review with a reading by poets featured in the magazine this year, including guest editors Henri Cole, Shane McCrae, Monica Youn, and Vijay Seshadri, as well as four poets making their Poetry Center debuts: Jericho Brown, Lawrence Joseph, Donika Kelly, and Evie Shockley.
Since its founding in 1953, The Paris Review has been America’s preeminent literary quarterly, dedicated to discovering the best new voices in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The Review’s renowned Writers at Work series of interviews is one of the great landmarks of world literature. In November 2017, the Review gave voice to nearly sixty-five years of writing and interviews with the launch of its first-ever podcast, featuring a blend of classic stories and poems, vintage interview recordings, and new work and original readings by the best writers of our time. Find out more at www.theparisreview.org.
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Franny Choi, R.O. Kwon, Kiese Laymon, Emily Nemens, moderated by Christian Kiefer
Saturday, May 4
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Emily Nemens, in a roundtable led by Christian Kiefer (the magazine’s West Coast editor) will speak with contributors Franny Choi, R.O. Kwon, and Kiese Laymon.
Freight & Salvage
Co-presented with The Paris Review
Courage in Publishing in an Age of Political Polarization
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Jane Ciabattari, John Freeman, Carlos Lozada, Michael Naumann, Emily Nemens, moderated by Cherilyn Parsons
Sunday, May 5,
This roundtable brings together some of the leading lights in publishing to discuss the industry and the state of literature. Kwame Anthony Appiah is the weekly Ethicist columnist for The New York Times and author of “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.” Jane Ciabattari is former president of the National Book Critics Circle and books columnist for BBC Culture and Literary Hub. John Freeman is a poet, author, former editor of Granta, and editor of Freeman’s literary journal. Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post and a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist in criticism. Michael Naumann has been the German secretary of culture, publisher of Die Zeit, and publisher at Rowohlt Verlag; at Henry Holt & Company in the 1990s he published Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses.” Emily Nemens is a writer and editor of The Paris Review. Moderator Cherilyn Parsons is the founder and director of the Bay Area Book Festival.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Crystal Ballroom
With support from the initiative "Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Garrett Caples, Barbara Jane Reyes, Maw Shein Win, Julien Poirier, moderated by Emily Nemens
Sunday, May 5,
“I am awaiting / perpetually and forever / a renaissance of wonder.” The legendary poet, playwright, publisher, and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti just turned 100! Author of over thirty books, co-founder of City Lights Books and City Lights Publishers, he shaped 20th century literature and continues to influence countless poets and writers. Join a celebration of Ferlinghetti’s centennial with Garrett Caples, poet and former arts journalist who interviewed Ferlinghetti for the current issue of The Paris Review; three City Lights-published poets, Julien Poirier, Barbara Jane Reyes and Maw Shein Win, who will read Ferlinghetti’s work; and moderator Emily Nemens, editor of The Paris Review.
Veterans Memorial Building - Auditorium
Co-presented with City Lights and The Paris Review