A poetry reading in celebration of the life and legacy of poet Jack Hirschman (1933–2021) featuring Agneta Falk, Celia Hirschman, Andrei Codrescu, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Pierre Joris, Elaine Katzenberger, Devorah Major, Gail Mitchell, Alejandro Murguia, Luis Rodriguez in conversation with Neeli Cherkovski.
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Neeli Cherkovski is a poet, memoirist, literary chronicler, and editor. His latest books of poetry are Hang on the Yangtze River and Elegy for My Beat Generation. He is also the biographer of Charles Bukowski and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the recipient of an American Book Award and the Josephine Miles PEN Award.
Poet and painter Agneta (Aggie) Falk grew up in Sweden, moved to England, and has lived in San Francisco since 1998. With friends, she directed Live Worms Gallery in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Her most recent book is Heart Muscle, and she’s a regular figure in both the San Francisco and international poetry scenes.
Poet, translator, essayist, anthologist Pierre Joris has moved between Europe. the United States, and North Africa for 55 years, publishing over 80 books of poetry, essays, translations, and anthologies Most recently, Fox-trails, -tales & -trots (Black Fountain Press 2020), the translations Memory Rose into Threshold Speech: The Collected Earlier Poetry of Paul Celan (FGS 2020), and A City Full of Voices: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly and Microliths: Posthumous Prose of Paul Celan,A City Full of Voices: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly (all Contra Mundum Press 2020). When not on the road, he lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his wife, multimedia praticienne Nicole Peyrafitte.
Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His latest book Heaven Is All Goodbyes was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.
Born and raised in California, devorah major is the granddaughter of documented and undocumented immigrants. An arts activist, devorah major served as San Francisco’s Third Poet Laureate (2002-2006). Her sixth book of poetry braccia a aperte/with open arms (Multimedia Edizione, 2019) was released in a bilingual edition. A Willow Press Editors Choice, her seventh book of poetry, Califia’s Daughter was published by Aquarius Books in 2020. devorah major performs her work nationally and internationally with and without musicians.
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A Tribute to Jack Hirschman
Featuring Agneta Falk, Celia Hirschman, Andrei Codrescu, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Pierre Joris, Elaine Katzenberger, Devorah Major, Gail Mitchell, Alejandro Murguia, Luis Rodriguez with Neeli Cherkovski.
1 p.m. ET /
10 a.m. PT
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