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The Writing on the Wall: Abolitionist Poetics of Bob Kaufman + Pat Parker

Pat Parker and Bob Kaufman

On the occasion of the recent publication of the collected poems of both Pat Parker (Sinister Wisdom 2016) and Bob Kaufman (City Lights Books 2019), this talk revisits the archives of protest poetry and police violence in 1950s-70s San Francisco, and the networks of writers, publishers, distributors, scholars, and activists that forged a revolutionary world of poetry in print and in person.

We will discuss the “incident of the poem on the wall” as the SFPD called it—in which Kaufman posted a poem critical of the police chief on the wall of Co-Existence Bagels in North Beach—and return to the historical scene in which these poets each made their mark, equipped with the insights their collected works have delivered to us anew.

Sunday, March 20, 2022
11:00 am


Online via Zoom


Full closed captioning available for all Zoom events.

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Joan Lubin

Joan Lubin is a scholar, teacher, and archivist born and raised in Oakland, California. She has a PhD in English and Gender Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently Director of Research for Rare and Distinctive Collections at the Cornell University Library. Her research has been published in Social Text, Post45, Women & Performance, First Monday, Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies, and elsewhere.

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