Readings by Maxe Crandall and Erin Shurin, with an introduction by Robert Glück and music by Matt Sussman.
Presented in partnership with UC Berkeley Poetry Colloquium.
Online via Zoom
Full closed captioning available for all Zoom events.
Maxe Crandall is the author of The Nancy Reagan Collection (Futurepoem 2020), a performance novel about AIDS archives and generational memory, and is the founder of the theater collective Beautiful Moments in Popular Culture. He works as Lecturer and Interim Associate Director of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stanford.
Aaron Shurin the author of fourteen books of poetry and prose, most recently The Blue Absolute, from Nightboat Books. A pioneer in both LGBTQ+ studies and innovative verse, Shurin was a member of the original Good Gay Poets collective in Boston, and later the first graduate of the storied Poetics Program at New College of California. He has written numerous critical essays about poetic theory and compositional practice, as well as personal narratives on sexual identity, gender fluidity, and the AIDS epidemic. He’s the former director and currently Professor Emeritus for the MFA Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
Robert Glück is a poet, fiction writer, critic, and editor. In the late 70’s, he and Bruce Boone founded New Narrative, a literary movement of self-reflexive storytelling that combines essay, lyric, and autobiography in one work. Glück is the author of the story collections, Elements and Denny Smith, the novels, Jack the Modernist, Margery Kempe, and About Ed, and a volume of collected essays, Communal Nude. His books of poetry include La Fontaine with Bruce Boone, Reader, In Commemoration of the Visit with Kathleen Fraser, and I, Boombox. With Camille Roy, Mary Burger and Gail Scott, he edited the anthology Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative. Glück was co-director of Small Press Traffic and associate editor at Lapis Press. He served as director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, where he is an emeritus professor. Glück is a potter as well as a writer, and he has shown his ceramics in the USA and in Europe. He lives in San Francisco.
Photo credit: Xavi Permanyer
Matt Sussman has written for Art in America, SFMOMA's Open Space, Wire, and the late San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications. He is also one third of the Other Stranger DJ crew, who threw a night devoted to mutant electronics at The Stud between 2019 and 2020. He proudly sits on SPT's advisory board.
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