Fred Moten and Nathaniel Mackey, with Hafez Modirzadeh (music)
Saturday MARCH 5
7pm @ The 3rd Floor, McRoskey Mattress Co.
1687 Market Street (at Gough), San Francisco
$10, $5 low income, free to SFSU students and Poetry Center members
Co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, The Green Arcade, and McRoskey Mattress Co.
A highlight event for 2016 in the Bay Area, featuring two of the more acclaimed and influential poets at work today. Fred Moten joins us from Los Angeles. Nathaniel Mackey gives his first local reading since moving to North Carolina in 2010. He'll be joined by longtime friend and collaborator, musician Hafez Modirzadeh on reeds.
Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio, and The Little Edges. A new poetry collection, The Service Porch, and a new collection of essays, consent not to be a single being, will appear in 2016. Moten lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.
Nathaniel Mackey is the author of six books of poetry, the most recent of which is Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015); an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, whose fourth and most recent volume is Bass Cathedral (New Directions, 2008); and two books of criticism, the most recent of which is Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005). Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25, a compact disc recording of poems read with musical accompaniment (Royal Hartigan, percussion; Hafez Modirzadeh, reeds and flutes), was released in 1995 by Spoken Engine Company. He is the editor of the literary magazine Hambone and coeditor, with Art Lange, of the anthology Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (Coffee House Press, 1993). His awards and honors include the National Book Award for poetry, the Stephen Henderson Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, and teaches at Duke University.
Saxophonist/theorist Hafez Modirzadeh has performed, recorded, published and lectured internationally on original cross-cultural musical concepts which include "Convergence Liberation" (in Critical Studies in Improvisation, 2011), "Compost Music” (in Leonardo, 2009), "Aural Archetypes” (in Black Music Research, 2001), as well as “Chromodality” (for Wesleyan University, 1992). Twice an NEA Jazz Fellow, in 2006, Dr. Modirzadeh was granted a Senior Fulbright Award to work with Flamenco and Gnawan traditions in Andalucia and Morocco, and is currently a Professor of World Cultures in Music at San Francisco State University. His 2012 release, "Post-Chromodal Out!" is available on Pi Records.
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