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Fall Poetry Series at the de Young Museum

World Renowned Poets Friday Evenings this Fall

Poetry Series dates: September 7, October 5, and November 9, 2007

7–8:30 pm in Koret Auditorium at the de Young Museum

San Francisco, CA, August 29, 2007—The second season of the popular Poetry Series at the de Young Museum begins on Friday, September 7, as part of the Museum’s dynamic array of Friday evening programming. In partnership with Epicenter: Arts, this unique series features readings and book signings from an impressive lineup of U.S. and international poets.  Paul Hoover, poet, editor and professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, curates the series.

The Fall Poetry Series enhances the broad spectrum of Friday evening programming at the de Young each week from 5:00–8:45 p.m.  Attractions in these programs include special exhibitions, artist lectures and demonstrations, films, live music, cocktails, and food. Tickets for the Poetry Series are $8 for members and $12 for non-members. For tickets, call 866-912-6326 or visit www.museumtix.com. For more information, call 415-750-7634 or visit http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/calendar/day.asp?categoryid=32. Tickets for the Friday Nights programs are $10 for non-members and free for members. 

Featured poets in the Fall Poetry Series include:

Friday, September 7, Koret Auditorium, 7–8:30 pm
Nathaniel Mackey

Winner of the 2006 National Book Award for his fourth full-length poetry collection, Splay Anthem, Nathaniel Mackey has published numerous books of poetry and a book of critical essays.  Described as “part antiphonal rant, part rhythmic whisper,” his poetry is inspired by jazz and cross-cultural dialogue. Mackey works as a poet and professor of literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.  

Hafez Modirzadeh, a jazz saxophonist and professor of jazz and world music at San Francisco State University, will accompany Mackey as he reads movements from Splay Anthem.

Friday, October 5, Koret Auditorium, 7–8:30 pm
Jorie Graham

One of the country’s most distinguished poets, Jorie Graham has published many books of poetry, some of which include Never Swarm, The Errancy and Materialism. Her most recent collection, Overlord, refers to the code name for the D-day landing at Normandy and the position of the United States in the post-9/11 world. Graham was honored with the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for Dream of a Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974–1994, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Graham has been a professor at the University of Iowa Writers Program and is currently Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University.

Friday, November 9, Koret Auditorium, 7–8:30 pm
Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop

As founders of the legendary press Burning Deck, Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop have been influential with their prolific writing, editing and translations of foreign writings. They have been honored by the French government for their contributions to French literature.  Keith Waldrop has written numerous collections of poetry including A Windmill Near Calvary (1968), for which he was nominated for a National Book Award. Rosmarie Waldrop has published many collections of poetry and has also written two novels, The Hanky of Pippin’s Daughter and A Form of Taking it All. She has also written an essay collection and translated numerous works.

The de Young Museum showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, art from Central and South America, the Pacific and Africa.

Tuesday–Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am–5:15 pm
Friday: 9:30 am–8:45 pm
Closed on Monday
Café open 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Museum Store open 9:30 am–5:00 pm

$10 adults, $7 seniors, $6 youths 13–17 and students with a college I.D.
Members and children under 12 are free
The first Tuesday of every month is free


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