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  • Friday, April 12, 4 PM

    Black Life Celebrates June Jordan’s Poetry for the People

    Black Life proudly celebrates writer, poet, and activist June Jordan and Poetry for the People, the arts and activism program Jordan founded in 1991 at UC Berkeley. This special celebration includes readings of Jordan’s writing selected by Black Life curator ruth gebreyesus, as well as a poetry workshop in collaboration with Jasmine Flowers.

  • Friday, April 5, 5 PM

    Reading: Ocean Vuong

    Ocean Vuong presents a poetry reading focusing on Time Is a Mother. In this latest poetry collection, he searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death and—in concert with the themes of his novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous—contends with loss and the meaning of family.

    Presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities in partnership with BAMPFA

  • Sunday, March 3, 3:30 PM

    Book Event: Jordan Stein on Miyoko Ito: Heart of Hearts

    Join San Francisco–based curator and author Jordan Stein for an introduction of his new book, Miyoko Ito: Heart of Hearts —the first-ever monograph on the life and work of the Berkeley-born artist (1918–1983).