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Ed Roberson 

When: Sat., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $5-$10

Righteous Non-Religious Experience

Poetry lovers, take note: Tonight's a chance to catch two veterans letting loose in the halls of the First Unitarian Church. Ed Roberson is visiting from Chicago, where he's taught at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago (after retiring from Rutgers University — and he'll be staying in town this fall to serve as UC Berkeley's Holloway Lecturer — what do they say about poets and retiring?). Most recently, his Closest Pronunciation was the inaugural issue of NWU's Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize Series, and awards for his previous books include the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and The National Poetry Series. He's joined by longtime San Franciscan Michael Palmer, whose work includes a broad span of influences, from the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets to painters, visual artists, and dance — he's collaborated on more than a dozen dance works with Margaret Jenkins (the latest of which premiered in April), and translated books in French, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese (just to name the most notable). Palmer's putting together a new collection called The Laughter of the Sphinx.

— Evan Karp


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