Avant Poetry & Politics — with Jennifer Hayashida, Tyehimba Jess, David Lau, & Cheena Marie Lo

Join us for a special night featuring four poets on the cutting edge of avant-garde poetry and politics and whose work explores issues of gender, anti-capitalism, and race. We’re excited to host visits from out-of-town poets published by Commune Editions: David Lau, the editor of Lana Turner Journal, and Oakland-based genderqueer poet Cheena Marie Lo, whose debut book explores debt, sociality, gender, and work. They’ll be joined by Jennifer Hayashida, who is the translator from the Swedish of Athena Farrokhzad's White Blight (Argos Books 2015) and Ida Börjel's Miximum Ca'Canny The Sabotage Manuals (Commune Editions 2016). Commune Editions is an experimental poetry press that formed in reaction to resistance to the UC tuition hikes in 2009-11, the anti-police uprisings after the shooting of Oscar Grant, and Occupy Oakland. They’ll be joined by Tyehimba Jess, whose critically acclaimed new poetry collection Olio (Wave books 2016) presents a multimedia, archival, and musical history of black freedom fighters.

More information and RSVP link can be found here: http://aaww.org/curation/avantpoetrypoetry/