The Imagination of American Poets – Portraits by Christopher Felver

For Immediate Release: 2/12/18
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

The Imagination of American Poets
Portraits by Christopher Felver

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All images courtesy of Christopher Felver. High resolution images available upon request.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA   San Francisco Public Library celebrates San Francisco’s literary cultural heritage and National Poetry Month, presenting more than 50 portraits of local and national poets accompanied by their handwritten work selected from photographer Christopher Felver’s publications Tending The Fire: Native Voices and The Poet Exposed. The exhibition features cultural luminaries Allen Ginsberg, Billy Collins, Louise Erdrich, U.S. Poet Laureates W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass and Kay Ryan. The exhibition also presents first San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and current laureate Kim Shuck.

Photographer Christopher Felver has made a lasting contribution to the legacy of our creative community. For more than 40 years his distinctive visual signature in books and film has focused on America’s cultural heroes. “I’ve documented engaged artists whose visions have changed the world,” says Felver. “I think of them as endangered species and have been very lucky to meet the heroes of my era.”

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets opens on March 24 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery with an opening event on the 24th of March featuring the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck, and U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass. The exhibition will be enhanced by artist talks, film screenings and other related programs through June. The exhibition is curated by Sue Kubly and Dr. Peter Selz, noted art historian, and sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American PoetsMarch 24 through June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Related programs:

Opening Event with Christopher Felver, Robert Hass, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck — March 25, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Film: Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder Directed by Christopher Felver, March 27, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Author Talk: Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits by Christopher Felver – April 1, 2 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Lao-Tzu, Poetry and Guqin — April 3, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

World Literature Book Club: The Journal of Albion Moonlight April 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Paley Room

Poetry in SongApril 12, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

A Carnival of Poems: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Celebrates National Poetry Month — April 19, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti on 16 mm FilmApril 28, 11 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets April 30, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room