Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Imagination of American Poets – Portraits by Christopher Felver

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2018
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 the opening event 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

 

Click here for a complete list of upcoming National Poetry Month programs.

The Imagination of American Poets – Portraits by Christopher Felver

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2018
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 the opening event 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 – 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

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

For Immediate Release:  March 6, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

The oldest National Park Service ranger tells her story 

WHAT:  The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents Betty Reid Soskin, in conversation about her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m.

WHERE:  Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street

COST:  Free

BACKGROUND:  National icon Betty Reid Soskin, 96, has been a war-years worker, a singer-songwriter, a performer, a legislative aide, a National Park Service ranger and a tireless fighter against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit.

bettyreidIn 2003, Betty displayed a new talent—writing—when she created the popular blog CBreaux Speaks. Her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, blends together selections from many of her hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life. The book invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.

Presented during Women’s History Month, Soskin reflects on the oft-overlooked African American wartime experience and how opportunities for Black women have changed throughout her lifetime.

Celebrate the accomplished life of this Bay Area hero with a conversation, reading and book signing of her new memoir. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

Betty Reid Soskin:  Sign My Name to Freedom – Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA