San Francisco International Poetry Festival
REVELERS FEEL THE ‘BEAT’ WITH THIRD BIENNIAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL
A Cornucopia of Stylish Events Awaits Poets and Their Admirers throughout the Weekend
Add Another Stamp to Your Poetry Passport this July 26-29th, 2012San Francisco, CA—Celebrate the creative spirit at the third San Francisco International Poetry Festival, July 26—29, 2012. Presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Mayor's Office of Protocol, the San Francisco Public Library and Emeritus San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, the landmark event brings more than 18 poets from all around the world to San Francisco for free and open-to-the-public poetry and music. The four-day poetry extravaganza begins on Thursday, July 26, 2012 with a kick-off party hosted by Jack Hirschman, legendary Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Library Luis Herrera at Kerouac Alley in North Beach. The party features an introduction of participating poets and performances and readings by former Modern Lovers musician Jonathan Richman, former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzales and more. Additional Festivities include:
- Friday lunch-time poetry reading in the Civic Center Plaza
- Outdoor poetry & performances on Saturday in Civic Center Plaza
- Poetry Crawl in North Beach
- Youth poetry, Translation Workshops, Beat poetry lectures and more.
CALENDAR EDITORS: International Poetry Festival Schedule Thursday, July 26th 7:00—9:00 p.m. Kerouac Alley, North Beach district Official Kick-Off Party, hosted by Jack Hirschman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Librarian Luis Herrera. Introduction of festival poets and jazz concert, featuring Neeli Cherkovski, Matt Gonzalez and Jonathan Richman (Modern Lovers musician) and a special appearance by the Magnetic Poets. Friday, July 27th Noon—1:30 p.m. Civic Center Plaza Main poetry readings by Jack Hirschman, Antonie Cassar, Matt Gonzales, Agneta Falk and Alejandro Murguia. 1:45—4:30 p.m. Main Library, Koret Auditorium Main poetry readings by Joachim Sartorius, Scott Thompson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Antonieta Villamil, Barbara Paschke, Jane Hirshfield, Dunya Mikhail and Kareem James Abdul-Zeid. Book Sales/Signings at Readers Bookstore at the Main (30 Grove St. Main Library). Saturday, July 28th Noon—5:00 p.m. Civic Center Plaza Main poetry readings by Jack Hirschman, Yahia Lababidi, Marie Silkeberg, Agneta Falk, Matt Sedillo, Sandro Sardella, Bobby Coleman, Sasha Pimentel Chacon, Ataol Behramoglu, Mark Kockinos, Heinz Heisl, Scott Thompson, Carla Badillo Coronado, Jessica Loos and Amiri Baraka. Book Sales/Signings at Readers Bookstore at the Main (30 Grove St. Main Library). Sunday, July 29th North Beach Poetry Crawl 11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno St. @ Columbus Ave.) Poetry readings from Amiri Baraka (USA), Sandro Sardella (Italy) and Aggie Falk (Sweden/USA). 1:00—2:30 p.m. Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno St. @ Columbus Ave.) Poetry readings from Dunya Mikhail (Iraq), Yahia Lababidi (Egypt), Joachim Sartorius (Germany) and Sasha Pimentel Chacon (Philippines). 2:00—3:30 p.m. Live Worms Gallery (1345 Grant Ave. @ Green St.) Beat Poetry Lecture, featuring Gerd Holzheimer. Sponsored by the Goethe Institut. 3:00—4:30 p.m. Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno St. @ Columbus Ave.) Translation Workshop and panel moderated by Judy Bernhard, featuring translation specialists and authors including, John Curl and more. 4:00—5:15 p.m. Kerouac Alley, North Beach district Poetry readings from Carla Badillo Coronado (Ecuador), Heinz D. Heisl (Austria) and Alejandro Murguia (USA/Mexico). 5:30—6:45 p.m. Emerald Tablet (80 Fresno St. @ Columbus Ave.) Poetry readings from Marie Silkeberg (Sweden), Antoine Cassar (Malta) and Matt Sedillo (USA). 5:30—7:00 p.m. Kerouac Alley, North Beach district Poetry readings from Antonieta Villamil (Columbia) and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. 7:00—8:00 p.m. Kerouac Alley, North Beach district Closing celebration featuring all participating poets. **Please note: Schedule is subject to change. Please call 415-626-7500 or check the website, SFIPF.org to confirm dates and times.