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
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 Poets – March 24 – June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery
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
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 Song — April 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 Film — April 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