These video clips are the part of a series highlighting recent readings held by SF State’s Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives. Visit this website regularly for fresh poetic content.
On February 5, The Poetry Center presented a memorial tribute to poet Benjamin Hollander (1952 – 2016). Twenty-two poets, writers, artists and friends come together to reminisce and to read from Hollander’s books.
Hollander’s books include How To Read, Too (Leech Books, 1992), The Book of Who Are Was (Sun and Moon Press, 1997), Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli (Parrhesia Press, 2004), Vigilance (Beyond Baroque Books, 2005), In the House Un-American (Clockroot Books/Interlink Publishing, 2013), Memoir American (Punctum Books, 2013) and his posthumously published work, The Letters of Carla, the letter b: A Mystery in Poetry (Chax Press, 2017).
Susan Gevirtz reads from a tribute to Hollander.
Jack Hirschman reads from his poem “The Benny Hollander Arcane.”
Elise Ficarra reads from Hollander’s The Book of Who Are Was.
Duncan McNaughton reads a citation from Eliezer Zvi Hacohen Zweifel.