08 Mar 2019

Poetry to preserve Black voices

The Poetry Center at SF State held its first annual Black Studies Series this past February, in honor of Black History Month. The poetry shared at the Black Studies Series

13 Feb 2019

SF State professor and renowned poet dies at 83

Poet and former professor Kathleen Fraser died in Emeryville on Feb. 5 of natural causes, according to a statement from her publisher, Nightboat Books. Fraser taught creative writing at SF

01 Feb 2019

Broken Mic Night fills the Depot with poetry, music and laughs

Poems about gender, identity, coming of age stories and music swelled inside the Depot on Broken Mic Night as part of a series of social events to commence the Spring

31 Oct 2018

Activist opens cafe for civic engagement in Mission District

Where do you physically go to become a better citizen? This is the question that owner Manny Yekutiel had in mind when he created his gathering space. Manny’s is a

02 Oct 2018

SF State creative writing professor releases first collection of poems

After eight years of working toward her book release, Heather June Gibbons, an SF State creative writing professor, debuted her first full-length book, “Her Mouth As Souvenir,” during a reading

21 Sep 2018

Poetry center debuts poetic series

SF State’s poetry center is hosting their first new Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series on Sept. 26-27 at E. M. Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland. Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, poet-translator-activists, will be presenting their

19 Sep 2018

SF State to hold a reading for professor’s book “Her Mouth As Souvenir”

Bay Area poets, MK Chavez and Heather June Gibbons, will be doing a reading from Gibbon’s new book “Her Mouth As Souvenir” on Sept. 20 in the Poetry Center located

19 Sep 2018

Poetry Center hosts award-winning queer writers

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the critically acclaimed SF State Poetry Center hosted Whiting Award 2018 recipients, Brontez Purnell, and Tommy Pico, both prolific writers within contemporary LGBTQ+ spoken word and

07 Mar 2018

Maya Angelou’s unknown past as SF railway conductor

Maya Angelou was known for her poetry and activism but very few know of her summer in San Francisco as the first woman of color to be hired as a

11 Oct 2017

Bring back the knowledge form banned books

Powerful texts that were forbidden to be taught and read in different educational institutions, including correctional facilities, were revisited by students and professors alike during Banned Book Week. The Richard

05 Sep 2017

Activism and artistry intersect

Activism and creativity can blend to become both beautiful and haunting social commentary, which is no truer than in the poetry work of two SF State alumni. Nellie Wong and

28 Feb 2017

Students and members of B.R.U.H. gather to celebrate Black History Month with open mic and art gallery

SF State’s Black Residents United in Housing used music, spoken-word performances and art to unite people in celebration of Black History Month. B.R.U.H. hosted the open mic and art gallery

15 Nov 2016

SPEAK prepares for national slam poetry competition

After holding their last open mic of the semester on Tuesday, Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds are organizing a slam poetry team and setting their sights on national competition.

14 Sep 2016

Poetry center kicks off first event of the semester

Tongo Eisen-Martin’s powerful voice captivated students and faculty Thursday Night at the poetry center’s first event of the semester. Attentive faces listened and nodded along to his expressions of life,

03 Mar 2015

Professor uses power of words to educate and entertain

Looking out into a sea of eyes staring back at him, Javon Johnson reeled in the audience’s attention with wit and laughter. After a few jokes that eased the crowd

12 Dec 2014

Breast cancer survivor and poet is honored by poetry center

SF State’s Poetry Center honored the work of a poet who has transformed her breast cancer diagnosis into messages of survival and strength during a poetry reading Dec. 6. Anne

02 Apr 2013

SPEAK poetry group hones talents, competes in New York slam

Artistic expression calls for a medium to showcase its creativity. For SF State student Jarvis Subia, he found that medium through poetry. “Having somewhere to openly express your art and