S277. A Political Engagement: A Tribute to Jack Hirschman

Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Bronx born, Hirschman made California his home after UCLA fired him for 1970 anti-war activities. Known for the innovative form, the arcane, and for political engagement, the former San Francisco poet laureate has been compared to Whitman and Neruda. A prolific author and editor of Art on the Line, essays by writers that explore the political nature of poetry, he is a member of Union of Street Poets, a group that distributes leaflets of poems to people on the street.



Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine poetry collections, including the recent collection Toxic Flora. A recent Guggenheim fellow, she teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, CUNY.

Luis J. Rodriguez has published fifteen books in poetry, children's literature, the novel, short stories, memoir, and nonfiction. He is best known for Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. He is also editor/founder of Tia Chucha Press and cofounder of Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore.

Michael Warr’s most recent book of poems is The Armageddon of Funk. His literary awards include the Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award, NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, PEN Oakland Award for Excellence in Literature, and Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Award.


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