S261. “Breaking Bread with the Dead”: 60 Years at the Poetry Center Digital Archive

Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 1, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


As the Poetry Center at SFSU celebrates its 60th anniversary, we remark its unique collection of historic original recordings and highlight new artistic production and digital publication emanating from the Poetry Center Digital Archive. Reflecting on the state of the archive of one of the country's most long-standing literary organizations, panelists critically engage themes of archive as public space, gaps and presences within archives, and archive as resource for the creation of new works.



Elise Ficarra is associate director of The Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives, project manager of the Poetry Center Digital Archive, and former co-editor of minor/American. Her book Swelter won the Michal Rubin book award.

Steve Dickison directs the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University, and he also teaches at California College of the Arts. Co-editor of Shuffle Boil, a magazine of poets and music, with David Meltzer, he is author of the works of poetry Disposed and Wear You to the Ball.

Melissa Eleftherion is the author of huminsect. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She curates the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange.

Sara Wingate Gray is a writer, artist, and founder of The Itinerant Poetry Library. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Information Studies, University College London (UK). She was a Visiting Research Scholar at The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

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