George Oppen Memorial Lecture: Roberto Tejada

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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Poet, scholar and art historian Roberto Tejada discusses "Assault on the Quiet Continent: Oppen in Mexico" for The Poetry Center's 31st annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture. Free to $10.
Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco
The Poetry Center
The Poetry Center
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Roberto Tejada

Roberto Tejada is author of the poetry collections Full Foreground (Arizona, 2012), Exposition Park (Wesleyan, 2010) and Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006). An art historian, Tejada has published National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (Minnesota, 2009), A Ver: Celia Alvarez Muñoz (Minnesota, 2009) and other critical writings on contemporary U.S. and Latino American artists. In Mexico, a volume of his selected poems will appear as Todo en el ahora (Libros Magenta, 2015) with translations into Spanish by poets Alfonso D’Aquino, Gabriel Bernal Granados (Mexico) and Omar Pérez (Cuba). He is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor at University of Houston, where he is faculty in the creative writing program and teaches in the English and art history departments.

The George Oppen Memorial Lecture

Each late autumn, since 1985 and the initiation of The George Oppen Memorial Lecture series, a poet — or very occasionally a scholar who doesn’t, as a practice, write poetry — has delivered a talk, at the invitation of the The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University. This year's guest lecturer is renowned poet, scholar, and art historian Roberto Tejada, founding editor of the bilingual Spanish-English journal Mandorla, which was instrumental in introducing George Oppen's poetry in translation to Latin American readers of poetry.

The Oppen Memorial Lecture series benefits from the support of the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust. Our gratitude to the late Dorothy “Dottie” Fowler.

Photo by Hillsman Jackson