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Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Jen Hofer and John Pluecker in collaboration with SF State Poetry Center

The Poetry Center's Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series debuts September 2018 with a two-day series by poet-translator-activists Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, who collectively organize Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collaborative, focusing on writing, art- and book-making, translating, interpreting, and language justice. Hofer and Pluecker, visiting respectively from Los Angeles and Houston, will read from their own work on Wednesday, September 26, at E. M. Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland, then present their work around Antena the following evening, Thursday, September 27, at The Poetry Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Please join us!

A poet, translator, book-maker, activist interpreter, educator, and urban cyclist, Jen Hofer was born in San Francisco and currently lives and works in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Hofer’s translation of Mexican poet Myriam Moscona’s Negro Marfil/Ivory Black (2011) received the 2012 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets and the 2012 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Other translations include Dolores Dorantes’s sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre (2008); lip wolf, a translation of lobo de labio by Laura Solórzano (2007); and Sin puertas visiblesAn Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (2003). 

Hofer’s recent books include one (2009), The Route (2008), a collaboration with Patrick Durgin, and Laws (2006, Dusie Books). Her handmade chapbooks include Shroud: A Piece of Fabric Sewn to A Piece of Paper By Way of A Map (2013), a collaboration with Jill Magi; When We Said This Was A Space, We Meant We Are People (2013), a collaboration with John Pluecker; En las maravillas/In Wonder (2012); un operativo (2012); Lead & Tether (2011); and Trouble (2010). A hand-stitched poem, The Missing Link, was published by Insert Press Parrot Series, and an installation, “Uncovering: A Quilted Poem Made from Donated and Foraged Materials from Wendover, Utah” is on display at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah. In addition, one week of her Front Page News cut-up series was published by the Little Red Textile Series. Hofer teaches at the California Institute of the Arts and at Otis College of Art and Design and is co-founder, with John Pluecker, of the language justice and language experimentation collaborative Antena.

John Pluecker is a language worker who writes, translates, organizes, interprets, and creates. In 2010, he co-founded the collaborative Antena and in 2015 the social justice interpreting collective Antena Houston. His undisciplinary work is informed by experimental poetics, language justice, and cross-border/cross-language cultural production. He has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including most recently Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e), 2018) and Antígona González (Les Figues Press, 2016). His book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was released in 2016 from Noemi Press.

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Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series
Antena: a language justice and language experimentation collaborative
Jen Hofer and John Pluecker
Thursday SEPT 27
7:00pm @ The Poetry Center
HUM 512, SFSU, free and open to the public

Event contact: The Poetry Center

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Event phone: 415-338-2227

Event sponsor: The Poetry Center & E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore