Why Poetry: A Civic Conversation

6:00 p.m. | Thursday, October 5, 2017

We all reach for poetry at important points in our lives, especially times of joy and times of struggle. Yet so often we have been taught that poetry is unknowable, a riddle to untangle. Come join Oakland poet Matthew Zapruder in conversation with local civic leaders about what poems matter to them and why poetry is a critical part of their lives.

+ Mayor Libby Schaaf / Mayor of Oakland
+ Matthew Zapruder / St. Mary’s College
+ Tomiquia Moss / Hamilton Families
+ Natalia Mount / Pro Arts Gallery
+ Robert Wilkins / The HIIP Group
+ Roberto Bedoya / Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission
+ Councilmember Lynette McElhaney / Oakland City Council
+ Charlie Hallowell / Pizzaiolo; Boot & Shoe Service; Penrose


SPUR Oakland
1544 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510.827.1900


free for SPUR members
$10 for non-members
Pre-registration is not required for this event.

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