Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Friday, October 18, 1996
548 West 22nd Street, NYC, 7:30pm

June Jordan

June Jordan's most recent collection of poetry, Haruko/Love Poems: New and Selected Love Poems, was published by High Risk Books in 1994. Her previous books of poetry include Naming Our Destiny (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1989), Lyrical Campaigns (Virago Press, 1989), Living Room: New Poems 1980-1984 (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1985), and Things That I Do in the Dark (Beacon Press, 1981). Her books of nonfiction include June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint (Routledge, 1995), Civil Wars: Selected Essays 1963-1980 (Touchstone, 1995 and Beacon Press, 1980), and Technical Difficulties (Vintage, 1994 and Pantheon, 1992). She composed the lyrics and the libretto for I Was Looking At The Ceiling And Then I Saw The Sky (Scribner, 1995), an opera with music by John Adams. Her many honors include the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, the Women Who Dared Award of the National Black Women's Health Project, the PEN Center USA West Freedom to Write Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation of the Arts. She is a regular columnist for The Progressive and serves on the board of directors for the Center for Constitutional Rights. June Jordan is currently Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.