Poetry & the Senses Readings


––we are always digging each other out from an intimate
sort of rubble––
– Natalie Diaz


Visiting Writer, Flash, and Fellow Readings

ARC has been fortunate to host an incredible array of visiting writers with our Poetry & the Senses initiative. Begun in January 2020, by this May we will have heard from 25 poets reading and in conversation, including:

Indira Allegra, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Cathy Linh Che, Chen Chen, Natalie Diaz, Camille Dungy, Cornelius Eady, Safia Elhillo, Chiyuma Elliott, Tarfia Faizullah, Vievee Francis, Ross Gay, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Lyn Hejinian, Aja Monet, Hieu Minh Ngyuyen, Matthew Olzmann, Morgan Parker, Craig Santos Perez, Danez Smith, Patricia Smith, Simone White, & Jenny Xie.

Additionally, we are creating an archive of Bay Area poets reading one of their poems in relationship to our yearly theme in our Flash Reading Series; this spring, it will be over 50 voices, with more to come each semester (more here). As well, our Poetry & the Senses Fellows are celebrated at the end of their fellowship with a group reading of poetry they have created during their tenure.


Links to events and recordings below, beginning with our spring 2022 offerings. Enjoy!


Upcoming Readings

All events free & open to the public, and archived for asynchronous viewing; if online, each event is live streamed + live captioned and recorded on ARC’s YouTube Channel. In-person readings are recorded and uploaded post-event.


Celebrating Kundiman: Cathy Linh Che, Chen Chen, & Jenny Xie

in conversation with Lindsay Choi & Sophia Hussain

Thursday, March 10, 2022
5:00-6:30pm PST | Online

More info here!

Watch the reading on ARC’s YouTube channel here.


Detroit Roots: Tarfia Faizullah, Vievee Francis, & Matthew Olzmann

in conversation with Chiyuma Elliott & Jesse Nathan

Thursday, April 28, 2022
5:00-6:30pm PST

More info here!


S2022 Flash Reading Series

20 Bay Area Poets Reading a poem related to the theme Coexistence

Released weekly during National Poetry Month, April 2022, online

Poets include Maxe Crandell, Eric Falci, Ra Malika Imhotep, Mason J, Nathalie Khankan, Ava Koohbor, Tatiana Luboviski-Acostatanea, tanea lunsford lynx, Zouhair Mussa, Shivani Narang, Lucie Pereira, Katie Peterson, Janice Lobo Sapigao, Angie Sijun Lou, Darius Simpson, Maya Sisneros, Monica Sok, Aimee Suzara, Lehua M. Taitano, & Nellie Wong

Visit their readings here!


Past Events

Celebrating Cave Canem: Cornelius Eady with Morgan Parker & Cameron Awkward-Rich

in conversation with Chiyuma Elliott & Vincente Perez

Wednesday, Oct 20th 2021

5:00-6:30pm PST

Watch the reading on ARC’s YouTube here, and read the event review here.


Camille T. Dungy & Ross Gay

in conversation with Aya de León & Maurya Kerr

Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021

5 – 6:30pm PST

Find the event description here and watch the reading here.


Poetry & the Senses
Fall 2021 Fellows Reading

Anastasia Le, Gisselle Medina, Lindsay Choi, Vincente Perez, Ahmad Diab, Jesse Nathan, Maurya Kerr, & D’mani Thomas

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021

5 – 6:30pm PST

Find the event description and register here.


Flash Reading Series

8 Bay Area Poets Reading a poem related to the theme Coexistence

Fall 2021, online

Find the event description here.


Poetry & the Senses
Spring 2021 Fellows Reading

Vethea Cerna Cole, Elizabeth Zhiying Feng, reelaviolette botts-ward, Noah Warren, Ramona Naddoff, Ken Ueno, Sara Mumolo, Maw Shein Win

Monday, May 10th 2021

4:30-6:00pm PDT

This event took place on the ARC YouTube Channel, link here.

Find the event description here.


Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Natalie Diaz, and Aja Monet | Poetry readings + conversation

Monday, April 26, 2021

4:30-6:00pm PDT

This event took place online, link here.

Find the event description here.


Poetry & the Senses
Flash Reading Series

24 Bay Area Poets reading a poem related to the theme emerge/ncy

Weekly Releases, April – May 2021

Find the event description here.

Find the archive of readings here.


Poetry Reading

Terrance HayesSimone White

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2021 

4:00-5:30pm PST

This event took place online.

Find the livestream here.

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Poetry Reading featuring Safia Elhillo, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and Craig Santos Perez

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021 

4:00-5:30pm PST

This event took place online.

Find the livestream here.

Find the event description here.


Poetry & the Senses Fellows’ Reading

Wednesday December 9, 2020, 5:00-6:30 PST

This reading took place online.
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Danez Smith and Patricia Smith | Readings + Conversation

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 5:00-6:30 PST

This event took place online.
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Joy Harjo, Reading by U.S. Poet Laureate
In conversation with Beth Piatote

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
5:30 – 7:00pm PDT

Co-sponsored by the Arts Research Center and Engaging the Senses Foundation, with additional support from the English and Ethnic Studies Departments, the Native American Studies Program, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Center for Race & Gender

This event took place online.

A short portion of the recording is available here.

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Poetry & the Senses Launch

Readings & Converstion with
Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Lyn Hejinian

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

5:30 – 7:00pm: Readings + Conversation
7:00 – 7:30pm: Reception + Celebration

Morrison Library, UC Berkeley

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