Photos from A Celebration of George Oppen's 100th Birthday
at the Kelly Writers House, April 7, 2008
co-host Thomas Devaney kicked off the event, and ended with a discussion of the Oppens' marriage
Michael Heller read his essay, "Oppen's Thematics: What Are Poets For?"
Tom Mandel told a story about Oppen, "Entitlement & Doubt (Postcards & Procrastination)"
Al Filreis and Francie Shaw watch Mandel's performance
Ann Lauterbach read her poem, "Oppen's Way," along with an essay, "George Oppen: How Shall I Speak?"
as part of his presentation, "Inside a Tale that is Full of Eyes," George Economou read his poem, "Identified"
Stephen Cope read fragments from Oppen's daybooks
Al Filreis delivered his essay, "Oppen's Antifascism: Guilt in 'Myth of the Blaze'"
poet and Oppen scholar Rachel Blau DuPlessis reads her essay, "Section 9: Of Being Numerous"
Ron Silliman shared his "Three Regrets for George Oppen" with the audience
Economou, Heller, Devanney and Mandel listen to Silliman
Julia Bloch and Stan Mir were also in the audience
Bob Perelman discussed "Oppen's Knowledge"
CAConrad and PennSound Managing Editor Michael S. Hennessey listen to Perelman
Jack Krick of the Electronic Poetry Center also looks on
the evening concluded with a rare 1973 video of Oppen at the Poetry Center at the San Francisco State University