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“An ear and mind opener… this event delivers
the real thing:  edgy stuff, poetry with a real bite!”
–SAN FRANCISCO magazine
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At the Bay Area Poetry Marathon, poets from across the U.S. and the Bay Area celebrated innovative poetry in a series of readings throughout the summer.

Co-founded and curated by poet Donna de la Perrière, the Marathon began its run at the Art Institute of Boston in 2001 and was held in various gallery and performance venues around San Francisco (including Alley Cat Books, Artists’ Television Access, The Emerald Tablet, and The Lab) from 2004 through 2019.

Readers included Anita Amirrezvani, Rae Armantrout, Dodie Bellamy, Jen Benka, Charles Bernstein, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Lee Ann Brown, Xochiquetzal Candelaria, May-lee Chai, MK Chavez, Maxine Chernoff, Norma Cole, Gillian Conoley, Robert Creeley, Diane DiPrima, Aja Couchois Duncan, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Norman Fischer, Edward Foster, Tonya Foster, Kathleen Fraser, C.S. Giscombe, Robert Gluck, Daphne Gottlieb, Jewelle Gomez, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Brenda Hillman, Kevin Killian, Joseph Lease, Lorelei Lee, Erica Lewis, Laura Mullen, Michael Palmer, Aimee Phan, D.A. Powell, Kathryn L. Pringle, Bin Ramke, Lisa Robertson, Elizabeth Robinson, Leslie Scalapino, David Shapiro, Juliana Spahr, Anne Waldman, Arisa White, Tyrone Williams, Ronaldo Wilson, Maw Shein Win, C.D. Wright, John Yau, Al Young, Matthew Zapruder, and many others.