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To onstage poet Erica Goss and to a lively midday audience, Al Young kicks off the 2014 Legacy of Poetry Day at San JosĂ© State University. Eager town and campus residents gathered at King Library’s Caret Plaza to celebrate the early 20th century presences at SJSU of bestselling poet Edwin Markham (“The Man with a Hoe“) and poet-professor Henry Meade Bland. Later Al and an expansive spectrum of poets  paid tribute to  the late Wanda Coleman. The whole afternoon went luminous.

 

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SJSU Poetry Legacy Day reunites two former poets laureate: Santa Clara County’s Sally Ashton and California’s Al Young. That’s participating poet-prof Samuel Maio up behind Al and an SJSU videographer faithful behind Sally.

 

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Richard Silberg, Alan Soldofsky, Andy Ross, architect Pamela (Soldofsky), Al Young, Joyce Jenkins, Forrest Hamer, Noah Blaustein | Moe’s Books, Berkeley, April 24, 2014

 

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 Literary agent Andy Ross (formerly Cody’s Books), button campoet Alan Soldofsky , poet-producer Joyce Jenkins | Moe’s Books, Berkeley, April 24, 2014

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Poets Al Young and Naomi Long Madgett, genius guest performer Willie TBA, and bassist Marian Hayden at Wayne State University’s 2014 Poetry Month Celebration | Detroit, April 2014

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