Ten of the Bay Area’s most celebrated poets and writers have been invited to tour Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area, and respond with original writing.

The presenters will share their work in the wake of the exhibition, adding their own voices in addressing the most pressing issues of our time. The program features readings and poetry performances by a diverse group of emerging and established writers, including Adriana Camerena, Davey D, Roxanne Dunbar­Ortiz, Guillermo Gómez­Peña, Persis Karim, Kevin Killian, Tessa Micaela, Truong Tran, and Andrew Wilson. Facilitated by Kevin B. Chen, YBCA Chief of Program and Pedagogy Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Associate Director of Program and Pedagogy Chinaka Hodge.


YBCA Exhibitions 15-16 are made possible in part by: Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and The Creative Ventures Council. Free First Tuesdays underwritten by: Directors Forum Members. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support. YBCA Programs in 15-16 are made possible by: The James Irvine Foundation. Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 15-16: National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Lead Image: Letter from Naomi serving Life Without Parole at Central California Women’s Facility, 2015. A Living Chance: Storytelling to End Life Without Parole. Adrienne Skye Roberts and the California Coalition for Women Prisoners