F238. Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City

AWP Bookfair Stage, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One
Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


How do poets conjure a complex city into imaginative forms? How do they articulate the city’s many layers and locations, evoking a visible, audible, and tangible city? How do they construct a vital spirit of place with intimacy and authenticity? Through readings and discussions based on Laurence Goldstein’s book Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City, panelists consider how poets arouse and sustain readers’ attention by diverse and artful approaches to urban life.



Laurence Goldstein is professor of English at the University of Michigan, where he edited Michigan Quarterly Review for thirty-two years. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of sixteen books, most recently Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City and A Room in California (poetry).

Harryette Mullen wrote Sleeping with the Dictionary, Recyclopedia, Urban Tumbleweed, and The Cracks Between. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Kyrgyz. She teaches at UCLA.

Bill Mohr, PhD, is an associate professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has published a bilingual edition of his poems, Pruebas Ocultas, and a literary history, Holdouts: The L.A. Poetry Renaissance. He also worked as an editor and small press publisher for fifteen years.

Susan Suntree is a poet, performer, essayist. Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California won the Southern CA Independent Booksellers Award/Nonfiction and PEN Oakland’s Josephine Miles Award/Poetic Narrative. She recounts the region’s ancient origins as science, myths, and songs.

Garrett Hongo grew up on the North Shore of O`ahu and in Los Angeles. He was educated at Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and University of California, Irvine, where he received an MFA. His latest book of poetry is Coral Road. He teaches at the University of Oregon.


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