California

On March 21, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as the California poet laureate. Herrera is the author of twenty-eight books and currently serves as the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. Herrera's work has received wide critical acclaim including numerous national and international awards. He is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Alejandro Murguía is San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate and the first Latino poet to hold the position. An editor, translator, literary organizer, and prose writer, he is the author of the poetry collections Stray Poems (City Lights Books, 2014) and Native Tongue (CC. Marimbo Press, 2012), among others.

upcoming events

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Jul 07 2015
ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE: Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard Siken

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE:
Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard SikenAs part of the Beach=Culture series, the PSA presents a reading and moderated discussion with an eclectic mix of acclaimed contemporary poets.

Co-sponsored by American Composers Forum, Los Angeles, The City of Santa Monica, and Red Hen Press.

Admission is free. Please make reservations online at beachhouse.smgov.net or call (310) 458-2257

6:30pm
415 Pacific Coast Highway
90402 Santa Monica, California
May 14 2015
Red Hen Press and PSA Poetry Reading

The Poetry Society of America (PSA) and Red Hen Press present an evening of powerful art—both visual and aural—at Santa Monica’s internationally renowned ROSEGALLERY. Poets William Archila, Kim Dower, Amy Uyematsu and Fady Joudah explore life, culture, and loss in the Los Angeles landscape and beyond. With poet and PSA Programs Director Charif Shanahan as moderator.

The event is free and open to the public.

William Archila is the author of The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009), which won an International Latino Book Award in 2010 and was honored with an Emerging Writer Fellowship Award by The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. He has been published in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review,www.kimdowerpoetry.com.

Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. Her most recent collection is The Yellow Door (forthcoming from Red Hen Press, April 2015). She has published three previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997),and Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader.

Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American physician, poet, and translator. He was educated at the University of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, and the University of Texas. Joudah’s debut collection of poetry, The Earth in the Attic (2008), won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition and was a finalist for ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award. Joudah followed his second book of poetry is Alight (2013) with the ebook Textu (2013), a collection of poems written on a cell phone that are exactly 160 characters long. Joudah translated the final three collections of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s work in The Butterfly’s Burden (2006), which won Banipal prize from the UK and was a finalist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. His translation of Ghassan Zaqtan’s Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me (2012) won the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2013. Joudah lives with his family in Houston, where he works as a physician.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Moderator Charif Shanahan studied poetry at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and New York University, where he earned his MFA. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, his poems and translations have appeared in The New Republic, A Public Space, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Circumference, The Manhattanville Review, and elsewhere. He works as Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America and as poetry editor of Psychology Tomorrow Magazine. 

10:30pm
2525 Michigan Ave
90404 Santa Monica, California
May 13 2015
LA SPOTLIGHT SERIES AT BOSTON COURT (POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA)

LA SPOTLIGHT SERIES AT BOSTON COURT:
William Archila, Lory Bedikian, and Fady Joudah
with Charif ShanahanWilliam Archila is the author of The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009), which won an International Latino Book Award in 2010 and was honored with an Emerging Writer Fellowship Award by The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He has been published in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Crab Orchard Review, and The Georgia Review, among others. His second book, The Gravedigger's Archaeology (Red Hen Press, forthcoming), recently won the 2015 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. Lory Bedikian is the author of The Book of Lamenting, winner of the the 2010 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry and finalist in both the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition and the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Competition. She has received grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial fund as well as from AFFMA: Arpa Film Foundation for Music & Art. Her poems have been published in the Connecticut Review, Poetry International, Poet Lore, Heliotrope, and The Portland Review, among other journals, and have been included in Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets. She currently teaches poetry workshops in Los Angeles.Fady Joudah's poetry collections and translations have earned him a Yale Series prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Griffin International Prize, among others. His latest translation is Petra: the Concealed Rose. His most recent poetry collections from Copper Canyon Press are Alight and Textu. Textu is a palm-size book-long sequence of short poems composed originally on cell phone and are governed by a meter of character count. Each poem or section of poem in Textu is exactly 160 characters long. He is a practicing physician and lives in Houston, Texas.Co-sponsored by Boston Court and Red Hen Press.

7:00pm
70 North Mentor Avenue
91106 Pasadena, California
Poetry in California
Juan Felipe Herrera
California poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera

Born in Fowler, California, on December 27, 1948, Herrera is director of the Art and Barbara Culver Center for the Arts, a multimedia space in...

poems

poem
Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among
trees and bushes rusted by Christmas frosts,
the yards and hillsides exhausted by five years of drought,

certain airy white blossoms punctually
reappeared, and dense clusters of pale pink, dark pink—
a delicate abundance. They seemed

like guests arriving joyfully on the
poem
The only thing I miss about Los Angeles

is the Hollywood Freeway at midnight, windows down and
radio blaring
bearing right into the center of the city, the Capitol Tower
on the right, and beyond it, Hollywood Boulevard
blazing

—pimps, surplus stores, footprints of the stars

—descending through the city
poem
  What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.
  In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!
  What peaches and what penumbras
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