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.

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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 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
Apr 28 2015
Red Hen Press at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Red Hen Press invites you to join us for an inspiring evening of poetry at Annenberg Community Beach House! Featuring: Gary Dop, a hilarious poet who has the ability to make us laugh and break our hearts simultaneously, will feature excerpts of his debut collection, Father, Child, Water. Steve Langan, a poet known for telling it like it is with delicate details and piercing precision, will be sharing excerpts of his collection, What It Looks Like, How It Flies. Ramón García will reinvent familiar fairytales, Bible stories, and Greek myths as he reads from his latest collection, The Chronicles. Elena Karina Byrne, praised for her graceful and lyrically complex verses exploring the raw psychological densities of contemporary experience, will also share her work. Hélène Cardona, poet and actress who writes about consciousness, moderates the evening. Her latest book is Dreaming My Animal Selves.

 

9:00pm
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
90402 Santa Monica, California

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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
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
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
What are you thinking about?

I am thinking of an early summer.
I am thinking of wet hills in the rain
Pouring water.  Shedding it
Down empty acres of oak and manzanita
Down to the old green brush tangled in the sun,
Greasewood, sage, and spring mustard.
Or the hot wind coming down from Santa Ana
Driving