Performing her poem “Medusa Depressed,”
with the trio Nearly Fatal Women,
at Beyond Baroque
Photo by Penelope Torribio
Friday November 11, 2016, 5 p.m.
Suzanne Lummis organized and will moderate panel in 2016 114th Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Conference (PAMLA):
Creative Artist Spotlight: “Straight Out of … Venice, Korea Town, Leimert Park, East Hollywood, and Downtown L.A.: Los Angeles and the Poetry of its Neighborhoods”
Westin Pasadena—191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena CA 91101
Los Angeles has given rise to poets of national fame, but has one of the world’s great cities and the birthplace of The Movies produced its own style? Essays and books, including Lawrence Goldstein’s Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City, have explored the subject. This panel, however, will regard Los Angeles not as a unified entity but as a cluster of distinct neighborhoods, districts, each with its own history, and will consider the poetry that has been identified with each neighborhood of the city. As part of the discussion, panelists will present one of their own poems and one from a noted poet of their neighborhood.
Suzanne Lummis will speak for Northeast L.A. and the Downtown East Hollywood area.
Jawanza Dumisani will speak for Leimert Park and Watts.
Tanya Ko Hong, born and raised in South Korea, will speak for Korea Town and Rancho Palos Verdes.
Bill Mohr will speak for Venice.
8 p.m. Highland Theater, Northeast L.A.
Highland Park Independent Film Festival
Sunday, August 28, 4 p.m.
Barnstone, Constantine, Lummis read
Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.
A. G. Fine Art Books & Press
502 Chung King Court
(Suggested donation $10)
Three L.A. masters of the poem noir read in the new series founded by Alexis Rhone Fancher.
Tony Barnstone, prolific poet, author, essayist, and literary translator, Professor of English at Whittier College, is the author of Pulp Sonnets.
Brendan Constantine is a teacher, poetry advocate, and witty writer of many styles of poetry, including — the poem noir.
Suzanne Lummis’ organization The Los Angeles Poetry Festival produced the 2011 citywide series, Night and the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film. She’s published essays on the poem noir in Malpais Review and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
“Wide Awake” Group Poetry Reading hosted by Suzanne Lummis
with Rex Wilder and Marsha de la O | DIESEL, A Bookstore,
Sunday, September 11, 2016 – 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Wide Awake draws together nationally acclaimed poets and gifted newer writers.
112 poets of Los Angeles and its surrounding territories–whose work speaks to the
humanity, pathos and comedy, of what may be the most romanticized and scorned,
disparaged and exalted of the world’s great cities.
Suzanne Lummis’ collection, Open 24 Hours, won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize.
Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker and in other excellent literary
publications across the country. She is co-editor of The Pacific Coast Poetry
Series/Beyond Baroque Books and edited its first publication, Wide Awake:
Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, cited as one of the ten best books of 2015
in The Los Angeles Times.
Rex Wilder’s poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry, The New Republic,
Yale Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. He introduced the world to a new
form of poetry; the boomerang, a four-line nouveau haiku, an anti-Tweet that aims
for permanence in an evanescent world.
Marsha de la O was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her MFA from
Vermont College and is the author of two collections of poetry: Black Hope, winner of
the New Issues Poetry Prize, and Antidote for Night, winner of the Isabella Gardner
Prize from BOA Editions.
1 World Design, Penelope Torribio