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Wide Awake II at the Skirball 2017, Poetry Reading


   Click here for the PDF of the Flyer. Wide Awake at the Skirball Cultural Center — Take Two, March 7, 2017

The Los Angeles Poetry Festival has presented nine festivals that explore the culture, character and history of Los Angeles through the writings of some of the city’s most distinctive poets. Since its creation in 1989, by Sherman Pearl and director Suzanne Lummis, The Los Angeles Poetry Festival, in collaboration with many arts organizations and educational institutions —Beyond Baroque, MOCA, LACMA The Los Angeles Public Library, The World Stage, The Southwest Musuem, The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Occidental College and others—has produced over a hundred fifty readings involving various themes and explorations.

Theme Examples

Women at the Edge
Exiles and Immigrants
Poetry of the Sacred

Poetry and the Unbroken Line
(Poets and Fiction Writers)

The Mythical Works of Yeats
Dreams and Healing A Workshop
Play Ball! Poets Take on the American Sport

Mermaids Singing:
Contemporary Voices in Classical Forms

Tribute to Black Bards
The Poetry of Conscience

Images from the Country of the Morning Calm

The Los Angeles Poetry Festival has presented Yusef Komunyakaa and Lawrence Raab in the Festivals of ’99 and ’01, and it has sponsored workshops by Billy Collins and Dorianne Laux. Dixie Salazar and Tony Hoagland have also read in Festival-sponsored events. It organized the first (and last?) poetry reading on the Queen Mary featuring the late beloved Kurt Brown. The Los Angeles Poetry Festival initiated the long-running Newer Poets Series, which introduced many who went on to become some of the region’s most distinctive voices, readings held at The Los Angeles Public Library Downtown with support from The Library Foundation. In 2015, in a collaboration with Beyond Baroque, it presented Tim Siebles, Lynne Emanuel, and David Lazar, together with regional poets from Wide Awake, at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Past event, Noir Poetry Festival sponsored by L.A. Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque.


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