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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.

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