National Poetry Month Events at CSULA

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(The above image is part of the poster designed for the Academy of American Poets' 2015 celebration of National Poetry Month. To see the complete poster, visit their site.)

April might be the cruelest month, but not for poets and those interested in poetry. As part of National Poetry Month, the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (CCPP), the College of Arts and Letters, and the English Department at Cal State L.A. have scheduled several events of interest to academics, writers, and readers.

Luo Lianggong, Lecture: "The Textual Construction of Poetry," April 7, 3:15-4:15pm (in E&T A129)

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Luo Lianggong will be giving a lecture on contemporary poetry on April 7 from 3:15-4:15pm in E&T A129. The lecture is co-sponsored by the CCPP, the College of Arts and Letters, the English Department, Statement Magazine, and the Asian and Asian American Studies Program. Luo Lianggong, Ph. D. in Comparative Literature and World Literature, is professor of English and vice dean of the School of Foreign Languages, and director of the Centre for English Literature, at the Central China Normal University, in Wuhan, China. Concurrently, he is Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Literature Studies (an AHCI-indexed journal), member of the Editorial Board of Forum for World Literature Studies (Scopus- and Ebsco-indexed) and the Journal of English Language & Literature (Korea), Deputy Chief Editor of the International Editorial Board of The Yeats Journal of Korea, Executive Director of the Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics (CAAP, est. 2008), and standing director of the Council of Chinese Association for the Study of American Literature (founded in 1978). His academic research focuses on English poetry and poetics, African American Literature, and literary translation study. He is author, translator, and editor of over 10 books and has published about 60 articles, including A Survey of English Poetry (2002, 2005), The Interplay between Art and Politics: On Langston Hughes’s Poetry (2010), LANGUAGE Poetics (2013), and Critical History of the 20th-century African American Poetry (forthcoming). He is recipient of awards and scholarships from China National Fund for Social Sciences and Philosophy, China National Fund for Publication, Fulbright Scholarship, Hubei Provincial Fund for Philosophy and Social Sciences, and Hubei Provincial Ministry of Education. He has organized and hosted a series of large-scale international conferences on literary studies, and has been invited to deliver keynote speeches and lectures at universities and symposiums in the United States, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Portugal, and Taiwan and Mainland China as well.

Susan M. Schultz, Visiting Poet, April 9

image of Susan SchultzSusan M. Schultz will be appearing at Cal State L.A. on Thursday, April 9, co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Department of English, Statement Magazine and Statement Unbound Literary Society. As part of her visit, she will participate in two events:

3:15pm, Memory and Forgetting: A Poetry Reading by Susan M. Schultz (in King Hall B 2012)

6:15pm, Music and Memory in the Alzheimer's Home (presentation with media) (in the Pasadena Room, University Student Union)

Both events are free and open to the public. Books by our guest will be available for sale and signing.

Susan M. Schultz has lived and taught in Hawai`i since 1990. She is author of a critical book, A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (Alabama, 2005), as well as several edited collections, including The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry (Alabama, 1995). Among her books of poetry and poetic prose are Dementia Blog (2008), Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series (2011) and "She's Welcome to Her Disease": Dementia Blog, Vol. 2 (2013), all from Singing Horse Press in San Diego.