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Poet and translator Rhina Espaillat will deliver the
27th annual Jean Burden Poetry Reading at CSULA
on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in
the Golden Eagle Ballroom. Born in the Dominican Republic
in 1932, Ms. Espaillat moved to the United States in 1939
and for many years taught high school English in New York
City. She has published numerous essays, short stories,
and poems in both English and Spanish, and she has
translated English verse (most notably that of Robert
Frost) into Spanish and Spanish verse (most notably that
of St. John of the Cross) into English. 
Image of Rhina Espaillat

Her most recent
collections of poems include Where
Horizons Go
(1998, Winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize),
Rehearsing Absence (2001), and Her
Place in These Designs
(2008). She is perhaps the only
contemporary American poet to have received awards from
both the Poetry Society of America and The Ministry of
Culture of the Dominican Republic.

Since its inception in 1986, the Jean Burden Poetry
Readings have brought to CSULA many of the most prominent
contemporary poets in the English language, including
Lucille Clifton,
Wendy Cope, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Rita Dove, Anthony
Hecht, Maxime Kumin, Andrew Motion, Howard Nemerov,
Adrienne Rich, Vikram Seth, and Richard Wilbur.

For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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