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Dolores Kendrick, the poet laureate of Washington D.C.,
will be in residence at Cal State
LA in May 2006. Kendrick's visit is made
possible by the Virginia E. Smith Endowment for Poetry and
Poetics and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
and Poets and Writers, Inc.

Further details, including a schedule of events, will be
available later.

From the DC Commission on the Arts and

Kendrick is the author of the
award-winning poetry book The Women of Plums: Poems in
the Voices of Slave Women
, published in 1989. In 1996,
a CD of music inspired by The Women of Plums was
released, and Kendrick adapted the book for theatrical performance in Cleveland,
and at the Kennedy Center. The adaptation won the New York
New Playwrights Award in 1997.

Kendrick's other books are Through
the Ceiling
and Now Is the Thing to Praise. The
Library of Congress has recorded her poetry for its
Contemporary Poets series. Her CD, The Color of Dusk,
in collaboration with composer Wall Matthews and vocalist
Aleta Greene, won rave reviews from music critics

Image of Dolores Kendrick

by Steve Lewis

Dolores Kendrick's visit to CSULA is made possible
through the Virginia E. Smith Fund for Poetry and Poetics, the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities, and Poets and Writers, Inc.

Dolores Kendrick at CSULA

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30pm
Library Conference Room, JFK Library North, B Level, B530—Poetry Reading


Kendrick's rich history of poetic
contributions to local and national publications has
earned her numerous awards and honors, including a
National Endowment for the Arts Award, the George Kent
Award for Literature, the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Award, and an invitation from the Chinese government to
lecture at the Shanghai School of Foreign Languages. She
has received two Yaddo Fellowships and a Fulbright
Teaching Fellowship. She was the first Vira I. Heinz
Professor Emerita at Phillips Exeter Academy. Chicago
State University has inducted Kendrick into the
International Literary Hall of Fame for writers of
African-American descent, an honor sponsored by the
Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative

Her new book Why the Woman is
Singing on the Corner
was selected by poet and critic
Grace Cavalieri as one of the five best books of poetry of
2001. She was one of the selected poets invited to the
National Book Festival, sponsored by Laura Bush,
celebrated at the White House and the Library of Congress
in September 2001. In July of 2002 she was given a special
Fulbright Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in
Education and Literature. She has been selected to be
honored by the National Visionary Leadership Project,
which celebrates African-Americans who have made
outstanding contributions to art and public life. On
September 11, of 2002 a celebration of her work
appeared on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

In May of 2004, she received an
Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree upon giving the
commencement address at St. Bonaventure University at
Bonaventure, NY. Ms. Kendrick was also one of
the original designers and teachers at the School Without
Walls, a high school in Washington, DC. 

Further information on Dolores Kendrick is
available at the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities website (DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Poet Laureate).
Further information on  Poets & Writers events is
available at the Poets & Writers Events Calendar
website (Poets & Writers Readings/Workshops Program:
Events Calendar

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

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