Lemn Sissay will be the British Council UK Writer-in-Residence at
CSULA from Monday, January 7 to Friday, February 1,
2008. During his residence, Lemn will offer creative writing
workshops and poetry readings for faculty and students. He is
photo credit: James Ross
scheduled to give presentations to groups on campus, and hopes to
offer a weekly poem to be published in the University Times.
For up-to-date information on his itinerary, see his schedule of
events in the box to the right.
Sissay is the author of four poetry
collections: Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist (1988); Rebel
Without Applause (1992); Morning Breaks in the
Elevator (1999) and The Emperor's Watchmaker (2000). He
is also the editor of The Fire People: A Collection of
Contemporary Black British Poets (1998), and his work
has appeared in many anthologies. He is a regular
contributor to Poetry Review and has judged various writers
competitions such as The Arvon Poetry Prize and The John Lewellyn
His stage plays are Chaos By Design
(1994), Storm (2003), and Something Dark (2006).
Something Dark was adapted for Radio Three and won the RIMA
award in 2006. His next collection of poems Listener (working
title) will be published by Canongate in September 2008.
He is commissioned to write the adaptation of Benjamin
Zephaniah’s book Refugee Boy for The west Yorkshire Playhouse in
2008. A new poem will be unveiled inlaid in
sculptor in The
photo credit: James Ross
City of London in 2008.
He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Four's Saturday
Live and lives presently in East London.
Sissay is artist
in residence at The South Bank Centre throughout 2007
and 2008. He has been writer in residence at The Cambridge
Literature festival, The Belfast Literature Festival, University
of Arizona and Contact
Theatre Manchester. He is Patron along with Jaqueline Wilson of
The Letterbox Club, a book trust initiative to get books to
children in care of the social services.
Find out more about Lemn Sissay by visiting the
Lemn Sissay's website: http://www.lemnsissay.com
Council's website on Lemn's visit
Council's website on Lemn Sissay
Council's UK Writer-in-Residence Program
For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.
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Lemn Sissay's visit to CSULA as the
British Council UK Writer-in-Residence is made possible
by the CSULA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics,
the Department of English, the College of Arts and
Letters, and through the additional support of the British
Office: E & T A613
Wednesday, January 16, 4:00-5:30pm
English Department Seminar Room (E & T
A631)—Reception to welcome Lemn Sissay. Open to CSULA
faculty, staff and students. Light refreshments will be
Tuesday, January 15 and Tuesday,
January 29, 3:15pm-4:15pm
English Department Seminar Room (E & T A631)—Lemn
will hold two open creative writing workshops. Students
and faculty may participate, and should register one
week in advance by contacting Lemn at email@example.com.
He will provide instructions on submitting your writing.
Enrollment is limited.
Wednesday, January 30, 6:30pm
Music Hall. (Click
here for map.) "Tender Fingers in a Clenched
Fist" — Poetry reading open to the public, free
of charge. Book signing will follow. Lemn's books and CD will
be available for sale and autographing at the reading,
and before the reading in the University Bookstore.