This series, one of the longest running and most prestigious in the U.S., was established in 1986 by friends and supporters of Jean Burden to honor her achievements as a poet, essayist, editor, teacher, and scholar. An Illinois native, University of Chicago alumna, and Altadena resident, Burden served as poetry editor of Yankee Magazine for 47 years, and published her poetry in prominent magazines including Poetry, Saturday Review, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review and American Scholar. She is the author of two poetry collections, Naked as the Glass (October House, 1963) and Taking Light from Each Other (University Press of Florida, 1992). Her poetry has been praised by figures such as James Dickey who called “[h]er voice unforced and lovely, saying the right un-heard-of-things with naturalness,” and Mary Oliver who described her poems as “silky, meditative, purposeful...filled with the deft cadences of reason.” Burden wrote six bestsellers on animal welfare, and an essay collection, Journey Toward Poetry (October House, 1966), lauded by May Sarton as “a key to a way of looking and a way of being.” The Jean Burden Series also honors and celebrates Jean Burden’s decades of commitment to sustaining poetry’s presence at Cal State LA.
This increasingly popular event features an annual reading by a major poet. Noted poets, Pulitzer Prize winners and Poets Laureate have been guest readers since the inception of this series at Cal State LA., including Andrew Motion, Rita Dove, Anthony Hecht, Maxine Kumin, Mary Oliver, Harryette Mullen, Lucille Clifton, Galway Kinnell, Carolyn Kizer, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Richard Wilbur, Linda Pastan, and Mark Strand.
2019 Jean Burden Poetry Series
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
5:30 PM | Golden Eagle Ballrooms
Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. In 2016 his book, Speak from Here to There, a co-written collection of verse with Australian poet John Kinsella appeared. His most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern University Press) will appear in 2017. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival.
Often called 'the busiest man in literature', Kwame will celebrate the publication of eight new books in 2016-2017. Click here for an extended biography.
Juan Felipe Herrera
Victor Hernàndez Cruz
Linton Kwesi Johnson
2004 Anthony Hecht (press release)
2003 Harryette Mullen (press release)
2002 Liz Rosenberg (press release)
2001 David St. John (press release)
2000 Galway Kinnell (press release)
1999 Linda Pastan (press release)
1998 Donald Hall (press release)
1997 Jean Burden (press release)
1996 Richard Wilbur
1995 Mary Oliver
1994 Diana O'Hehir
1993 Killarney Clary and Bruce Bond
1992 Carolyn Kizer
1991 Lucille Clifton
1990 Mark Strand
1989 Maxine Kumin
1988 Howard Nemerov
1987 Tess Gallagher
1986 Paul Zimmer