2015-2016 Events:


AWP Writing Conference and Bookfair comes to Los Angeles

Cal State L.A. and the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics will be a co-sponsor of the 2016 AWP Conference and Book Fair. 

2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Los Angeles Convention Center 
& JW Marriott Los Angeles
March 30-April 2, 2016


Events, Panels and Activities include:


Planning and Running a University Literary Center

Panel discussion with Dr. William A. Covino, President of Cal State L.A., 

Dr. Lauri Ramey, Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (CCPP),

Poet Marisela Norte, CCPP Advisory Board Member Dr. Mike Soldatenko, and CCPP Intern Jamie Tice

Thursday, March 31, 2016

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor



Cal State L.A. Public Reception

Thursday, March 31, 2016

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Plaza 1, JW Marriott LA, 3rd Floor

One free drink for the first 50 guests

Free Mediterranean Buffet and Cash Bar

Join us for happy hour before the keynote address by Claudia Rankine


A Tribute to John Rechy

with Alex Espinoza and John Rechy

Thursday, March 31, 2016

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Room 409 AB, LA Convention Center

Meeting Room Level



Jotas: A Chicana Lesbian Reading by Barrio-Based Writers

with Verónica Reyes

Friday, April 1, 2016

9:00 AM -10:15 AM

Room 410, L.A. Convention Center

Meeting Room Level


Intersections: Race, Sexuality, and Other Collisions in Los Angeles Literature

 with Alex Espinoza and Frederick Smith

Friday, April 1, 2016

1:30 PM -2:45 PM

AWP Bookfair Stage

L.A. Convention Center , Exhibit Hall Level


What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America 

Reading and Reception

with Will Alexander, C.S. Giscombe, Duriel E. Harris, Harmony Holiday, Geoffrey Jacques,

Douglas Kearney, Dawn Lundy Martin, Tracie Morris, Fred Moten, Aldon Lynn Nielsen,

Julie Patton, Lauri Ramey, giovanni singleton, and Ronaldo V. Wilson

Friday April 1, 2016

8 PM - 10 PM

Cal State L.A. Downtown Campus

801 S. Grand Ave.

Suite 600 


Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in California

with Harryette Mullen, Will Alexander, C.S. Giscombe, giovanni singleton, and Lauri Ramey

Saturday, April 2, 2016

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

L.A. Convention Center, Room 515B


At the Margins, At the Intersections: Black Queer Literature, Writing, Publishing

with Frederick Smith

Saturday, April 2, 2016

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Gold Salon 1 

JW Marriott LA, First Floor


For a List of All Events, Activities, Dates and Times Visit:


Seventh International Colloquium for the EDICE Program




Dr. Susan K. Harris and Dr. William J. Harris


Letterpress Printing and Poetry Scene

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 3:15pm to 7:30pm


Larry Rafferty, a Cal State LA alumnus and student of Henri Coulette

will be speaking about his career as a poet and poetry publisher

which includes letterpress printing and the poetry scene at Cal State LA

in the 1960s/1970s



Jean Burden Reading 2016

featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera



Celebrating the National Day of Writing

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Contributions to the writing tree

Books, Coffee and Doughnuts for Sale

Poetry Reading featuring Mike the Poet at 6:30 pm



Dr. Luo Lianggong



Outsiders, Outliers, Outcasts: In Words and Music









2014-2015 Events:

Claiming Freedom Symposium Three-Day Event

February 4, 5, 6





Ben V. Olguín Poetry Reading, November 6:

B.V. Olguin Event Flyer

World War I Commemoration Songs, November 6:

Fan Williams WW1 Commemoration

World War I Commemoration Follow-Up Event, November 7:

  • Interview with Paula Fan and Jeremy Huw Williams (3:30 PM to 4:00 PM; Location TBA)
  • Workshop on Setting Music to Poetry (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM; Location TBA)



2013-14 Events

National Day on Writing:

Jean Burden Reading with Li-Young Lee

David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture Series with Laurent Berlant

Jose Kozer

Theresa Kelly


2012-13 Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Events

Wanda Coleman EventFor more information on this event, click here.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

6:00 p.m.

Music Hall, TA 116

Luis Alberto Ambroggio

"Poetry without Borders"

Bilingual Poetry Reading

Luis Ambroggio


more info



November 14-15, 2012
Margaret Hermes

Visiting Writer at CSULA

more info

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Drumvoices with Eugene Redmond

Eugene Redmond

Eugene B. Redmond, Emeritus Professor of English and Founding Editor of Drumvoices Revue, will read from his works and participate in a critical conversation at CSULA...

more info


October 22nd, 9:30 am – 4:20 pm – E&T Courtyard – Under the Tree – Open Mic Recital from 3:15-4:20 pm

more info









2008-2009 Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Events

Nov 2008

Seni Seneviratne to Visit CSULA


Seni Seneviratne will be in residence at Cal State LA during the first week in November 2008. Seneviratne's ... more


Nov 10, 2008

Dima Hilal to Offer Poetry Reading at CSULA


Dima Hilal will read her poetry at Cal State LA in November 2008. Her visit is made possible by the ... more


January 20-21, 2009

Vanessa Richards, Visiting Poet

Vanessa Richards, Visiting Poet

The multi-talented Afro-Canadian poet-performer-songwriter-filmmaker Vanessa Richards will be the next visiting artist ... more


Feb 2009

Sesshu Foster


Writer and teacher Sesshu Foster will be in residence at Cal State LA on February 24-25, 2009. His visit is made possible ... more


April 7, 2009

Jean Burden Reading to Feature Victor Hernández Cruz

Jean Burden Reading to Feature Victor Hernández Cruz

Victor Hernández Cruz will be the featured reader at the 2009 Jean Burden Poetry Reading. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 6:30pm ... more


May - June 2009

John Siddique is British Council Poet-in-Residence


John Siddique is the fifth annual British Council Poet-in-Residence in partnership with National Endowment for the Arts and Huntington Library from May 15 to June 12. Events will be announced soon! ... more

2007-2008 Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Events

September 27, 2007

Editor, Writers to Present Writing  Collection

Nii Ayikwei Parkes

On Thursday, September 27, poet and editor Nii Ayikwei Parkes will host readings from and a discussion of x-24: unclassified .... more


Oct. 3, 2007

Cal State LA, British Council Host Black Watch Conference

Cal State LA, British Council Host Black Watch Conference

Cal State LA will host a three-way videoconference that will allow students and professors at Cal State LA, Royal Holloway University of London, and the University of Glasgow ... more

Nov. 7-8, 2007

Marisela Norte, East LA Writer and Artist, To Visit

Marisela Norte

Marisela Norte, East Los Angeles based writer and artist, will be in residence at Cal State LA November 7-8, 2007. Norte's visit is .... more


April 2, 2008

Adrienne Rich to Read in Burden Series

Adrienne Rich to Read in Burden Series

Adrienne Rich will be the guest reader at the 2008 Jean Burden Poetry Reading. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 6:30pm ... more

April 16-17, 2008

A. B. Spellman, Poet and Jazz Critic, to Visit CSULA

A. B. Spellman

A. B. Spellman will visit CSULA in April 2008, offering discussions on poetry and jazz and signing copies of his poetry collection ... more


Monday, January 7 to Friday, February 1, 2008

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay will be the British Council UK Writer-in-Residence at CSULA from Monday, January 7 to Friday, February 1, 2008... more

Sunday, June 1, 2008 - 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Poetry/Performance Art Program

Michele Serros

CSULA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Presents Michele Serros & Tim Z.Hernandez & Brown Lotus... more

Visiting poets generally attend class sessions that are open to registered CSULA students in a variety of classes and fields as an important dimension of their educational experience.

All announced events on this page are free of charge and open to the public.



Visiting Artists Keith+Mendi Obadike

Exodus: African American Poetry Through Time
Cal State L.A. Graduate Student Exhibition
Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County

Cultural Trauma of Slavery: International Videoconference Symposium
Cal State L.A. and Royal Holloway, University of London

British Council Poet-in-Residence Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Jean Burden Series Poet Andrew Motion


Visiting Poet Yunte Huang

Jean Burden Series Poet Rita Dove

British Council Poet-in-Residence Rommi Smith

Blues, Boats and Hurricanes


Visiting Poet giovanni singleton

British Council Poet-in-Residence Anthony Joseph

Jean Burden Series Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson

Visiting Poet and Reel Rasquache Festival Poet Juan Felipe Herrera