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Attention Calendar Editors: See event-listing below release.

Poet Laureate of UK makes
Los Angeles debut April 11

Cal State L.A. Poetry Series carries on tradition of
staging major, emerging poets on campus

Los Angeles, CA -- Poet Laureate of UK Andrew Motion will be making his Los Angeles debut at this year’s Jean Burden Poetry Reading at California State University, Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., in Cal State L.A.’s Golden Eagle Ballroom.

The reading is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

An acclaimed poet, novelist, biographer and former editor of Poetry Review, Motion was appointed poet laureate in 1999. He studied English at University College, Oxford; wrote about the poetry of Edward Thomas; and taught English at the University of Hull. A member of the Arts Council of England and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Motion was recently appointed professor of creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Motion was awarded the Newdigate Prize at Oxford for his poem “Inland,” included in his first collection of poems, The Pleasure Steamers, published in 1977. His most recent collection of poems is Public Property (2002). His new short novel, The Invention of Dr. Cake, which combines elements of mystery and detective fiction, was published in 2003. A memoir, In The Blood, was published in 2006. His collections include Independence (1981); Secret Narratives (1983); Dangerous Play: Poems 1974-1984 (1984), which won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; Natural Causes (1987), which won the Dylan Thomas Award; The Price of Everything (1994); Salt Water (1997); and Selected Poems 1976-1997 (1998).

Motion is also the author of several acclaimed biographies, including The Lamberts: George, Constant and Kit (1986), which won a Somerset Maugham Award; Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life (1993), which won the Whitbread Biography Award; a life of John Keats published in 1997; and Wainewright the Poisoner (2000), an account of the life of Thomas Wainewright, critic, forger, painter and suspected murderer.

Sponsored by Cal State L.A. English Department and College of Arts and Letters, this reading is made possible through the support of the CSULA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics and the British Council USA.

Jean Burden Annual Poetry Series
The annual poetry readings were established at Cal State L.A. in 1986 to honor Altadenan Jean Burden for her influence as a poet, essayist, anthologist, teacher and editor, and for her long-standing support of poetry on the Cal State L.A. campus. In addition to poetry, Burden has published a book of essays, Journey Toward Poetry, and articles and books on topics ranging from animal welfare to Oriental religion. Burden was also poetry editor of Yankee magazine for more than 40 years.

This increasingly popular event features an annual reading by a major or emerging poet. Noted poets, Pulitzer Prize winners and U.S. Poets Laureate have been guest readers since the inception of this series at Cal State L.A., including 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.

The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available on the top level of Parking Structure 2. Cost is $.50 per hour for parking. For more on the poetry reading, call Lauri Ramey, Cal State L.A. English Department, at (323) 343-4165.

CALENDAR LISTING

WHO & WHAT: Poet Laureate of UK Andrew Motion makes his Los Angeles debut as Cal State L.A.’s 22nd Annual Jean Burden Poetry Reading Series.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cal State L.A.’s Golden Eagle Ballroom. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available on the top level of Parking Structure 2.

DETAILS: Free to the public. For more on the poetry reading, call Lauri Ramey, Cal State L.A. English Department, at (323) 343-4165.


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