Jean Burden Poetry Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/10/96

CONTACT: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur To Be
1996 Jean Burden Poetry Series Reader at Cal State L.A.

Los Angeles, CA -- April 10, 1996 -- On Tuesday, May 7, 1996, California State University, Los Angeles will present a reading by United States Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur, multiple Pulitzer Prize winner, at the 11th Annual Jean Burden Poetry Series. The reading is free to the public and will begin 7 p.m. at the Luckman Theatre on the CSLA campus.

Richard Wilbur has been a poet, a translator, a teacher, a Broadway lyricist, a critic, an editor and an author of children's books. In the four decades since the publication of his first volume, The Beautiful Changes (1947), Wilbur's poetry has won many honors, among them two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award. His other poetry titles include Ceremony, Things of This World, Advice to a Prophet, Walking to Sleep, The Mind Reader and New and Collected Poems.

In 1956, Wilbur collaborated with Lillian Hellman and Leonard Bernstein, writing the lyrics for the comic opera, Candide. Wilbur has published a collection of essays called Responses and has pleased many children with his books Loudmouse, Opposites and More Opposites. On September 1987, Richard Wilbur became the United States' second Poet Laureate consultant in poetry.

The increasingly popular Jean Burden Poetry Series features major or emerging American poets. Noted poets, Pulitzer Prize winners and U.S. Poets Laureate have been guest readers at CSLA, including Maxine Kumin, Tess Gallagher, Lucille Clifton, Carolyn Kizer, Howard Nemerov and Mark Strand. The series honors Altadenan Jean Burden for her influence as a poet, essayist, anthologist, teacher and editor, and for her long-standing support of poetry on the CSLA campus.

The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. For more information, call CSLA English Department, (323) 343-4140.

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