FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/10/96
CONTACT: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant
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
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
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.