Cal State L.A. - Public Affairs Office News Release - Jean Burden's Poetry Reading


Margie Yu,

Public Affairs Asst.

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Distinguished Poet Laureate Will Read at Cal State L.A.'s Poetry Series

Los Angeles, California -- April 27, 1998 -- On Wednesday, May 6, 1998, California State University, Los Angeles will present a reading by Donald Hall--one of the most distinguished and influential poets writing in America today-- at the University's 13th Annual Jean Burden Poetry Reading. The reading is free to the public and will begin 7 p.m. at the Music Hall on the Cal State L.A. campus. A reception and book signing to follow the reading.

Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, Donald Hall is author of fourteen books of poems, four plays and twenty-two prose volumes, and has studied with such twentieth century masters as Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Yvor Winters and Ezra Pound.

Hall's work has won numerous awards, including the 1989 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry for The One Day, the 1990 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America for Old and New Poems, and the 1994 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the American Council for the Arts. This impressive string of awards began in 1955 with the selection of his book Exiles and Marriages for the Lamont Poetry Prize. As an anthologist, he edited with Robert Pack, The New Poets of England and America, a book that became the touchstone anthology for many poets and readers coming of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The readings were established at Cal State L.A. in 1986 to honor 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 has also been the poetry editor of Yankee magazine for more than 40 years.

This increasingly popular event features an annual reading by a major or emerging American 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 Maxine Kumin, Tess Gallagher, Lucille Clifton, Carolyn Kizer, Howard Nemerov, Richard Wilbur, 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 in Lot C, Lot G, or the top level of North Parking Structure II. Cost is $.50 per hour for parking. For more information on the reading, call Cal State L.A.'s English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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