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‘Rubber Orchestras’ blend music, poetry together

Cal State L.A.’s first British Council Writer-in-Residence
is back in
Los Angeles

For calendar listing

What:              Poetry
reading by acclaimed British writer Anthony Joseph.

When:              Monday, Apr.
9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where:             Choir Room (MUS
149) on the CSULA campus.

For campus map and parking info:


Info:                 Call the
CSULA English Department at (323) 343-4140.


Los Angeles, CA – Anthony
, Cal State L.A.’s first British Council Writer-in-Residence,
returns to campus on Monday, April 9, to launch his latest poetry
Rubber Orchestras.

A Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician, Joseph will
present a poetry reading from his new book from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the
Choir Room (MUS 149)
, accompanied by members of the CSULA Jazz

Rubber Orchestras is described as “an energetic, sensuous and intriguing
collection of poems, written over a period of four years with an (as
yet) undisclosed method of composition the writer calls ‘Liminalism.’”

The event is free to the public and will be followed by a question and
answer session, refreshments and book signing. On the same evening, from
8-10 p.m., Joseph will join the University’s English senior seminar
class (ENG 492, Playlist: Literature and Music) to further discuss his
writing with CSULA students.

Joseph, who served as the inaugural British Council Writer-in-Residence
at CSULA in 2005, teaches creative writing at Birkbeck College,
University of London. He has authored four collections of poetry and a

The African Origins of UFOs
, which
was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize. In 2004, he was chosen by
Decibel and the Arts Council of England as one of 50 writers who have
influenced the black-British literary canon over the past 50 years. As a
musician, he has released three critically-acclaimed albums with his

The Spasm Band
. His latest poetry

Rubber Orchestras
, was published by
Salt in 2011. For more about Joseph:


While in Los Angeles, Joseph will also be conducting workshops and
giving presentations to the students at Chester W. Nimitz Middle School
on Tuesday, April 10, and to the residents of Hollenbeck Palms on
Wednesday, April 11.

This visit is sponsored by the CSULA Departments of English, Music and
Pan-African Studies, Chester W. Nimitz Middle School, Statement Magazine
and Hollenbeck Palms.

Public (permit dispenser) parking on campus is available in Lot 5 and
upper level of Structure C. For more information, call the CSULA
Department of English at (323) 343-4140.


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