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Writer and teacher Sesshu Foster will be in residence at Cal State LA on February 24-25, 2009. His visit is made possible by the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, the Department of English, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

During his visit to Cal State LA, Foster will be sitting in on classes in creative writing and English. He is also scheduled to present "Recent Rupture Radio Hour" (see description in sidebar) on Tuesday, February 24 and give a public reading on Wednesday, February 25. Both events will begin at 6pm in the Music Hall, and will be free of charge and open to the public.

Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East L.A. for 20 years. He's also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. One of his last readings at St. Mark's Poetry Project NYC is Mp3 archived at www.salon.com and local readings are archived at www.sicklyseason.com. He is currently collaborating with artist Arturo Romo and other writers on the website, www.ELAguide.org.

Foster's City Terrace Field Manual (Kaya/Muae), published in 1996, marked the debut of a striking new voice experimenting with the "prose poem" genre. His next book, the novel Atomic Aztex (City Lights, 2005) was awarded  The Believer Magazine's Annual Book Award (2006), and received critical acclaim from publications such as Publishers Weekly, Bookforum, The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times Book Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His latest book, World Ball Notebook (City Lights), is expected in January 2009.

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Sesshu Foster's visit to CSULA is made possible through the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, the Department of English, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Sesshu Foster at CSULA

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00pm
Location: Music Hall (map)

Sesshu Foster offers this description: "The ever popular post-modern store front radio show, RECENT RUPTURE RADIO HOUR next broadcasts on Tuesday at 6:00 pm February 24 in the Music Hall of the Music Building CSULA. Featuring your hosts Arturo Ernesto Romo and Sesshu Foster, guests include spiritual jiu-jitsu master Jose Lopez-Feliu, champion machete juggler and photographer Rosalio Munoz, the Chicken Man, the Baghdad Artist, the Dirigible Handler, the Vague Figure, someone wearing a rabbit mask, to discuss the Mysteries of East L.A., the High Low Radiance Corridor, and community issues. Multimedia performance plus old-time special effects (see http://revumbio.com/RECENTRUPT/rupture2audio.html ) followed by free drawing for one dirigible ride offered by our sponsor, the East L. A. Dirigible Air Transport Lines. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Love? Career? Investment? Your questions will be answered."

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00pm
Location: Music Hall (map)
"World Ball Notebook Reading": Poetry reading open to the public, free of charge. Refreshments will be served, and copies of Foster's books available for sale and signing.

For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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