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Dolores Kendrick, the poet laureate of Washington D.C., will be in residence at Cal State LA in May 2006. Kendrick's visit is made possible by the Virginia E. Smith Endowment for Poetry and Poetics and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Poets and Writers, Inc.

Further details, including a schedule of events, will be available later.

From the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities:

Kendrick is the author of the award-winning poetry book The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women, published in 1989. In 1996, a CD of music inspired by The Women of Plums was released, and Kendrick adapted the book for theatrical performance in Cleveland, and at the Kennedy Center. The adaptation won the New York New Playwrights Award in 1997.

Kendrick's other books are Through the Ceiling and Now Is the Thing to Praise. The Library of Congress has recorded her poetry for its Contemporary Poets series. Her CD, The Color of Dusk, in collaboration with composer Wall Matthews and vocalist Aleta Greene, won rave reviews from music critics nationally.

Image of Dolores Kendrick

Photo by Steve Lewis

Dolores Kendrick's visit to CSULA is made possible through the Virginia E. Smith Fund for Poetry and Poetics, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Poets and Writers, Inc.

Dolores Kendrick at CSULA

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30pm
Library Conference Room, JFK Library North, B Level, B530—Poetry Reading


Kendrick's rich history of poetic contributions to local and national publications has earned her numerous awards and honors, including a National Endowment for the Arts Award, the George Kent Award for Literature, the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Award, and an invitation from the Chinese government to lecture at the Shanghai School of Foreign Languages. She has received two Yaddo Fellowships and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. She was the first Vira I. Heinz Professor Emerita at Phillips Exeter Academy. Chicago State University has inducted Kendrick into the International Literary Hall of Fame for writers of African-American descent, an honor sponsored by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing.

Her new book Why the Woman is Singing on the Corner was selected by poet and critic Grace Cavalieri as one of the five best books of poetry of 2001. She was one of the selected poets invited to the National Book Festival, sponsored by Laura Bush, celebrated at the White House and the Library of Congress in September 2001. In July of 2002 she was given a special Fulbright Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Education and Literature. She has been selected to be honored by the National Visionary Leadership Project, which celebrates African-Americans who have made outstanding contributions to art and public life. On September 11, of 2002 a celebration of her work appeared on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

In May of 2004, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree upon giving the commencement address at St. Bonaventure University at Bonaventure, NY. Ms. Kendrick was also one of the original designers and teachers at the School Without Walls, a high school in Washington, DC. 

Further information on Dolores Kendrick is available at the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities website (DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Poet Laureate). Further information on  Poets & Writers events is available at the Poets & Writers Events Calendar website (Poets & Writers Readings/Workshops Program: Events Calendar).

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

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