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2015-2016 Events


AWP Writing Conference and Bookfair comes to Los Angeles

Cal State L.A. and the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics will be a co-sponsor of the 2016 AWP Conference and Book Fair. 

2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Los Angeles Convention Center 
& JW Marriott Los Angeles
March 30-April 2, 2016


Events, Panels and Activities include:


Planning and Running a University Literary Center

Panel discussion with Dr. William A. Covino, President of Cal State L.A., 

Dr. Lauri Ramey, Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (CCPP),

Poet Marisela Norte, CCPP Advisory Board Member Dr. Mike Soldatenko, and CCPP Intern Jamie Tice

Thursday, March 31, 2016

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor



Cal State L.A. Public Reception

Thursday, March 31, 2016

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Plaza 1, JW Marriott LA, 3rd Floor

One free drink for the first 50 guests

Free Mediterranean Buffet and Cash Bar

Join us for happy hour before the keynote address by Claudia Rankine


A Tribute to John Rechy

with Alex Espinoza and John Rechy

Thursday, March 31, 2016

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Room 409 AB, LA Convention Center

Meeting Room Level



Jotas: A Chicana Lesbian Reading by Barrio-Based Writers

with Verónica Reyes

Friday, April 1, 2016

9:00 AM -10:15 AM

Room 410, L.A. Convention Center

Meeting Room Level


Intersections: Race, Sexuality, and Other Collisions in Los Angeles Literature

 with Alex Espinoza and Frederick Smith

Friday, April 1, 2016

1:30 PM -2:45 PM

AWP Bookfair Stage

L.A. Convention Center , Exhibit Hall Level


What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America 

Reading and Reception

with Will Alexander, C.S. Giscombe, Duriel E. Harris, Harmony Holiday, Geoffrey Jacques,

Douglas Kearney, Dawn Lundy Martin, Tracie Morris, Fred Moten, Aldon Lynn Nielsen,

Julie Patton, Lauri Ramey, giovanni singleton, and Ronaldo V. Wilson

Friday April 1, 2016

8 PM - 10 PM

Cal State L.A. Downtown Campus

801 S. Grand Ave.

Suite 600 


Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in California

with Harryette Mullen, Will Alexander, C.S. Giscombe, giovanni singleton, and Lauri Ramey

Saturday, April 2, 2016

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

L.A. Convention Center, Room 515B


At the Margins, At the Intersections: Black Queer Literature, Writing, Publishing

with Frederick Smith

Saturday, April 2, 2016

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Gold Salon 1 

JW Marriott LA, First Floor


For a List of All Events, Activities, Dates and Times Visit:


Seventh International Colloquium for the EDICE Program




Dr. Susan K. Harris and Dr. William J. Harris


Letterpress Printing and Poetry Scene

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 3:15pm to 7:30pm


Larry Rafferty, a Cal State LA alumnus and student of Henri Coulette

will be speaking about his career as a poet and poetry publisher

which includes letterpress printing and the poetry scene at Cal State LA

in the 1960s/1970s



Jean Burden Reading 2016

featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera



Celebrating the National Day of Writing

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Contributions to the writing tree

Books, Coffee and Doughnuts for Sale

Poetry Reading featuring Mike the Poet at 6:30 pm



Dr. Luo Lianggong



Outsiders, Outliers, Outcasts: In Words and Music