Poetry Readings

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 Mar. 23, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
British Council-USA Partnership
Brings Poets to
Cal State L.A. this Spring

British Council-USA Writer-in-Residence Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building
British Afro-Caribbean poet and novelist Anthony Joseph is the first British Council-USA writer-in-residence at Cal State L.A. Joseph will be at CSULA for a one-month residency (April 4-May 2). Joseph is a poet, musician and performer whose writing has been described as “a heady fusion of sci-fi, Caribbean and Afro myths and jazz.” (Free to the public.)

Jean Burden Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m., Golden Eagle Ballroom
Speaker: Linton Kwesi Johnson, recognized as the world’s first reggae poet. This increasingly popular event features an annual reading by a major or emerging 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. (Free to the public.)

Los Angeles, CA -- This spring, British Afro-Carribbean poet and novelist Anthony Joseph, and Linton Kwesi Johnson, the world’s first reggae poet, will be at California State University, Los Angeles!

As part of a writer-in-residence program developed by the British Council-USA—the United Kingdom’s international organization for educational and cultural relations, noted Trinidad-born writer Anthony Joseph will be presenting his first reading on Thursday, April 14, on the Cal State L.A. campus. Joseph will be at CSULA for a one-month residency (April 4-May 2).

Joseph’s post at Cal State L.A. represents the first British Council-USA Writer-in-Residence program in the West. This begins a three-year pilot program that, each year, brings a different British poet to Cal State L.A. for a one-month residency. The British Council-USA writer-in-residence program forms partnerships between the British Council-USA and major American universities, introducing U.S. students to exciting and contemporary British writers. The CSULA residency is supported by the Virginia E. Smith Fund for Poetry and Poetics.

On April 21, Linton Kwesi Johnson will be the featured speaker for the 20th Annual Jean Burden Poetry Reading. Johnson is internationally known as a reggae performing artist and the founder of “dub” poetry—performance poetry that uses reggae rhythms.

The annual poetry readings were established in 1986 to honor Altadena Jean Burden for her influence as a poet, essayist, anthologist, teacher and editor, and for her long-standing support of poetry on campus. Last year’s Virginia E. Smith bequest of over $660,000 expands the Jean Burden Annual Poetry Series and increases access to living poets and their works by students, faculty and staff in the communities. This year, the event is supported in part by the British Council-USA.

For more information, contact Lauri Ramey, Department of English at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-4165.

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