News Release| CSULA; Cal State L.A.; Los Angeles; CSU; Poetry Series; Vanessa Richards

 Feast in ‘The Potluck of Possibilities,’ then explore ‘Northern Witness’ at Cal State L.A.

 Poetry series to feature Afro-Canadian poet Vanessa Richards


“The Potluck of Possibilities”

Tuesday, Jan. 20 – 6:30 p.m.

Engineering & Technology Building, room A126, on the Cal State L.A. campus


“Northern Witness: An Evening of Poetry and Songs with Vanessa Richards”

Wednesday, Jan. 21 – 6:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Room, University-Student Union, on the Cal State L.A. campus


Los Angeles, CA -- Visiting Cal State L.A. from Canada this month is Vanessa Richards, a multi-talented Afro-Canadian poet, performer, songwriter and filmmaker.


As part of the CSULA Poetry Series, Richards will present ”The Potluck of Possibilities” on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m., in Engineering and Technology A126, and “Northern Witness: An Evening of Poetry and Songs with Vanessa Richards” on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:30p.m., in the Los Angeles Room (308A) of the University-Student Union.


Richards, born in Vancouver, is an interdisciplinary artist with a foundation in writing, music, live art, theatre, and collaboration. Her interests include participatory process, leading-edge practices in community-based arts and the role of the arts and artists in urban regeneration. She also sings in a quartet called Radiant Sound.


While in London from 1992 to 2004, she founded and served as artistic director of performing arts company Mannafest; toured clubs, concert halls and galleries; and delivered socially-engaged projects.


Since returning to Vancouver she has worked with and for Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver International Writers Festival, Hollyhock Leadership Institute and CBC-ZeD TV. As artist-in-residence at Public Dreams Society in 2005-2006, she conceptualized and developed Mountain Mardi Gras, the first intercultural winter carnival project in North Vancouver. For more about Richards, go to


Richard’s visit is supported by the CSULA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Department of English, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140. 

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