All events are scheduled for Thursday. Each visiting poet will give a Poetry Talk at 1 p.m. in Wilkinson Chapel (Fish Interfaith Center) and a Poetry Reading at 4 p.m. in the Henley Room (Leatherby Libraries).
» Tabula Poetica Presents
+ - 2016 Reading Series
September 15: Cecelia Woloch
Cecilia Woloch is a poet, writer, teacher, and traveler based in Los Angeles. She has published six collections of poems, most recently Earth from Two Sylvias Press and Carpathia from BOA Editions. Her second collection, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, was published in French translation in 2014 and has been adapted for multimedia performances in the United States and Europe. Her novel, Sur la Route, was published by Quale Press. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and CEC/ArtsLink International. She collaborates regularly with artists in other disciplines and conducts workshops for writers around the world.
October 6: Alan Shapiro
Alan Shapiro has published many poetry collections, most recently Reel to Reel, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Night of the Republic, a finalist for the National Book Award. He has published four books of prose, including The Last Happy Occasion, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Broadway Baby, a novel. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, and an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, two new books appear in 2016: Life Pig, a book of poems, and That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration, essays on convention, suffering, and self-expression.
December 1: Elline Lipkin
Elline Lipkin is a poet, academic, and nonfiction writer. Her book The Errant Thread was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Kore Press First Book Award. Her second book, Girls’ Studies, explores contemporary girlhood in the United States. Currently a Research Scholar with the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA, Lipkin also teaches for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She has been a resident at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. She recently served as a mentor for AWP’s Writer-to-Writer program and is the current Poet Laureate of Altadena.
December 15: MFA Reading
+ - 2015 Reading Series
September 10: Carolyn Forché
Carolyn Forché’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. She has translated Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and is followed by the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness. In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. She is currently at work on a memoir.
October 1: Hélène Cardona
Hélène Cardona is an award-winning poet, literary translator, actor, and author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry), The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press), and Ce que nous portons (Éditions du Cygne), her translation of Dorianne Laux. Two books are forthcoming: Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry) and Beyond Elsewhere (White Pine Press, 2016), her translation of Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac. She holds a Master’s in American Literature from the Sorbonne, taught at Hamilton College and LMU, and received fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. She co-edits Dublin Poetry Review, Levure Littéraire, and Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics.
October 29: Ilya Kaminsky
Ilya Kaminsky's poetry has received American Academy of Arts and Letter's Metcalf Award, Whiting Writers Award, Lannan Fellowship, and other honors. He is the author of Dancing In Odessa, co-translator (with Jean Valentine) of Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, and co-editor (with Susan Harris) of Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He is the Professor of Poetry and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.
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November 12: Jessica Piazza
Jessica Piazza authored two full-length poetry collections with Red Hen Press: Interrobang and Obliterations (with Heather Aimee O'Neill, forthcoming). She has also published a chapbook, This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press.) She holds a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and teaches for the USC Writing Program and the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s online MFA program. She is the poetry editor at Southern Pacific Review and curates the Poetry Has Value project. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she currently live in Los Angeles.
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December 17: MFA Reading
+ - 2014 Reading Series
October 7: Tess Taylor
Tess Taylor’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review, The Boston Review, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her latest collection, The Forage House, was selected for The Believer Poetry Award Editor's Short List, and The San Francisco Chronicle calls it "stunning." Taylor also writes book reviews for NPR’s All Things Considered and lives in El Cerrito.
October 28: Bin Ramke
Bin Ramke’s first collection of poems, The Difference Between Night and Day, won the Yale Younger Poets Prize. The Massacre of the Innocents and Wake were awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of Denver, edits the Denver Quarterly, and is the author of more than eight collections of poetry.
Watch Bin Ramke's lecture and poetry reading:
November 11: Lorene Delany-Ullman
Lorene Delany-Ullman’s book of prose poems, Camouflage for the Neighborhood, was the winner of the 2011 Sentence Award. Her poetry and creative nonfiction appear in Agni, Lunch Ticket, Santa Monica Review, Prime Number, Sports Literate, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, and Warscapes. Delany-Ullman teaches at the University of California, Irvine.
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December 16: MFA Reading
+ - 2013 Reading Series
September 10: Maureen Alsop
Maureen Alsop is the author of two full collections of poetry, Mantic and Apparition Wren. She is the winner of Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in various journals including The Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, and The Kenyon Review.
Watch Maureen Alsop's lecture and poetry reading.
Poetry Lecture: The Flowering Self, Smaller, Frozen: Portals, Self-Portrayal
Poetry Reading: Maureen Alsop
September 24: Sholeh Wolpé
Sholeh Wolpé is the author of three collections of poetry, two books of translations, and a play and is the editor of three anthologies. She is the recipient of Lois Roth Persian Translation Award for her book Sin—Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad. Wolpé teaches poetry and literary translation at the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program. She lives in Los Angeles.
Watch Sholeh Wolpé lecture and poetry reading.
Poetry Lecture: Crimes of Passion—Murder on the Translation Express
Poetry Reading: Sholeh Wolpé
October 15: C. K. Williams
C. K. Williams has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors. In 2010, he published a critical study, On Whitman, and a book of poetry, Wait. In 2012, he published a book of poems, Writers Writing Dying, and a book of essays, In Time: Poets, Poems, and the Rest.
November 5: Nina Corwin
Nina Corwin is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. Her poetry has appeared in From the Fishouse, Drunken Boat, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Southern Poetry Review, and Verse. Corwin, a Pushcart nominee, is also an Advisory Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. In daytime hours, she is a psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence.
November 19: Seth Michelson
Seth Michelson’s most recent books are Eyes Like Broken Windows, winner of the 2013 International Book Awards, and El Ghetto/The Ghetto: A Bilingual Edition, which is his translation of El ghetto by the internationally acclaimed Argentine poet Tamara Kamenszain. He teaches at the University of Southern California, and he can be found at sethmichelson.com.
Poetry Lecture: Scorching the Reader's Ear: Poetry, Violence, and Translation
Poetry Reading: Seth Michelson
December 10: MFA Reading
Professor Joanna Levin, author of Bohemia in America, 1858-1920, will introduce the poets at the MFA Poetry Reading featuring MFA students in poetry and faculty poets Allison Benis White, author of Small Porcelain Head, and Anna Leahy, author of Constituents of Matter in Argyros Forum 209A.
+ - 2012 Reading Series
Lecture: Victoria Chang Lecture
Reading: Victoria Chang Reading
Sample Poem: I once was a child
Lecture: Mark Jarman Lecture
Reading: Mark Jarman Reading
Sample Poem: Good God
Lecture: Kate Gale Lecture
Reading: Kate Gale Reading
Sample Poem: Godilocks Zone
Lecture: William Stobb Lecture
Reading: William Stobb Reading
Sample Poem: Poem Asleep
+ - 2011 Reading Series
Amy Newlove Schroeder
Reading: Selections from Tongue of War (featuring musicians John Clinebell & Ariana Hall)
Lecture: Poetry and Community
+ - 2010 Reading Series
Lecture: Humor in Poetry
Interview: On the Writing Biz
Lecture: The First Manuscript
Interview: Posit(ion)ing the Poet
Lecture: Trendspotting (Poetry’s New Thing)
Interview: Don't Back Away
Lecture: On Publishing
+ - 2009 Reading Series
Reading: The Poetry of Jen Bervin
Lecture: Everyday Domain
Interview: The Activity of Language
Lecture: Are Poetry Videos Wrong?
Reading: Selections from her published works
Interview: Poetry and Videos (audio only)
Lecture: Poetry During Collapse
Interview: Awe Strikes
Karen An-hwei Lee
Allison Benis White