Congratulations to Local Poet Wanda Coleman on National Award

Wanda Coleman, who is coming to ALOUD on Thursday, April 12, has just been honored by the Poetry Society of America. Congratulations to one of L.A.’s brightest voices!

Announcing the 2012 Shelley Memorial Award, Wanda Coleman – Poetry Society of America.

Reserve your free ticket for Wanda Coleman at ALOUD on Thursday, April 12.

Concrete Rivers: The Emotional Topography of LA
A reading and conversation with poets Wanda Coleman and Lewis MacAdams. In conversation with Lynell George. Part of Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles Art 1945-1980.

Two celebrated poets read from their most recent work and discuss how Los Angeles has influenced their writing, how some influences overlap and others diverge. Born in Watts, Wanda Coleman witnessed Simon Rodia working on the Towers firsthand. Coleman’s work is often concerned with the outsider, both in terms of race and poverty in California. Lewis MacAdams is a poet, journalist, filmmaker, and activist who has written on topics ranging from cultural history to the environment. Known as the Los Angeles River’s most influential advocate, he co-founded the Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) and dubbed it “a forty year art work.”


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