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San Fernando (Zoom): Celebrate Poetry Month
April 2, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lynne Thompson: Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles
The San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club is honored to welcome Lynne Thompson, Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles, as our guest speaker on April 2, 2022 at 1:00, via Zoom, to help us celebrate National Poetry Month.
As a native Angeleno and daughter of Caribbean immigrants, Thompson says that she is proud to serve as L.A. Poet Laureate and as a literary ambassador for literature in general and for poetry in particular. While some question the importance of poetry in our lives, she responds that when humanity experiences difficult or joyous times—births, deaths, weddings, wars—they turn to the poets who wrap language around what they are feeling. Her own poetry addresses ancestry and family, as well as the events of our days. It is those poems that she is happy to share with us in celebration of National Poetry month.
Thompson was appointed Los Angeles’ Poet Laureate in 2021. Her most recent collection of poems, Fretwork, was selected the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize winner and was published in 2019. A multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, Thompson is the author of Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press), winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award, and Start With A Small Guitar (What Books Press).
Her work has been widely published and anthologized including in New England Review, Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Colorado Review, Pleiades, and Best American Poetry 2020, among others. Thompson serves on the Boards of Directors of Cave Canem and the Los Angeles Review of Books and is Chair of the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Scripps College.
For additional information, please visit https://www.lynnethompson.us
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Note: CWC-SFV members will automatically receive an invitation to this presentation. CWC members from other branches should contact SVF VP/Zoom host Monte Swann by noon on March 1 to request a free invitation. Other guests may purchase admission to this presentation at http://www.cwc-sfv.org by noon on April 1. After purchasing admission, they will receive a Zoom invitation. We regret that we cannot accommodate late requests.