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Poetry.LA Interview With Patricia Smith

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“I am so happy to tell people, and to have learned myself, that a passion for the writing is all you really need.” Patricia Smith reads from her new collection, Unshuttered (TriQuarterly Books, 2023), and speaks about continuing to challenge herself with her writing for this Poetry.LA interview with host and poet Lynne Thompson. For more on Smith, read “Unshuttered: Patricia Smith’s Journey Into the Aperture of History” by Tyehimba Jess in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Poetry.LA Interviews Cynthia Guardado

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“This name— / branded on my family—rises out of / the ashes in the wind. I can trace each syllable / back to our cantón: Buena Vista.” Cynthia Guardado reads from her collection Cenizas (University of Arizona Press, 2022) and speaks about ancestry, names, and family stories in this Poetry.LA interview with poet Douglas Manuel.

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Poetry.LA: Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

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Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, director of the organization Women Who Submit, reads from her collection Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications, 2016) and speaks about writing family stories as a first-generation Chicana in this interview with Mariano Zaro for the Poetry.LA series.

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Will Alexander on Intuition

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“[The Congo] is the heartbeat of the world, and it’s never recognized as a central heartbeat,” says Will Alexander about the focus of his most recent collection, Refractive Africa (New Directions, 2021), a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, in this Poetry.LA interview with Douglas Manuel about the intuition he follows for his writing. “I’m not colonized by cognitive expertise,” says Alexander.

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Poets in Conversation: Ramón García and Anthony Seidman

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In this Poetry.LA conversation, Ramón García, author of The Chronicles (Red Hen Press, 2015), and Anthony Seidman, author of Cosmic Weather (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing, 2020), read their poems and talk about their origin stories as poets, poetry in translation, and the many writers throughout history who have influenced their writing.

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Poetry.LA Interview With torrin a. greathouse

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“Instead begin with the body—itself a kind / of ending.” In this Poetry.LA video, torrin a. greathouse reads from their debut collection, Wound From the Mouth of a Wound (Milkweed Editions, 2020), and speaks to Mariano Zaro about writing through multiple identities and connecting trauma, disability, and transness.

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Poetry.LA Interview With Teresa Mei Chuc

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“Poetry gave me a way to express myself in a language that was very difficult for me initially.” In this Poetry.LA interview with Mariano Zaro, poet Teresa Mei Chuc, author of Red Thread (Fithian Press, 2012) and Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014), speaks about her family’s experience as Vietnamese refugees and how encountering poetry offered a freedom to express herself through the English language.

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Lynne Thompson

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“I consider myself essentially a storyteller who’s chosen the genre of poetry.” Lynne Thompson, author of Start With a Small Guitar (What Books Press, 2013) and Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press, 2007), speaks about family stories and how she came to poetry after a career in law with Mariano Zaro for the Poetry.LA interview series. Thompson is the 2021 poet laureate of Los Angeles.

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