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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An Interview With Wanda Coleman

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“It was almost effortless. It was an amazing experience because it was as though the poems were writing me.” In this Poetry.LA interview from 2013, the late Wanda Coleman speaks about the moment she felt like a poet, her career as a soap opera writer, and how she finds enjoyment in writing. Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems (Black Sparrow Press, 2020), a new collection of Coleman’s poetry edited by Joshua Bodwell and Terrance Hayes, is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Harryette Mullen at Beyond Baroque

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“Instead of scanning newspaper headlines, / I spend the morning reading names / of flowers and trees in the botanical garden.” Harryette Mullen reads a selection of poems from her collection Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary (Graywolf Press, 2013) at Beyond Baroque in this Poetry.LA video.

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Kenji C. Liu at Writers for Migrant Justice

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“Even a baby is / a paper cut theater, / a necklace of incisions strung together / into a country.” In this Poetry.LA video, Kenji C. Liu reads poems from his collections Map of an Onion (Inlandia Institute, 2016) and Monsters I Have Been (Alice James Books, 2019) at the Writers for Migrant Justice reading in Los Angeles.

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Sara Borjas at Writers for Migrant Justice

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“Let’s be resentful about how / we didn’t have a quinceañera and forget / that we never wanted one...” In this Poetry.LA video, Sara Borjas reads “Pocha Café” from her debut collection, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff (Noemi Press, 2019), at the Writers for Migrant Justice reading in Los Angeles.

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