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Cal State Fullerton Hosts April 28 Poetry Readings


In celebration of National Poetry Month, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and National Library Week, Cal State Fullerton’s Pollak Library is hosting poetry workshops, readings by local and nationally known poets and public readings in English and other languages.


Wednesday, April 28
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Pollak Library, Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton 92831


11 a.m.
Writing workshop – “Killing Your Darlings or How to Use Feedback to Make a Better Poem,” presented by Cal State Fullerton graduate student Benjamin Russell Perry

Poetry reading by Irena Praitis, professor of English, comparative literature and linguistics, and graduate student J.D. Isip.

1 p.m.
Featured poet – Oliver de la Paz, author of “Names Above Houses,” “Furious Lullaby” (SIU Press 2001, 2007) and the forthcoming “Requiem for the Orchard” (University of Akron Press, 2010). He is a winner of the Akron Prize for poetry and co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American poetry. De la Paz, who teaches at Western Washington University, also is a recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship Award.

2 p.m.
Writing workshop – “The Poet’s Melodious Metronome: How to Create Musical Sonic Devices Within a Line of Verse,” by graduate student Shayna Cunningham

3 p.m.
World Languages Open Mic! Participants can read their own poetry or the works of their favorite poets. To sign up to read, contact Joy Lambert, or Stephanie Rosenblatt,


Cal State Fullerton Pollak Library; College of Humanities and Social Science; Asian American Studies Program; Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics; Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association; Creative Writing Club; Multicultural Leadership Center; Acacia Group; Humanities and Social Sciences Inter-Club Council; Association of Chinese Students; Cambodian Student Association; Pilipino American Student Association; South Pacific Islander Cultural Association; and
Vietnamese Student Association

Media Contacts:
Stephanie Rosenblatt, Pollak Library, 657-278-5801 or
Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-786 or