This weekend, Pasadena’s Red Hen Press and the Poetry Society of America offer a tribute to poet Wanda Coleman.
Join us as we pay tribute to Los Angeles’ unofficial poet laureate, Wanda Coleman, with an evening of readings and shared memories. We will honor what she did for poetry and who she was in Los Angeles: a larger-than-life figure who for decades reminded us how to be our own authentic selves, who made us remember histories of poetry and oppression and music. We will miss her, we will celebrate her, we will remember her.
Saturday, January 18th at the Mark Taper Auditorium, South Pasadena author Ron Koertge, Altadenan poet Sesshu Foster, as well as Robin Coste Lewis, Suzanne Lummis, and Michael Datcher will remember this esteemed woman and poet. David Ornette Cherry, a jazz composer and musician, will provide the musical accompaniment, and Kate Gale and Brendan Constantine will moderate.
Editor of Poetry New Zealand, Alistair Paterson, says, “Coleman’s poetry, politically aware, darkly humorous, sensual and iconoclastic, presents a remarkable talent developed throughout a difficult life. . . . It’s the kind of poetry other writers can use as a yardstick for measuring their work—it sets a standard and demonstrates what a beautiful, adaptable, usable language colloquial English is.” (Poetry Foundation)
Books and broadsides of Coleman’s poetry will be available for purchase and a public reception will follow the program.
A Tribute to Wanda Coleman
Saturday, Jan. 18th, 5 p.m.
Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Central Library
630 W. Fifth St., L.A.
For more info, visit Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA.org)