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Celebrating National Poetry Month

April 7, 2014

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Claudia Rankine

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Cal State Fullerton will celebrate National Poetry Month with "Living in the World," featuring a student poetry contest and poetry readings.


Featured poet is Claudia Rankine , author of four collections of poetry: "Nothing in Nature is Private," "The End of the Alphabet," "PLOT" and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric." Community readings will include poets Stacy Russo and Karen Holden .


Friday, April 25
11 a.m. — Student poetry contest finalists give readings, winners announced
Noon – community readings
1 p.m. — reading and book signing by Claudia Rankine


Cal State Fullerton, Pollak Library, Rotary Club of Fullerton Room 130
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


"'Living in the World' intends to make transparent the dynamic interrelation between the poet and the world, or worlds, the poet moves through and the vitality and essential nature of the work," said Natalie Graham, assistant professor of African American studies, and one of the program organizers. "Also, we want to remind ourselves, students and communities that there are poets walking among us, living and working, open to and responsive to the world."


Cal State Fullerton's College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the departments of African American Studies and English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics; and the Pollak Library

More Info:

Natalie Graham at; Irena Praitis,; Jie Tien,; or Joy Lambert,


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Mondays through Fridays. Details are available online.

Media Contact:

Pamela McLaren

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