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Poets Welcome Here

Campus Hosts April 18 Readings for National Poetry Month
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Three contemporary poets will share their work during Cal State Fullerton’s celebration of National Poetry Month. The Tuesday, April 18, poetry reading event, “You Are Welcome Here,” takes place in the Pollak Library’s Rotary Club of Fullerron Room 130.

8:30-9:50 a.m. — Jennifer Givhan

A Mexican-American poet and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, Givhan is the author of “Landscape With Headless Mama,” “Protection Spell,” “Lifeline,” “The Daughter’s Curse” and “Lieserl Contemplates Resurrection.”

10-11:20 a.m. — Phillip B. Williams

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Williams is the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry and author of “Bruised Gospels,” “Burn” and “Thief in the Interior.” He currently is a chancellor’s graduate fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is completing an M.F.A. in creative writing.

11:40 a.m.-12:50 p.m. — Amy Uyematsu

A Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles, Uyematsu has published five poetry collections, including “Basic Vocabulary,” “The Yellow Door,” “Stone Bow Prayer,” “Nights of Fire,” “Nights of Rain” and “30 Miles from J-Town.” She also is the co-editor of the anthology, “Roots: An Asian American Reader.”

1-1:30 p.m. — Community Reading

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to read original poetry or other works during this open mic session.

The event is sponsored by the departments of African American Studies; Asian American Studies; Chicana and Chicano Studies; English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics; plus Associated Students Inc.; Office of the Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers; and the Pollak Library. For more information, visit the library website.