Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading by Lynne Thompson

Date: 04.16.2010

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Founders Hall 3rd Fl Meeting Room


Lynne ThompsonSoka Celebrates National Poetry Month

The Soka University Writing Program will celebrate National Poetry Month on April 16 and 17 with an evening of poetry and a day-long poetry workshop in Founders Hall, 3rd floor Meeting Room.

Lynne Thompson, Poet and Perugia Press Award Winner

On April 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., poet Lynne Thompson will read from her award-winning collection, Beg No Pardon.

Lynne Thompson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, by parents native to the Windward Islands, West Indies. She received her B.A. from Scripps College and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. She currently serves as the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles. An active member of the Los Angeles literary scene, her poetry has been widely published and anthologized. Ms. Thompson's Beg No Pardon won the 2007 Perugia Press First Book Award and 2008 Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award. 

Thompson is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and she's been commissioned to write work in collaboration with choreographer Anna Leo and sculptress Alison Saar by Emory University and Scripps College, respectively.  Her work has previously appeared in the Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Southeast Review, Poetry International, and Margie and new work is forthcoming in Sou'Wester, Ploughshares and Spillway

Why Poetry Matters Workshop

On April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., CeCe Sloan brings her "Why Poetry Matters" Workshop to SUA. "Why Poetry Matters" has been hosted annually by UCI for the past three years and celebrates the joy of thinking "poetically." Both events are free and open to SUA students and the community.

CeCe Sloan is a native of Massachusetts and has been a resident of Southern California for many years. An avid reader and lover of poetry, Ms. Sloan founded Art New England Magazine and is dedicated to providing venues for the emerging artist.