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Episode 41: Suzanne Lummis

Episode Summary

Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson reads Suzanne Lummis's poem "Why I Am Not the Los Angeles River."

Participant(s) Bio

Suzanne earned her MA in English in 1978 at California State University-Fresno, where she studied under Philip Levine, Peter Everwine, and Chuck Hanzlicek. At Fresno, Suzanne absorbed the poetic sensibilities of the Fresno school of poetry, which is (according to Suzanne), “characterized by a direct personal voice, a language both lyrical and colloquial, and an image-based fidelity to the tangible world, whether rural or urban.”

Source: An Interview with L.A. Poet Suzanne Lummis