Lynne Thompson, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles,
Poetry Books I’m Excited About
As we approach the 2022 holidays—and the many ways we all celebrate it—folks are wondering what to gift their poetry-loving family and friends. What follows is a (necessarily incomplete) list of poetry collections that have been published in the second half of this year that you should consider.
Youth Poets of Los Angeles
In my role as the City’s Poet Laureate, l issued a call to L.A.’s middle schools for students’ poems responding to the following questions: What location or site in the City means the most to you & why? What part of Los Angeles would you want to save forever?
Interview With Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate Jessica Kim
At what age did you begin writing poetry: Were there poets who encouraged or inspired you in the early stages and if so, who and what encouragement or inspiration did they provide?
New or Forthcoming Books I’m Excited About
As I indicated in the November 4 episode of Poems on Air, there are a slew of new or forthcoming poetry collections that I’m excited to add to my reading table.
Cave Canem Poetry Fellows & Faculty
In June 2021, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the literary organization Cave Canem which was established to educate, promote, and support Black poets.
Asian Pacific American Poets
One of the benefits of literature is that it allows the reader to empathize with the protagonists or—in the case of poets—with the themes and issues that concern them.