Literary History: The Fearless Invention of One of L.A.’s Greatest Poets

Wanda Coleman’s work tallies and transcends the difficulties of being a black woman in a profession that hardly pays.

By Dan Chiasson
FROM: The New Yorker

200518_r36471Wanda Coleman wrote in “My Love Brings Flowers,” a poem from 1983. “Make clothes ten years old fashionable / rejuvenate one fake sable coat.” Coleman, who died in 2013, was one of the great menders in American verse: she found the extra wear in old forms like the sonnet and rummaged for new forms in everyday material, like aptitude tests, medical reports, and want ads. Poets sometimes brag about their fearsome powers of transformation; Coleman, beset by hardship for much of her life, kept her boasts closer to the bone. “I scrape bottom,” she wrote, and yet her poetry drew on deep reserves. Given Coleman’s almost chaotic originality, it is touching to encounter her stark admissions of debt: “I borrow from friends.” At a moment when many of us are learning—and teaching one another—how to make a face mask out of a sock or a bra, Coleman’s poetry might be just the model of inspired, ecstatic thrift we need.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 5/11/20 – 5/17/20

NOTE: All Events Are Online/Vritual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

FB_IMG_1589165147428Roots: Family History Project with VSU Bruins

The Roots; Family History Project is for those who want to share their Vietnamese and/or Southeast Asian-American stories or the stories of their parents, family or friends. You must fill out an interest form available online and a journalist will contact you to follow up.

Where: Online-Virtual event

Date: Monday the 11th & Tuesday the 12th         

Time: 12 am – 12 am

Address: Online/Virtual event (see website link for information)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2522207648097351/  

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Los Angeles Literature Events 5/04/20 – 5/10/20

FB_IMG_1588623618732All Events Are Online/Vritual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

The Stay at Home and Read a Book Ball: Safer at Home Edition

Although the original event date has passed, you may still participate—any time you choose. Select a book and get lost in the pages, and support the library’s fundraising efforts by donating what you would have spent on an evening’s entertainment.. Then share what you’re reading on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.

This event will continue weekly through the quarantine period.

Where: Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA) Online Event

Date: Monday the 4th

Time: 9 am – 9 pm

Address: FACEBOOK

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/515180569168972/

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Luivette Resto: A Political Existence

By Alexandria Villegas
FROM: 7500 Magazine

wallcloseIt was approximately 7:00pm on February 27th, 2020 when I sat down with poet Luivette Resto in the small courtyard of Woodbury University’s campus library, empty and silent in the late-night hour. As a slight chill settled in the air, we chatted to the soothing patter of the courtyard fountain, occasionally pausing our conversation as we listened to the droning roar of an airplane flying overhead, courtesy of the nearby Burbank airport. Illuminated by the soft yellow glow of the lights strung above us, we talked about Luivette’s work, her inspiration, goals, and her commitment to living an “unapologetic” life.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/28/20 – 5/03/20  

FB_IMG_1588052410178Streaming Online Storytime at Rancho Los Cerritos – Kids Event

Our curator Sarah will present a free online storytime with new songs and stories to sing and read every Tuesday morning. This event is free but does require advanced sign-up so we can send you the videos.

Where: Rancho Los Cerritos

Date: Tuesday the 28th           

Time: 11 am – 11:30 am

Address: Online

Website: https://www.facebook.com/event/1102436860154638/

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