The Department of English is hosting the inaugural Long Beach Celebrates West Coast Writers and Poets May 5-9. The event is designed to bring together faculty, students, distinguished members of Southern California’s literary community and Long Beach area residents.
The events begin with a roundtable discussion of West Coast Writers and Poets on May 5 at 7 p.m. Participants include:
David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Review editor and editor of the Library of America volume Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology
Novelist and critic Carolyn See, author of Golden Days, There Will Never Be Another You and Making a Literary Life
Journalist and novelist Alan Rifkin, longtime contributor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, LA Weekly, etc., and author of Signal Hill
Professor Emeritus of English David Fine (moderator), author of Imagining Los Angeles: A City in Fiction and editor of San Francisco in Fiction
Professor of English Stephen Cooper, author of Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante and editor of The John Fante Reader
Professor of English Bill Mohr, who is currently teaching a course on West Coast Poets
- Professor of English George Hart, who is currently teaching a course on The Beats.
On May 6 at 7 p.m. 11 young poets and fiction writers will read selections from the work they have accomplished during their two years in CSULB’s Master’s of Fine Arts Creative Writing program. The series of events will conclude on May 9 at 7 p.m. with a reading of RipRap, the student literary journal of the Department of English.
Each of these events is free and open to the public. Tickets can also be purchased for a reception on May 8 at 7 p.m. celebrating the publication of two new books: a comprehensive selection of poems from the career of recently retired English Professor Gerald L. Locklin, and a festschrift in Professor Locklin’s honor. To purchase tickets or for more information about other events, visit www.westcoastwriters.org.