2017 Poetry Month Readings

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You Are Welcome Here: A Poetry Month Reading in CSUF 

About the Program

The following readings take place in room PLN 130.

Program Schedule 

Check in and refreshments will be from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 

  • Jennifer Givhan 8:30 am - 9: 50 am
  • Phillip B. Williams 10:00 am - 11:20 am 
  • Amy Uyematsu 11:40 am - 12:50 pm 
  • Community Reading 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

The last 20 minutes of each poet's time is for book purchasing and signing. 

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About the Poets 

Jennifer Givhan

 Jennifer Givhan

Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American poet from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize) and Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Series, University of Arkansas Press). Her chapbooks include Lifeline (Glass Poetry Press), The Daughter’s Curse (ELJ Editions), and Lieserl Contemplates Resurrection (Dancing Girl Press). Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship, The Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, The 2015 Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, The Pinch Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, AGNI, Ploughshares, POETRY, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, and The Kenyon Review, among many others. She lives with her family in New Mexico.

Amy Uyematsu

 Amy Uyematsu

Amy Uyematsu is a third generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has five published collections: Basic Vocabulary (Red Hen Press, 2016), The Yellow Door (Red Hen Press, 2015), Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1998), and 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992). Amy was co-editor of the widely used anthology, Roots: An Asian American Reader (UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1971). She was a public high school math teacher for 32 years. Amy currently leads a writing workshop at the Far East Lounge in Little Tokyo. 

Phillip B. Williams

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Phillip B. Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels (Arts in Bloom Inc., 2011), Burn (YesYes Books, 2013), and Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, West Branch, Blackbird and others. Williams is a Cave Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. He is currently a Chancellor’s Graduate fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is completing an MFA in creative writing. (Bio and Image Source: Poetry Foundation, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/phillip-b-williams). 

Program Sponsors 

African American Studies, Associtated Students Inc., Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Diversity Inititatives & Resource Centers, English Department, and the Pollak Library. 

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