Patty Seyburn Reading Wednesday, March 17

March 16, 2010

Switchback Advisory Board Member Patty Seyburn will be reading poetry this Wednesday with Edward Hirsch in LA...

Award Winning Poets
Edward Hirsch & Patty Seyburn
Wednesday March 17, 7:30 PM

Patty Seyburn¹s third book of poems, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize
given by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University) and will be
published in 2009. She has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster
(Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions,
1998) which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American
Library Association¹s Notable Book Award for 2000. Her poems have appeared
in numerous journals including The Paris Review, New England Review, Field,
Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Connecticut
Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast and Western Humanities Review. Seyburn
grew up in Detroit, earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern
University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a
Ph.D. in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She is an
Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach and
co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles. She lives with
her husband, Eric Little, and their two children, Sydney (7) and Will (5).

Edward Hirsch is a poet, a teacher, a literary critic, and a tireless
advocate for poetry. He has received numerous awards and fellowships,
including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill
Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de
Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2008, he was elected a
Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.Edward Hirsch¹s first collection
of poems, For the Sleepwalkers (1981), received the Delmore Schwartz
Memorial Award from New York University and the Lavan Younger Poets Award
from the Academy of American Poets. His second collection, Wild Gratitude
(1986), won the National Book Critics Award. Since then, he has published
five additional books of poems:The Night Parade (1989), Earthly Measures
(1994), On Love (1998), Lay Back the Darkness (2003),and Special Orders
(2008). In March 2010, Knopf will release The Living Fire: New and Selected
Poems, which brings together thirty-five years of poems. Hirsch is also the
author of four prose books, including Poet¹s Choice (2006), which consists
of his popular columns from the Washington Post Book World, and How to Read
a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller, which the
poet Garrett Hongo called ³the product of a lifetime of passionate
reflection² and ³a wonderful book for laureate and layman both.² He is the
editor of Theodore Roethke¹s Selected Poems (2005) and the coeditor of The
Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (2008). He also edits the series ³The
Writer¹s World² (Trinity University Press). Edward Hirsch taught for six
years in the English Department at Wayne State University and seventeen
years in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. He is
now the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives
in New York City.


Sunday March 21, 2 PM
Brian Tracy, Gail Wronsky & Michelle Biting

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$5/10 suggested donation
800 S Plymouth Blvd LA CA 90005
at the corner of Plymouth & 8th One Block from Wilshire & Crenshaw Elena Karina Byrne
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