Saturday, January 18, 2014 5:00 PM
Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library


Sat, Jan 18, 5:00 PM [ALOUD]
Co-presented with Red Hen Press and Poetry Society of America
A Tribute to Wanda Coleman

With Terrance Hayes, Douglas Kearney, Stephen Kessler, Ron Koertge, Laurel Ann Bogen, Charles Harper Webb, Michael Datcher, Suzanne Lummis, Sesshu Foster, Jack and Adelle Foley, Will Alexander, Cecilia Woloch, and Austin Straus.

Join us as we pay tribute to Los Angeles’ unofficial poet laureate, Wanda Coleman, with an evening of readings and shared memories. We will honor what she did for poetry and who she was in Los Angeles: ­a larger-than-life figure who for decades reminded us how to be our own most authentic selves, who made us remember histories of poetry and oppression and music. We will miss her, we will celebrate her, we will remember her. Musicial accompaniment provided by David Ornette Cherry.

Audience members will be invited to share a favorite line from one of her poems during this participatory program. Books and broadsides of Coleman’s poetry will be available for purchase compliments of the Library Store. There will be a public reception immediately following the program.

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Reservation Policy for Free Programs:
As most [ALOUD] at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early.
Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.

Cultural Programs / ALOUD / Ticket Information
(213) 228-7025

Los Angeles Central Library
(213) 228-7000
Locations and Hours


Sunday, January 19, 2:00 PM
The Church in Ocean Park

235 Hill Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Join Austin Straus for a Memorial to his wife, friend and fellow poet.

There will be a pot luck, please bring your favorite dish. If you would like to know what to bring, or have other questions, please contact Carlye Archibeque,

Parking information to follow in January.