Lummis Day 2017 Poetry:

The Lummis Day Library Series 

The Lummis Day program includes free poetry workshops held in Northeast L.A. libraries in the weeks leading up to the June festival, offering the community guidance and feedback from experienced and acclaimed poets. This year, the Lummis Day “Viva Poetry” Library Series is scheduled for weekend dates in May at two Northeast L.A. Los Angeles Public Library branches and at Occidental College

Three prominent poets will lead the workshops.

Sunday, May 7, 7:30 pm:

Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road

Stephen Dobyns’ poetry workshop.

To RSVP, call 323-259-1350 or email:

Saturday, May 13, 3:00pm-5:00pm:

Los Angeles Public Library, Arroyo Seco branch, 6145 North Figueroa Street

“The Sense of an Ending in Poetry” a workshop led by Marsha de la O.
The workshop will engage with the challenge of ending a poem: how to provide closure with a turn, a contraction, or an expansion.  Any of these should open large imaginative spaces.

Saturday, May 20, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Los Angeles Public Library, Eagle Rock branch  5027 Caspar Avenue

 “Cuento Poems:Turn scenes, experiences, true or fictional, into poetry,”    a workshop led by liz gonzalez.  Participants will read samples from a few poets, including Ted Kooser, and excerpts from his column, “American Life in Poetry.”            

The poets:                                                 

Stephen Dobyns

Stephen Dobyns has published 14 books of poems, 23 novels, a book of short stories, and two books of essays on poetry, the most recent being “Next Word, Better Word,” published in April 2011. His most recent book of poems “The Day’s Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech” was published by BOA Editions in 2016. His most recent novel,“Saratoga Payback,” published in March 2017, is the 11th in a series of mysteries set in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Two of Dobyns’ novels and two short stories have been made into films. His book of poems, “Black Dog, Red Dog,” was made into a feature length film in 2015 by James Franco.  He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, three fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, and numerous prizes for his poetry and fiction. His novel, “The Church of Dead Girls,” was translated into 23 languages. Dobyns currently teaches in the MFA Program of Warren Wilson College.

Marsha de la O

Marsha de la O’s latest book, “Antidote for Night,” won the 2015 Isabella Gardner AwardHer first book, “Black Hope,”  was awarded the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and a Small Press Editors’ Choice Award. Her work is anthologized in “Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond” (Pacific Coast Poetry Series), as well as in “Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals.”  “Saying What Needs to Be Said,” “Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California,” and the poetry workshop handbook,  “One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form.”    She was the recipient of the 2014 Morton Marcus Poetry Prize.  De La Oand her husband, poet and editor Phil Taggart produce poetry readings and events in Ventura County and are also the editors and publishers of the literary journal, Askew.


liz gonzalez

liz gonzález is a fourth generation Southern Californian. Her poems recently appeared in Askew Poetry Journal, Cultural Weekly, and in the anthologies “2016 Writing from Inlandia,” “The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles,” and “Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond.” An excerpt from her novel-in-progress is forthcoming in Litbreak Magazine. liz lives in North Long Beach with her Jack Chi buddy Chacho and sound artist Jorge Martin. She directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literacy and the arts in North Long Beach, and is a member of the Macondo Workshop. She is a writing consultant and teaches creative writing through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.