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Lummis Day 2018:

The Lummis Day "Viva Poetry" 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  two weekend dates in May at two Northeast L.A. Los Angeles Public Library branches. (A third workshop, led by Lory Bedikian, will follow the June 3 poetry reading at Lummis Home).

Workshops are open to poets of all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to published writers. As a general rule, participants arrive with their notebooks and leave with finished poems.

The remaining May workshop:

Saturday, May 26, 3:15 pm:

Los Angeles Public Library, Eagle Rock branch  5027 Caspar Avenue

Poetry Workshop with Erika Ayón

On Saturday, May 26, a workshop at the Eagle Rock public library branch, 5027 Caspar Avenue, will be led by Erika Ayón. The session will run from 3:15- 5:15pm.

Erika Ayón:

Erika Ayón emigrated from Mexico when she was five years old and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English. She was selected as a 2009 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow. She has taught poetry to middle and high school students across Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Chiricú Journal’ and in the anthologies, “Orangelandia,” “Wide Awake Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond,” “Coiled Serpent,” and others. Her debut poetry collection, “Orange Lady,” was published by World Stage Press. 

And in June:

Sunday, June 3, 1:10 pm:

Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43

Poetry Workshop with Lory Bedikian

Lory Bedikian’s The Book of Lamenting was awarded the 2010 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry.She earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon, where she was awarded the Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award for Poetry. Her work has been selected several times as a finalist in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition and in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Competition and has received grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial fund and AFFMA. Poets & Writers chose her work as a finalist for the 2010 California Writers Exchange Award. Her work was included in the anthology “Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond,” Beyond Baroque Books, 2015andchosen as a finalist in the 2015 AROHO Orlando Competition. Her newer work has been published in Miramar and she has poems forthcoming in Tin House.