"In a Western Light: Poetry at the Edge of America," an AWP Conference event featuring Victoria Chang, Brynn Saito, Brendan Constantine, Percival Everett, Piotr Florcyzk, William Archila, and Jenny Factor. California poetry has looked to the future, as well as to its complex past and our own remarkable present, as way of understanding our place at the edge of the continent. California is about the magic of the land and the promise of possibility—yet the question remains, for whom? Seven contemporary California poets celebrate the widely diverse poetry and fiction of seven distinguished earlier California writers, hoping to provide a lens through which to experience these visions of a life lived in the harsh clarity of a Western light.
Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library.