If you are a poet, make room on your calendar for the third Long Beach Poetry Festival, Saturday, October 12 from 10:30 am to 9 pm at The Liberty Art Gallery and Performance Space in downtown Long Beach.
“We are thrilled to spotlight so many phenomenal poets at this event,” said Paul Tayyar, one of the festival’s hosts and committee members. “Many of which have wonderful collections of poetry and are widely published, and some who are newer to the scene but have made great strides early on.”
Throughout the day, you’ll have the opportunity to hear poets from diverse background read their work, concluding with headlining poet Tony Hoagland. His work has won the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award, the Jackson Prize, the O.B. Hardisson Prize, and The James Laughlin Award. Currently teaching writing and literature at the Unviersity of Houston, Hoagland started a program for coaching high school teachers in the teaching of poetry in the classroom.
“Given that the Long Beach Poetry Festival prides itself on celebrating the best that contemporary poetry has to offer,” said Tayyar, “it is our enormous privilege to have Tony Hoagland as this year’s Featured Poet. Mr. Hoagland’s poetic career has been defined by a willingness to chronicle, explore, critique, and re-imagine the American experience, and his consistently superb work has placed him in the living pantheon of American poets, alongside writers like Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Rita Dove and Sherman Alexie.”
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, and boxed lunches will be available for purchase. Attendees are welcome, however, to bring their own meals or visit local eating establishments throughout the day.
Books by featured poets will be available for purchase from the official bookseller, Sean Moor of Gatsby Books.
Long Beach Poetry Festival
Liberty Art Gallery and Performance Space
435 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach
Saturday, October 12
10:30 am to 9 pm
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