Cultural Diversity In Poetry: A Panel Discussion

Four Distinguished Poets to Appear at Sierra Madre Library

On Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Sierra Madre Public Library, poets Carol Lem, Alex Luu, Zahava Sweet, and Urith Walker, will participate in a panel discussion, “Cultural Diversity in Poetry.”  Each poet will discuss their views on poetry, the influence their personal cultural milieu has had on their work, and the role of poetry in today’s society.  Audience members will have an opportunity to interact with the panel during a Question and Answer session. Lida Bushloper, also an accomplished poet, will act as moderator.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.

Sierra Madre resident Carol Lem teaches creative writing and literature as East Los Angeles College.  She has written five books of poetry and has had poems published in numerous prestigious literary journals, including, The Chrysalis Reader, Bloomsbury Review and The Asian Pacific American Journal.  A reading of selected poems from her book, Shadow of the Plum may be heard on the CD, Shadow of the Bamboo.

Alex Luu is a critically acclaimed poet, teacher and performance artist.  His autobiographical one-man show, “Three Lives,” has been performed at more than twenty theatrical venues, including the Los Angeles Theater Center, Boston Center for the Arts, and the Asian American Theater Center. He is the facilitator of My Own Story, a writing/performance workshop for adults and teens. He has been most recently published in Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing.

Zahava Sweet is a native of Poland and Holocaust survivor.  Her poetry, which she has performed globally, has regularly appeared in literary magazines and anthologies.  Her latest book of poetry, The Return of Sound, was published in 2005. Ms. Sweet is an accomplished translator, having produced an English translation of the poetry of Julian Tuwim, and Abram Cytryn, who died in Auschwitz, for the Wiesenthal Center in L.A.

Award-winning poet and performance artist Urith Walker created, produced, and performed in two one-woman shows, Passages of the Heart and Ain’t Nothing But Something To Do.  Ms. Walker is a versatile artist, working in various media, including painting, photography, and greeting card design.  Her most recent book of poems is Then Sings My Soul.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information please call Sophia Duran at (626) 355-7186. The Sierra Madre Public Library is located at 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, in Sierra Madre. www.sierramadre.lib.ca.us.

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