Stephen Dobyns by Isabel Bize; Alan Mandell by Logan Fahey

Words and Ideas

Wide Awake, Part II

Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond

Sunday, May 7, 2:00 p.m.

About the Program

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and the Skirball copresent a lively afternoon of readings centered around the celebrated anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, plus a special reading by acclaimed guest poet Stephen Dobyns (Winter’s Journey; Black Dog, Red Dog).

Award-winning stage actor Alan Mandell (Endgame; Waiting for Godot) and contributors Laurel Ann Bogen, Mehnaz Sahibzada, and Conney Williams will present poems from the collection. Hosted by Wide Awake editor Suzanne Lummis.

Books available for purchase. A book signing and reception follow the program.

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About the Poet

Stephen Dobyns has published fourteen books of poems, twenty-three novels, a book of short stories, and two books of essays on poetry, the most recent being Next Word, Better Word, released by Palgrave 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 is Saratoga Payback published in March 2017 by Blue Rider Press. It is the eleventh in a series of mysteries set in Saratoga Springs, NY.  His new and selected poems Velocities was published by Penguin in 1994. 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 (Holt, 1997) was translated into twenty-three languages. Dobyns teaches in the MFA Program of Warren Wilson College; and in the past at Sarah Lawrence College; Emerson College; Syracuse University, where he designed and initiated the MFA program in creative writing; Boston University, University of Iowa, and half a dozen other colleges and universities. He lives in Westerly, RI.