Poetry + Press, A Celebration of National Poetry Month

Come celebrate National Poetry Month and the vibrant confluence of poetry and letterpress printing.The event features a “flash talk” by UCLA Professor Johanna Drucker on visual poetry and typographic invention. This brief lecture will be followed by a reading from the new anthology Angle of Reflection, featuring the work of 10 prize-winning, widely published Los Angeles poets, some of whom have been workshopping together for 20 years.

Following the reading, Drucker and letterpress printer Sue Kaplan will lead audience members in setting type and printing a broadside using words gleaned from the poetry reading. Each audience member who participates in the printing will receive a copy of the final broadside.

Sunday, April 30 from 1 pm to 4 pm at BookArtsLA. This special event is presented admission free and is open to all.

Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide.

Sue Kaplan, a board member and co-founder of BookArtsLA, holds an M.L.I.S. from UCLA, specializing in Rare Books. A letterpress printer, she established Shulamis Press in Venice, CA to produce fine press editions of Jewish literature. She expanded to an additional enterprise, Garlow Studio, to produce custom work such as invitations, business cards and announcements.

Jim Natal is the Pushcart Prize-nominated author of 52 Views: The Haibun Variations, Memory and Rain, and two previous poetry collections. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. He is the co-founder of Conflux Press with book artist Tania Baban.

Angle of Reflection poets include:
Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough, Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, and Mariano Zaro

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