VERDUGO HILLS HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY HOSTS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH ASSEMBLY FEATURING L.A.’S FIRST POET LAUREATE
TUJUNGA – Verdugo Hills Library and Media Center is kicking off a month long celebration of poetry with an assembly featuring Los Angeles’ first Poet Laureate, Eloise Klein Healey, on April 5th. Healey will start off the event talking about the importance of poetry in our community and reading selections from her books.
Following Healey in the assembly, Khadija Andersen will read from her new book The History of Butoh. A former dancer and native of Los Angeles, Andersen’s reading will include a multimedia presentation, bringing video and multiple voices to her poems about dance, being Muslim-American, and her hometown of Los Angeles.
Finally, award-winning poet and performer Douglas Kearney will take the stage. Kearney has performed his poetry at the Public Theatre, the Orpheum, The World Stage and others. He has been commissioned to compose poetry in response to art by the Weisman Museum in the Twin Cities, the Studio Museum in Harlem, FOCA and SFMOMA. Kearney has been invited to speak on poetics around the world. Kearney will bring his unique combination of tight poetics and dynamic reading to the Verdugo Hills High School auditorium.
The assembly is intended to inspire the school community to engage in poetry. The following week, the library will be hosting a Poetry Out Loud Contest each day during lunch. Students will compete by reading original poetry or poetry of others. They will be judged on their presentation, interpretation, and audience engagement. Finally, there will be opportunities for students to join in poetry workshops and poetry writing challenges.
The assembly is open to students and staff and to LAUSD administrators, but not to the public. It will take place on April 5, 2013 from 9:30 am to 11 am in the auditorium at Verdugo Hills High School. Currently there are about ten classes with a total of close to 300 students signed-up to attend.
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