Poetry & Los Angeles: Writing the City
with Kim Young in Eagle Rock

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 2 to June 27, 2019
(with no class on May 30)

In this eight-week generative workshop, we will explore the strategies and preoccupations of poets whose work cannot be divorced from the city of Los Angeles. Class meetings will consist of a mini-lecture focused on the work of specific writers, followed by writing exercises and workshop. Students will read the poetry of Wanda Coleman, Sesshu Foster, Luis Rodriguez, Garrett Hongo, Harryette Mullen, and others in order to examine what it means to write in and about Los Angeles. We’ll conclude the term with a public reading of student work at the Center for the Arts on June 27.

This class is open to students at all levels and will take place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $380 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

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Kim Young is the author of Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (The University of Utah Press) and finalist for the 2014 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Divided Highway (Dancing Girl Press, 2008). She is the founding editor of Chaparral, an online journal featuring poetry from Southern California, and her poems and essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Hotel Amerika, Western Humanities Review, POOL, and elsewhere. She teaches at California State University, Northridge and holds an MFA from Bennington College, where she received a Jane Kenyon Scholarship in poetry.


“Kim Young is a generous guide. She demonstrates that every poem we encounter can teach us about the practice of writing—in terms of potential or mastery. In her workshops, the realms of enchantment are available to anyone with an open heart. Close reading, risk taking, and moral support are valued. I have made lasting friendships in these classes precisely because the atmosphere flourishes with laughter and appreciation.” —Sara Ellen Fowler



"The poems are so moving, I feel as if I am suffering as much as any of the characters. This really is an excellent book of poetry. Her story is heartbreaking." —Apalachee Review

"Kim Young's Night Radio works much as its subject matter does: worming its way into your ear like an urban legend, it lodges somewhere behind your eyes and works itself out in pieces, at night, almost against your will. [Her] debut collection feels real, dark, and deep. In the face of horrible and irrational deeds, we are still open to communication, and the book reminds us of that in startling and lyric ways."—Pebble Lake Review

“Young forces the reader to question the reliability and necessity of memory: what we wish to remember, what we try to repress, and what we know we must not forget.” —Boxcar Poetry Review