How do history and place shape the poetic experience? On September 17, six distinguished California poets—Dana Gioia, Garrett Hongo, Robin Coste Lewis, Luis J. Rodriguez, David St. John, and Gail Wronsky—shared poems that reflect the Golden State's physical and social landscapes and discussed the concept of California-ness in their own work. A recording of the Cartography of Poets discussion is now streaming on YouTube:
Following the discussion, the Ahmanson Lab at the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study hosted a workshop where students explored the poetic landscape of California and the West through the lab's technologies and the USC Libraries' archival collections, which include the papers of many California poets.
The Cartography of Poets discussion and workshop were presented by USC Visions & Voices and organized by the USC Libraries and the USC School of Dramatic Arts.