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Diane Wakoski, described as an “important and moving poet” by Paul Zweig in the New York Times Book Review, is  frequently named among the foremost contemporary American poets by virtue of her experiential vision and her unique  voice. She has invented and incorporated personae from mythology and archetype as a liberation from what she has  called the “obsessive muse” that spurs writers to face their personal terrors and turn them into art. On May 9, 2014, Wakoski makes a rare not-to-be-missed appearance in Los Angeles, hosted by Harry Northrup.

WHAT: Diane Wakoski reading and discussion

WHEN: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA, 90291, phone: 310-822-3006

ADMISSION:  $10 general admission tickets available at EVENTBRITE. Students & Seniors $6, tickets available at the door on show night. Beyond Baroque members free.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Diane Wakoski has published more than forty collections of poems, including the four books that constitute her series “The Archaeology of Movies and Books”—Argonaut Rose (1998), The Emerald City of Las Vegas (1995), Jason the Sailor (1993), and Medea the Sorceress (1991)—all published by Black Sparrow Press; Emerald Ice: Selected Poems 1962-1987 (1988), which won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award; and The Collected Greed, Parts 1-13 (1984). She has also published four books of essays: Toward a New Poetry (1979), Variations on a Theme (1976), Creating a Personal Mythology (1975), and Form Is an Extension of Content (1972). Her honors include a Fulbright fellowship, a Michigan Arts Foundation award, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Michigan Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Author photo by Robert Turney