Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

By creating a forum for discussion, celebration, reading and performance of poetry the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics at Cal State LA serves as a vehicle to bring together scholars, students, poets and the public for purposes of, establishing community connections and other academic and cultural partners through the dynamic vehicle of poetry.

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Woman smiling at the camera

Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Events

This year's Jean Burden Poetry Reading will feature Marilyn Chin on February 18, 2020 in the Golden Eagle Ballrooms.

Mike Sonksen speaking to an audience from a stage

Community Spotlight

Alumnus Mike Sonksen, aka "Mike the Poet," considers himself equally a scholar and performer. As a graduate student studying for an Interdisciplinary M.A. in English, Creative Writing and History, the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics provided Sonksen with a place to become involved.