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Cartography of Poets

On Thursday, Sept. 17th, poets Dana Gioia, Garrett Hongo, Robin Coste Lewis, Luis J. Rodriguez, David St. John, and Gail Wronsky gathered to use the digital- and physical-making technology of the Ahmanson Lab and the USC Libraries’ archival collections to explore the poetic landscape of California and the West.

The event was held as part of the USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, the USC Libraries, the School of Dramatic Arts, and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.

The USC Libraries are home to archives of California poets who have influenced literary art around the globe. Some have taken inspiration from California’s geology and geography, some from its diversity of communities, and others from the regional interplay of formal poetic structures and experimental techniques. All embody aspects of California-ness that are present in the archives.

The Editors of Air/Light.

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