Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University

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All events are scheduled for Thursday. Each visiting poet will give a Poetry Talk at 1 p.m. in Wilkinson Chapel (Fish Interfaith Center) and a Poetry Reading at 4 p.m. in the Henley Room (Leatherby Libraries).

+ - 2015 Reading Series

Forche_headshotSeptember 10: Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. She has translated Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and is followed by the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness. In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. She is currently at work on a memoir.

Watch Carolyn Forché's Poetry Lecture

Watch Carolyn Forché's Poetry Reading 


Cardona_headshotOctober 1: Hélène Cardona

Hélène Cardona is an award-winning poet, literary translator, actor, and author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry), The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press), and Ce que nous portons (Éditions du Cygne), her translation of Dorianne Laux. Two books are forthcoming: Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry) and Beyond Elsewhere (White Pine Press, 2016), her translation of Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac. She holds a Master’s in American Literature from the Sorbonne, taught at Hamilton College and LMU, and received fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. She co-edits Dublin Poetry Review, Levure Littéraire, and Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics.

Watch Helene Cardona's Poetry Reading 


Kaminsky_headshotOctober 29: Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky's poetry has received American Academy of Arts and Letter's Metcalf Award, Whiting Writers Award, Lannan Fellowship, and other honors. He is the author of Dancing In Odessa, co-translator (with Jean Valentine) of Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, and co-editor (with Susan Harris) of Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He is the Professor of Poetry and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.

Check back to watch Ilya Kaminsky's talk and poetry reading.


Piazza_headshotNovember 12: Jessica Piazza

Jessica Piazza authored two full-length poetry collections with Red Hen Press: Interrobang and Obliterations (with Heather Aimee O'Neill, forthcoming). She has also published a chapbook, This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press.) She holds a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and teaches for the USC Writing Program and the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s online MFA program. She is the poetry editor at Southern Pacific Review and curates the Poetry Has Value project. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she currently live in Los Angeles.

Check back to watch Jessica Piazza's talk and poetry reading.


December 17: MFA Reading

+ - 2014 Reading Series

TaylorPhotoOctober 7: Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review, The Boston Review, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her latest collection, The Forage House, was selected for The Believer Poetry Award Editor's Short List, and The San Francisco Chronicle calls it "stunning." Taylor also writes book reviews for NPR’s All Things Considered and lives in El Cerrito.

Watch Tess Taylor's talk and poetry reading: Coming Soon!

RamkePhotoOctober 28: Bin Ramke

Bin Ramke’s first collection of poems, The Difference Between Night and Day, won the Yale Younger Poets Prize. The Massacre of the Innocents and Wake were awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of Denver, edits the Denver Quarterly, and is the author of more than eight collections of poetry.

Watch Bin Ramke's talk and poetry reading:

Poetry Talk

Poetry Reading

DelanyPhotoNovember 11: Lorene Delany-Ullman

Lorene Delany-Ullman’s book of prose poems, Camouflage for the Neighborhood, was the winner of the 2011 Sentence Award. Her poetry and creative nonfiction appear in Agni, Lunch Ticket, Santa Monica Review, Prime Number, Sports Literate, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, and Warscapes. Delany-Ullman teaches at the University of California, Irvine.

Watch Lorene Delany-Ullman's talk and poetry reading:

Poetry Talk

Poetry Reading

December 16: MFA Reading

+ - 2013 Reading Series

Maureen AlsopSeptember 10: Maureen Alsop

Maureen Alsop is the author of two full collections of poetry, Mantic and Apparition Wren. She is the winner of Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in various journals including The Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, and The Kenyon Review.

Watch Maureen Alsop's talk and poetry reading.
Poetry Talk:
The Flowering Self, Smaller, Frozen: Portals, Self-Portrayal
Poetry Reading: Maureen Alsop


Sholeh WolpeSeptember 24: Sholeh Wolpé

Sholeh Wolpé is the author of three collections of poetry, two books of translations, and a play and is the editor of three anthologies. She is the recipient of Lois Roth Persian Translation Award for her book Sin—Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad.  Wolpé teaches poetry and literary translation at the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program.  She lives in Los Angeles.

Watch Sholeh Wolpé talk and poetry reading.
Poetry Talk:
Crimes of Passion—Murder on the Translation Express
Poetry Reading: Sholeh Wolpé


CK WilliamsOctober 15: C. K. Williams 

C. K. Williams has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors. In 2010, he published a critical study, On Whitman, and a book of poetry, Wait. In 2012, he published a book of poems, Writers Writing Dying, and a book of essays, In Time: Poets, Poems, and the Rest.

Poetry Talk: Autobiography with Translation
Poetry Reading: C.K. Williams


Nina CorwinNovember 5: Nina Corwin

Nina Corwin is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. Her poetry has appeared in From the Fishouse, Drunken Boat, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Southern Poetry Review, and Verse. Corwin, a Pushcart nominee, is also an Advisory Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. In daytime hours, she is a psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence.

Poetry Talk: The Uncertainty of Maps: Charting the Existential Voyage
Poetry Reading: Nina Corwin

Seth MichelsonNovember 19: Seth Michelson

Seth Michelson’s most recent books are Eyes Like Broken Windows, winner of the 2013 International Book Awards, and El Ghetto/The Ghetto: A Bilingual Edition, which is his translation of El ghetto by the internationally acclaimed Argentine poet Tamara Kamenszain. He teaches at the University of Southern California, and he can be found at

Poetry Talk: Scorching the Reader's Ear: Poetry, Violence, and Translation
Poetry Reading: Seth Michelson

December 10: MFA Reading

Professor Joanna Levin, author of Bohemia in America, 1858-1920, will introduce the poets at the MFA Poetry Reading featuring MFA students in poetry and faculty poets Allison Benis White, author of Small Porcelain Head, and Anna Leahy, author of Constituents of Matter in Argyros Forum 209A.

+ - 2012 Reading Series

Victoria Chang HeadshotVictoria Chang

Lecture: Victoria Chang Lecture

Reading: Victoria Chang Reading

Sample Poem: I once was a child


Mark Jarman Headshot

 Mark Jarman

Lecture: Mark Jarman Lecture

Reading: Mark Jarman Reading

Sample Poem: Good God


Kate Gale HeadshotKate Gale

Lecture: Kate Gale Lecture

Reading: Kate Gale Reading

Sample Poem: Godilocks Zone


William Stobb HeadshotWilliam Stobb

Lecture: William Stobb Lecture

Reading: William Stobb Reading

Sample Poem: Poem Asleep

+ - 2011 Reading Series

+ - 2009 Reading Series

Jen BervinJen Bervin

Reading: The Poetry of Jen Bervin 

Richard DemingRichard Deming

Lecture: Everyday Domain 

Reading: Selections from Let’s Not Call It Consequence & Day for Night

Interview: The Activity of Language


Nancy KuhlNancy Kuhl

Reading: Selections from The Wife of the Left Hand & The Nocturnal Factory


Kate Greenstreet

Kate Greenstreet

Lecture: Are Poetry Videos Wrong? 

Reading: Selections from her published works 

Interview: Poetry and Videos (audio only)


Linh DinhLinh Dinh

Lecture: Poetry During Collapse 

Reading: Selections from Some Kind of Cheese Orgy & Borderless Bodies 

Interview: Awe Strikes


Karen An-hwei LeeKaren An-hwei Lee




Allison Benis WhiteAllison Benis White

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