Lifting Together: Poetry and the Rising Imagination

2018 poetry month event

A National Poetry Month / Asian Pacific American Heritage Month reading

about the Program


Please join us for a series of poetry readings open to the campus community and public. Light refreshments will be served at each event.

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture.

Program Schedule


Monday, April 23, 2018:

Reading by Victoria Chang (10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.), PLN 130

Tuesday, April 24, 2018:

Reading by April Ossmann (8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.), PLN 130

Community Open Mic (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.), PLN 130

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Admisssion: Free and open to the public

Parking:  Normal campus rules apply



About the Poets


Victoria Chang

 victoria chang

Victoria Chang's fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney's) won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her poems have appeared in many journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, New England Review, New Republic, as well as Best American Poetry. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017. Her picture book, Is Mommy?, illustrated by Marla Frazee and published by Simon & Schuster was named a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Antioch University's MFA Program. 


April Ossmann

 april ossmann

April Ossmann is author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books) and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and Harvard Review, and in anthologies. Her poetry awards include a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and a Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award. Former executive director of Alice James Books, she owns a poetry consulting business (, offering manuscript editing, publishing advice, tutorials, and workshops. She is a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She lives in West Windsor, Vermont.




African American Studies, Associtated Students Inc., Asian American Studies,  College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, and the Pollak Library.



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Location & Floor Map


This event will be held in the First Floor North of Pollak Library in room PLN-130.