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‘Rubber Orchestras’ blend music, poetry together

Cal State L.A.’s first British Council Writer-in-Residence
is back in Los Angeles

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What:              Poetry reading by acclaimed British writer Anthony Joseph.

When:              Monday, Apr. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where:             Choir Room (MUS 149) on the CSULA campus.

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Info:                 Call the CSULA English Department at (323) 343-4140.


Los Angeles, CA – Anthony Joseph, Cal State L.A.’s first British Council Writer-in-Residence, returns to campus on Monday, April 9, to launch his latest poetry collection, Rubber Orchestras.

A Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician, Joseph will present a poetry reading from his new book from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room (MUS 149), accompanied by members of the CSULA Jazz Combo.

Rubber Orchestras is described as “an energetic, sensuous and intriguing collection of poems, written over a period of four years with an (as yet) undisclosed method of composition the writer calls ‘Liminalism.’”

The event is free to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session, refreshments and book signing. On the same evening, from 8-10 p.m., Joseph will join the University’s English senior seminar class (ENG 492, Playlist: Literature and Music) to further discuss his writing with CSULA students.

Joseph, who served as the inaugural British Council Writer-in-Residence at CSULA in 2005, teaches creative writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has authored four collections of poetry and a novel, The African Origins of UFOs, which was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize. In 2004, he was chosen by Decibel and the Arts Council of England as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British literary canon over the past 50 years. As a musician, he has released three critically-acclaimed albums with his band, The Spasm Band. His latest poetry collection, Rubber Orchestras, was published by Salt in 2011. For more about Joseph:  

While in Los Angeles, Joseph will also be conducting workshops and giving presentations to the students at Chester W. Nimitz Middle School on Tuesday, April 10, and to the residents of Hollenbeck Palms on Wednesday, April 11.

This visit is sponsored by the CSULA Departments of English, Music and Pan-African Studies, Chester W. Nimitz Middle School, Statement Magazine and Hollenbeck Palms.

Public (permit dispenser) parking on campus is available in Lot 5 and upper level of Structure C. For more information, call the CSULA Department of English at (323) 343-4140.

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