A Tribute to Wanda Coleman with Terrance Hayes and Douglas Kearney. Music by David Ornette Cherry and featuring Stephen Kessler, Ron Koertge, Laurel Ann Bogen, Charles Harper Webb, Michael Datcher, Suzanne Lummis, Sesshu Foster, Jack and Adelle Foley, Brendan Constantine, Cecilia Woloch, Robin Coste Lewis, Austin Straus.
During this program, we paid tribute to Los Angeles' unofficial poet laureate, Wanda Coleman, with an evening of readings and shared memories. Honoring what she did for poetry and who she was in Los Angeles: a shy larger-than-life figure who, for decades, reminded us how to be our own most authentic selves, who made us remember histories of poetry and oppression and music. We will miss her, and we will celebrate her. We will remember her. Musical accompaniment was provided by David Ornette Cherry.