Poetry in its many forms is coming to Chapman University in a special event that is returning 14 visiting poets for Tabula Poetica’s 10th anniversary poetry reading on Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in Wallace All-Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
The opportunity to hear poets read their work in an intimate setting is a hallmark of the University’s poetry center, which has brought poets to Chapman to share the love of writing and reading poetry with the entire campus community.
Poetry’s Enduring Value
“Over the last decade, Tabula Poetica has become a vibrant cultural series because the university’s leaders, my colleagues, and our ambitiously creative students recognize the value of poetry in how we make sense of a challenging world and imagine what’s possible,” says Anna Leahy, Ph.D., director of Tabula Poetica.
Diversity of voices and perspectives is a priority of the program, so organizers have sought to feature poets of various races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds and career stages. Each year Tabula Poetica hosts two to four visiting poets for afternoon poetry talks and evening readings of their poetry, both of which include interactive Q&A sessions with the audience. As the series name suggests, Tabula Poetica brings together tabula rasa (or the blank slate) and ars poetica (or the art of poetry), which is exactly what the final reading of the 2019 series represents.
Returning poets from previous events will include: Anna Leahy; Maureen Alsop, Tony Barnstone, Michelle Bitting, Stephanie Brown, Hèléne Cardona, Genevieve Kaplan, Katie Manning, Elline Lipkin, Patty Seyburn, Lynne Thompson, Lorene Delaney Ullman, Allison Benis White, and Cecilia Woloch.