On Friday evening, June 22, five of America’s most celebrated poets will take the stage in a poetry benefit reading in the Setzer Auditorium of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The lineup includes Kazim Ali, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Claudia Rankine and C.D. Wright.
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This year marks the event’s 21st anniversary and its second year in Sacramento.
The featured poets represent a diversity of styles, ranging from the eloquent, at times deeply meditative verse of Robert Hass to the intense, daring narratives of Sharon Olds. All of the poets have earned some of American literature’s highest honors and awards, including U.S. Poet Laureate, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and the MacArthur Foundations.
Proceeds from the reading will endow writing scholarships for poets attending the non-profit Community of Writers Summer Poetry Workshop held in Squaw Valley.
The reading begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For details, log on to either: squawvalleywriters.org/benefit.html or brownpapertickets.com/event/236774.