Award Winning Poets to Read at Laguna Beach Books


Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, will host an evening of poetry and conversation with poets Kate Buckley, Jodie Hollander and Elena Byrne from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.

Buckley, former poet laureate of Laguna Beach whose work has appeared in more than a dozen publications, is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her awards include a Gabehart Prize and the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize.

Hollander’s work has appeared on the Best Australian Poems list twice and in half a dozen journals including The Poetry Review.She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in Italy, a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland, and attended the MacDowell Colony in 2015. Her debut publication, The Humane Society, was released in 2012, and her full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press (Pavilion Poetry). She currently lives in Avon, Colorado.

Byrne, the author of three books of poetry, most recently, Squander, is a freelance professor, editor, the poetry consultant / moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and literary programs director for The Ruskin Art Club. Her poems have been appeared in more than a dozen publications including the Paris Review and the American Poetry Review. She is currently completing a book of essays: Voyeur Hour: Meditations on Poetry, Art & Desire.

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