April 27th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Planning Ahead - Los Angeles Festival of Books

I really need to plan ahead better. This coming weekend is the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus. I've attended the last five years or so and always have a good time. Unfortunately, today I sat down with the schedule to try to decide which of the panels I want to see and, of course, Ticketmaster stopped dispersing these free tickets at 5:00 p.m. today and I was looking at the schedule at 6:00 p.m.

I did this last year, too.

The good news is that the poetry events are usually fairly easy to obtain last minute tickets for in the booth on campus and you don't need tickets for the stages. The Ray Bradbury appearance? It might be hard to get in via the standby line if I go on Saturday. However, looking at my weekend schedule, it appears Sunday is the better day for me.

Here are the poetry highlights of the two days:

Saturday – 12:00 PM – Distilling Reality: The Poet’s Craft, Young Hall CS24 Panel 1082, Dana Goodyear, Gail Mazur, Marilyn Nelson, Donald Revel, Amy Uyematsu (Warning - This panel conflicts with Ray Bradbury who is appearing in Ackerman at 12:00 PM)

Saturday Poetry Stage Poets: Dana Levin, Marilyn Nelson, Terry Wolverton, Charles Harper Webb, Victoria Chang, Sesshu Foster, James Ragan, John Fitzgerald, Gail Mazur, Jeffrey Levine, Dana Goodyear, Donald Revell, Chrostopher Merrill, Martha Ronk

Sunday – 12:00 PM – Poetry: Seasons in Verse, Young Hall CS24 Panel 2082
Douglas Messerli, Eloise Klein Healy, Alice Quinn, Kay Ryan, Timothy Steele

Sunday Poetry Stage Poets: Kay Ryan, Stephen Yenser, Jane Hirsfield, David St. John, Sarah Maclay, Chris Abani, Glyn Maxwell, Ralph Angel, Maurya Simon, Amy Uyematsu, Ilya Kaminsky, Eloise Klein Healy, Gabriel Meyer