Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, the most recent of which is Washing a Language, published by Red Hen Press of Los Angeles. She is a founding member of the celebrated poetry performance ensemble Nearly Fatal Women and has been an instructor in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension since 1990.
In the video, Bogen celebrates not only her 60th birthday, but the release of Issue 57 of Luvina Literary Magazine of the University of Guadalajara in which her poem “Canticle for Bogen” appears.
With this in mind, let’s all hit the Pause buttons on our lives for a few minutes and see why Bogen, well-known for her lively readings, was noted in the Orange County Weekly as “the nearly undisputed Empress of SoCal poetry.”
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