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Sophia Arriola-Gibson

Veronica Reyes

Three conversations with LA based, female poets

UCLA’s Campus Events Commission recently hosted “See, Recognize, Hear,” an empowerment week dedicated to acknowledging female artists and creatives. Consisting of various programs, March 3rd was devoted to a night of poetry. Los Angeles based poets, Lynne Thompson, Verónica Reyes and Marsha De La O each were present to give readings of their work. I was able to reach out to these three artists and discuss their creative processes, how they write and what role they think poetry plays in the world. The project developed into a short series; every few days or so the blog will be updated with a new dialogue and accompanying poem.
 
In the final post of the series, I interviewed poet Verónica Reyes. We discussed the various communities she’s apart of and how she writes for the people. Included is her poem, “Desert Rain: blessing the land.”

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Marsha De La O

Three conversations with LA based, female poets

UCLA’s Campus Events Commission recently hosted “See, Recognize, Hear,” an empowerment week dedicated to acknowledging female artists and creatives. Consisting of various programs, March 3rd was devoted to a night of poetry. Los Angeles based poets, Lynne Thompson, Verónica Reyes and Marsha De La O each were present to give readings of their work. I was able to reach out to these three artists and discuss their creative processes, how they write and what role they think poetry plays in the world. The project developed into a short series; every few days or so the blog will be updated with a new dialogue and accompanying poem. Be sure to check back for new posts!
 
In the second post of the series, I spoke with poet Marsha De La O. In our interview we discussed the context of creativity and poetry’s ability to communicate ideas that other writing styles cannot. Included is her poem, “I Have Not Said If I Believe.”

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Lynne Thompson

Three conversations with LA based, female poets
UCLA’s Campus Events Commission recently hosted “See, Recognize, Hear,” an empowerment week dedicated to acknowledging female artists and creatives. Consisting of various programs, March 3rd was devoted to a night of poetry. Los Angeles based poets, Lynne Thompson, Verónica Reyes and Marsha De La O each were present to give readings of their work. I was able to reach out to these three artists and discuss their creative processes, how they write and what role they think poetry plays in the world. The project developed into a short series; every few days or so the blog will be updated with a new dialogue and accompanying poem. Be sure to check back for new posts!
 
The series begins with poet, Lynne Thompson. In our interview, Lynne discusses her exploration of themes as well as how her cultural heritage influences her work. Included is her poem, The Unworshipped Woman, which “reflects [her] belief that every woman has it within herself to become empowered and to manifest that power to those around her.”

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Shifting Landscapes with Grant Wells




























How do you like to work, what’s your process like?
Recently my work has taken a lot of searching and time to find the landscapes I want to use, which can be a struggle because of how much stuff is out there. I like making a lot of work in a short period of time and then spending more time figuring out what I like and picking out a couple to share. I think the spontaneity of working like this creates better outcomes for me.

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