Mitsuye Yamada and David Antin at PAMLA

Pioneering Poets

Two pioneering poets from Southern California, Mitsuye Yamada and David Antin, delivered a poetry reading, celebrating a lifetime of their wonderful work.


Mitsuye Yamada was born in Japan. During World War II her family was removed to a concentration camp in Idaho. Her iconic book of poetry Camp Notes and Other Writings recounts this experience. She has been an ardent spokesperson for civil rights and international women’s issues.  Mitsuye turned 90 this year and this reading of sections of Camp Notes was one of her many birthday celebrations.

David Antin is a poet, critic and performance artist, who published ten books of poetry, including Talking, Talking at the Boundaries, Tuning, What It Means to Be Avant-Garde and John Cage Uncaged Is Still Cagey. He received fellowships from both the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Anton read from a selections from his recent book Radical Coherency: Selected Essays on Art and Literature, 1966-2005.

PAMLA Reading

November 1, 2013 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference took place at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego.


Marilyn and Rae

Marilyn Chin delivered a Creative Artist Spotlight Address together with Rae Armantrout, a recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. Rae read extensively from her new book Just Saying. Then Marilyn performed her iconic poem How I Got That Name and read several verses and a collection of haiku from her upcoming book Hard Love Province.

The reading was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A and book signing by both artists. Book Signing