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USC Chapter

Mondays, 6 pm PT

USC: Kaprielian Hall Room #165

3620 S Vermont Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90089

Instructor: Hiram Sims

TA: Carlos Ornelas

Instructor

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Hiram Sims

Books: Photoetry: Poetry and Photography from South Central

Instagram: @communitylit

Published with: World Stage Press

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hiram Sims is a poet, essayist, and creative writing professor. He received a BA in Creative Writing and an MPW in Poetry from the University of Southern California.

 

In addition to teaching essay writing, creative writing, and literature, he has published three collections of poetry, including Poems of a Young, Troubled Mind (2007), Write or Die: An Anthology of Poetry from the Urban Poet's Workshop (2008), and PHOTOETRY: Poetry and Photography from South Central (2013), and his creative writing textbook, These Pages Speak (2015).

 

He is the founder of the Community Literature Initiative and the Sims Library of Poetry, and the co-founder of World Stage Press

Q&A

Who is your favorite poet?

King David, Psalms

What is your favorite poem?

The Raven_ Edgar Allen Poe

Why do you partner with CLI?

I created it

What is your hope for the students in the publishing class?

That they all publish books and become millionaires.

If you can tell new students one thing, what would you tell them?

Focus on your book, and avoid distractions. Read every day, and write every day.

TA

Carlos Ornelas

Book: Ketchup: Sopa De Gato

Instagram: @carlosornelaspoetry

Published with: World Stage Press/ LA Bookshelf

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Q&A

Who is your favorite poet?

Gertrude Stein

What is your favorite poem?

Footsteps in the Sand

Why do you partner with CLI?

Since I was in it since before it began, I have a unique relationship with CLI. I believe in the importance of an entity such as CLI, to advance and educate the community.

What is your hope for the students in the publishing class?

I hope that they create their books and share them with the world.

If you can tell new students one thing, what would you tell them?

Keep coming back

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