Los Angeles-Trade Technical College

The College Library in collaboration with the college’s English Department will be celebrating National Poetry Month in April.

Thursday, April 20th at 2:00 pm at the library Poetry Reading with Teresa Mei Chuc and Student Poets.

Teresa Mei Chuc was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War while her father, who had served in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, remained in a Vietcong “re-education” camp for nine years. Teresa, a fellow and teacher consultant of the Los Angeles Writing Project (a chapter of the National Writing Project), teaches literature and writing at a public high school. Teresa has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, professional teaching credentials in primary and secondary education, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry) from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012 for “Truth is Black Rubber,” a section of poems in her collection Red Thread, and Teresa was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016 for her poem “Quan Am on a Dragon.”

Thursday, April 27th All day Poem in Your Pocket Day 

The Academy of American Poets and the League of Canadian Poets has designated April 27th as “Poem in Your Pocket Day”.  Every April, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them and sharing it with others throughout the day.  Students are encouraged to drop by the library any time on April 27th  and choose a poem to  share it with their friends and family. There will be poems written by classic, contemporary and student poets provided.