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Poetry Is Not a Luxury Book Club

In Poetry Is Not a Luxury we use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we focus on a different book and discuss poetry as poets do. We read our favorite poems out loud, listen for sound and rhythm, consider how the poet plays with language, and consider the joys and sorrows in the poems.

Our 2017-2018 season focuses on Voices of the Silenced/Voices of the Resistance.

The July selection for Poetry Is Not a Luxury is Janine Joseph's "Driving Without a License." In this debut collection, an undocumented Filipina-American discovers present-day California, teen culture, car culture, prejudice, love, blue-collar and white-collar work, and marriage.

July 25 - Janine Joseph, "Driving Without a License"

Earlier Event: July 19
The Body is Not An Apology Book Club
Later Event: July 27
Poetry Aloud & Alive