Longtime instructor Suzanne Lummis recently won a COLA Individual Artist Fellowship, awarded by the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs. The award ceremony will take place in June 2019, but here’s what Suzanne had to say about the honor. “The majority of COLA (City of Los Angeles) Awards go to visual artists, so I feel especially lucky — and grateful! — to be among the few Los Angeles poets, this year or any year, to receive this acknowledgment from the City, and this financial support to create new work.”
Of her time teaching for the Writers’ Program, she says, “In my 25 years with the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program I’ve seen a new generation of sharp, disciplined and passionate poets rise up in this city, many who’d studied in the Writers’ Program and sometimes gotten their start there, with me or other poetry teachers. When news of the COLA Award came out, I heard from former and current students, enthusiastic congratulations. It’s a tribute everyone can participate in, proof that perseverance has its rewards.”
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