About This Episode
Hiram Sims, poet, entrepreneur, educator-discusses his journey in poetry, creating the Community Literature Initiative-a poetry publishing course geared to give writers of color a voice and helps get poets published, and the companion World Stage Press. He also discusses the Sims Library of Poetry, the largest in Los Angeles, the first black-owned library in California, and a host to over 6000 books of poetry. Hiram has a passion for poetry and getting books out into the world. He will be one of the guest speakers at the 805 Writers Conference in November of 2021.
About Hiram Sims
Born and raised in various parts of Los Angeles, Hiram Sims is a poet, essayist, and Creative Writing Professor teaching with the Community Literature Initiative. He graduated from the University of Southern California and received a B.A. in English: Creative Writing and a Masters of Professional Writing in Poetry. 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 co-founder of World Stage Press, and founder of the Sims Library of Poetry, boasting the largest collection of poetry in Los Angeles.
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