Past Poets & Performers List

(Apologies for any errors, including names spelled incorrectly. This is an incomplete list. Feel free to contact us with corrections.)

2020: Poetry to Sustain Us

  • Sean Avery
  • Bojan Louis
  • Diana Marie Delgado
  • Sylvia Chan
  • Pam Uschuk

2019: Poetry As Gesture

  • Angel Dominguez
  • Baruch Porras-Hernandez
  • Michael Klein
  • Aura Valdes
  • Kristen Nelson

2018: Festival Poetry is Action

  • Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
  • Teré Fowler-Chapman
  • Kay Ulanday Barrett
  • Isaac Kirkman
  • CAConrad

2017: Poetry & People

  • Jericho Brown
  • Dr. Ofelia Zepeda
  • Erín Moure
  • Enrique García Naranjo
  • Natalie Diaz 

2016: Poetry & Purpose

  • Mahogany L. Browne
  • Patrick Rosal
  • Emi Mahmoud
  • Tanaya Winder
  • Ken Babstock
  • Ariana Brown

2015: Breaking the Border

  • Claudia Rankine
  • Bob Holman
  • Gabriela Jauregui
  • Hieu Minh Nguyen
  • Edyka Chilomé

2014: Poetry at Play

  • Harryette Mullen
  • Xavier Cavazos
  • RC Weslowski
  • Allison Hedge Coke
  • Sherwin Bitsui
  • Kelvyn Bell

2013

  • Laynie Browne
  • Natalie Diaz
  • Thomas Sayers Ellis
  • Bill Knott

2012

  • Eduardo C. Corral
  • Karyna McGlynn
  • Ander Monson
  • Patricia Smith

2011

  • Niki Herd
  • Jeffrey McDaniel
  • Danny Solis
  • Luci Tapahanso

2009

  • Brian Turner
  • Andrea Gibson

2007

  • Jefferson Carter

2006

  • Ayisha Knight
  • Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Wanda Coleman
  • Verbobala Spoken Video
  • Rebecca Seiferle
  • Sherwin Bitsui
  • Paul Fisher

2002

  • Charles Alexander
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Andrew Caroll
  • Gary Mex Glazner
  • Mary Oliver
  • Jane Miller
  • Alberto Álvaro Ríos
  • Gary Snyder
  • Anne Waldman

2001

  • Maxine Kumin

2000

  • Wanda Coleman
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Barbara Guest
  • Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Rex Lee Jim
  • Steve Kowit
  • Philip Levine
  • Sharon Olds
  • Nancy Mairs
  • Janice Mirikitani
  • Gerald Stern
  • Arthur Sze
  • Laura Tohe
  • Jean Valentine
  • Berry Wendell
  • Charles Wright
  • John Yau

1999

  • Yehuda Amichai
  • Charles Bernstein
  • Robert Bly
  • Jeffrey Brooks
  • Martin Espada
  • Louise Gluck
  • Jane Hirshfield
  • Robert Hunter
  • Ramson Lomatewama
  • Pat Mora
  • Thylias Moss
  • Sharon Olds
  • Mary Oliver
  • Adrienne Rich
  • William Pitt Root
  • David Shapiro
  • Patricia Smith
  • Gary Sherman Snyder
  • Elizabeth Woody
  • Charles Wright

1998

  • Jimmy Baca
  • Becky Byrkit
  • Marilyn Chin
  • Alison Deming
  • Garret Hongo
  • Cynthia Macdonald
  • Thylias Moss
  • Charles Simic

1997

  • Barbara Cully
  • Jon Davis
  • Mark Doty
  • Lyn Hejinian
  • Mary Howe
  • Carolyn Kizer
  • Rick Noguchi
  • Charles Simic
  • Elizabeth Woody
  • Daisy Zamara

1996

  • Ai
  • Agha Shahid Ali
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Frank Bidart
  • Eavan Boland
  • Allison Deming
  • Benjamin Saenz

1995

  • Francisco X. Alarcon
  • Yehuda Amichai
  • David Baker
  • Rafael Campo
  • Diane Di Prima
  • Marilyn Hacker
  • June Jordan
  • Jane Miller
  • Sharon Olds
  • Boyer Rickel

1994

  • Maya Angelou
  • Gloria Anzaldua
  • Sandra Cisneros
  • Diana Di Prima
  • Susan Howe
  • Yosef Komunyakaa
  • Nathaniel Mackey
  • Demetria Martinez
  • Czeslaw Milosz
  • Barbara Penn
  • Leslie Silko
  • Derek Walcott

1993

  • Agha Shahid Ali
  • Robert Bly
  • Carolyn Forche
  • Stephen Mitchell
  • Bruce Noll
  • Alberto Rios
  • Jerome Rothenberg
  • Rosemarie Waldrup
  • Ofelia Zepeda

1992

  • Agha Shahid Ali
  • Barbara Anderson
  • Dick Bakken
  • Wendell Berry
  • Robert Bly
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Rita Dove
  • Tess Gallagher
  • David Ignatow
  • William Merwin
  • Michael Palmer
  • Gary Snyder

1991

  • Amiri Baraka
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Joy Harjo
  • Cynthia Hogue
  • Cecil Taylor
  • Anne Waldman

1990

  • Robert Creeley
  • Meg Davis
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Daphne Marlatt
  • Jane Miller
  • Wendy Rose
  • Ron Silliman
  • Nathaniel Tarn

1989

  • Ron Silliman
  • Nathaniel Tarn

1988

  • Mei-Mei Bersenbrugge
  • b.p. Nichol

1987

  • Diane Wakoski
  • Eugene McCarthy
  • Alberto Rios

1986

  • Denise Levertov
  • Dorothy Lykes
  • Simon Ortiz
  • The Dark Bob

1985

  • Barbara Anderson
  • Christopher Carrol
  • Rita Dove
  • Jeremy Ingalls
  • Denis Johnson
  • N. Scott Momaday
  • Greg Pape
  • Marina Rivera
  • Ken Smith
  • Territory Dance Theatre

1984

  • Will Inman

1983

  • Ofelia Zepeda
  • David Ignatow
  • Alberto Álvaro Ríos
  • Gary Snyder