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TU to host poet Elena Karina Byrne

As part of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, poet Elena Karina Byrne will visit Thomas University on Wednesday, April 10. Byrne will share her poetry in a session at 12:30 p.m. in Smith-Bonvillian Hall, which is open to the public, and then work with TU students who are aspiring poets.

A visual artist, freelance, editor, professor and book reviewer, Byrne served for 12 years as Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America and as Executive Director for the AVK Arts Foundation. She is the Literary Programs Director for the Ruskin Art Club and annual Poetry Consultant and Moderator for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Byrne also works on poetry programs with the Craft & Folk Art Museum and is a member of the advisory board for What Books Press. She is a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and was one of the final judges for the Kate and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards.

In 2015 Byrne received the Distinguished Service Award from the Beyond Baroque’s Literary Arts Center. She was part of the West Hollywood Book Fair’s Planning Committee and worked with Red Car studios editing several documentary film projects including, “The Big Read,” “Muse of Fire” and “Why Shakespeare?”

Since 1991 Byrne has organized or funded programs for the Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Southern California’s Doheny Memorial Library, the Getty Research Institute at the J. Paul Getty Center, UCLA’s CAP/Center for the Art of Performance, Columbia University's School of the Arts International Translation Project. She has also been part of the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, the Craft and Folk Art Museum’s Poetry and Art Collaboration Series, the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s “Metro Art Live Poetry in Motion” annual readings, and the renowned Chateau Marmont “Act of the Poet” series. She was the 2005 Poetry Co-Editor forthe Los Angeles Review and one of three judges for the 2006 PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. 

Byrne’s book reviews and essays have appeared in “Poetry,” “Slope,” “Poetry International,” “The Journal” and “Omniverse.” Her awards include the 2009 Pushcart Prize XXXIII Best of the Small Presses and Best American Poetry 2005. Byrne’s books include “The Flammable Bird, “MASQUE,” “Squander” and “VOYEUR HOUR: Meditations on Poetry, Art & Desire.”

Byrne’s visit is part of Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU). For more information, call 229-227-6964 or email

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