A CoLA-Verse Discussion Series: “Building Your Dreams During a Crisis: The Sims Library of Poetry”

Presented by the College of Liberal Arts

“Building Your Dreams During a Crisis: The Sims Library of Poetry”

Led by Professor Hiram Sims, the Los Angeles Film School and USC

On Thursday, January 28th, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

This event will focus on the power of working life-long dreams you’ve had in the middle of a global pandemic. The Sims Library of Poetry–now the fulfilled dream of Prof. Hiram Sims–is a community space dedicated to the reading, writing, and performance of poetry. This library began in a suitcase, then moved to a garage, and now resides in a 2,000-sq.-foot building, housing the largest collection of poetry in Los Angeles. The library boasts 5,000 books of poetry, in every style, from all parts of the world. Some people feel that the pandemic has severely limited the opportunities available to people for pursuing their goals, while others have used the circumstances presented to us to grow and to thrive.


  • In what ways have pandemic conditions made resources for projects more available to you?
  • What processes might a person go through to begin or to complete work on a life-long dream?
  • What kind of help or coaching can a person or group receive to develop their dreams during uncertain times like these?


Born and raised in various parts of Los Angeles, Hiram Sims is a poet, essayist, and professor of Creative Writing, teaching at The Los Angeles Film School and USC with The Community Literature Initiative. He graduated from University of Southern California and received a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a M.A. of Professional Writing in poetry. In addition to teaching essay writing, creative writing, and literature, he is the founder of the Urban Poets Society. 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).


Topic: CoLA-Verse : Building Your Dreams During a Crisis : the Sims Library of Poetry
Time: Jan 28, 2021 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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