James L. Hedges Distinguished Lecture Series

This series celebrates the written word through a series of endowed lectures by poets, prose writers, playwrights, or literary critics. Cosponsored by the Department of English and the Center for Research on Human Values, this series showcases writers who imaginatively explore the world in which we live through their creative use of language and literary forms, whether in poetry or prose, and honors one of Azusa Pacific University’s most distinguished professors: James L. Hedges, Ph.D., professor of English from 1974–2005 and now professor emeritus.

James L. Hedges Distinguished Speakers

  • James Hedges, 2010
  • Billy Collins, 2011
  • Lori Anne Ferrell, 2012
  • Robert Pinsky, 2013
  • Diane Glancy, 2014
  • Brett Foster, 2015
  • Gavin Jones, 2016
  • Dana Gioia, 2017