Schedule of Events
February 28 – Poets Terry Wolverton / Eloise Klein Healy / Jessica Piazza
March 1 – Panel Discussion – Shattered Silence: Rising Voices of Latina Women: Sandi Romero, Leticia Rhi Buckley
March 5 – Post-Play Discussion with Properties of Silence Playwrights
March 6 – Post-Play Discussion with Properties of Silence Playwrights
March 7 – Vocalist Julie Adler / Poet Eve Wood / Musician/Actor Ellen Burr
March 8 – Benefit reception & performance in the Pasadena Playhouse's Historic Makineni Library
March 12 – Poets Nicelle David / Laurel Ann Bogen / Amy Uyematsu
March 13 – Poet Gloria Enedina Alvarez with Singer-Songwriter Giovanni Verduzco
March 14 – Scholar Barbara Fuchs, PhD
March 15 – Poets Iris de Anda / Felicia Montes / Rebecca Gonzales / Xitlalic Gujosa Osuna
March 19 – Panel Discussion: Women Who Submit
March 20 – Poet Gail Wronsky and Alicia Portnoy
March 21 – Writer/Performer/Activist Karen Anzoategui
March 25 – Young Theaterworks: Post-Play
March 26 – Poets/Writers Las Lunas Locas
March 27 – Young Theaterworks: Student Poetry Night
March 28 – Maestras Atelier Artist Discussion
March 29 – Closing Night Salon
February 28, March 12, March 20 presented by Red Hen Press
Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools; seeking a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature. To learn more visit redhen.org
March 15 and March 26 presented by Mujeres de Maiz
The mission of Mujeres de Maiz (women of the corn) is to bring together and empower diverse women and girls through the creation of community spaces that provide holistic wellness through education, programming, exhibition and publishing. Learn more at mujeresdemaiz.com
Julie Adler is a visual and performance artist as well as singer and composer. She holds a MFA in Visual Arts and Music (voice) from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Cooper Union in New York. She has created and performed numerous works that have been presented REDCAT, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Side Street Projects, Armory Center for the Arts, Highways, Beyond Baroque, and many other places. As a composer, she was nominated for a LA Weekly Theatre Award in the 'original music' category for her work on Properties of Silence when it first premiered. Julie has recently exhibited paintings at Jaus Gallery and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, as well as in VICE Magazine. She is a recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship and was the 2014 artist-in-residence (printmaking) at Campbell Hall Episcopal School. For more information visit http://julieadler.com.
Gloria Enedina Alvarez is a Chicana poet/intermedia artist, playwright, librettist, literary translator, and curator. Alvarez currently teaches creative writing and works as a consultant in public schools, universities, libraries, museums, and art centers. Her literary/artistic efforts have been recognized by the California Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts; Cultural Affairs Department, City of L.A. (C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship award); and Poets & Writers, Inc., among others. She has published and read widely in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Her plays and librettos for opera, Los Biombos, Cuento de un Soldado/Story of a Soldier, and El Niño, have been produced internationally. Her books of poetry in English and Spanish include La Excusa/The Excuse and Emerging en un Mar De Olanes. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and numerous periodicals.
Iris De Anda is a writer, activist, and practitioner of the healing arts. A womyn of color of Mexican and Salvadorean descent. A native of Los Angeles she believes in the power of spoken word, poetry, storytelling, and dreams. She has been published in Mujeres de Maiz Zine, Loudmouth Zine: Cal State LA, OCCUPY SF poems from the movement, Seeds of Resistance, In the Words of Women, Twenty: In Memoriam, Revolutionary Poets Brigade Los Angeles Anthology, Frontera Esquina, Brooklyn and Boyle, and online at La Bloga. She is a moderator for Poets Responding to SB 1070. She currently hosts The Writers Underground Open Mic every Third Thursday of the month at the Eastside Cafe. Author of CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon. Reach out at irisdeanda.com
Ser Anzoategui is a gender queer writer/performer/artivist/filmmaker and emerging solo performer residing in Los Angeles who identifies with the gender pronoun, “They/Them.” They received a B.A. in Theatre from Loyola Marymount University. Karen is currently published in Ana Castillo's La Tolteca online-zine with an essay on performance. Most known for their solo show Ser!, Karen was selected as a finalist for the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in New York City in 2012. After work-shopping the play for 8 years, Ser! received its world premiere at The Los Angeles Theatre Center with rave reviews, co-produced by the Latino Theatre Company and in collaboration with Louie Perez of Los Lobos and members of CAVA to write original music, scoring the solo piece that garnered 5 LA Weekly nominations, won 2 LA Weekly awards for music. They are developing their next solo show Catholic School Daze and currently in production on a documentary with the same title.
Laurel Ann Bogen (reader) is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, including Washing a Language, Fission, The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies, Rag Tag We Kiss, and her All of the Above: New and Selected Poems 1975-2015 is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2016. Since 1990, she has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award. Well-known for her lively readings, Bogen has read her work at Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The L.A. Metropolitan Transit Authority, MOCA, LACE, and a host of other venues. She is a recipient of the Pacificus Foundation’s Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize and two awards from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Spanish literary magazines as well as appearing in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies, including California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Stand-Up Poetry, The Maverick Poets, The Jacaranda Review, Miramar, and Upstreet.
Leticia Rhi Buckley is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, which provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities and over ten million residents. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing comprehensive integrated communications for Arts Commission programs and services. Previously, Ms. Buckley was the Director of Marketing and Communications for The Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County and held a senior marketing position with Cirque du Soleil where she developed and led all marketing and publicity strategies for the company’s first resident production in Los Angeles. Ms. Buckley serves on the LA Tourism Arts and Culture Committee, and the LA Tourism Marketing Committee. She is a current fellow in the Leadership L.A. program and is managing a Latino marketing research project for The James Irvine Foundation. Ms. Buckley received her B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.
Ellen Burr is a masterful flutist who has spent her career exploring new directions in music. As a performer she has performed with many improvisational giants and at festivals around the world (including the Vancouver Jazz Festival) appearing on over 30 CDs. Most recently she played the west coast premiere of Peter Senchuk’s Concerto for Alto Flute and flute orchestra. As a composer, she has written and played for film, theater and dance, having had over forty of her compositions performed in the United States and Europe. Her improvisational card game “Ink Bops” is included in Notations 21, an anthology of graphic scores published in 2008. Ms. Burr holds degrees in flute performance (BM from Wichita State Univ.) and composition (MM from CalArts). She is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and was the subject of a feature article, “Teaching Self-Awareness,” in Flute Talk, a professional journal. Her 2014 CD “Where Am I From, Where Am I Going” with Michael Unruh on bass clarinet has been released to much acclaim.
Nicelle Davis (moderator/reader) is a California poet who walks the desert with her son, J.J., in search of owl pellets and rattlesnake skins. Her latest collection of poems, In the Circus of You is available from Rose Metal Press. The author of two prior collections of poetry, Becoming Judas is available from Red Hen Press. Her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. The Walled Wife is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2017. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, and others. She is editor at large of The Los Angeles Review and has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, MHA, and with Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center. Recipient of the 2013 AROHO retreat 9 3/4 Fellowship, she is honored to work as a consultant for this important feminist organization. She currently teaches at Paraclete and with the Red Hen Press WITS program.
Barbara Fuchs is Professor of Spanish and English at UCLA, where she also directs the Center for 17th-and 18th- Century Studies and the Clark Memorial Library. A comparatist by training, she specializes in literature and empire in the early modern period. She is the author of several specialized studies, and has also published translations of Cervantes’ plays of captivity and of early modern Spanish Moorish tales. Professor Fuchs directs the "Diversifying the Classics" initiative, which aims to bring classical Hispanic theater in adaptation, translation, and the original to L.A. audiences.
Pat Gomez is an artist, independent curator, and arts administrator exhibited in Southern California and Mexico, and is in private and public collections including the L.A. County Museum of Art. She earned her Master and Bachelor degrees in visual art from Cal State University, Fullerton. She is a Creative Services Manager for LA Metro, where she manages public art placement projects in rail and bus facilities. For 11 years, she managed the Art Collection, Private Arts Development Fee, and Murals programs for the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs. Pat has a long history with Self-Help Graphics, as an artist first exhibiting at the East LA location in 1990 and serving as the Associate Director of the organization from 1997 to 2001. Her participation in Self-Help Graphics’ Maestra Atelier resulted in one of three limited edition serigraphs she created through Self-Help Graphics acclaimed print program.
Rebecca Gonzales, cultivated by the sun and moon peeking past the shoes dangling from the phone lines, Rebecca was raised and resides “one block East of El Pino” in East La. Rebecca’s work has been published in various literary anthologies and journals such as Brooklyn and Boyle, Inchas de Poesia, the Mas Tequila Review, Cipatli, and others. She was the March 2014 winner of “The Poets of New York” series at the Bowery in New York City. She has three self-published books of poetry and is currently working on a book of short stories poetry and prose. As a mother she is humbled, as a poet she is obedient, and as a woman she is unapologetic.
Eloise Klein Healy (reader), Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita at Antioch University Los Angeles, is the author of seven books of poetry: A Wild Surmise (Red Hen Press 2013), The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho (Red Hen Press 2007), Passing (Red Hen Press 2002), Artemis in Echo Park (Firebrand 1991), Ordinary Wisdom (Red Hen Press 2005), A Packet Beating Like a Heart (Books of a Feather 1981), and Building Some Changes (Beyond Baroque 1976). Healy's work is widely anthologized in collections such as California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present, The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave, and Another City: Writing from Los Angeles. Healy is the founder of Antioch University's MFA in Creative Writing program and the founder of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors. Healy is the co-founder of Eco-Arts, an ecotourism/arts venture.
Las Lunas Locas is a a womyn's writing circle in El Sereno for womyn who want to be part of a collective, womyn who need to write, womyn who desire to write, womyn who don't know that writing is in their blood.
The Maestras Atelier of 1998 was the first all-female silkscreen workshop at the legendary Self Help Graphics and Art, Inc. Under the direction of Yreina D. Cervantez, the workshop gathered women at various stages of their professional life, and with a range of experience in the medium, in a collaborative and mentoring process. The Atelier was loosely organized around exploration of themes relating to heroines, goddesses, and icons. Hearing of the then upcoming premiere of Properties of Silence, several artists chose to work with Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Diea May, a first generation meXicana with roots in Nayarit and Sinaloa, has lived in South CentralLA, East Los, and Highland Park. Although she has written poetry since 1997, she focuses on serving as Co-Editor for the Mujeres de Maiz Annual Poetry and Visual Art Zine. Shecurrentlystudies social work and public administration as a graduate student at University of Southern California.
Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes is a Xicana Indigenous artist, activist, community and event organizer, educator, designer, poet, performer, and Femcee from the Los Angeles area. She is cofounder of Mujeres de Maiz, In Lak Ech, and Urban Xic. Check her out at feliciamontes.com
Xitlalic Guijosa Osuna, Guayaba lover, swapmeetera, tlatoahni (poeta), hija de su madre, southeast-sider. X.G.O. is inspired by her madre, padre, abuelas y bisabuelas, sobrinas, sobrinos, e historias del tianguis, tias, tios, and everyone that will meet her. Con la pluma en la mano she is ready to create a better world. Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna has been writing since the age of 7 and started sharing her poetry at the age of 20. She has since been featured around the Los Angeles area and in college venues. X.G.O. believes that poetry as well as performing has help her become a better person and heal her mind and soul. Her poetry varies from everyday happenings, domestic abuse, memories of old friends and lovers, guayabas, and their greatness.
Alicia Partnoy (reader) is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 people 'disappeared' in Argentina. Best known for The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival, Partnoy also published the poetry collections Flowering Fires/Fuegos florales (recipient of the First Settlement House American Poetry Prize) and Little Low Flying/Volando bajito, both translated by Gail Wronsky. Poems from her Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana rode the metro in New York, Dallas, and Washington D.C., and are sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock. Her poetry has been translated into several languages, including Hebrew and Hindi. Her most recent translations are Gail Wronsky’s poetry collection So Quick Bright Things/Tan pronto las cosas, and Kate Gale’s opera libretto Río de Sangre. Partnoy edited You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile, and co-edited Chicana/Latina Studies: the journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Her work has been twice a Pushcart Foundation Writer's Choice Selection (Tobias Wolff and Bobbie Ann Mason), and a London Times best-seller. Her poems, testimonial texts, and scholarship have been widely published. A former Vice-Chair of Amnesty International, Partnoy teaches at Loyola Marymount University. Alicia Partnoy is a founding member of Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. universities.
Jessica Piazza (reader) is the author of two full-length poetry collections from Red Hen Press: Interrobang--winner of the AROHO 2011 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize and the 2013 Balcones Poetry Prize - and Obliterations (with Heather Aimee O'Neill, forthcoming), as well as the chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press.) She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is currently a contributing editor for The Offending Adam and a screener for the National Poetry Series. She is the co-founder of Bat City Review in Austin, TX and Gold Line Press in Los Angeles, and she teaches for the Writing Program at USC and the online MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In 2015 she started the "Poetry Has Value" project, hoping to spark conversations about poetry and worth. Learn more at www.jessicapiazza.com and www.poetryhasvalue.com
In addition to her leadership as Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education at About...Productions, Rose Portillo is a well know visual artist and her admired Rosaics mosaic work have included numerous mosaic murals (public and private). She has also guided many student groups in the creation of their own mosaic murals through Rosaics and in partnership with Encompass and Cal Arts’ Community Arts Partnership. Her print work has toured nationally and internationally through Self Help Graphics & Art. She participated in the first all women Maestra Atelier at Self Help and has since been commissioned by them and others, such as The Mexican Cultural Institute, to create Day of the Dead altar installations. Her work and home have been featured in Vista L.A., The L.A. Times, Ciudad Magazine, and other publications.
Sandi Romero played a key role in helping to “take back” MacArthur Park and help to transform this once drug and gang filled park back into a family orientated, safe and beautiful park for the community to enjoy. Sandi was the Executive Director of the San Gabriel Valley Fair Housing Council for 10 years and worked there for a total of 18 years. Long before her work in MacArthur Park or at Fair Housing she always new she would be doing something in her life to help people – especially after getting pregnant when she was just 14 years old. The challenges and struggles only helped Sandi to become stronger and committed to helping make this world a better place and to create a better life for her and her daughter. Mama was the Mama in Mama’s Hot Tamales Café where she stopped making tamales in 2011. After recovering from breast cancer in 2012, she decided to bring her tamales out from under the café and into businesses, community center, neighborhoods, parks, sidewalks, streets, and other public and private spaces across Southern California. Her assortment of tamales are a mix of foods unlike other tamales. Her tamales have been mixed with Kimchi, Pastrami, Korean BBQ, curries, and more!
Amy Uyematsu (reader) is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has published three previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997), and Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader.
Giovanni Verduzco is a guitarist/singer-songwriter from Boyle Heights. A self taught guitarist from the age of 12, his participation in a wide variety of ensembles through the years has influenced the many sounds heard in his music, ranging from mariachi rancheras to classical music, blues and hard rock to hip-hip, afro-Cuban to funk/soul, and R&B. Giovanni fronted the local experimental hard rock band High Majestad from 2005-2012, and has experienced the fortunate opportunities of performing at such notable venues as House of Blues, The World Stage Art, Education & Performance Gallery, Weingart Stadium at East Los Angeles College, the Palace Theatre (DTLA), and the Shrine Auditorium, among others across the city and the U.S. Deciding to break from the fast-paced atmosphere of a gigging rock musician in 2012, Giovanni has since returned to work towards a degree in Music Performance at East Los Angeles College, and is currently employed as an Assistant Musical Director at Marina Christian Fellowship in Marina Del Rey. Giovanni is currently writing songs for an upcoming EP set to be released in 2015. "Soul" music in every sense, these songs, written in a poetic prose form with a gospel edge, aim to uplift the human spirit through ideas of hope, healing, faith, and community.
Terry Wolverton (moderator/reader) is author of ten books of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, including Embers, a novel in poems, and most recently Wounded World: lyric essays about our spiritual disquiet. She is the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing studio in Los Angeles, and Affiliate Faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is also an instructor of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. For more information visit www.terrywolverton.com
Women Who Submit seeks to empower women writers by creating physical and virtual spaces for sharing information, supporting and encouraging literary submissions, and clarifying the submission and publication process.
Eve Wood is the author of five books of poems, Love’s Funeral, and Six (published by Cherry Grove Collections), Artistic Children Breathe Differently (Hollyridge Press), a chapbook entitled Paper Frankenstein (Beyond Baroque Press), and Correspondence (Gegensatze Press, Austria) Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Best American Poetry 1997, The New Republic, The Denver Quarterly, Triquarterly, Poetry, Witness, The Massachusetts Review, The Greensboro Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Antioch Review, and many others. She has twice been a guest on KPFK’s Poet’s Café hosted by MC Bruce. Wood is the recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship and a Brody Grant. Wood writes art criticism for ArtUS, Flash Art, Artillery, Tema Celeste, ArtUS, Artweek, Bridge Magazine, Flash Art, and Art Papers, etc. Also a visual artist, Wood was represented for six years by Western Project and for three years by Susanne Vielmetter; LA Projects. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is included in several collections including Eileen and Peter Norton, The Weatherspoon Museum, and the Laguna Art Museum.
Gail Wronsky (moderator/reader) is the author, coauthor, or translator or ten books of poetry and prose, including Dying for Beauty (Copper Canyon Press), finalist for the Western Arts Federation Poetry Award; Poems for Infidels (Red Hen Press); and So Quick Bright Things (What Books Press). Her translations of Argentinean poet Alicia Partnoy have been published in the book Volando Bajito: Little Low Flying (Red Hen Press). Her poems, essays and book reviews have appeared in literary journals such as Poetry, Boston Review, Antioch Review, The Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Pool, Volt, and Crazyhorse. She has a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Utah, and an MFA in creative writing, poetry, from the University of Virginia where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She received an Artists Fellowship from the California Arts Council and has been a Resident Playwright at the Sundance Institute Playwriting Conference. She teaches creative writing and women’s literature at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
Featuring Pasadena students from Blair and Marshall High Schools reading their original poetry produced in About...Productions' Young Theaterworks residencies. They will be joined by Chicana poet and residency teaching artist Gloria Alvarez.