Programming & Publications
Published and launched three books in partnership with Heyday:
• Dream Street by author/photographer by Douglas McCulloh.
• No Place for a Puritan:The Literature of California’s Deserts edit by Ruth Nolan.
• Backyard Birds of the Inland Empire by Sheila Kee.
• Rose Hill: An Instermarriage before Its Time by Carlos Cortes.
• Vital Signs by Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern (Forthcoming 2013).
Dream Street by Doug McCulloh received the 2010 California American Planning Association award for Excellence in Media.
We published Writing for Inlandia, an annual creative writing anthology of works emanating from the Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops in Riverside, Ontario, Idyllwild, and Palm Springs.
We publish an online literary journal, Inlandia: a Literary Journey, edited by Cati Porter.
Public Literary Events
Each year, the Institute provides an average of 40 free public literary and cultural programs and exhibitions featuring nationally acclaimed Inland Southern California-based authors and artists.
We also presented the first Inlandia Literary Laureate award to Riverside author Susan Straight at the 23rd Annual Tomás Rivera Conference on April 23, 2010, and in April 2012, we presented the second Inlandia Literary Laureate award to another Riverside author, Gale Brandeis, and we look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.
Creative Literacy Programs
The Inlandia Institute initiated its Creative Literacy Programs for children and families with a performance of Conversation with Alana by author Carlos Cortez at La Sierra High School.
We have co-published a chapbook of short stories based on Riverside’s history by talented 4th and 5th grade students from Victoria Elementary School, hosted a “readers’ salon” with them at the Riverside Public Library, and also hosted a book club and writing workshop centered around Susan Straight's novel for children, The Friskative Dog.
We have also provided “Teen Creative Writing Workshops” at Riverside Public Library (RPL), one funded by Poets & Writers and one provided through the UCR Gluck Fellows Program, as well as one by Gayle Brandeis hosted at the Riverside Art Museum.
In 2012, we launched Inlandia's Children's Poetry Theater, developed and presented in partnership with California State Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.
Literary Professional Development
We encourage literary professional development by presenting talented emerging and established authors and filmmakers from the region during “Arts Walk” every First Thursday at the Riverside Public Library.
Additionally, we have partnered with the nationally-recognized online literary journal, Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry, to create the new LitLandia quarterly reading series, which brings together two authors from Poemeleon and pairs them with two local authors from Inlandia: A Literary Journey, along with an open to encourage emerging local authors.
We have expanded the Inlandia Creative Writers Workshops to include not only Riverside but also Idyllwild, Ontario and Palm Springs.
In addition we co-sponsored a seminar with Heyday publisher Malcolm Margolin on the “Life of the Book – From First Draft To Distribution” at La Sierra University.
• Became incorporated in June 2009
• Awarded 501(c)3 status in 2012.
• Initiated a Fund Development Management Process
• Launched Inlandia Laughs as an Annual Signature Fundraiser
• Established the Regional Affiliates Program