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Brutus Chieftain & Michelle Gonzalez, plus Open Mic

August 1• 7 — 8:30 pm
Downtown Riverside Public Library
3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside 92501

Inlandia’s Literature on the Lawn

iTreat yourself to some soft-serve tender-loving poetry and waves of laugh-provoking wit at Inlandia’s Literature on the Lawn! The lyrically uplifting Michelle Gonzalez and say-it-like-it-is Brutus Chieftain are sure to leave you satisfied, August 1, 7 pm at the Riverside Public Library, located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside.

Michelle Gonzalez is an educator and writer who has lived in Riverside most of her life. She currently teaches at the Riverside Adult School. As an author of four chapbooks of poetry, she ]writes about the challenges of life and love, home, and family. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from National University and a BA in English from UCR. She has long been a part of the Inlandia Institute’s writing workshops. Michelle has also enjoyed facilitating local workshops in her community. Her books of poetry include Morning in the House by the Field, Afternoon in the Park by the LakeEvening in the Patio by the Hill, and Wild Chrysanthemum.

Coming often without
 paper or pen,
as you enjoyed listening
to others read.
Somehow changing positions
from observer to facilitator
and one more time to friend
                                                            —Michelle Gonzalez, “How We Met”

Brutus Chieftain is founder of the performance poetry troupe Poets in Distress and author of multiple indie poetry collections, including The Suburban FoolNuns in Uniform get Free DonutsBrutus in Benderland, and Tales of an American Peasant. He lives in Moreno Valley with his wife and two sons. At readings, he hates long introductions. He encourages poets to, “Shut up and read the poem.”

I wonder pear, how long you’re going to be free
I know you had a scent before refrigeration
You fell from a tree but my yard doesn’t have any trees
Stem at the top like a chimney, puckered at the bottom as we all are
Gonna take a bite, you know that.  Gonna share it with my wife
Gonna share a taste with our wives
Some kind of crazy knowledge like Eve and Adam
                                                          —Brutus Chieftan, “Still Life in a Dead End”

This event is free and open to the public.

The Inlandia Institute is a regionally-focused literary nonprofit and publishing house. For more information, please visit

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