September 30, 2018
September 30, 2018 –
Local artists from the mile-high mountain community of Wrightwood are putting together the town’s fourth annual literary festival the last weekend of September.
Guest faculty this year include novelist and publisher Yi Shun Lai (author of Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu), the cross-genre poet Nicelle Davis (The Walled Wife), and journalist-poet Alejandro Escudé (My Earthbound Eye), with a keynote presentation and conversation with award-winning Young Adult author and poet Ron Koertge (Shakespeare Bats Cleanup).
In addition to the usual fiction, poetry, and editing workshops, the festival features new classes in parody songwriting, news poetry, community building, and the business of being an author. Some workshops are geared toward experienced writers, while others are offered for more casual readers.
For $55, festival registration includes any two workshops, lunch, the keynote presentation, and free entry into the annual “soapku” contest and Wrightwood Poetry Slam. Saturday night and Sunday festivities are free to the public, including the guest faculty reading, a group hike, presentation of the annual Young Authors Award, and a poetry slam, where poets will compete in a rowdy contest of verse for a $200 prize. Find more at https://www.wrightwoodlitfest.com
September 30, 2018 –
From September 30th to November 18th, Inlandia Institute in partnership with Riverside Art Museum will present writing workshops using inspirations by current exhibitions at RAM to give voice to the migration stories of our multicultural community. Workshop participants will view artworks and with guided writing prompts reflect on their family's migration stories, or imagine their own creative immigration adventure.
Join Frances J. Vásquez on September 30, 2:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m. for a workshop inspired by the exhibition of authentic ancient treasures, Uncovering Ancient México: The Mystery of Tlatilco.
Join Frances again on November 18, 2:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m. for a workshop focusing on two art exhibitions as the spark for writing stories of migration and immigration, Codex Rodriguez-Mondragon by Sandy Rodriguez who makes powerful historical and visual linkages to present day ICE agents... and Refugee Stories by Kathryn Clark who, in a series of embroidery panels and works on paper that follow the journey of Syrian refugees into Europe.
The workshops are free for RAM members; included with paid general admission.
About Frances J. Vásquez
Frances J. Vásquez facilitates Tesoros de Cuentos writing workshops in Casa Blanca and is a contributor to the Inlandia Literary Journeys column in The Press-Enterprise and The Sun. She Graduated from UCR with BS and MBA Degrees. Frances serves on the Inlandia Institute Board and is a member of the Multicultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates.
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October 6, 2018
October 6, 2018 –
On Saturday, October 6th, develop your public reading skills and gain confidence to share your work in front of an audience. Learn techniques to prepare for public readings, reduce fear before readings and on stage, work with a mic, and give readings that engage audiences and leave them wanting more. You’ll also get practice and one-on-one supportive, useful feedback.
This event begins at 2:00 p.m. The SSgt Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library is located at 2985 Madison St. Riverside, CA 92504.
About liz gonzalez
liz gonzález is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected (Los Nietos Press 2018). liz earned a BA in Theatre Arts and has almost 30 years experience sharing her writing to audiences of different ages and backgrounds. She recently performed her work at KPCC's Unheard LA-Live in Baldwin Park, and an excerpt of her performance was used in their radio promotion. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in the City of Los Angeles Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, BorderSenses, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of the poetry collection Beneath Bone (Manifest Press 2000). Her awards include an Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Artist Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Artistic Grant, and residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Lucas Artists Residency Program, and Hedgebrook. liz grew up in the San Bernardino Valley and currently lives in Long Beach. She directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literature and the arts, and is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Lizgonzalez.com
The workshop is FREE and open to the public.
October 7, 2018
October 7, 2018 –
On Sunday, October 7, 2018, please join Inlandia as we welcome back liz gonzález as we help her celebrate the launch of her book, Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected. Reading and discussion will feature Frances Vasquez in conversation with liz gonzález.
In “Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected,” liz gonzález explores memories, pivotal experiences, and cultural influences that shaped her: The death of a young father, family relationships that nurture and challenge, and the joys and struggles of growing up as a nontraditional Catholic Mexican American. Set against the diverse landscapes of the San Bernardino Valley and Los Angeles, these richly textured and sometimes humorous works, real and imagined, illuminate the trials and beauty of girls’ and women’s journeys to reclaim themselves.
Suzanne Lummis writes, “[o]verlaid with the rituals and imagery of the Catholic church and 70s rock, funk, and R&B bands pouring from car radios, the Inland Empire is alive with culture, sensation and the fullness of life."
About liz gonzalez
liz gonzález is the author of the poetry collection Beneath Bone (Manifest Press 2000). Her awards include an Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Artist Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Artistic Grant, and residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Lucas Artists Residency Program, and Hedgebrook. Find her at Lizgonzalez.com
About Frances J. Vasquez
Frances J. Vásquez facilitates Tesoros de Cuentos writing workshops in Casa Blanca and is a contributor to the Inlandia Literary Journeys column in The Press-Enterprise and The Sun. She is past president of the Inlandia Institute and is a member of the Multicultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates. An aficionada of the arts and letters, she loves attending organizing cultural events.
Reading will be followed by light refreshments and book sales and signing. The Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts is located at 3834 Main Street in downtown Riverside. This event is free and open to the public.
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