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“The Gratitude Project: Readers & Writers Edition”

FREE • Thursday, February 2
6:30–8:00 PM (Doors Open at 6:00 PM)
Riverside Main Library
3900 Mission Inn Blvd, Riverside, CA 92501

Is gratitude part of what it takes to build a writer’s life? We think so.

In reading and writing, as in life, we don’t often take the time to tell people how much they – and their work – mean to us. Join Inlandia and a gathering of IE writers to learn how to weave together a literary life, and discover ways readers and writers can express gratitude for one another while doing so.

Janine Pourroy Gamblin began writing for Cinefex magazine in the mid-eighties, where she later served as associate publisher. She has published five books on television- and film-related topics, including The Making of Waterworld and Behind the Scenes at ER, and is a great proponent of journal writing, writers groups, and the perfect gel pen. A former public school teacher, Janine has been enriched immeasurably by her students and their stories. The power of language continues to inspire awe.

Cati Porter has been a leader in the nonprofit arts sector for more than ten years, and writing and publishing for three decades. She has a Masters in Fine Arts from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and is the author of ten collections of poetry, including The Body at a Loss (CavanKerry Press, 2019) and Novel (Bamboo Dart Press, 2022). She lives in Inland Southern California with her family where she runs Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and directs Inlandia Institute, a literary nonprofit.

Leila Kirkconnell, Palestinian-American, is a retired Special Education teacher, author, and artist. Passion and inspiration for the novels and short stories she writes are drawn from real life.

Bob Kirkconnell is a Vietnam-era decorated combat veteran plagued by questions about what he had seen. His research led to the discovery that America has pursued a course of racism, genocide, and militarism from the very beginning to the present, leading to his “American Heart of Darkness” series.

David Stone first gained notoriety for his poem “Words of the Witch,” which he wrote in a detention essay in 1983.  He’s been stuck in school and writing ever since. He earned a Masters of Arts degree in English at La Sierra University and has served the last twenty years teaching English at Loma Linda Academy.  His poetry has been published in New Verse News, Identity Theory, and Shuf.  He’s been a guest writer for the Press Enterprise’s Inlandia Literary Journeys columns for nine years.  He is a former poetry editor for Inlandia: A Literary Journey.

Inlandia workshops and events are supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at

This event is also supported by the Riverside Public Library through a grant from the Friends of the Riverside Public Library.

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