On Writing Home: Writers Talk about Place with Larry Burns and Nikia Chaney
January 5, 2022
Riverside Public Library’s Humanity Series is back! Join Inlandia Institute in partnership with Riverside Public Library for a four-part spin around the Inland Empire with local writers Larry Burns, Nikia Chaney, Rebecca K. O’Connor, Teresa Rhyne, Susan Straight, Douglas McCulloh, Isabel Quintero, and Casandra Lopez.
This series is free and open to the public, but registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/HumanitiesHour202
“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” ― Joan Didion
The scheduled speakers will offer insights, observations, and tools for writing about the location we call home – Inland Southern California.
January 5: Larry Burns and Nikia Chaney
January 19: Rebecca K. O’Connor and Teresa J. Rhyne
February 2: Susan Straight and Douglas McCulloh
February 16: Isabel Quintero and Casandra Lopez
Larry Burns draws inspiration and ideas from the heady mixture of sights, sounds, peoples, and places of his hometown, Riverside, California. He is an active community leader, booster, and all-around fan of the recreation, entertainment, arts, and culture ready to be discovered across the Inland Empire. He is a founding member of the Inlandia Institute, and teaches English at Riverside City College and Humanities at Southern New Hampshire University. His second book with Reedy Press Publishers, Secret Inland Empire, is available through Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.
Poet Nikia Chaney is the author of us mouth (University of Hell Press, 2018) and two chapbooks, Sis Fuss (2012, Orange Monkey Publishing) and ladies, please (2012, Dancing Girl Press). She has served as Inlandia Literary Laureate (2016-2018). She is founding editor of shufpoetry, an online journal for experimental poetry, and founding editor of Jamii Publishing, a publishing imprint dedicated to fostering community among poets and writers. She has been published in the Portland Review, Welter, Vinyl, Saranac Review, Kweli, 491, and Apogee.