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June 8, 2024(1 event)

12:00 pm: Inlandia at the Maloof Artist Series Presents Ellen Estilai and Exit Prohibited

June 8, 2024

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Inlandia at the Maloof Artist Series Presents Ellen Estilai and Exit Prohibited

12:00-2:00 PM

Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts

5131 Carnelian St

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701

Free and open to all ages.

Inlandia Institute, in partnership with the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, invites you to a very special afternoon with Ellen Estilai, author of Exit Prohibited: A Memoir of Iran, published by Inlandia Books. A book talk is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, at 12:00 PM, at the Maloof Home, Gardens, and Gallery in Rancho Cucamonga, and will include a discussion of the author’s extraordinary experiences living in—and leaving—Iran, accompanied by selected readings and book signing by the author.

Books will be available for sale in the Maloof Store, and may be purchased online at and through Amazon.

Exit Prohibited explores a side of Iran and Iranians seldom portrayed in popular media. It follows Ellen Estilai and her family after the 1979 Iranian Revolution as they attempt to leave Tehran, their home of nine years. At the airport, Ali, her Iranian husband, is inexplicably prevented from leaving. As he confronts hostile colleagues and the Islamic Republic’s opaque bureaucracy, Estilai examines their lives, trying to understand what might have brought them to this point. It is a story of an Iran that is at once welcoming and hostile, progressive and traditional, enamored of and distrustful of the West—an Iran as complex as Estilai’s relationship to it.

Ellen Estilai has spent much of her career collaborating with artists, writers, and agencies to strengthen communities through the arts.  She has served as the executive director of the Riverside Arts Council and the Arts Council for San Bernardino County, and has taught English language, literature, and writing in universities in Iran and California. Because Ellen and her husband have been immigrants in each other’s countries, her writing frequently explores the joys and tribulations of the immigrant experience.

June 9, 2024(1 event)

Art Appreciation for Ekphrastic Poets and Writers with Jane Edberg and John Brantingham

June 9, 2024

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Art Appreciation for Ekphrastic Poets and Writers with Jane Edberg and John Brantingham

8-Week Asynchronous Writing Boot Camp

$150; to register:


In this 8-week asynchronous boot camp, participants will learn the artistic techniques – along with the design elements and principles – that artists use, and how understanding an artist's approach can enhance a poet's conversation of a work. An exploration of two- and three-dimensional art pieces will provide visual examples ranging from unusual contemporary work to old classics to ancient art. This class is open to all levels of experience, from the beginner to the professional writer. Prompts and an open forum will create opportunities for feedback from instructors and fellow writers.


Jane Edberg holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Davis with an emphasis in photography, painting, and performance art. She taught photography and art for thirty years, retiring after twenty years at Gavilan College. Her art has been published and exhibited internationally. Jane is the author of the art illuminated memoir, The Fine Art of Grieving, published by Linen Press Books, 2024. Her writing is featured in the books, Death, and its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Beautiful Lessons: Field Notes from The Death Dialogues Project; Sasse Museum of Art: Terry Givens Ekphrasis Collection; My Dead, Kelsey Books, 2024, in the flash anthology, BAM 42 Stories (to be released October 2024); and in journals, including Cholla Needles, and Gyroscope Review.


John Brantingham was Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ first poet laureate. His work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, Writers Almanac and The Best Small Fictions 2016 and 2022. He has nineteen books of poetry and fiction including Life: Orange to Pear (Bamboo Dart Press). He is the founder and general editor of The Journal of Radical Wonder.  He lives in Jamestown, NY.

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June 29, 2024(1 event)

1:00 pm: Culver Center of the Arts Mini Comic Fest

June 29, 2024

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Culver Center of the Arts Mini Comic Fest

Featuring Black Kirby

1:00 PM-5:00 PM


Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501

$15 Admission

Culver Center of the Arts Mini Comic Fest is back! This event brings together artists, writers, creators, and scholars to discuss comics, culture, and industry. The event will feature panel discussions and the Black Kirby exhibition “Whatever Happened to Dyno-Woman: The Alternative History of an Afrofuturist Icon” on view now at the Culver Center of the Arts.

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