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January 21, 2023(1 event)

1:00 pm: Book Launch for The Vermillion Speedateer by Sebraé Harris

January 21, 2023

Book Launch for The Vermillion Speedateer by Sebraé Harris

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Riverside Art Museum

Saturday, January 21, 2023

1:00 - 3:00 PM

3435 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

Free to museum members.

Imagine a Riverside where the fantastical and the ordinary intersect. A Riverside where everyday heroes like the staff of the Riverside Art Museum—Bethany, Katie, Ai, Caryn, and Drew—and heroic Speedateers and Rangerineers work together to save humanity through peace, compassion, and the arts. This is Sebraé Harris’s Riverside, as depicted in his debut manga The Vermillion Speedateer. Join us as we celebrate Harris—homegrown local author, illustrator, and entrepreneur, with a global vision and keen artistic sensibility.

The Vermillion Speedateer is the product of Harris’ years of artistic development and coming of age in the City of Riverside in a supportive artistic environment. Publication of The Vermillion Speedateer is made possible through a generous gift from The Littleworth Scholarship Fund of the Riverside Art Museum.

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February 1, 2023(1 event)

OPENS: Call for Entries: 2023 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prizes

February 1, 2023

Call for Entries: 2023 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prizes

Submissions from February 1-April 30, 2023

National and Regional awardees each win book publication and a cash prize of $1,000. Enter using Submittable:

Inlandia Institute is excited to announce the opening of the submission window for the 2023 Hillary Gravendyk Prize poetry competition. Poetry book manuscripts will be accepted via Submittable from February 1 through April 30, 2023. One National and one Regional prizewinner will each be awarded $1,000 and a standard book contract.

The competition was created in memory of the late Inland Empire poet, Hillary Gravendyk, who passed away in 2014.

The Hillary Gravendyk Prize is an open poetry book competition for all writers regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. The manuscript page limit is 48-100 pages, and Inlandia Institute Press invites all styles and forms of poetry. Only electronic submissions will be accepted via Inlandia’s ‘Submittable’ portal. Multiple submissions are accepted, with a $20 reading fee required for each manuscript. The winners will be announced Fall 2023 for publication in 2024.

All entrants will be considered for the National Prize, and entrants who currently reside or work in Inland Southern California, the “Inland Empire,” will also be considered for the Regional Prize (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and any non-coastal Southern California area, from Death Valley in the northernmost region to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the southernmost).

Hillary Gravendyk (1979-2014) was a beloved poet living and teaching in Southern California’s Inland Empire region. She wrote the acclaimed poetry book, HARM from Omnidawn Publishing (2012) and the poetry collection The Naturalist (Anchiote Press, 2008). A native of Washington State, she was an admired Assistant Professor of English at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Her poetry has appeared widely in journals. She was awarded a 2015 Pushcart Prize for her poem “Your Ghost,” which appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Hillary Gravendyk passed away on May 10, 2014 after a long illness. This contest has been established in her memory.

For additional details about the Hillary Gravendyk Prize, or to learn more about Inlandia Institute, please visit

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at

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