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July 11, 2021(1 event)

3:00 pm: Virtual Workshop: Photography and Poetry Ekphrasis with Dr. Natalie Graham

July 11, 2021

On Sunday, July 11, 2021, from 3:00-5:00 PM, please join Inlandia Institute for a virtual photography and poetry workshop with Dr. Natalie J. Graham, poet and co-founder of KayJo Creatives. As part of Inlandia’s Blacklandia event series, this workshop will explore the connection between ekphrastic poetry – poetry written in response to art – and the artistic medium of photography.

On Zoom; click here to register:

Dr. Graham will guide participants on a writing journey through a series of writing prompts that consider the visual rhetoric of photographs as a foundation for metaphor, imagery, and story. As we consider the ways that photographs provide us new ways of seeing landscape and persona, we will explore the tanka form. Suggested reading: Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary by Harryette Mullen and Forest of Eyes by Tada Chomako.

Along the roadside, someone has spilled

pink Styrofoam peanuts. They add color

to the grassy green, but I still prefer flowers.

— From Urban Tumbleweed: From a Tanka Diary by Harryette Mullen

Natalie J. Graham, a native of Gainesville, Florida, earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida. She completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow. Her first poetry collection, Begin with a Failed Body (University of Georgia Press, 2017)was selected by Kwame Dawes for the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her poems and articles have been published in San Francisco ChroniclePEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers, Callaloo, ObsidianNew England ReviewSouthern Humanities ReviewThe Journal of Popular Culture, and Transition. She is Chair of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and Director of the Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation.

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July 24, 2021(1 event)

10:00 am: Inlandia's First Annual Backyard Book Sale!

July 24, 2021

Live and in person at Inlandia Institute

4178 Chestnut Street, Riverside, CA 92501

Free street parking!


Come by Inlandia’s Backyard Book Sale to browse and buy from our current and back catalog of books! Support regional authors and make your bookshelves happy with a hit parade of titles that includes: Güero-Güero: The White Mexican (Eliud Martínez), A Short Guide to Finding Your First Home in the United States (an Inlandia anthology on the immigrant experience), Writing From Inlandia workshop anthologies – and many more!

In celebration of our region – and the joys of summer reading – we are pleased to offer a ‘buy one, get one half-off’ promotion, and more! Our extra-specials include the Douglas McCulloh Package (Dream Street, Facing Fire, In the Sunshine of Neglect) and the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize Winner Combo. Plus, all customers will receive a free book* just for walking through the gate! It’s our way of saying thank you for all the loyalty, love, and support you’ve given us – especially over this past year.

Don’t miss the fun! Light refreshments will be served.


*selected items while supplies last

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