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April 30, 2023(2 events)

LAST DAY: Call for Entries: 2023 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prizes

April 30, 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


Call for Submissions Inlandia Hearts Librarians OPENS

April 30, 2023

April 30-June 30, 2023

Call for Submissions: Inlandia Hearts Librarians

Special Library Issue

Call for Submissions for Inlandia: A Literary Journey

Submit to:

Now accepting art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from librarians past and present on any topic and only about librarians/libraries from nonlibrarians for this themed issue.

Submissions open Saturday, April 30, 2023, and close Friday, June 30, 2023, at midnight Pacific Time.

Simultaneous submissions accepted. Previously curated submissions accepted. Translations accepted. See website for full guidelines.

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May 7, 2023(1 event)

2:00 pm: “Puppets in the Pantry” with Nicole Cloeren and Puppets a la Carte

May 7, 2023

Sunday, May 7, 2023

First Sundays at RAM

“Puppets in the Pantry”

with Nicole Cloeren and Puppets a la Carte

Shows at 2:00 and 2:30 PM

Riverside Art Museum

3425 Mission Inn Blvd

Riverside, CA 92501

2:00-3:00 PM

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

On Sunday, May 7, Inlandia Institute and Riverside Art Museum present Puppets a la Carte with Nicole Cloeren. Parents, kids, and aspiring puppeteers are invited to join us for this “First Sundays at RAM” event as Nicole takes you on a journey through her extraordinary kitchen. “Puppets in the Pantry” uses object puppetry to tell stories only a puppeteer can cook up. Take a seat at the table and bring your own ideas as together we feed the imagination! Puppet shows are scheduled for 2:00 and 2:30 PM in the atrium.

Nicole B. Cloeren is the founder and creative director of Puppets a la Carte where she uses puppets to feed the imagination.  Emphasizing play and techniques of improvisation, she creates a space of surprise and wonder in which we all learn from one another through puppetry arts. Nicole is a Teaching Artist with the McCallum Theatre. She likes to pretend her PhD stands for doctor of puppet handling. When not talking with her hands – or to her hands – Nicole enjoys eating jicama, playing dice, camping, and spending time with her family.

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