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November 1, 2020(1 event)

4:00 pm: One Community, Many Voices: 'There Should Be Flowers' by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza Discussions

November 1, 2020

Sundays, November 1, 8, 15 • 4 PM

Free • Reservations required • Go to

Discussion leaders:
November 1: Lucas Lopez
November 8: Kini Sosa
November 15: Serena Trujillo

How to participate in our Community Read:

Get a FREE copy of There Should be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza. Reserve a copy at one of our participating public libraries  (no library card required) and schedule a pickup. See below for locations and phone numbers.

Read the book and attend one of our Zoom public discussions of There Should be Flowers—Sundays: November 1, 8, 15 • 4–5 PM

About the Author:

Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is a trans woman poet living in California. Her work has been published in The American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, and West Branch, among others. She is the author of I’m Alive / It Hurts / I Love It (Big Lucks 2019), and THERE SHOULD BE FLOWERS (CCM 2016).


It’s not too late to join in and read the book!


How it works:

• Call a participating library to make an appointment to pick up your free book.
• At your appointed time, drive to the participating library.
• Pick up at a designated pick up area (varies by branch).
• Face coverings required at all branches.
• No library card required to pick up your free book.

Riverside Public Libraries (Curbside Pickup)

Arlanza Library • 951-826-2217 • 8267 Philbin Ave • Riverside, CA 92503

Arlington Library • 951-826-2291 • 9556 Magnolia Ave • Riverside, CA 92503

SSgt. Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library • 951-826-2120 • 2985 Madison St • Riverside, CA 92504

SPC. Jesus S. Duran Eastside Library • 951-826-2235 • 4033 Chicago Ave #C • Riverside, CA 92507

La Sierra Library • 951-826-2461 • 4600 La Sierra Ave • Riverside, CA 92505

Marcy Library • 951-826-2078 • 6927 Magnolia Ave • Riverside, CA 92506

Orange Terrace Library • 951-826-2184• 20010 Orange Terrace Pkwy • Riverside, CA 92508

Riverside County Libraries (Curbside Pickup)

La Quinta Library • 760-564-4767 • 78275 Calle Tampico • La Quinta, CA 92253

Palm Desert Library • 760-346-6552 • 73-300 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Sun City Library • 951-679-3534 • 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd • Sun City, CA 92586

Louis Robidoux • 951-682-5485 • 5840 Mission Blvd • Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

San Bernardino County Libraries (Counter Pick Up Inside)

Apple Valley Branch Library • 760-2 47-2022 • 14901 Dale Evans Pkwy • Apple Valley, CA 92307

Chino Hills Branch Library • 909-590-5380 • 14020 City Center Dr • Chino Hills, CA 91709

Fontana Lewis Library & Learning Center • 909-574-4500 • 8437 Sierra Ave • Fontana, CA 92335-3892

Hesperia Branch Library • 760-244-4898 • 9650 7th Ave • Hesperia, CA 92345

Highland Branch Library • 909-425-4700 • 7863 Central Ave • Highland, CA 92346-4107

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEF. Visit

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November 7, 2020(1 event)

3:30 pm: Reading from Slow Unraveling of Living Ghosts: by Johnny Bender and Cati Porter

November 7, 2020

November 7, 2020 3:30 pm | Free | Registration Required
Inlandia Institute Board President Johnny Bender and Executive Director Cati Porter to read from their pandemic-inspired collaborative chapbook, Slow Unravelling of Living Ghosts, as the closing event for the Moreno Valley Writers Expo. Purchase a signed copy of this limited edition chapbook for $10 here, while supplies last.
Free and open to the public but RSVP required:
Also featuring readings by Larry Burns, S. Kay Murphy, Anna Christian, and more! Complete author lineup with registration links for each session are available on Moreno Valley Public Library's Facebook page here:
Poet and doghouse-bass player Johnny Bender follows the Beat tradition in attitude but also enjoys fiddling with form. He lives with his longtime wife, Rene, near the Box Springs Mountains in beautiful Moreno Valley. A short workshop he took with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa Institute in summer 1982 inspired Bender to start the poetry performance troupe “Poets in Distress” that same year.
Cati Porter is a poet, editor, essayist, arts administrator, wife, mother, daughter, friend. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks, most recently The Body at a Loss and Slow Unraveling with Living Ghosts, a collaborative chapbook with Johnny Bender and illustrated by Steve "Lu" Lossing. Her poems, and essays have been published in a variety of venues both in print and online. She now lives in Riverside where she has been sheltering in place since March 19, 2020.