The week's events
April 30, 2023(2 events)
LAST DAY: Call for Entries: 2023 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prizes
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: https://tinyurl.com/InlandiaSubmit
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 inlandiainstitute.org.
This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.
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: https://tinyurl.com/InlandiaLibrarians
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.
May 1, 2023(1 event)
6:30 pm: Does it Make Cents? The Business of Writing with James Coats
Does it Make Cents? The Business of Writing with James Coats
This workshop is free and open to the public, but space may be limited. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2023CWW
In partnership with Inlandia Institute & Lift Our Voices Education
In this 5-session professional development workshop for writers, attendees will learn about the business of being a writer, the professional expectations, how to create their own opportunities, where to find funding or events, brand development, community resources and much more. If you are a writer interested in turning your words into more dollars this workshop is for you.
James Coats is an author, poet, and educator born in Los Angeles and raised in the Inland Empire. He received his BFA from Cal Poly Pomona and his MBA from Cal State San Bernardino. As a creative change agent, he believes the arts can inspire youth and influence positive change in the world. His first poetry collection, If I had Lived, was published in 2018. In 2021, he founded Lift Our Voices Education, which hosts the monthly “Be The Change: Social Justice Writing Workshop.” His newest poetry collection, Midnight & Mad Dreams, is published by World Stage Press. Follow him on Instagram @MrLovingWords.
May 2, 2023(2 events)
11:30 am: Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke
Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke
This workshop is free, but registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2023CWW
Named in honor of beloved workshop leader CelenaDiana Bumpus, participants are encouraged to write from a prompt and share their work, with friendly critiques offered by workshop members. All genres are welcome to be explored. Enrollment is limited.
Wil Clarke tolerates writing, but loves having written. He was born and spent 27 years of his life in Africa. He misses the guidance and wisdom of Celena Bumpus and is attempting to keep her legacy alive in her former students through Celena’s Scribes.
7:00 pm: How to Get Started Writing When You Don’t Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley
How to Get Started Writing When You Don’t Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley
This workshop is free and open to the public. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2023CWW
Do you want to start writing, but don't know how to get started? In this course, Renee Gurley shows you how to get your thoughts down on paper -- and then grow from there. Learn the basics of:
“How to Get Started Writing When You Don't Know Where to Start” gives you concrete tools to help you become the writer you’ve always wanted to be. It's a fun and exciting class for all aspiring writers!
R. Gurley, MA, MFA, is a writer and English teacher with over 20 years of experience with words, whose works have appeared in Coping Magazine, Lehigh Valley Woman’ s Journal, and Budget Press.
May 3, 2023(2 events)
2:00 pm: No One Else Can Write Your Memoir! with Alaina Bixon
No One Else Can Write Your Memoir! with Alaina Bixon
Participants will read excerpts from famous memoirs, which we will examine for structure, tone and craft. Each workshop session will include time for writing from prompts, and writers will share their work for feedback if they wish. We will practice editing and revision in the last two sessions.
Alaina Bixon is a freelance writer, editor, and publisher based in Palm Springs, CA. Her MFA from UC Riverside is in Creative Nonfiction, and she writes personal essays. Alaina has led Inlandia Institute workshops on creative writing, food writing, and memoir. Her company, Tilton Bass Publishing, helps clients launch their books into the world. She has written and lectured on pseudoscience, women at MIT, food history, and New Age San Francisco gurus.
6:30 pm: Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson
Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson
This workshop is free and open to the public. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2023CWW
This poetry workshop is aimed to support young writers in refining their poetry for publication through a feedback-based workshop setting. Community care and trusted feedback will be fostered in a welcoming environment. Each session will create a space in which participants can relate to each other’s unique experiences as young writers. The authenticity of the writers’ work will be emphasized in a free, non-competitive setting.
Cait Johnson is a poetry and nonfiction writer with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from CSULB. She credits much of her writing growth to leading and participating in writing workshops over the last 5 years. Workshops helped Cait build the confidence to share her work with the public. Cait's poetry has been published by Picture Show Press, Left Coast Review, and Literary Alchemy Press. She has also created two zines of original poetry and serves as a co-founder and editor of Art of Nothing, an annual zine that showcases up-and-coming young artists.
May 4, 2023(3 events)
11:00 am: All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello
Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands, Weekly.
To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW
This ongoing writing workshop meets weekly at Redlands Community Center. Memoir writing, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing are all encouraged and welcome. Discover the pure joy of writing and creating with others in a supportive environment.
Mae Wagner Marinello has been a part of Inlandia since a 2008 writing workshop with Ruth Nolan. In 2014, she began facilitating a weekly writing workshop called Joslyn Joy Writers, at the Joslyn Senior Center in Redlands. During the pandemic lockdown, the weekly workshop continued on Zoom; it is now a hybrid class averaging between 10-20 combined participants on Zoom and in-person.
5:30 pm: Ballet Folklorico at Riverside Main Library!
Our Arts Walk event "Music and Memoir" starts at 7:00, but come early if you can! Our second annual Cinco de Mayo performance by Ballet Folklorico Cultural dancers begins at 5:30 PM in RPL’s outdoor arcade. After the performance, join us inside for an open mic experience from 6:30-7:00 where you can read poetry, flash fiction, or an excerpt from your work in progress. And while you’re there, explore the month’s topic of books available for checkout in the Community Room. Don’t have a library card? Apply for one at the event!
6:30 pm: Music and Memoir: A Conversation About Writing, Post-Punk, and US Latinidad
Thursday, May 4, 2023
First Thursdays Arts Walk
“Music and Memoir: A Conversation About Writing, Post-Punk, and US Latinidad”
With Richard T. Rodríguez and Juanita E. Mantz
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Riverside Main Library
Community Room & Arcade
3900 Mission Inn Blvd
Riverside, CA 92501
5:30 PM Ballet Folklorico Cultural – Arcade
6:30 PM Open Mic – Community Room
7:00 PM “Music and Memoir” – Community Room
Join Inlandia and Riverside Public Library at First Thursdays Arts Walk for a one-of-a-kind conversation between music loving authors Richard T. Rodríguez and Juanita Mantz. The pair will discuss their mutual devotion to punk and how it intersects with US Latinidad, and share their journeys from first inspiration to the completion of a book. How do the dots connect between British post-punk and Latinx audiences? How does punk music become the soundtrack of memoir? Join us in the RPL Community Room at 7:00 PM on May 4 to find out!
But come early if you can! Our second annual Cinco de Mayo performance by Ballet Folklorico Cultural dancers begins at 5:30 PM in RPL’s outdoor arcade. After the performance, join us inside for an open mic experience from 6:30-7:00 where you can read poetry, flash fiction, or an excerpt from your work in progress. And while you’re there, explore the month’s topic of books available for checkout in the Community Room. Don’t have a library card? Apply for one at the event!
May 5, 2023(1 event)
3:30 pm: Comic Book Storytelling for Teens with NARCOMEY
Inlandia Institute is excited to announce a new comic book workshop for teens! Join cartoonist and illustrator NARCOMEY for a class that will inspire your creativity and clarify your focus. Sessions will be held on Zoom over six consecutive Fridays – March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, and May 5, 2023 – from 3:30-5:00 PM PT.
During this 6-week workshop, NARCOMEY will walk you through the basics of comic book storytelling. This will be accomplished by working on a simple, 4-page comic book story. Focusing on one page per week – along with a Q&A – NARCOMEY wants participants to leave with four complete pages of comic book layouts/roughs. This workshop is about storytelling, not pretty pictures, so don’t worry if you can’t draw a stick figure. The basics are what every craftsperson falls back on, and NARCOMEY hopes this basic storytelling workshop will give you a strong foundation to build your craft on.
The workshop is free and open to teens ages 13-18, but registration is required. To register, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/ComicBookTeens.
May 6, 2023