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Events in September 2019

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September 5, 2019(1 event)


September 5, 2019

One of the qualities to anticipate in Angela Lloyd’s storytelling concerts is the music in the air with a washboard heartbeat. Her eclectic repertoire of stories, songs and poetry come from oral and literary traditions as well as the vinyl LP collection her parents collected in the 1950’s and 60’s. Listen for tunes with musical accompaniment on Washboard, Autoharp, Cuatro, spoon and bell. 

We’ll be gathering outside the public library under the tree shade and spin of Angela’s sunbrella. Wishes take wing when a young boy collects the wet coins from a New Orleans public fountain.Stories share ancient instructions on being resourceful in difficult times.

This event starts at 7pm on September 5th at the Riverside Public Library, located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Presenter:

Angela Lloyd, MFA was raised in Caracas, Venezuela with three languages, English, Spanish and Musica. "Diagonally parked in a parallel world". Angela is at home on the plaza, in classrooms, the living room salon and stage. Find her at

*Please note Angela Lloyd will be stepping in for Karen Rae Kraut this month.

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September 22, 2019

A celebration of the winners of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. Four poets discuss their books of poetry and join in conversation about the poetry process.

Elizabeth Cantwell is a high school teacher and poet living in Claremont, California, with her husband, two sons, and small dog. She is the author of two books of poetry, Nights I Let The Tiger Get You (Black Lawrence Press) and All The Emergency-Type Structures (Inlandia Institute), which was a finalist for the 2018 National Poetry Series and won the 2018 Regional Hillary Gravendyk Prize. If you need her, you can find her watching horror movies, listening to Fiona Apple, or reading incessantly about climate change.

Kenji C. Liu is author of Monsters I Have Been (Alice James Books, 2019) and Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize (Inlandia Insti-tute). His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, Apogee, and elsewhere, including two chapbooks and several anthologies. An alumnus of Kundiman, VONA/Voices, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Community of Writers, he lives in occupied Tongva land.

Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of God's Will for Mon-sters (Inlandia, 2017) and Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discuss-ing and Creating Comics, among other books. She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour, a writing podcast with Muriel Leung. She is a Lecturer in the Creative Writing Depart-ment at the University of California, Riverside. An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, Rachelle lives and writes in Southern California.

The proud daughter of Filipino immigrants, Michelle Peñaloza is author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015).

This event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to our sponsor, UCR Center for Ideas and Society.

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October 3, 2019

Join us for the first Arts Walk for Book Lovers featuring Poets in Distress! This event takes place on October 3rd at 7pm at the Riverside Main Library, located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, 92501.

The Poets in Distress troupe poetry readings will be followed by open mic.

Brutus Chieftain is founder of the performance poetry troupe Poets in Distress and author of multiple indie poetry collections, including “The Suburban Fool,” “Nuns in Uniforms get Free Donuts,” “Brutus in Benderland,” and “Tales of an American Peasant.” He lives in Moreno Valley with his wife and two sons. At readings, he hates long introductions. He encourages poets to “Shut up and read the poem.”

“I want a rhinestone tiara / One that makes all the other girls at the trailer parks go “ooo-ooo” / One that sits hight on my head / One that makes me look like I’ve just had the most brilliant idea / I want a rhinestone tiara / So I can wear it to work and people will stop tossing croutons in my hair” —Betty Nude, I Want a Rhinestone Tiara

“Willow turns into iron skeleton charged with artificial current, it weeps and flutters and shorts out the toaster / Toast pops up scorched with the face of Jesus graven image, the other slice has Buddha / I butter the bread partake of holy breakfast” —Brother Jude, Voltage Arbor

Thanks goes to our sponsors, Friends of the Library, and the Riverside Main Library.

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