The “Poetry Within Reach“ series launches on Wednesday, July 27th and continues on August 3, 10 and 17, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street, in the heart of the Civic Center. This is a ﬁrst-time “free-to-the public” gathering focused on diverse Pasadena-based poets who will tell their stories and weave in their connection to our City and the community. Each week two poets will share their work. A glimpse of these poets, the Pasadena Rose Poets, will bring their experiences into the mix. Here is their schedule and bios:
July 27th: Dr. Kate Gale is the author of ﬁve books of poetry. Her most recent works are Goldilocks Zone, (New Mexico Press 2014) and Echo Light, (Red Mountain Press 2014). She is the editor of the Los Angeles Review. Articles, poems and ﬁction have been published in numerous publications, Gargoyle, Oberon, Rattle, Eclipse and Poems & Plays and Quarterly West. She is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press in Pasadena. www.kategale.com
Shahé Mankerian’s manuscript, History of Forgetfulness, was a ﬁnalist at the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition and the Quercus Review’s Poetry Book Award. Shahé serves as the principal of St. Gregory Hovsepian School in Pasadena. He’s been honored with the Los Angeles Music Center’s BRAVO Award that honors work in the community to advocate for and deliver quality arts education for all students.
August 3rd: Marcia Arrieta is a poet, artist, and teacher, who has an afﬁnity for islands, gardens, and travel. The author of two poetry books: archipelago counterpoint (BlazeVOX, 2015) and triskelion, tiger moth, tangram, thyme (Otoliths, 2011), she has an MFA from Vermont College. She edits and publishes Indeﬁnite Space, a poetry/art journal.
Teresa Mei Chuc is the author of two books of poetry, Red Thread (Fithian Press, 2012) and Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014). Her poetry is forthcoming in the anthology Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees. Teresa’s new chapbook of poetry is How One Loses Notes and Sounds (Word Palace Press, 2016).
August 10th: Hazel Clayton Harrison earned her B.S and M.ED from Kent State University. Her poetry has been published in many anthologies, including The Altadena Poetry Review Anthology – 2016 and Coiled Serpent. Her memoir, Crossing the River Ohio, is available on Amazon. Read her posts about current events on www.hazelpearls. blogspot.com
Victor Vazquez is a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and a LAMBDA Literary Emerging LGBT Writer. He holds four playwriting commissions. Victor graduated from UC Irvine in writing and directing; he currently works in the Artistic Department at The Pasadena Playhouse and is a student at UCLA Extension Writers Program for television writing (drama).
August 17th: Dr. Mel Donalson received his Ph.D. from Brown University. An editor of two books, including Cornerstones: An Anthology of African American Literature, he completed three books on cinema, including Black Directors in Hollywood. In addition to his poetry collection, Dancing on Quicksand, he wrote three novels, including The Third Woman. www. meldonalson.com
Carla Sameth is co-founder of The Pasadena Writing Project, works with The Los Angeles Writing Project at Cal State LA and teaches creative writing to incarcerated youth with WriteGirl. She published work in several anthologies/publications including Brain, Child, Narratively, Pasadena Weekly, Hometown Pasadena, Tikkun, and La Bloga. She was selected as a Teaching Artist for a fall residency with PEN Center USA, a branch of an international literary and human rights organization.
As a poet and the Producer/ MC of the “Poetry Within Reach” series, my work includes, Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW, (Editions du Cygne/Swan World, Paris France) published June 2016; Alterations|Thread Light Through Eye of Storm, 2015; and Oh, Where is My Candle Hat? in 2012. My work has been published in Coiled Serpent, Hometown Pasadena, Journal of Modern Poetry, Indeﬁnite Space and Dryland. www. poetryartbookstation.com.
Poets are an integral part of Pasadena’s tapestry that offers many colors, hues, tones and textures that strengthens and opens up lines of communication. They honor us with their commitment to share their stories and to give back. Words can heal; give us hope and to take another look at our City, communities, and our lives. “Poetry Within Reach” is funded by the NEA, “Our Town My Pasadena Arts, Community Activating the Civic Center” via the City of Pasadena Art and Cultural Affairs Division and Side Streets Project under the auspices of Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC)/Border Council of Arts and Culture.