Join us for an evening of poetry!
Mel Donalson, Ph.D. is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and essayist, and professor. His recent poetry collection is Revelations (Wasteland Press, 2017) and Dancing on Quicksand was published previously. He is an editor of two books, including Cornerstones: An Anthology of African American Literature, and completed three books on cinema, including Black Directors in Hollywood. He wrote three novels, including The Third Woman (2015). His recent play, Shout was sold out. He previously taught at Pasadena City College, University of California-Santa Barbara, UCLA and the California State University system. www.meldonalson.com.
Carla Sameth is a writer living in Pasadena. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and other publications such as The Nervous Breakdown, Brevity Blog, Brain, Child & Brain Teen Magazine, Mutha Magazine, Full Grown People, Angels Flight Literary West, Tikkun, Entropy, Pasadena Weekly, and La Bloga. Her story, "Graduation Day at Addiction High," which ran in Narratively, was selected by Longreads for "Five Stories About Addiction." Her poetry has appeared in Unlikely Stories, The Bitchin’ Kitsch and Hometown Pasadena.Carla was selected as a fall 2016 PEN In The Community Teaching Artist, and teaches at the Los Angeles Writing Project (LAWP) at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). She is a member of the Pasadena Rose Poets who present “poetry within reach in unexpected places.” Carla has an MFA in Creative Writing (Latin America) from Queens University. Previously she “brought home the oatmeal” as a single mom, running her PR firm, iMinds PR. Website: carlasameth.com, Twitter: @carlasameth
Annette Wong is a mindfulness coach, podcast host, and writer. She helps people reignite their sense of purpose, identify professional and creative blocks, and recover from burnout using mindfulness and narrative-based techniques. Her podcast, Break Form, is a conversation challenging conventional notions about career, creativity, and success. She is currently working on her first book of poems. You can connect with her at www.annettewong.com.
Gerda Govine Ituarte, Ed.D. Her poetry collection includes Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW [Editions du Cygne (Swan World, 2016); Alterations|Thread Light Through Eye of Storm (La Casa del Tunel Productions, 2015) and Oh, Where is My Candle Hat? (Asterisco Editoria de Poesia, Tijuana, 2012). Summer 2016 she established a four-week lunchtime poetry reading series “Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places,” and created the Pasadena Rose Poets comprised of nine seasoned Pasadena-connected poets. In February 2017 she established weekly poetry readings at City Council meetings. Her poetry has appeared in, Coiled Serpent, Journal of Modern Poetry, Pasadena San Gabriel Valley Newspaper, Altadena Poetry Review, InFlight Magazine, The New Engagement and Spectrum. She read at The Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Senior Center, Pasadena Central Library, La Pintoresca Park, Avenue 50 Studio,Beyond Baroque, World Stage and Huntington Gardens. She is a member of the Pasadena Writers Posse, Kate Gale Writing Workshop, www.poetryartbookstation.com and Public Address. (www.publicaddressart.com) Govine Ituarte has an M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College Columbia University in Higher & Adult Education Admin.