Letters Encourage Intimacy

img_1319A dear friend gave my wife and I Writing Letters with Pen & Ink  for Christmas. Although the author has scattered quotes about letters from others on almost every page, one of my favorite sentences Paige wrote himself:  “Seemingly, the letter is a distant form of communication, but in actuality it encourages intimacy, for people frequently dare to write what they would find it difficult to say.”

2016 San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival

San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival 2016

I will be reading at the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival as one of Inlandia Institute’s featured readers. Poet Brutus Cheiftain will emcee the 12:30-1:30 Inlandia Presents segment on Saturday, February 20.  I will be reading with fellow Inlandia A Literary Journey contributor James Ducat and 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Prize winners Angela Ina Penaredondo and Kenji Liu.

Reading to Support

PoetrIE hosted its third annual reading to support The House of Ruth, which provides life-saving domestic violence services to residents of Eastern Los Angeles and Western San Bernardino Counties.  Local poets, and the listeners who come to hear them read, donate gifts for the holiday store set up by The House of Ruth for the women and children they serve to have the opportunity to “shop” for free gifts.  They set up a room for mother’s to select gifts for their children and another for children to select gifts for their mothers.

I was privileged to join eleven other poets and one fiction writer in reading last night:

Ruben Rodriquez (fiction writer), Michael Thomas Cooper, André Katkov, Danielle Donaldson, Micah Chatterton, Larry Eby, J R Bermuda, Isabel Quintero Flores, Shondra Rogers, Shali Nicholas, Reanna Marchman, and Nikia Chaney.

Wendy Hunt and Charles Lenida provided music.

Isabel Quintero Flores hosted the reading. Her first novel, Gabi: A Girl in Pieces, has been widely well-received.

Danielle Donaldson kindly took photos and videos of the other readers.

i read three recent poems:  So I’ve Been Told, Wearing His Watch, and Standing Ground.

I hope you will consider supporting The House of Ruth’s Holiday Store as well.

PoetrIE’s Celebration of Women Writers

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This afternoon a crowd packed the Greater Good Coffee shop on the ground floor of the Citibank building in Redlands, Ca. Six women writers from the Inland Empire demonstrated the diversity of quality writing produced by women in the region.