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SATURDAY, MAY 20

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Flights of Fantasy Story Theater (Children’s Event)
Location: Pasadena Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium (285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101)

Pasadena Public Library is pleased to present Flights of Fantasy Story Theater with a story time titled: “It’s All How You Look At It.”

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SQUIRREL! Spontaneity in Conversation and Writing
Location: Walt Girdner Photo Studio and Gallery (27 S. El Molino, Pasadena, CA 91101)

Capturing the unpredictable or random thought, in jokes, poems, scenes, stories. Lassoing mistakes, mishearings, misreadings. Cultivating the non-sequential mind. FREUD’s definition of a mistake: “a deliberate mental act resulting from the interference of two mutually conflicting intentions.” This is an interactive discussion and audience participation is welcome!

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Janis Hirsch, Ellis Weiner (Monsters of the Ivy League), Tim Stiles (Repeat After Me), Jervey Tervalon (Monster’s Chef) & Andrew Nicholls (Valuable Lessons), Moderator.

Sunshine Noir
Location: Vroman’s Bookstore – Courtyard (695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 91101)

Join a lively panel of L.A. mystery writers as they explore the inspirations, challenges, and adventures involved in writing about crime, danger, mystery, death, and even evil in the land of sunshine, surf, and optimism.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Phoef Sutton (Heart Attack & Vine), Naomi Hirahara (Sayonara Slam), Adam Walker Phillips (The Silent Second: A Chuck Restic Mystery – out in August), Steph Cha (Dead Soon Enough), Jo Perry (Dead is Better) & Gary Phillips (The Cocaine Chronicles), Moderator.

Conflict, Destiny and Self-Determination in YA
Location: Vroman’s Bookstore – Upstairs (695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 91101)

From science fiction to nitty gritty “real” life, accomplished YA and middle grade writers explore a topic that, whether we admit it or not, hounds adults and youth alike — the question of who we are and what we’ll become against a backdrop of what life hands us vs. our ability to shape our world and our lives ourselves.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Jennifer Brody (The 13th Continuum), Dana Middleton (The Infinity Year of Avalon James), Lissa Price (Starters, Enders), Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margot Sanchez), & Joshua Dysart (Imperium, Unknown Soldier), Moderator.

Writing Indigenous California from Island of the Blue Dolphins to American Genocide
Location: Sculpture Plaza – The Stand (36 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

This panel will begin the discussion of the California Indian experience from Island of the Blue Dolphin to An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe. How have Indigenous peoples of California have been portrayed, written about, codified and dispersed, and how have California authors/publishers, white and Indigenous, portrayed and written about this population for whatever reason/purposed? Panelists will look at what has survived intrepid settlers and cowboys, and how Indigenous nations are currently reclaiming tradition, culture and ceremony through stories, narrative, poems, gatherings and centers.

Featuring: Luis Rodriguez (Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Founding Editor of Tia Chucha Press), Mark Villasenor (Tribal Secretary, Ferenadeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians) & Shonda Buchanan (Literary Editor of Harriet Tubman Press), Moderator.

12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Las Lunas Locas’ Poems on Demand
Location: El Molino at Colorado Blvd. sidewalk

Fabulous poems on demand just for you by the poets of Las Lunas Locas! Las Lunas Locas is a safe space for a community of self-identifying womyn to write, right, and rite. They meet at Avenue 50 Studio every Monday night at 7pm.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Cute Filipinos on a Saturday Afternoon
Location: Walt Girdner Photo Studio and Gallery (27 S. El Molino, Pasadena, CA 91101)

In the Raymond Chandler novel, The Big Sleep, a female character asks famed detective Philip Marlowe if she looks cute.  Marlowe responds with “Cute as a Filipino on a Saturday night.”  This reference to a community in 1930s Los Angeles has drawn ire and confusion–what does “Cute as a Filipino on a Saturday night” mean? “Cute” writers Noel Alumit, Boni Alvarez, Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard, Angela Penaredondo and Chris Santiago reflect on writing about and by the second largest Asian American group in the United States.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Boni Alvarez (America Adjacent), Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard (Magdalena), Angela Penaredondo (All Things Lose Thousands of Times), Chris Santiago (Tula) & Noel Alumit (Letters to Montgomery Clift), Moderator.

Choices and Chances: An Immersive Readings Experience from Literature for Life
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – Friendship Room (off courtyard) (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Immerse yourself in choices and chance, experience and life in a special preview reading by authors from Issue 5 of the Literature for Life literary journal. Hear stories and poems that take you deep within the minds and lives of their characters and explore what is choice, what is chance, and what lies somewhere in between?

Featuring: Bill Cushing, Rosalind Helfand, Sofia Leggio, Candace Pearson, Ximena Salas, Veda Stamps, & Jervey Tervalon

Running and Writing: The Soul’s Escape
Location: Vroman’s Bookstore – Courtyard (695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 91101)

In a time when millions of American run marathons, half marathons and elite runners try to break the 2-hour barrier for marathon, runners and writers are finding ways these two activities connect. Here’s how an Atlantic article describes it: “the steady, repetitive movement of distance running triggers one’s intellectual autopilot, freeing room for creative thought. Neuroscientists describe this experience as a feeling of timelessness, where attention drifts and imagination thrives.” Running offers writer escape with purpose; writing is the ultimate creative output from running.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Pete Magill (Building Your Running Body), George Wright (The Autobiography of Stan Wright: Forty Years in the “Good Old Boy”), Dr. Steven Smith (Run Healthy, Run Strong), Carolina Miranda (Culture High & Low blog, L.A. Times), Keenan Norris (Brother and the Dancer), Denise Hamilton (Damage Control), & Jinghuan Liu Tervalon, Moderator

10 Distinguished Local Poets with Thelma T. Reyna
Location: Vroman’s Bookstore – Upstairs (695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 91101)

These award-winning poets include national award winners, Pushcart Prize Nominees, noted lecturers, publishers, editors, and locally renowned poet performers. They are well-known in the greater Los Angeles poetry community and all were published in the 2016 and/or 2017 nationally recognized Altadena Poetry Review Anthology. Moderator, Thelma T. Reyna, is Poet Laureate Emerita of Altadena and a winner of 8 national book awards, most of them in poetry.

Featuring: Beverly M. Collins, Carl (CaLokie) Stilwell, Kathee Bautista Gloriana, Casey Damian Gonzalez, Annette Wong, GT Foster, John Wiltshire, Martina Gallegos Robles, & Pauli Dutton

The Los Angeles Literary Community – Presented by the L.A. Review of Books
Location: Sculpture Plaza – The Stand (36 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

As we all know, Los Angeles has a large and varied literary community with disparate but large and varied reading publics. The editors of the Los Angeles Review of Books will discuss how the literary community in LA has changed, evolved, where it may be located and whether it will ever be centralized.

Featuring: Medaya Ocher, Managing Editor (Moderator); Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor; Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, Senior Editor; Steph Cha, Noir Editor; Michelle Chihara, Economics and Finance Editor

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reiyukai America Hosts Crafting with Recycled Materials (Children & Family Event)
Location: Pasadena Central Library, Great Hall (285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101)

Pasadena Public Library presents crafting with recycled materials with Reiyukai America.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Making Space, Holding Space: When ‘Community’ Is Not Just a Marketing Term
Location: Walt Girdner Photo Studio and Gallery (27 S. El Molino, Pasadena, CA 91101)

What does it mean to have an event or venue in a quickly changing landscape where residents and neighbors are being displaced and erased? A discussion surrounding literary activism, community building and community protection in a hyper-Capitalist and emerging Fascist world.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Eric Eztli (Proyecto Vecindad), Peter Woods (#90X90LA), F. Douglas Brown (Un:Fade:Able), Karineh Mahdessian (La Palabra) & Chiwan Choi (Writ Large Press), Moderator

The Roswell Award! Dramatic Readings of the Best in Short SciFi from Writers at Home and Around the World
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – Friendship Room (off courtyard) (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Experience readings of stories by the world’s up and coming scifi writers at The Roswell Award! Special guest performers including Madison McLaughlin (Arrow), Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager), Allison Scagliotti (Stichers) and more will treat audiences to a dramatic reading of the works of the finalists for The Roswell Award. After the reading, a prize will be awarded to the top story writer! This program is presented by Sci-Fes L.A. and Light Bringer Project with the support of Mysterious Galaxy Books and Hi De Ho Books & Comics.

Finalists include: MEL GURNEY (I’ll Have What He’s Having), LIZ HUFFORD (Trash Landed), RICHARD LARSON (Fifteen Minutes Hate), and NEIL STEVENS (Midgeley Avenged). Honorable Mentions include JAAP BOEKESTEIN, CLIO DAVIS, MADELEINE MCDONALD, M.A. NICHOLSON, and PETER-PAUL NDYANI.

Featured Guest Readers: MADISON MCLAUGHLIN (Arrow), TIM RUSS (Star Trek: Voyager), ALLISON SCAGLIOTTI (Stitchers), and CARLEASE BURKE (Crowded)

Refugee America
Location: Vroman’s Bookstore – Upstairs (695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 91101)

Some of us can’t go home because home doesn’t exist anymore. With refugee crises and debates around immigration exploding all over the Western world, this panel of novelists whose works explore the refugee experiences of displaced Sri Lankans, Guatemalans, and Iranian-Americans speak to a subject as dire, contested and vital as any our world.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Laleh Khadivi (A Good Country), Nayomi Munaweera (What Lies Between Us), Soma Mei Sheng Frazier (Salve) & Keenan Norris (Brother and the Dancer), Moderator

L.A. Times Restaurant Critic Jonathan Gold on the Legacy of Julia Child with Special Guests
Location: Vroman’s Bookstore – Courtyard (695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 91101)

L.A. Times Restaurant Critic Jonathan Gold in conversation with special guests on the legacy of Julia Child: legendary chef, writer, television personality, and Pasadena native. Larry Wilson, Columnist and Editorial Writer for Pasadena Star News, will offer reflections and impressions on Julia Child, whom he met and also wrote about, and will introduce Jonathan Gold.

Featuring: Jonathan Gold (Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles) & Larry Wilson (Columnist, Pasadena Star News)

Red Hen Press Pasadena Poetry-palooza!
Location: Sculpture Plaza – The Stand (36 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Red Hen is a Pasadena-based press that is proud to publish these prolific poets from Pasadena! Innovative, heart-shattering, humorous, and life changing, this poetry is sure to leave you spinning, and hungry for more. Join us for an afternoon reading with Genevieve Kaplan (In the ice house), Douglas Kearney (Patter), Ron Koertge (Vampire Planet), and Lisa C. Krueger (Run Away to the Yard, Spring 2017).

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Lisa C. Krueger (Run Away to the Yard), Genevieve Kaplan (In the Ice House), Douglas Kearney (Patter), Ron Koertge (Vampire Planet) & Tobi Harper, Moderator

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Shades & Shadows Reading Series
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – Friendship Room (off courtyard) (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Shades & Shadows is a reading event that focuses exclusively on dark fiction. We showcase dark fantasy, horror, science fiction, noir, you name it. Each event brings a blend of debuting, emerging, or established authors together, each of whom will read for approximately seven minutes from their own works. They will delight and terrify you, making you squirm in your seat and raising the hairs on your necks. You may get to hear excerpts from stories that haven’t yet been published, or from novels you haven’t yet discovered, or you might hear a favorite piece from a collection or novel you love and cherish. Our aim is to give you, the readers, an opportunity to explore new authors and expand your dark horizons.

Featuring: Kit Reed (Where: A Novel; Mormama – releases May 30), Nicole Maggi (The Blue Woods – Twin Willows Trilogy), Natashia Deón (Grace), Sebastian Bendix (The Patchwork Girl; Host – Friday Night Frights at CineFamily), Nalo Hopkinson (Sister Mine), C.B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick) & Hosts Lauren Candia & Xach Fromson

Signing hosted after reading.

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Please note that we have made some location changes due to the heat today.

SUNDAY, MAY 21

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Kurdish Trilogy Author Laleh Khadivi In Conversation with Keenan Norris
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – The Makineni Library (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Iranian-American novelist and documentary filmmaker Laleh Khadivi is the author of the Kurdish Trilogy, including her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, which received the Whiting Award for Fiction. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, The Sun and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her story Wanderlust. Laleh’s latest book to be released on May 23, 2017, A Good Country, is a timely novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California.

Laleh Khadivi will be in conversation with Keenan Norris, a professor, an editor, and the author of an award-winning novel as well as the forthcoming Born by the River: Richard Wright, Barack Obama and “Chi-Raq.”

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Laleh Khadivi (A Good Country) & Keenan Norris (Brother and the Dancer)

Poets and Allies for Resistance
Location: Zona Rosa Alley (15 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Poets & Allies for Resistance is a monthly social justice themed reading and open mic which features 2 Black poets on the first Monday of the month at The Sidewalk Cafe in Pasadena.

Featuring: Sabreen Adeeba, Khadija Anderson, Nikki Blak, Derek D. Brown, Marvin Dorsey, J.G. Finch, GT Foster, Jessica Gallion, Regina Higgins, Janaci, James Evert Jones, Kuahmel, Hiram Sims, Tim Stiles, AK Toney, Pam Ward, C. Imani Williams, & Daniel F. Williams

The Humor & Heartbreak of L.A.
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – Friendship Room (off courtyard) (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

The L.A. Times’s great columnist Jack Smith once wrote, “The real Los Angeles is invisible.” Critic and essayist David Ulin moderates a conversation with four novelists who have all set stories in L.A, with varying degrees of humor and heartbreak, realism and imagination, fame and invisibility. What makes L.A. work as a setting for these perceptive novelists?

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Nina Revoyr (Lost Canyon), Lian Dolan (Helen of Pasadena), Christopher Noxon (Plus One), Dana Johnson (Not Quite Dark) & David Ulin (Sidewalking), Moderator

10 Best Ways to Get a Literary Agent — And What to Avoid
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – Carrie Hamilton Theatre (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Literary agents B.J. Robbins and Betsy Amster will answer your questions on getting published.

Travel on the Page: Food, Adventures, and Everyday Life Abroad
Location: El Portal Restaurant – North Courtyard (695 E. Green St., Pasadena 91101)

Travel writers talk bringing their journeys, experiences, and sensations to life on the page.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Caroline Allen & Kay Young (I’ve Never Been So Unannoyed: Iceland for the Lady Traveler), Leo Bulgarini (Owner of Bulgarini Gelato), Tom Lutz (And the Monkey Learned Nothing: Dispatches from a Life in Transit), Bernadette Murphy (Harley and Me: Embracing Risk On the Road to a More Authentic Life), & Adrian Kalvinskas (Founder, Distant Lands Travel Bookstore & Outfitters), Moderator

HUIZACHE [wee-sah-chae]: A Panel On and Readings from the Country’s Premiere Latino Lit Magazine
Location: Sculpture Plaza – The Stand (36 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Huizache [wee-SAW-chay] Magazine: Writers Jesús Treviño, Abel Salas and Alana Hinojosa represent the “Chicano,” “Chican@” and “Xicanx” eras, respectively. While each hails from a distinct generation in the history of Mexican American letters and literature, they have all written for HUIZACHE, the nation’s preeminent Latino literary magazine, a six-year-old publication which also frequently features Black, Asian and Native American authors alongside writing from the western U.S. by storytellers and poets who are not always “exotic” imports. They are just as likely to be wordslingers whose histories and written narratives actually precede the arrival of “frontier” settlers and their mythical–as well as much exaggerated–“taming” of the west. As inter-media and cross genre documentarians, poets and journalists and writers of fiction, the panelists are emblematic of why critics have described Huizache as “The Paris Review of Latino lit in the U.S.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Alana de Hinojosa (Editorial Member, The Bozalta Collective), Jesús Treviño (Return to Arroyo Grande) & Abel Salas (Editor and Publisher of Brooklyn & Boyle), Moderator

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Tomorrow Prize! Dramatic Readings of the Best in Short SciFi by L.A. County’s Teens
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – Carrie Hamilton Theatre (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Experience readings of L.A. County’s top teen scifi short stories at The Tomorrow Prize! Special guest performers including Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Jonathan Slavin (Dr. Ken), Peter Mackenzie (Black-ish), David Blue (SGU Stargate Universe), Anna Maria Horsford (The Bold and the Beautiful), and Graham Sibley (Fear the Walking Dead) will treat audiences to dramatic readings of the works of six finalists for The Tomorrow Prize. After the reading, prizes will be awarded to the top story writers! This program is presented by Sci-Fes L.A. and Light Bringer Project with the support of Mysterious Galaxy Books and Hi De Ho Books & Comics.

Finalists include SAMUEL FISCHBACH (Aether.Reality), LESLIE LE (The Dead Light), RICHARD MAGDALUYO (EARTH II), JONATHAN HERBST (A Helping Hand), JOSEPH SPRINGER (The Most Satisfying Sound), and EKATERINA ZHOSAN (The Multiverse Theory). Honorable Mentions include CIRA DAVIS, ZACHARIAH NASH, ANGELICA PICO, ALLISON PLEITEZ, VIANNI VALLE, and PAULA WANG.

Featured Guest Actors Reading the Stories: Jasika Nicole (Fringe; Underground), Jonathan Slavin (Dr. Ken; Speechless), Peter Mackenzie (Black-ish; Grace and Frankie), David Blue (SGU Stargate Universe), Anna Maria Horsford (The Bold and the Beautiful), and Graham Sibley (Fear the Walking Dead).

Queers of the Valleys: Finding Community in Los Angeles (and not just WeHo)
Location: Sculpture Plaza – The Stand (36 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Queer community can be found in West Hollywood, but where else? Tobi Harper (Editor of Quill Publishing at Red Hen Press), Novelist C.B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick), poet Blas Falconer (A Question of Gravity and Light), playwright Josh Gershick (Bluebonnet Court), and 2016 Pushcart nominated poet Bonnie S. Kaplan come together to discuss identity, writing, living, and finding community in the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Blas Falconer (A Question of Gravity and Light), Josh Gershick (Bluebonnet Court), Bonnie S. Kaplan, C.B. Lee (poet) & Tobi Harper (Editor of Quill Publishing at Red Hen Press), Moderator

Mixed-Race and Interracial Experience To Make Meaning in a Time of Protest
Location: El Portal Restaurant – North Courtyard (695 E. Green St., Pasadena 91101)

With issues of race, ethnicity, identity and citizenship very much at the forefront of our national dialogue, great writers play a more important role than ever in picking through the chatter, the soundbites and the propaganda that passes for news. Award-winning novelists Heidi Durrow (The Girl Who Fell from the Sky) and Natashia Deon (GRACE) join Pasadena Lit Fest 2017 for a compelling discussion about the experience of being of mixed race in modern times and of interracial union in antebellum America.

Featuring: Heidi Durrow (The Girl Who Fell from the Sky) & Natashia Deon (Grace) In Conversation

The L.A. Cookbook: How the City Eats & Cooks
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – Friendship Room (off courtyard) (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Some say Los Angeles is the country’s best food city, and who are we to argue? Joseph Shuldiner of The Institute of Domestic Technology will moderate a discussion among some of the city’s most interesting cookbook authors about immigrant influences in SoCal cuisine, the accessibility of ingredients, hybrid cooking styles, and how L.A.’s food is influencing the world. Presented by LitFest Pasadena and Prospect Park Books.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Bill Esparza (L.A. Mexicano), Amelia Saltsman (The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen) & Joseph Shuldiner (Pure Vegan), Moderator

Hostile Environment Reporting for Young Female Journalists
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – The Makineni Library (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Women starting their careers as journalists face unique challenges – especially when reporting out of hostile environments. Join award-winning author and reporter Jean Guerrero as she discusses reporting out of deadly smuggling routes at the U.S.-Mexico border, opium poppy plantations in southern Mexico and the sewers of Tijuana. The managing editor of Snopes, Brooke Binkowski, will share advice on how to handle death threats and more. They will be in conversation with Alex Trafton, U.S. Operations director for Global Media Risk, who has extensive experience conducting risk consultancy and training for journalists in conflict zones.

Featuring: Jean Guerrero (journalist), Brooke Binkowski (Snopes Managing Editor) & Alex Trafton (US Operations Director, Global Media Risk), Moderator

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

The Impossibility of L.A.
Location: Sculpture Plaza – The Stand (36 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Los Angeles is a city like no other, one that countless writers have attempted to tell the tale of. Artists, entertainers, moguls, immigrants, commoners, it’s a world city and the world within a city. So how does any one person write about it all? Los Angeles-based poet Mike Sonksen, novelist Daniel Olivas, Chiwan Choi and Traci Kato Kuriyama will tackle the topic in this panel just as they tackle it again and again in their work.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Daniel Olivas (Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature Through Essays and Interviews), Chiwan Choi (The Yellow House), Traci Kato-Kuriyama (Signaling), & Mike Sonksen (Poetics of Location), Moderator

Writing in the Times of Black Lives Matter & Resistance to Trumpism
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – Friendship Room (off courtyard) (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Black writers discuss what it means to write during the time of Black Lives Matter and Trump.

Featuring: Gar Anthony Haywood, Dana Johnson (Not Quite Dark), Lisa Teasley (Heat Signature), Tricia Alkmia Cochée, James Farr, & Jervey Tervalon (Monster’s Chef)

Signing hosted after panel.

Poet Laureates: Spreading Poetry Love!
Location: Zona Rosa Alley (15 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

These accomplished, talented poets spreading their love of poetry through California’s Southland are all Poet Laureates, past or present. This group includes national award winners, Pushcart Prize nominees, lecturers, editors, publishers, poet performers, and book authors. Their backgrounds are as varied as they themselves are culturally, generationally, and philosophically. Their styles, genres, and topics span the spectrum of fine literature, but they all motivate and inspire us with their work. Panel moderated by Thelma T. Reyna.

Featuring: Radomir Vojtech Luza, Maja Trochimczyk, Elsa Frausto, Marlene Hitt, Mary Langer Thompson, & Thelma T. Reyna, Moderator

On Blooming
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – Carrie Hamilton Theatre (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Presented by Tunnel Magazine, an online and irl art community for young people, based in Los Angeles but drawing submissions from around the globe. Editors of the magazine, all teens, discuss the importance of creating and sharing art in a short panel. This will be followed by an open mic and artmaking workshop, focused on sharing ideas about the Teen Experience. Accompanied musically by Nathaniel Stephens and Timothy Franco.

On Blooming is coordinated by Amelia Anthony, the magazine’s editor and Brandon Yung, a contributing writer.

Featuring: Amelia Anthony, Timothy Franco, Brandon Yung, Nathaniel Stevens

“Fusion-Ha!”: Manga Influences on American Comic Books
Location: Pasadena Playhouse – The Makineni Library (39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)

Sailor Moon! Pokemon! DragonBall Z! Today, we are seeing the impact manga and anime have had on American comics and culture, from Nickelodeon’s show Avatar the Last Airbender, to Marvel and DC’s manga-influenced artists Babs Tarr (Batgirl), Annie Wu (Black Canary), and Kris Anka (Captain Marvel), to the rise of award-winning webcomics Megatokyo and MFK. Join us in a discussion on manga’s effect on American comics and what that means for its future.

Signing hosted after panel.

Featuring: Johnny Parker II (Broken), Brandon Easton (Vampire Hunter D: Message From Mars), Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (Sparkler Monthly), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K. – coming September 2017, A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1) & MOM (Issue #1: Strong Female Lead), Moderator

The Ins and Outs of Indie Publishing
Location: El Portal Restaurant – North Courtyard (695 E. Green St., Pasadena 91101)

What does it mean to be an independent press? What are advantages of working with one? How do you get published on an indie press? Why is Los Angeles such a great city for independents? How have indie publishers responded to changes in technology, consumer tastes, and the rise of social media? These are just some of the topics that will be covered in this informative panel discussion.

Featuring: Neelanjana Banerjee (Kaya Press), Jessica Hundley (Hat & Beard Press), and C.P. Heiser (Unnamed Press), plus, Sam Silvas, an author on Silver Birch Press, and writer and editor Jaime Panqueva; Teena Apeles of Narrated Objects, Organizer

SATURDAY, MAY 20 – SUNDAY, MAY 21

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

“Expressing Feelings Through Art” Annual Art Exhibition
Location: Art Center College of Design, South Campus (950 S. Raymond Avenue (& Glenarm Street)

Light Bringer Project presents works created by L.A. County High School Youth accompanied by written statements expressing the emotions in their art.

FREE. Open for Viewing Saturday & Sunday. Located off Site at Art Center College of Design, South Campus, 950 S. Raymond Avenue (& Glenarm Street).