Gerda Govine Ituarte is the author of four poetry collections, Oh, Where Is My Candle Hat? (English and Spanish), Alterations I Thread Light Through Eye of Storm, Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW, and Poetry in Unexpected Places. She established the Pasadena Rose Poets in 2016, and served as editor of the Pasadena Rose Poets Poetry Collection 2019. Five of her poems are included in the award-winning collection When the Virus Came Calling: Covid-19 Strikes America. Govine Ituarte earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration and Research from Teachers College, Columbia University.