Elline Lipkin

East Pasadena Poets - Reading
Saturday, May 14, 3:30pm
Vroman's Courtyard

Elline Lipkin’s first book, The Errant Thread, was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Kore Press First Book Award. Her second, Girls’ Studies, explores contemporary girlhood. A Research Scholar with UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women, she teaches independent poetry workshops and served as Poet Laureate of Altadena from 2016-2018.

Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Love in the 21st Centery: A Romance Roundtable
Saturday, May 14, 3:00pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka met and fell in love in high school. Austin went on to graduate from Harvard, while Emily graduated from Princeton. Together, they are the authors of several novels about romance for teens and adults. Now married, they live in Los Angeles, where they continue to take daily inspiration from their own love story.

Eric Morago

The Future of Publishing
Saturday, May 7, 1:00pm
Red Hen Press

Eric Morago is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page as it does off. He is the author of What We Ache For and Feasting on Sky. Currently, Eric hosts a monthly reading series, teaches writing workshops, and is editor-in-chief and publisher of Moon Tide Press. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Erika Schickel

Telling on Yourself: The Challenges and Rewards of Writing Memoir
Saturday, May 14, 3:00pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Erika Schickel is the author of You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom (Kensington Books, 2007) and The Big Hurt (Hachette Books, 2021) Her essays, opinions, reviews and reporting have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly, Salon, Tin House, Bust Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. She teaches memoir locally and lives right up the street in Altadena.

Ernesto Cisneros

Facing the Unknown: Inclusivity and Hope in Today's Middle Grade Fiction
Saturday, May 14 , 3:00pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Ernesto Cisneros is the award-winning author of Efren Divided. He was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, where he still teaches. As an author, he believes in providing today’s youth with an honest depiction of characters with whom they can identify. Efren Divided is an Indies Introduce/Next Pick, Amazon Top MG of 2020 So Far list, and is a ProjectLit Selection, and winner of the 2020 Poppy Award in MG, as well as the prestigious 2021 Pura Belpre? Medal and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in 2021.

Fireball Rouse

Poets in Distress - Reading
Saturday, May 14, 5:40pm
Vroman's Courtyard

Fireball crashed landed on planet Earth in 2015 leaving a gaping crater and causing power outages in three surrounding counties. They were politely asked to leave several reputable poetry readings in the Southland. In 2018, Fireball fell in with the disreputable Poets in Distress, which has been the best thing that ever happened. Fireball has been published in stuff but identifies more as a spoken-word artist. They were the 2018 Poets in Distress Poet of The Year. They won the Two Idiots Peddling Poetry Halloween Slam in 2017 and were the co-winner of the Pondwater Christmas Poetry Contest in 2016. In 2021 they were elected to the Poets in Distress hall of Fame by absentee ballot.

Frank C. Girardot

The Lure of True Crime
Saturday, April 30, 3:30pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

Frank C. Girardot is an American author, journalist, victim advocate, and radio host. He is best known for Name Dropper his biography of serial imposter Christian Gerhartsreiter. He is co-author of A Taste For Murder and Betrayal in Blue and the primary author of Burned, the biography of serial arsonist John Orr. A motion picture version of Betrayal in Blue is in development with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Productions. Girardot and his wife Sarah Favot host LA 85, an episodic contextual true crime podcast with a focus on the impact of serial killers including the Night Stalker, Grim Sleeper and SouthsideSlayer on Los Angeles in 1985.

Gary Phillips

Mysterious Dimensions
Saturday, April 30, 5:00pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

Son of a mechanic and a librarian, Gary Phillips draws on his experiences ranging from community activist, labor organizer, state director of a political action committee, to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. Violent Spring, set in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots was recently named one of the essential crime novels of Los Angeles. His new mystery One-Shot Harry set in 1963 just dropped. He was also a staff writer on FX’s Snowfall about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central where he grew up.

Genevieve Kaplan

East Pasadena Poets - Reading
Saturday, May 14, 3:30pm
Vroman's Courtyard

Genevieve Kaplan is the author of (aviary) (Veliz Books, 2020), In the ice house (Red Hen Press, 2011), and four chapbooks, most recently I exit the hallway and turn right (above/ground press, 2020), an anti-ode to office work. Her poems can be found in Third Coast, Posit, Spillway, South Dakota Review, and other journals. She lives in southern California where she edits the Toad Press International chapbook series, publishing contemporary translations of poetry and prose.

Gerda Govine Ituarte

2 Covid Books: Local Poets, Doctors, Frontliners, in Poems & Personal Stories and Rose Poets - Reading
Saturday, May 14, 1:30pmSaturday, May 14 , 2:00pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church,Vroman's Courtyard

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.

Gregg Hurwitz

In Conversation: Connelly & Hurwitz
Saturday, April 30, 7:00pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 23 thrillers including the Orphan X series. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in 33 languages. Gregg currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers (ITW). Additionally, he’s written screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks, comics for AWA, DC and Marvel, and political and culture pieces for Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Bulwark, and others. Gregg lives with his Rhodesian ridgebacks in Los Angeles, where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.

Gregory Gt Foster

2 Covid Books: Local Poets, Doctors, Frontliners, in Poems & Personal Stories
Saturday, May 14, 1:30pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Gregory (GT) Foster, a 2017 Pushcart Prize Poetry Nominee, is a California native, retired educator, and Managing Editor of Spectrum, a poetry quarterly, and cohost of Saturday Afternoon Poetry in Pasadena, CA. He has published two poetry chapbooks and is in the home stretch of producing his first novel, The Boys Are Not Refined, a Vietnam-era semi-biographical soldier’s story. His poetry has been published in The Pasadena Weekly, San Gabriel Valley Quarterly, Spectrum, The Stone Bird Anthology 2016, Day of the Dead Anthology, and Altadena Poetry Review.

Gustavo Hernandez

Local Authors from Local Presses: Reading
Saturday, May 7, 5:30pm
Red Hen Press

Gustavo Hernandez is the author of the poetry collection Flower Grand First (Moon Tide Press). He holds a degree in creative writing from California State University Long Beach and is a poetry editor for The Cortland Review. He was born in Jalisco, Mexico and lives in Southern California.

Hazel Clayton-Harrison

2 Covid Books: Local Poets, Doctors, Frontliners, in Poems & Personal Stories
Saturday, May 14, 1:30pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Hazel Clayton Harrison served as Altadena Poet Laureate, Community Events, from 2018-2020. She worked closely with her co- Laureate, Editor-in-Chief, to edit the Altadena Poetry Review 2019 and Altadena Literary Review 2020. Her recent book, Down Freedom Road, was published in 2020 by Shabda Press. Her poetry has been widely anthologized in literary journals, such as the Altadena Literary Review 2020, Coiled Serpent, Grandfathers, A Rock Against the Wind, and River Crossings. She is the author of a children’s book, The Story of Christmas Tree Lane; and a memoir, Crossing the River Ohio (2014). She is a co-owner and operator of Jah Light Media, a publishing and media consulting firm; and is a member of the Pasadena Rose Poets.

Helena Ku Rhee

Beyond Words: Picture Book Authors Who Delight & Inspire
Saturday, May 14, 1:30pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Helena Ku Rhee is a writer of books for kids and the young at heart. Her most recent picture book, THE PAPER KINGDOM, was a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus, NPR (and a staff pick), Parents Magazine, the Los Angeles Public Library, BookPage and Amazon, among others. Helena’s next picture book, ROSA’S SONG, will be published on June 7, 2022. Her writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Salon. Helena loves to travel far and wide across this beautiful planet, counting among her favorite journeys a camping trip in the Sahara, a swim with elephants in Thailand and a horseback-riding tour of Easter Island. She draws story ideas from her travels as well as her childhood.

J. Ryan Stradal

Eating Our WordsandCalifornia Dreaming & Scheming
Saturday, May 14, 3:00pm & 5:00pm
Vroman's Upstairs

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest and national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota. His debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the American Booksellers Association Indie’s Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year, the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association award for fiction, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction. The Lager Queen of Minnesota, his second novel, was an instant bestseller, won the 2020 WILLA Award for the year’s best contemporary fiction, and was a finalist for the 2020 Heartland Booksellers Award. His shorter writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, Hobart, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places.

Jackson Bliss

Local Authors from Local Presses: Reading
Saturday, May 7, 5:30pm
Red Hen Press

Jackson Bliss is the winner of the 2020 Noemi Book Award in Prose and the mixed-race/hapa author of Counterfactual Love Stories & Other Experiments (Noemi Press, 2021), Amnesia of June Bugs (7.13 Books, 2022), Dream Pop Origami (Unsolicited Press, 2022), and the speculative hypertext, Dukkha, My Love (2017). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Ploughshares, Guernica, Antioch Review, ZYZZYVA, and the Columbia Journal, among others. He is the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University and lives in LA with his wife and their two fashionably dressed dogs. Follow him on Twitter & IG: @jacksonbliss.

Jasmine Williams

The Uncaged Voice: Transcending Bondages
Wednesday, May 11, 8:00pm
Altadena Library

Jasmine Williams is a Writer/Producer from South Central Los Angeles, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dramatic Arts and Playwriting from San Francisco State University. She is the Executive Director and host of Da Poetry Lounge, and holds 13 years of organizing artistic residencies that provide equitable creative education to imprisoned and at-risk young adults with non-profit organizations such as Youth Speaks (SF), Say Word LA, B.R.I.D.G.E. Theatre Project, and most recently ArtworxLA. Her work has been featured on TV One, HBO, Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles, and the Pan African Film Festival just to name a few. She aims to create responsible art where the communities she represents and want to see represented can reflect, exhale, be still, loud, and free. Jasmine loves mint chocolate chip ice cream, and on her time off she is a UNO champion and a VIP member of Twilight #TeamEdward, before falling asleep to episodes of Hey Arnold or The Office.

Jeff Hobbs

Resilience: An Open Book Memoir Panel
Saturday, May 14, 4:30pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Jeff Hobbs graduated with a BA in English language and literature from Yale in 2002, where he was awarded the Willets and Meeker prizes for his writing. He is the author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace and The Tourists. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Jervey Tervalon

The Geography of CrimeandFriendships and the Literary Life
Saturday, April 30, 2:00pmandWednesday, May 11, 6:00pm
Mountain View MausoleumandAltadena Library

Jervey Tervalon was born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles, and got his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine. He is the author of six books including Understanding This, for which he won the Quality Paper Book Club’s New Voices Award. Currently he is the Executive Director of “Literature for Life,” an educational advocacy organization, and Creative Director of The Pasadena LitFest. His latest novel is Monster’s Chef.