Friday, May 18, 2018

Seven Dhar - Poet, and Abby Diamond - Artist, Featured on May 27, 2018

Sunset Shadows by Abby Diamond

On Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. the Monthly Reading of Village Poets presents poet Seven Dhar and artist Abby Diamond. The Village Poets Monthly Readings are held at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042. The readings include segments of 20 min. for the featured poet and artist, as well as two open mike segments. Refreshments are served and $3 donations collected for the cost of the venue, the second historical landmark in the City of Los Angeles, that celebrated its centennial in 2013.

The Museum is managed by the Little Landers Historical Society, named after the "little land" that each settler received in the Tujunga and Sunland foothills when the area was settled. The readings adhere to a self-imposed PG-13 rating, without extreme depictions of sex or violence, and with an air of gentility,  so poets use their words to bless the world, rather than curse it.


SEVEN DHAR

BIO: Seven Dhar aims to push the limits of language, East and West, performing in Sanskrit and Gaelic, Spanish and the awed tongue of mystics. A Buddhist meditator, yogi, and urban shaman with Los Angeles Native American roots, he graduated from UC Berkeley and UCLA and also studied at Yale and Oxford; 2018 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival slam poetry finalist, 2015 winner of the SGVPF chapbook and broadside contests; voted “poet laureate” by popular acclaim at Poetrypalooza 2016; LA Poet Society 2015 National Women’s Month dual acrostic poetry contests; co-host of the DTLA Poetry Meetup; published in Coiled Serpent, Eagle Rock Library Anthology, Altadena Poetry Review, Yay! LA Magazine, The Border Crossed Us, Spectrum, LA Word Salon’s LAWS Review, Karineh Madhessian's Heartbreak, Hometown-Pasadena; featured poet at the L.A. Shakespeare Fest and LitFest Pasadena along with the Poets in Distress troupe.
In the Wash - by Abby Diamond

THE SHAMAN

By Seven Dhar

The shaman climbed the mountain, gathered sacred flowering herbs and berries along the way -- Datura moonflowers, toloache, Brugmansia angel's-trumpets, Salvia apiana sage, kasiile, toyon, holly -- until delirium overwhelmed him with lurid and ecstatic visions of hell and heaven. Then he returned to the human world.

Word spread of him. People asked, "Is it true, as they say, you have seen hell?" "I have." "What's it like?" "It's hideous, ironic, horror beyond imagination," the shaman winced to relive, nearly blinded by his recollection: "There's food everywhere, but no one eats, and drink aplenty, but no one drinks. There are long wooden spoons with which to partake, but their bodies have only tiny appendages for arms, too short to bring such elongated spoons up to their shriveled lips. Parched slaver forms ashes in their mouths, and bodies waste away. Struggle as they might, everything goes to wrack and ruin. They bellow in agony." The people shrank away, with growing acreage dedicated to burying their discarded surplus collapsing under smoldering heaps of trash.

"And heaven?" asked the hopeful. "Is it true as they say, you have seen heaven?" "I have." "And what's it like?" they pleaded. "Heaven," the shaman revealed, "is exactly the same."

"What," cried the people, "the same? Surely that is no heaven!" "There is one difference," the shaman went on to explain. "In heaven, there is an abundance of food and drink, long wooden spoons, and bodies with tiny appendages too short to bring these utensils up to their mouths. But the beings there, without hesitation, use the long spoons to feed one another. There is no want. No request ever goes unanswered, no desire unfulfilled. Acts of kindness overflow as do spoons. Spoon fed and cared for, there are continuous cries of gratitude and rejoicing as beings fall over one another to be the first to give. There is food, and they eat. There is drink, and they drink, and they relish diversity and bounty. They care for one another, nourish one another, thank one another. The sweetness of their caresses, gentleness of their words, kindness of their eyes," the shaman wept to recall, "make the place so beautiful that I only wish I could have shown one world to the other."




ABBY DIAMOND - ARTIST

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Abby Diamond studied a variety of art techniques, including papier-mache, sculpting, and painting. Inspired by her love for nature, her torn-paper mosaic landscapes combine methods and theory learned from oil, watercolor and Chinese brush painting, creating pure expressions of color, layer, shape, and texture.

Abby has shown her work in the 2017 Art in the Art house exhibit at the Pasadena Laemmle Theatre, and the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga, where she currently lives. She is a member of the Collage Artist of America, Chatsworth Fine Arts Council, and the Women’s Caucus for Art. Her piece entitled “Yucca” was the cover art for the official publication of the California State Poetry Society’s, California Quarterly, Issue 44/1.


Please visit her Etsy shop to see more of her work. Prints and greeting cards are available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/AbbyDiamondArt

Yucca by Abby Diamond

 The artist's studio - working on the Yucca.

Dancing Trees by Abby Diamond


VILLAGE POETS NEWS

Some photos from the April 22, 2018 reading by Dr. Andrew Peterson with musicians Art Stucco and John Palmer are posted below.

Art Stucco (singer songwriter) and percussionist John Palmer open the reading.

Elsa S. Frausto

Host Joe DeCenzo

Poet Laureate Pamela Shea

Dr. Andrew Peterson 

Marlene Hitt

Maja Trochimczyk with the California Quarterly

The three featured artists in their hats...Andrew Peterson, John Palmer and Art Stucco.

Poets and guests at the April 22 reading. 


Work by Village Poets appeared recently in two prestigious publications:


The California Quarterly, 44 no. 1, journal of the California State Poetry Society, included poems by Village Poets Marlene Hitt, Maja Trochimczyk, and Pamela Shea.  Other Californian poets in this journal featured several poets featured at Bolton Hall Museum: Deborah P Kolodji, William Scott Galasso, Kath Abela Wilson, and Margaret Saine. Maja Trochimczyk edited the journal, with Abby Diamond's "Yucca" on the cover.

Village Poets with the Altadena Poetry Review, and artwork by Toti O'Brien.
April 29, 2018

The Altadena Poetry Review 2018, edited by Elline Lipkin and Pauli Dutton. presented work by Marlene Hitt, Pamela Shea, Dorothy Skiles, Maja Trochimczyk of the Village Poets, and many of our regular participants and featured poets, including Seven Dhar, Mira Mataric, Thelma D. Reyna, Teresa Mei Chuc, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Mary Weaver, Janet Nippell, and many others.




Village Poets and Friends published in Altadena Poetry Review 2018: Beverly M. Collins,
Dorothy Skiles (Pushcart Prize nominee!), Marlene Hitt, Pamela Shea, and Maja Trochimczyk.
Altadena Public Libary, April 29, 2018. Background  - artwork by Toti O'Brien.


Maja Trochimczyk's photographs of roses are shown as part of the "California Blooming" exhibition at the Hellada Gallery in Long Beach, on Linden St. The exhibition, curated by Marek Dzida, is on display until May 30, 2018






Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Poets Laureate Update from Pam Shea and Dana Gioia

Photo by Pam Shea

Pamela Shea was elected to serve as Sunland-Tujunga's Poet Laureate in April 2017.  A year has passed and much has been done so far. Here is her reflection, some poems and photos from recent events, and a list of events she participated in. We wish Pam another successful year!

Passing of the Laurels Ceremony, April 2017 with Elsa Frausto, Dorothy Skiles, 
Marlene Hitt, Joe DeCenzo, Pam Shea and Maja Trochimczyk


UPDATE FROM PAMELA SHEA

As I celebrate the one-year mark in my role as the 9th Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, I am delighted to reflect on all the activities I have participated in during the past 12 months.

I am thrilled to serve our local Foothills community through poetry, and I have enjoyed writing poems for special events, including the Sylmar Woman’s Club gathering at the Odyssey Restaurant, the Verdugo Hills YMCA’s Spring Tea, a variety of occasions at McGroarty Arts Center, and several activities at the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library. Taking poetry “to the people” is one of my chief goals as Sunland-Tujunga Poet Laureate.

I have also discovered a newfound freedom in my writing. I am honored to have had my poems selected for publication in the Altadena Poetry Review 2018, as well as in the Spring 2018 issue of the California State Poetry Society’s California Quarterly Vol. 44 No. 1, edited by Maja Trochimczyk.

As Poet Laureate, I have been privileged to have the opportunity to get to know other poets while hearing and reading a wide range of poetic styles. In my second year in this role, I look forward to meeting more wonderful people and continuing to celebrate our local community and its people, flora, and fauna through poetry.


~ Pamela Shea

Pam as Betsy Ross for the 4th of July Parade 2017

Poetry Events, Pamela A. Shea, 2017-2018


  • 4/1/17 - Clark Magnet School, Foothills Relay For Life, opening ceremony
  • 5/6/17 - The Odyssey Restaurant, Sylmar Woman’s Club Fashion Show & Luncheon, Follow Your Muse
  • 5/6/17 - McGroarty Arts Center, Wine Tasting Event - The Wine of Glorietta by John Steven McGroarty, McGroarty Magic by Pamela Shea
  • 5/16/17 - The Backdoor Bakery, Relay For Life Fundraising event by The Painter In You, Relay Painting Event Poem Series, Relay poems
  • 5/22/17 - Verdugo Hills YMCA, Spring Tea Party, photo and poem combination reading 
  • 6/3/17 McGroarty Arts Center, 14th Annual Ceramics Juried Open Exhibition, Ceramics
  • 7/29/2017 - Oceanview Restaurant, Wine Glass Paint Night Fundraiser for La Crescenta Women’s Club, Summer Wishes 2007, Eulogy For Night
  • 8/5/2017 - Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, Summer Reading Culmination Party, Library Magic
  • 8/26/2017-  McGroarty Arts Center, 2nd Annual Burgers, Beer & Band Night, BBB Poem
  • 8/27/2017 -  Bolton Hall Museum, Village Poets Monthly Reading Series, Co-Feature with Lois P. Jones
  • 9/13/2017 - The Odyssey Restaurant, Sylmar Woman’s Club General Club Meeting
  • 9/24/2017 - McGroarty Arts Center, event honoring volunteers and staff who fought La Tuna Fire, McGroarty Magic II
  • 10/21/2017 - McGroarty Arts Center, Sunland-Tujunga Open Studios, 3 sessions of open readings
  • 10/22/2017 - The Backdoor Bakery, event featuring Joe DeCenzo and friends 10/23/2017 Verdugo Hills YMCA, Chili Cook-Off, poem “Chili”
  • 10/25/2017 - NoHo Arts District, Lit Crawl L.A., participated in First Annual Poet Laureate parade
  • 12/19/2017 - McGroarty Arts Center, Hanukkah In the Foothills, Hanukkah Poem
  • Jan. 2018 - Two poems selected for publication by California State Poetry Society’s California Quarterly 44 No. 1
  • Feb. 2018 - One poem selected for publication in The Altadena Poetry Anthology, 2018
  • March 3, 2018 - Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, Dr. Seuss’s 114th Birthday Party




Photo by Pam Shea

Spring, 2018

Springtime comes tiptoeing in
Speaking of quiet places
Revealing sacred spaces
And peace flows like a river

Tranquility is seeping
Into the landscape and blood
Emotional tides rise and flood
Releasing, seeking the shore

Beauty abounds and astounds
Birds serenade the morning
Flowers burst in bright colors
The earth awakens in bounty

Whispers of hope float freely
Discerning ears are ringing
There is majestic singing
Love rises from the garden

(c) Pamela Shea
In costume with granddaughter, for Dr. Seuss Reading at Sunland Tujunga Library, March 2017.

In Honor of Dr. Seuss
3/3/2018, on the Occasion of His 114th Birthday

“My name is Pamela Ann
You can call me Pam, you can call me Ann”
So my life as a poet began
I love poetry, that’s who I am

Words have always filled my mind
I write of nature and being kind
Poems do not always have to rhyme
All kinds of writing are very fine

You can write when you are glad
You can write when you are sad
You can write when you are mad
Just keep on writing on your pad

Poems can tell the story of your life
Both times that are good and times of strife
So pick up something and write, write, write
It will make your spirit soar like a kite


Dr. Seuss Day the Paige Way
3/2/16 ~ by Paige Gleason & Pamela Shea

I jump, jump, jump on the trampoline
    In my nightgown
I wear my nightgown the whole day long
    All around town
I blow BIG BUBBLES and stomp them flat
    On the backyard ground
I celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with Grandma
    She is such a clown!

Reading at Bolton Hall Museum, photo by Mary Torregrosa

POETS LAUREATE GATHERING WITH DANA GIOIA, OCTOBER 6, 2018
All current Poets Laureate from California are invited by CA Poet Laureate Dana Gioia to participate in a statewide gathering of all current city and county poet laureates, hosted by the California Arts Council. The event will take place at the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

The organizers are planning a day of workshops, panels, readings, and presentations to explore and celebrate the important cultural role poet laureates play in their communities. Every laureate will have a chance to read his or her poetry as well as share ideas with other laureates and the public. The McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga (a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley side of Los Angeles) is the former home of John McGroarty, who served as California’s third poet laureate from 1933 to 1944. Today the beautiful hillside home houses a vibrant community arts center.

All poets who currently hold a civic laureate office (for a city, county, or region) are invited to participate in the morning workshop. Past poets laureate are invited to the afternoon session. The daylong event, including meals, will be free to participants. This event is co-sponsored by the California Arts Council and the McGroarty Arts Center. Robin Coste Lewis, the poet laureate of Los Angeles, will also help host the day’s event.

Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

VILLAGE POETS NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS TO DOROTHY SKILES! 
For Pushcart Prize Nomination by the Altandena Poetry Review!
Thelma T. Reina and Susan Rogers who both were featured at Bolton Hall Museum 
in the past are also nominated. The presentation of their poetry is on April 16, 2018.



MAJA TROCHIMCZYK EDITED THE CALIFORNIA QUARTERLY 44/1

Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

This volume features almost 60 poets, including Village Poets Pam Shea and Marlene Hitt, and poets who featured at Bolton Hall Museum in the past: Kathabela Wilson, Susan Rogers, Margaret Saine, Deborah P. Kolodji and William Scott Galasso.  Copies of the CQ may be obtained by ordering online at CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety.org or by mailing a request for a specific​ issue together with a check 
for $10.00 per copy. Do not forget to name the specific issue you are requesting (this one is 44/1) and submit your order to:  CSPS VP/Membership 2560 Calabria Ct, Dublin, CA 94568.

Every poet is invited to join the CSP Society, online or by mail. First fill out the form on the website, then print it and send with payments by mail to:

CSPS Vice President - Membership, 2560 Calabria Court, Dublin, California  94568


And Best Wishes for the Spring to Everyone!


Monday, March 26, 2018

Poet Andrew R. Peterson with Musicians Art Stucco and John Palmer Featured on April 22, 2018

Mano del Desierto, a 36-foot-tall hand by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal (1992)

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. the Monthly Reading of Village Poets presents Andrew Robert Peterson, a poet of many hats and creative hands, as well as singer songwriter Art Stucco with percussionist John Palmer. The Village Poets Monthly Readings are held at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042. 

The readings include a featured poet (25-30 min. for one poet, or 20 min. each for two poets) and two open mike segments. Refreshments are served and $3 donations collected for the cost of the venue, the second historical landmark in the City of Los Angeles, that celebrated its centennial in 2013.  The Museum is managed by the Little Landers Historical Society, named after the "little land" that each settler received in the Tujunga and Sunland foothills when the area was settled. The readings adhere to a self-imposed PG-13 rating, without extreme depictions of sex or violence, and with an air of gentility,  so poets use their words to bless the world, rather than curse it.


ANDREW ROBERT PETERSON

Born in Calcutta, India in 1942, AR (Andrew) Peterson is a British Citizen. In 1996, he became a naturalized American Citizen. He lives in Sunland, California. Beginning in 1960, Andrew was a technician in various government and commercial laboratories in England. 

He took MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Manchester, UK, and worked in Cancer Research at the Universities of Wisconsin and Southern California. In 1967 he was the co-author on a patent for the industrial production of gibberellin A7; this compound fools plants into producing fruit without being fertilized—so one gets seedless fruit. Peterson likes to think that he is partly responsible for the seedless grape. Imperial Chemical Industries, U.K., for whom he was working at the time, owned the patent.

From 1986-2003, Andrew taught Chemistry and other sciences, at LAUSD's Grant High School in Van Nuys, California. Andrew has  also worked for the EPA, NIH, The American Cancer Society, and NASA, producing over forty publications in the technical literature. He is co-inventor on two British patents. 

In developing and teaching a course on epistemology at the University of Wisconsin in 1974, Andrew acquired the ability to make complicated ideas accessible to non-specialists. He used that ability when he came to teach at USC and high school.  

In  September  2003,  Andrew  took  early  retirement  to  write  a  textbook  on chemistry, employing the historical approach that he had been using in high school. He tried out the book when he was recruited in 2005 to teach 9th graders at LAUSD's CHAMPS Charter School. He retired from teaching in 2006.

On a more serious note: Andy is a published poet (sixty poems in two slim volumes), science fiction author (two books on Amazon), a phenomenal troubadour, and a noted wit, whose finely tuned sense of humor has elicited groans from generations of students, and patronizing grins from jealous friends. His published books can be accessed at: ARPETERSON.com. In 2017 he "completed" (it's actually up to the reader to complete) a non-fiction book entitled Your Way. In 2018, he will complete his third SF novel, Hubris.


  SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  •   1970-1987: author/co-author of a number of papers (about 40?) and chapters on cancer research from the universities of Manchester (England), Wisconsin (Madison), and Southern California (Los Angeles), in technical journals including Cancer Research, Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences (U.S.), and Nature.
  •  1999-2005: author of a couple of papers in The Journal of Chemical Education while working for Los Angeles Unified School District.
  •  2010: A science-fiction novel: The Symbiote, ISBN: 9781453795941
  •  2011: Poetry: Deconstructing the Rock, ISBN 9781463605216
  •  2012: Poetry: Perestroika Poems. ISBN 9781477542675



ART STUCCO AND JOHN PALMER

From very diverse musical backgrounds, Singer-Songwriter Art Stucco and Drummer-Percussionist John Palmer met as neighbors in 1988. Discovering several shared interests and influences, they began gigging and recording together. Stucco brings the Folk-Rock-Pop vibe with his songs while Palmer's Rock, Jazz and indigenous percussion influences set the tone and feel. 



In the studio, Art plays guitar, bass, drums and keyboards and John plays harmonica. Art and John have recorded and recorded with Rockabilly pioneer and legend Ronnie Dawson and The Monkees' Peter Tork. He also performed and recorded with artists James Intveld and Melissa Lee, amongst others. John has toured the world with Dawson, Tork, Intveld and Three Bad Jacks. You can find Art Stucco music on SoundCloud and YouTube. Art Stucco CDs will be available at the show.


VILLAGE POETS NEWS


The Moon Tide Press publisher Eric Morago presented three poets from the anthology he edited recently, The Lullaby of Teeth on March 25, 2018. Pictured from L to R: Maja Trochimczyk, Eric Morago, Charles Harper Webb, Armine  Iknadossian, Bill Cushing and Dorothy Skiles.

The day, March 25, 2018, also marked the first reading from the California Quarterly Vol. 44 no. 1 that Maja Trochimczyk guest edited, inviting some local poets to contribute. 

Kathabela Wilson, Maja Trochimczyk, and Marlene Hitt with their copies of the California Quarterly. A sample of their poems published in the journal is below.


   
THE WISH OF HEDERA

bird I’ve watched
all year 
your move from green to red
is slow

each day I note I tell
and point
yet no one else
can see

ivy bird
hidden high by the roof
of the old wall
your legs grow pink

pink rises
from breast to wing
the wind in loosened tendrils flaps
a beak in silent song

elegant
calligraphy of vine
poised as if lifted wings
were song

aloft
yet tethered still
each trembling leaf lifts as if to lead
the whole to sky

Kath Abela Wilson, Pasadena 


Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

PEACEFUL JOURNEY

Trees wall the river, tall and green
with leaves big as pie tins, and flowers
yellow flowers that float.
The sky dives so deep into the water
that down is brighter than up.
We paddle upstream against morning sun,
swerve to catch blossoms, save them
though they turn brown on the prow.
A current cradles us, passes us beside taro fields
and forest hideaways made of mangoes, papayas.
We rest our oars.
No conflict is here, no news, no story, no poem.
Only peace.

Marlene Hitt, Sunland, California


Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

ARBOR COSMICA

                                          for my children

No fear, no hate, not even a mild dislike*—
we leave our heavy burdens, shards of memories
broken, all too broken, at the bottom of crystal stairs
beneath clouds of white camellias, petals swirling
through air like the snow of forgetfulness

Perfect symmetry of blossoms
points the way — up, up, always up
rainbow crystal stairs, revealed
one by one as we ascend — inwards,
outwards — dancing spirals of our DNA

We get to know this place — these depths,
these heights — for once, for all lifetimes

With each step, pure notes resonate
and expand into clear, spacious chords —
the music of the spheres rings out, wave by wave
expanding from our open hearts

Each chord — harmonious, different —
each melody in this vast symphony
sweetly twines around another, and another
until all are One Song, One Wisdom —
of stem and flower, of leaf and root
in this Cosmic Tree of humanity

Arbor Cosmica —

We have been here
all along without knowing


Maja Trochimczyk


* Cited St. Germain’s Decrees; with references to Crystal Stairs


Maja Trochimczyk was recently interviewed by Vitold Janczys and the interview published in Russian in Lithuania,  this photo from her garden is from the interview. Here's the link for anyone who can read Russian. https://www.delfi.lt/multimedija/u-nas-i-amerikie/u-nas-v-amerike-ceny-tozhe-rastut-no-i-zarplaty-uvelichivayutsya.d?id=77319547




Monday, February 26, 2018

The Lullaby of Teeth Anthology Reading on March 25, 2018

On March 25, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga (10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, park at Elks Lodge half a block away on the other side of Commerce) Village Poets of Sunland Tujunga will present


Four Poets from the Lullaby of Teeth Anthology
Eric Morago, Armine Iknadossian, Charles Harper Webb, and Bill Cushing

The reading will also include two segments of open mike and refreshments (catered by Lydia Grant). The  George Harris hat will be passed around to collect suggested donations for $3 per person for the upkeep of the Bolton Hall Museum, built by George Harris 105 years ago. 



About the Poets

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.

Beirut-born, Southern California-raised Armine Iknadossian is the author of United States of Love & Other Poems (2016). She has been featured most recently in The Altadena Poetry Review, Angels Flight Literary WestEntropy and The Rise Up Review. Her work can also be seen in the Alabama Literary Review, ArbutusPearl, Rhino, Split This Rock and The Nervous Breakdown. Armine has an MFA in Poetry from Antioch and has worked as a teacher, as assistant editor to Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer and Molly Ivins, and most recently as bookstore manager of Beyond Baroque, a beloved, Los Angeles literary institution. Since 2013, Armine has been a Writing Consultant for The Los Angeles Writing Project through CSULA. She was recently chosen by Red Hen Press to be one of their Writers in the Schools. Find out more at armineiknadossian.com.

Charles Harper Webb's latest book, Brain Camp, was published in 2015 by the University of Pittsburgh Press, which will publish his next collection, Sidebend World, in 2018.  A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, a collection of essays on contemporary American poetry, was published by Red Hen Press in 2016.  Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, Webb teaches Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach, and is working on a novel.


Bill Cushing lived in various states, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico before moving to California. Returning to college after serving in the Navy and working on commercial ships, he earned an MFA in writing from Vermont’s Goddard College. He teaches at East Los Angeles and Mt. San Antonio colleges. He’s published in Aethlon, Brownstone Review, Mayo Review, Newtown Literary, Spectrum (as one of the “Top Ten Poets of L.A. in 2017)both volumes of the award-winning anthologies Stories of Music, and West Trade Review. His current project, “Notes and Letters,” combines poetry with music and can be found on Facebook and Youtube.


About the Anthology

The failed body, the failed mother, the failed love, Lullaby of Teeth: An Anthology of Southern California Poets explores the hazards of being human in a world of forest fires, daughters, inaugurations, pests, and social awkwardness. We are asked to “Read between the lines of code” and see as these poets have seen. With realistic language, sharp and vivid imagery, and a variety of forms that reveal their breadth of talent, these 18 Southern California poets have not failed in forging an anthology that readies the world for crisis and epiphany alike. 

 – Danielle Mitchell, author of Makes the Daughter-in-Law Cry and director of The Poetry Lab

With a combination of new and established poets, A Lullaby of Teeth showcases the variety and power of SoCal poetry. The common thread of these poems is their humanity. They tackle real issues of life, and death, with heart, insight, and, often, humor, so that the reader both feels and understands them.  

— G. Murray Thomas, author of Cows on the Freeway and My Kidney Just Arrived.

Photos from the "Eclipse Moon" Haiku Anthology Reading, February 25, 2018

The "Eclipse Moon" anthology was the "feature" at the Bolton Hall reading for February. After the two "featured readers" presented their own recent work (Deborah P Kolodji and William Scott Galasso), we were treated to a real poetry feast. Ms. Kolodji selected haiku from the anthology to create a lovely and thoughtful narrative. It was read by William Galasso, Kimberly Esser, Greg Longenecker, and Deborah P Kolodji. Kathabela Wilson and Rick accompanied the poets on flutes (Rick), tamboura and percussion (Kathabela). The four readers were given bouquets of camellias from Maja Trochimczyk's garden at the end of the reading. Refreshments prepared by Marlene Hitt included finger sandwiches by Lydia Grant. 

Dorothy Skiles commented: "The carefully woven tapestry of haiku delivered on stage by Deborah and Scott and other members of the Southern California Haiku Study Group on 2/25/18, echoed through the hall of the Bolton Hall Museum!" 

Deborah P Kolodji, and William Scott Galasso accompanied by Rick Wilson on flute.

Poets in attendance: Standing L to R: Maja Trochimczyk, Jonathan Vos Post, Joyce Futa, Sharon Hawley, Dorothy Skiles, Mari Werner, Pamela Shea, Marlene Hitt, Mary Torregrosa and Rick Wilson. Seated L to R: , William Galasso, Deborah P Kolodji, Dorothy Skiles, Kimberly Esser, Greg Longenecker and  Kathabela Wilson 

Seated: William Scott Galasso, Deborah P Kolodji, Kimberly Esser, Greg Longenecker 
Standing: Rick Wilson, Maja Trochimczyk, Kathabela Wilson

Deborah P Kolodji and Maja Trochimczyk in blue. Photo by Mary Torregrosa

Joe DeCenzo, photo by Kathabela Wilson

Dorothy Skiles, Photo by Kathabela Wilson