7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga CA 91042, tel. (818) 352-4481.
- Marlene Hitt, the first Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga and the author of several chapbooks;
- Joe DeCenzo, past Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga and a Department of Cultural Affairs grant recipient whose published works include The Ballad of Alley and Hawk;
- Dorothy Skiles, the present Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, whose writing has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies;
- and Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, past Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, the founder of Moonrise Press that published three volumes of poetry and two anthologies, and author of over 200 published poems.
The Village Poets will be joined on this occasion by two guest poets: Dr. Mira Mataric, Serbian-American poet and writer, recipient of numerous awards and honors, author of 36 books (and counting), and Elsa S. Frausto, newly selected to serve as the Eight Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga. Elsa's induction ceremony will be on April 27 at 3 p.m. at the McGroarty Arts Center.
MARIKO KITAKUBO AND KATHABELA WILSON AT BOLTON HALL, MARCH 23
One of Mariko Kitakubo's tankas in Japanese with English translation read by Kathabela Wilson, accompanied by Rick Wilson on Japanese flute, and percussion instruments is on You Tube:
The reading took place on Sunday, March 23, 2014 and further pictures and videos will be posted.
THE PASSING OF THE LAURELS CEREMONY, APRIL 27, MCGROARTY ARTS CENTER
The Ceremony, during which Elsa S. Frausto will be crowned with a wreath of laurels and will start her term as the Eight Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, will take place on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga, CA. The program will include readings by Dorothy Skiles, the outgoing Poet Laureate and Elsa S. Frausto, the newly sworn in Poet Laureate, music selections, and recognition of both poets and our community by our elected officials. Reception to follow.
Dorothy Skiles at McGroarty Arts Center