FOOTHILLS POETRY FESTIVAL
LET'S CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH POETRY IN MYRIAD LANGUAGES
7771 FOOTHILL BLVD. TUJUNGA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CELEBRATE WITH US THE MANY
POETIC LANGUAGES IN OUR COMMUNITIES
FROM POLISH, VIETNAMESE, SPANISH, ARMENIAN, RUSSIAN, SERBIAN INTO ENGLISH
REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE SUNLAND-TUJUNGA PUBLIC LIBRARY. THIS EVENT IS COORDINATED AND HOSTED BY ELSA FRAUSTO, POET LAUREATE OF SUNLAND - TUJUNGA 2014-2016.
Elsa S. Frausto
Elsa S. Frausto is a bilingual poet (Argentina). Her work has appeared in La Porte des Poetes, la-luciérnaga.com, palabrabierta.com, Poets on Site, Chuparosa Poets Anthologies and many other publications. Currently, she is Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga 2014-2016 and is enjoying the readings and meeting people who call the Foothills home. She dedicates this Poetry Festival to everybody who calls poetry their home wherever they may live. Read more: Mapping the Artist Interview.
Reading the dictionary
Future in the i
And the r of reality
My own, yours
All a fiction
Leo el diccionario
Futuro en la i
Y la r de realidad
La mía, la tuya
Todo una ficción
Night is long.
Pen is too heavy.
Paper too white.
Crows caw something
in their unwritten language,
break the length of their life
Mine stop somewhere
between their birth
and their wonder.
La noche es larga.
La pluma tan pesada.
El papel demasiado blanco.
Las ranas croan algo
en su lenguaje no escrito,
rompen el largo de su vida
Las mías paran en algun lugar
entre su nacimiento
y la maravilla.
Gloria Enedina Alvarez (will not present)
Gloria Enedina Alvarez is a Chicana poet/intermedia artist, playwright, librettist, literary translator and curator, presently teaches creative writing and works as a consultant in public schools, universities, libraries, museums, er literary/artistic efforts have been recognized by the CAC, , Cultural Affairs Department, City of L.A., COLA Award, Poets & Writers, Inc., among others. She has published and read widely in the U.S., Latin America and Europe and her plays and librettos for opera, Los Biombos, Cuento de un Soldado/Story of a Soldier, El Niño, have been produced internationally. Her books of poetry in English and Spanish include La Excusa/The Excuse and Emerging en un Mar De Olanes, along with publication in various anthologies and numerous periodicals.
Due to an emergency travel, Gloria Enedina Alvarez will not participate in this event.
Teresa Mei Chuc
Author of two poetry books, Red Thread (Fithian Press, 2012) and Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014), Teresa Mei Chuc was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War while her father remained in a Vietcong "reeducation" camp for nine years. Her poetry appears in journals such as EarthSpeak Magazine, The Good Men Project, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Hypothetical Review, Kyoto Journal, The Prose-Poem Project, The National Poetry Review, Rattle, Verse Daily and in anthologies such as New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press, 2010), With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century (West End Press, 2014), and Mo’ Joe (Beatlick Press, 2014). Teresa’s poetry is forthcoming in the anthology, Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees.
Mira N. Matarić
Mira N. Matarić is an internationally awarded writer, translator and educator, a bilingual author of poetry and prose, with 37 books. She is a world traveler and a builder of cultural bridges, spreading peace through enlightenment.
Shahé Mankerian's most recent manuscript, History of Forgetfulness, has been a finalist at four prestigious competitions: the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the 2103 Bibby First Book Competition, the Quercus Review Press, Fall Poetry Book Award, 2013, and the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Mizna.
A Polish poet writes Japanese poems in English in California, writes poems for her Hungarian friend's art inspired by an Italian opera, writes for her friends in Sunland-Tujunga... Can you be more multi-cultural than that? It used to be called "cosmopolitan" before nationalism changed this word into a slur. Then it became "universal" - or "globalized" - but is first-person poetry ever that? A part of the cosmos? Maybe. The human family? - Yes, as we all are... www.trochimczyk.net; Mapping the Artist Interview
Many thanks for your beautiful poetry and continued support
and participation in helping build a community of poets
right here in the Foothills of Sunland-Tujunga!
We are looking forward to another year of poetry with all of you.
Our next event is on Sunday, January 25, 2015, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA 91042. The featured poets for this event will be Teresa Mei Chuc and Ross Canton.
Warmest Greetings this Holiday Season
and a Happy New Year 2015!
Village Poets Planning Group
Marlene Hitt, Joe DeCenzo, Maja Trochimczyk,
Dorothy Skiles and Elsa Frausto