Oro Vista St. going into the mountains, winter 2019. Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

The Village Poets Monthly Readings are held on Sundays, at 4:30 p.m., 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.

Due to CV-19 shutdown and restrictions, including the closure of the Bolton Hall, we are now meeting on Zoom, still keeping the same monthly schedule. Alas, without seeing each other in person and without refreshments in a beautiful environment of the Bolton Hall.

Maja Trochimczyk and Cile Borman with Village Poets Anthology, 2020

The calendar of readings of Village Poets in 2022 is as follows:

  • March 28, 2022 -  Celebrating Women's Month with Poet Hedy Habra of Michigan
  • April 9, 2022 - Passing of the Laurels Ceremony for Alice Pero, Sunland Tujunga Poet Laureate in 2020-2024. Dayton Sculpture Garden, Shadow Hills, 1-4 pm. In-person event.
  • April 24, 2022 - Featured Poet Raphael  Block of northern California
  • May 22, 2022 - Featured Poet RG Cantalupo and his new book, Remembrances
  • July 4, 2022 - no reading, poem postcards given away at the Independence Day Parade, with Alice Pero, Poet Laureate
  • October 2, 2022 - TBD.
  • November 13, 2022 - Katerina Canyon, in person reading at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga.
In 2021, Village Poets Monthly Reading included the following Sundays, at 4:30 in the afternoon on Zoom:
                       Recording on YouTube:
  • June 27, 2021 - Round Robin in a Circle, Village Poets without a featured poet

Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga, Photo by Kathabela Wilson

In 2020, we celebrated our 10th anniversary with  We Are Here: Village Poets Anthology, edited by Maja Trochimczyk and Marlene Hitt, and published by Moonrise Press. It includes work by as many featured poets as possible, and presents poetic self-portraits of members of the organizing committee and Poets Laureate of Sunland Tujunga: Marlene Hitt, Katerina Canyon, Joe DeCenzo, Ursula Gibson, Damien Stednitz, Maja Trochimczyk, Dorothy Skiles, Elsa Samkow-Frausto, Pamela Shea and Alice Pero.  John Steven McGroarty, the inspiration for the Poet-Laureate program, California Poet Laureate in 1933-1944 is also represented. With a list of readings, biographies of poets and musicians.

Featured reading by Toti O'Brien, February 24, 2019

In 2020, Village Poets held and will hold Monthly Readings on the following Sundays, at 4:30 in the afternoon:
                 Recording on YouTube:
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                   Recording on YouTube:
  • December 4 - Poetry Program for Ed Novy's Organization, presented by Joe DeCenzo, Ambika Talwar, Pamela Shea and Maja Trochimczyk
                      Recording on YouTube:
  • December 5 – Toti O'Brien Presents "An Alphabet of Birds" on Zoom
                     Recording on YouTube:
In 2019, Village Poets held readings on the following dates:

Tanka Reading by Kathabela Wilson, August 2018

In 2018, Village Poets met once per month, on the following days:
Independence Day 2018, Dorothy Skiles, Pam Shea, Maja Trochimczyk
All readings are held on Sundays, at the Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA 91042, unless otherwise announced.

Krak Poetry Group - Andy Kolo, Maja Trochimczyk, Konrad Wilk, with Mark Achuff
November 25, 2018

In 2017, Village Poets met on the following dates:
Poets at Bolton Hall with features Pete Justus and  Sharon Hawley, 2014

In 2016, Village Poets met at the Bolton Hall Museum (10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042) on the following dates. The Featured Poets were:

Bolton Hall Museum, photo by Maja Trochimczyk

In 2015, Village Poets  met at the Bolton Hall Museum on the following dates:

View of Big Tujunga Valley, from the Angeles National Golf Course
Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

Calendar of Readings 2011-2014

In 2014, the Village Poets Readings featured:
Village Poets at the 2015 Fourth of July Parade in Tujunga

In 2013, Village Poets met on the following Sundays at 4:30 p.m., at Bolton Hall Museum, except for two Saturdays, as noted. The readings presented the following Featured Poets:

In 2012, the Village Poets presented Monthly Readings with the following Featured Poets:

Marlene Hitt, 2013, photo by Maja Trochimczyk

In 2011,  Village Poets presented the following Featured Poets:
Group and Reading by Jessica Wilson and Jason Brain, 2013

 Index of Poets Featured 
at the Bolton Hall  Museum, in 2011-2015
  1. Millicent Borges Accardi, 6/24/2011 
  2. Mark Achuff, classical guitar, November 25, 2018, with WWW Poets and Krak Poetry Group
  3. Sharon Alexander, 6/28/2015
  4. Eliecer Almaguer with Margaret Saine, September 23, 2018
  5. Judy Barrat, 6/26/2016
  6. Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, 3/24/2013
  7. Cile Borman,  with Andrew Kolo, 11/24/2019
  8. Jason Brain, 8/24/2013
  9. Don Kingfisher Campbell, 4/22/2012
  10. Ross Canton, 1/25/2015 (with Teresa Mei Chuc)
  11. Gloriana CaseyRadomir Luza and Gloria Casey, October 28, 2018
  12. Lisa Cheby, 1/22/2017
  13. Jackie Chou, 1/26/2020 with Joyce Futa - Joyce Futa and Jackie Chou
  14. Teresa Mei Chuc, 1/25/2015 (with Ross Canton), and 1/24/2016 with Seven Dhar 
  15. Beverly M. Collins, 7/28/2013, 7/26/2015 and with Ed Rosenthal and Mariko Kitakubo on Zoom, 7/19/2020 Beverly M. Collins, Ed Rosenthal and Mariko Kitakubo
  16. Brendan Constantine, 3/22/2015
  17. Jack Cooper - 8/24/2014 and 11/22/2015
  18. Marsha de La O (Ventura) and Jerry Garcia, 5/22/2016
  19. Joe DeCenzo, in Village Poets Extravaganza, 3/25/2013 and Meditations on Divine Names Book Tour, 7/22/2012
  20. Bill Cushing, poetry, and Chuck Corbisiero, guitar -  A Jazz Collaboration, 7/24/2016; Bill Cushing with 3 poets; Four Poets from "The Lullaby of Teeth, March 25, 2018
  21. Seven Dhar, with Teresa Mei Chuc, 1/24/2016; Dhar,with Abby Diamond, 5/27/2018
  22. Abby Diamond, with Seven Dhar, 5/27/2018
  23. Susan Dobay, with Ed Rosenthal, 11/24/2013, with Cheby cancelled 1/22/2017; with Poets on Site, Susan Dobay, January 28, 2018
  24. Peggy Dobreer and 100 Thousand Poets for Change - 9/28/2014; with
    Mandy Kahn, 3/24/2019
  25. Heather Donavon and Steve McCormick, Songwriters, 8/28/2016
  26. Linda Dove - 10/26/2014 and 9/22/2019 with Judith Terzi
  27. Sandy Fisher, artist; Pamela Shea, poet; 5/26/2019
  28. Mary Fitzpatrick, 4/28/2019
  29. Alex M. Frankel, 6/23/2013 
  30. Elsa S Frausto 1/27/2013, Sunland Park Poems - 3/26/2017; Passing of the Laurels Ceremony - 4/23/2017 
  31. Joyce Futa and Jackie Chou, 1/26/2020
  32.  William Scott Galasso with Debbie Kolodji, February 25, 2018
  33. Eddy M. Gana Jr. and Stephanie Sajor, 2/28/2016
  34. Jerry Garcia with Marsha de la O, 5/22/2016
  35. John Z. Guzlowski, 4/17/2011
  36. Charles Harmon with Mira Mataric, July 22, 2018
  37. Sean Hill, with Apryl Skiles, 10/27/2013
  38. Marlene Hitt, in Village Poets Extravaganza, 3/25/2013 and Meditations on Divine Names Book Tour, 7/22/2012
  39. Marlene Hitt (new book "Clocks and Water Drops"), 5/24/2015; with Lloyd Hitt, Lifetime Achievement Award, 7/28/2019 Lloyd and Marlene Hitt
  40. Lois P. Jones, 11/25/2012, in Spiritual Quartet (with Taoli-Ambika Talwar, Susan Rogers and Maja Trochimczyk), 3/27/2011, Westside Women Writers on 8/23/2015, at the McGroarty Arts Center; with Alice Pero, 4/24/2016
  41. Georgia Jones-Davis, 8/28/2011, and  3/20/2016
  42. Christine Jordan, June 24, 2018
  43. Mandy Kahn and Peggy Dobreer, 3/24/2019
  44. Douglas Kearney and Mandy Kahn, 9/25/2016
  45. Just Kibbe, 1/22/2012
  46. Mina Kirby, 7/28/2013
  47. Mariko Kitakubowith Kathabela Wilson, 3/23/2014; with Bill Cushing, poetry, and Chuck Corbisiero, guitar, 7/24/2016; with Beverly M. Collins and Ed Rosenthal, 7/19/2020, Beverly M. Collins, Ed Rosenthal and Mariko Kitakubo 
  48. Deborah P. Kolodji, 8/26/2012,  Deborah P Kolodji and Naia, 11/27/2016;  Deborah P Kolodji and William Scott Galasso, February 25, 2018
  49. Andrew Kolo (Andrzej Kolodziej) with  Krak Poetry Group , November 25, 2018
  50. Krak Poetry Group , November 25, 2018 (Andrew Kolo, Konrad Wilk, Maja Trochimczyk)
  51. James Levin  with J. Verl Silvester on September 27, 2015
  52. Wayne Allen LeVine with Alexis Rhone Fancher, 3/22/2020 rescheduled to 9/27/2020
  53. Stephen Linsteadt, 10/28/2012, and featured as painter in the Woman in Metaphor book publication party, 1/26/2014
  54.  Elline Lipkin, Altadena Poet Laureate, 8/28/2016
  55. Los Angeles Poet Society, 4/26/2015 at the McGroarty Arts Center
  56.  Suzanne Lummis, Honorary Member, California State Poetry Society 10/27/2019
  57. The Lullaby of Teeth, four poets with Bill Cushing, March 25, 2018
  58. Rick Lupert, 11/20/1011
  59. Radomir Luza, 2/26/2012;Radomir Luza and Gloria Casey, October 28, 2018 
  60. Maria Elena B. Mahler, 1/26/2014, as editor of Woman in Metaphor anthology of poetry inspired by the paintings of Stephen Linsteadt.
  61. Shahe Mankerian  with Shandy & Eva Duo, 10/23/2016  
  62. Mira Mataric and Charles Harmon, July 22, 2018
  63. Gabriel Meyer with Elena Karina Byrne, 1/27/2019
  64. Neil McCarthy, 4/27/2013
  65. Steve McCormick, with Heather Donavon, Songwriters, 8/28/2016
  66. Meditations on Divine Names Book Tour with Maja Trochimczyk, 7/22/2012
  67. Naia, with Deborah P Kolodji, 11/27/2016
  68. Ruth Nolan, 10/23/2011
  69. Toti O'Brien , 2/24/2019
  70. Passing of the Laurels Ceremony at McGroarty Arts Center, Dorothy Skiles becomes the next Poet Laureate, 4/15/2012
  71. Alice Pero, 6/26/2011, with Lois P Jones, 4/24/2016; with Elsa Frausto, Sunland Park Poems - 3/26/2017; with Wang, 8/25/2019   Yun Wang
  72. Andrew Peterson  and  Art Stucco with John Palmer , April 22, 2018
  73. Brenda Petrakos,  5/24/2015
  74. Thelma T. Reyna, 7/26/2015
  75. Cindy Rinne, 5/22/2011, and with Bory Thach, scheduled for 5/24/2020 and postponed to 11/22/2020
  76. Sharon Rizk , 2/26/2012
  77. Susan Rogers, with Spiritual Quartet (Lois P. Jones, Taoli-Ambika Talwar, and Maja Trochimczyk), 3/27/2011 and on 8/23/2015, with Westside Women Writers, McGroarty Arts Center
  78. Luis J. Rodriguez, Los Angeles Poet Laureate  on October 25, 2015
  79. Ed Rosenthal, with Susan Dobay, 11/24/2013, with Beverly M. Collins, and Mariko Kitakubo via Zoom, 7/19/2020
  80. Mary Kay Rummel, 11/23/2014
  81. Sonya Sabanac, 8/23/ 2015 with Westside Women Writers, McGroarty Arts Center
  82. Margaret Saine, presenting Lit Angels, with Eva Zmijewska, guitar, 2/26/2017; presenting her new book, According to Nature, with Eliecer Almaguer, 9/23/2018
  83. Stephanie Sajor, with Eddy M. Gana Jr., 2/28/2016
  84.  J. Verl  Silvester  with James Levin on September 27, 2015
  85.       Dorothy Skiles, Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga, 2/23/2014
  86. Apryl Skies, 10/27/2013
  87. Dorothy Skiles, 9/25/2011, in Meditations on Divine Names, 7/22/2012, and Passing of the Laurels, 4/15/2012
  88. Shandy & Eva Duo, Songwriters, 10/23/2016  
  89. Sharmagne Leland St. John, 9/23/2012
  90.        Pamela Shea, the Ninth Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga,Passing of the Laurels Ceremony 4/23/2017
  91.  .     Rick Smith, 2/23/2020 
  92.   2.  Kathi Stafford, 5/27/2012 and 8/23/2015 with Westside Women Writers 
  93. Julia Stein, 6/22/2014 
  94. Spiritual Quartet (Lois P. Jones, Taoli-Ambika Talwar, Susan Rogers and Maja Trochimczyk), 3/27/2011, and 8/23/2015
  95. Art Stucco with John Palmer musicians; April 22, 2018
  96. Melissa Studdard, 6/23/2019
  97. Taoli Ambika Talwar in Spiritual Quartet (with Lois P. Jones, Susan Rogers and Maja Trochimczyk), 3/27/2011
  98. Bory Thach with Cindy Rinne, scheduled for 5/24/2020, postponed to 11/22/2020
  99. Maja Trochimczyk, in Meditations on Divine Names Book Tour, 7/22/2012, Passing the Laurels, 4/15/2012, the Spiritual Quartet, 3/27/2011 and Westside Women Writers on 8/23/2015 at the McGroarty Arts Center; with  Krak Poetry Group , November 25, 2018
  100.  Judith Terzi, 5/26/2013 and 9/22/2019 with  Linda Dove
  101.  G. Murray Thomas, 6/24/2012
  102. Kathleen Travers, 1/23/2011
  103. Village Poets Extravaganza, with Dorothy Skiles, Marlene Hitt, and Joe DeCenzo, 3/25/2012
  104. Yun Wang and Alice Pero, 8/25/2019
  105. Mari Werner, 2/27/2011
  106.  Westside Women Writers (Millicent Borges Accardi, Lois P. Jones, Susan Rogers, Maja Trochimczyk, and Sonya Sabanac) at the McGroarty Arts Center, 8/23/2015; with Susan Rogers, Sonya Sabanac and Maja Trochimczyk at Bolton Hall Museum, Nov 25, 2018
  107. Konrad Tademar Wilk, with  Krak Poetry Group , November 25, 2018
  108. Jessica Wilson, 8/24/2013 and 4/26/2015 with Los Angeles Poet Society
  109. Kathabela Wilson, with Mariko Kitakubo and Rick Wilson (flutes), 3/23/2014; Kathabela Wilson and the Art of Tanka. 8/26/2018
  110. Mariano Zaro, 2/24/2013
  111. Eva Zmijewska with Shandelica - Eva and Shandy Duo, with Shahe Mankerian,10/23/2016; with Margaret Saine, poet, 2/26/2017
Group after Reading by Cindy Rinne, with her Fiber Art, 2011

Dorothy Skiles and Marlene Hitt at Bolton Hall Museum, 2014

Featured Poets Eliecer Almaguer and Margaret Saine, Spring 2018

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