Literary Arts
With Literary Scene in Pasadena Blossoming, Red Hen Press Celebrates and Celebrates

“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom,” wrote the poet Robert Frost. Thus was poet A.E Stallings introduced by poet and writer Dana Gioia at the 23rd annual Red Press Champagne luncheon Sunday afternoon at the Westin, before she read a short selection of her own works to a rapt audience. “A poem is a beat. It’s a dance,” Giaoa continued. “A speech…

Local Authors Want to Inspire Pasadena Public School Students With More Real-Life Stories

Jervey Tervalon (l) and Tom Coston (r) Pasadena non-profit Light Bringer Project is about to launches the fifth issue of its online literary journal created by local authors as a resource for engaging and inspiring…

Pasadena Festival of Women Authors Attracts 500

This year the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors had reason to celebrate as they opened the Pasadena Hilton main ballroom doors to a gathering of over 500 attendees. With the works of all featured writers…

A World of Words: Pasadena’s Red Hen Press Celebrates 22 Years of Literary Light

Noted writers Alan Lightman, Jill Bialosky and former Poet Laureate of the United States Rita Dove held a packed room at the Pasadena Westin silently in their hands on a rare rainy Sunday afternoon, as Red…

“The Sympathizer” is Pasadena’s 2017 One City, One Story Selection

The book selection for Pasadena Public Library’s 2017 One City, One Story community reading celebration is The Sympathizer by author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Now in its 15th year, One City, One Story is designed to…

Thursday, November 30

The Aftermath of Suicide: A Mother’s Grief Memoir, and Discussion of Pathways to Prevention

On Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts a presentation by author Susan Auerbach and clinical psychologist Dr. Nina Gutin. Auerbach’s…

Monday, February 26

High Schools, Nonprofits Team Up for Pasadena LitFest’s Short Science Fiction Writing Competition “Tomorrow Prize”

High school students from schools across Los Angeles County are invited to submit their original short science fiction stories to The Tomorrow Prize now through…

Thursday, March 08

Rise of the Rocket Girls is Pasadena’s 2018 One City, One Story Selection

The book selection for Pasadena Public Library’s 2018 One City, One Story community reading celebration is the New York Times bestselling book Rise of the…

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At PCC, Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez Talks Homelessness and the Uplifting Power of Art

Luis J. Rodriguez (right) at Pasadena City College on May 2, 2016   [Editor's Note: In the original version of this article, Mr. Rodriguez's name was incorrect due to a copy editing error. we sincerely apologize for this mistake.] Luis J. Rodriguez was honored by Pasadena City College Wednesday afternoon in an intimate setting on campus, recognizing both his literary impact and the personal achievements of his journey from being homeless to becoming LA’s Poet Laureate. The event looked at the Rodriguez’s tumultuous and inspiring life story. It presented live readings, a preview of his new documentary, a Q &…

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