Shabda Press to Hold its First Book Launch of "Pasadena Rose Poets Collection 2019"

Published : Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 1:03 AM

Shabda Press Pasadena presents its First Book Launch of “Pasadena Rose Poets Collection 2019″ Reflection. Resistance. Reckoning. Resurrection… edited by Gerda Govine Ituarte with Alfred Haymond, Collection Photographer on Friday, November 15, 2019 – 6:30-8:15 p.m. at Red Hen Press in Pasadena.

“I once more grab the edges of my difference in this dim lit space…silence where words that
should have been said were not…Now I grow in soil you plowed watered planted…Petals
unfolded so gracefully from its bed of thorns…”

The Pasadena Rose Poets are Teresa Mei Chuc, Mel Donalson, Kate Gale, Damian Gonzalez, Hazel Clayton Harrison, Gerda Govine Ituarte, Shahé Mankerian, Toni Mosley, Carla Sameth, and Annette Wong. They authored fifteen poetry books and other works including novels, memoir, non-fiction, essays, and plays. Their poems appeared in numerous publications, i.e., Coiled Serpent, Rattle, Altadena Poetry Review, Journal of Modern Poetry, Proximity, Waxwing, Quarterly West, Mutha Magazine, and Collateral.

Readings took place at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Huntington Gardens, Pasadena Central Library, Altadena Library District, Lit Fest Pasadena, Battery Books, Beyond Baroque, Vroman’s Bookstore, Lit Crawl L.A, Avenue 50 Studio, Claremont Public Library, World Stage, and Disney Concert Hall. The majority read in national and international poetry events. They are also known as “Citizen Poets” who offer a “gift” of poetry during the three-minute comment portion at Pasadena City Council meetings.

Their background includes experience as high school teachers, college professors, lawyer, public and relations, business owners, publishers, writers, editors, screenwriters, filmmakers, playwright, and librettist (opera). The Pasadena Rose Poets were established by Gerda Govine Ituarte June 2016 to add a poetry component to the Our Town public art project funded by the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, along with partner Side Street projects via a National Endowment for the Arts – “Our Town” public art project.

Poetry reading, book purchase and signing infused with refreshments.

Red Hen Press is located at 1540 Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena.

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