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the 3d Annual Poemeleon Summer Reading

On the Roof of the Riverside Art Museum

3425 Mission Inn Avenue

Riverside, CA 92501

Thursday August 7, 2008 During ArtsWalk  

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.




Lavina Blossom received her MFA in Poetry from the University of California, Irvine. Her poems have appeared in The Literary Review, California Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, The Paris Review, and other publications. She is currently working on a novel.


Charlotte Davidson's chapbook, Fresh Zebra, was the winner of the 2006 All Nation's Press chapbook award.


Lucia%20Galloway.jpgLucia Galloway is author of a chapbook collection of poems, Playing Outside (Finishing Line Press, 2005). Her poems are also published or forthcoming in such venues as Columbia Poetry Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, Flyway, Gertrude, Her Mark 2007 and 2009, The Lyric, The MacGuffin, Poetry Midwest, Poemeleon, Prism Review, Spillway, and Thema, among others. Awards include the Robert Haiduke Prize from Bread Loaf School of English; first- and second-place prizes in the Dancing Poetry Contest, Artists Embassy International; Honorable Mention in the MacGuffin National Poet Hunt. In 2006 her work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A resident of Claremont, California, Lucia co-curates the Friends of the Claremont Library Poetry Readings. She holds the MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She teaches writing to young people for Johns Hopkins CTYOnline.


Jeff%20Green.jpgJeff Green has been an editor and a publisher for the past fourteen years, and his poetry has been widely published. He is a co-editor of Epicenter: A Literary Magazine, ( He is co-founder of a small press, Petroglyph Books. Most recently, his poetry has been published in Askew, The Sun Runner, [Com]motion, The Pacific Review, Alimentium: The Journal of Food, Poetic Diversity, and Cynic Magazine. He coordinates various poetry readings in the Inland Empire and desert regions, including for the upcoming Palm Springs Book Festival, and is a supporting member of Riverside Underground Poets Organization. He is the graphic designer for the yearly College of the Desert literary/visual arts magazine, Solstice, and also for the recently-published Palms to Pines Birding and Nature Trail.  He lives in Riverside.


435569-855685-thumbnail.jpgJudy Kronenfeld is the author of a book and two chapbooks of poetry, the most recent being Ghost Nurseries (Finishing Line, 2005); her second full-length collection of poetry won the 2007 Litchfield Review Annual Book Prize in the poetry category and will be published in 2008 by the Litchfield Review Press. Her poems, as well as the occasional short story and personal essay have appeared in numerous print and online journals. Recent and forthcoming poem credits include Pebble Lake Review, Barnwood, The Pedestal, New Verse News, Calyx, Natural Bridge, and The Cimarron Review, as well as a number of anthologies, including Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease, edited by Holly Hughes (forthcoming from Kent State University Press). Three of her prose poems will appear in Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California, edited by Christopher Buckley and Gary Young (forthcoming from Alcatraz Editions). She teaches in the Department of Creative Writing, at the University of California, Riverside.


435569-1589091-thumbnail.jpgSarah Maclay is the author of The White Bride (University of Tampa Press, ’08) and Whore (Tampa Review Prize for Poetry). Her poems, essays and reviews have appeared in The American Poetry Review, FIELD, Ploughshares, The Writers’ Chronicle, Ninth Letter, Swink, The Laurel Review, The Journal, lyric, Hotel Amerika and numerous other spots including Poetry International, where she serves as book review editor, and were selected for The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to the Present (Scribner’s, 2008). She received a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXI. A visiting assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University, she currently lives in Venice, California.


Randolph_MaxtedBorn and raised in Canada, Randolph Maxted has lived in California for almost half his life and is a dual citizen. He has been involved in the literary scenes in Vancouver, British Columbia, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs. He is a poet, playwright, and a member of the neo-beat quartet of poets and musicians, "The Trendy Shitbags." He has twice co-produced the art auction benefit, "Tasty Plateful" for the Desert Pride Community Center. Currently he is the chair of the Arts Committee at the DPCC which produces and curates the art shows at the center. He is an editor for The Intriguist, a grassroots literary journal.



fmcconnel.jpgFrances Ruhlen McConnel's new collection of poems, The Direction of Longing, was published last year by Bellowing Ark Press. A chapbook of haiku and other short poems, white birches, black water, was published in 2006 by the Alaska fine letter press, Bucket of Type Printery. She is presently putting together a collection tentatively called Rising is the Same as Falling. She has lived in Southern California longer than she ever thought possible—over 30 years. But she still misses earlier muses--in the Northwest and in Alaska.


RNOLAN.JPGRuth Nolan holds her M.A. in English/Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. A former wildland firefighter/hotshot crew member for the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, she currently teaches desert literature, poetry, Native American literature, and other courses at College of the Desert, where she is Assistant Professor of English. She also teaches weekend seminars in desert literature and poetry for the Desert Studies Center / California State University, and for UCR Extension. She gives talks/presentations on desert literature and poetry throughout the Coachella Valley and beyond.

A 2004 Vermont Studio Fellowship recipient, she is the author of the poetry collection, Wild Wash Road and is also a fiction writer; her writing focuses primarily on what she calls “the essence of deserts.” She has also published her poetry in Pacific Review and Mosaic. She is the founder/advisor of the COD student-generated literary and visual arts magazine, Solstice.


Carine_TopalCarine Topal, a native New Yorker, writes and teaches in Los Angeles. She participated in the grassroots organization California Poets in the Schools. Since 1982, she has anthologized the poetry of special needs children. She was the Poet-in-Residence for the city of Manhattan Beach and the Poet-in-Education for Manhattan Beach elementary schools. Her work has appeared in Water-Stone, Caliban, The Best of the Prose Poem, Pacific Review, The Louisville Review, and many other journals. In 1994, her first collection of poetry, God As Thief, was published by The Amagansett Press. She was nominated for a Pushcart in 2004, and awarded a residency at Hedgebrook, as well as a fellowship to write in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2005. She is the recipient of several poetry awards including the Robert G. Cohen Prose Poetry Award, with a special edition chapbook, Bed of Want, forthcoming from Black Zinnias Press. Carine conducts poetry workshops in and around Los Angeles.