PMCA 1234: Free Third Thursday

California in Their Own Words · Program: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Join Red Hen Press and notable African American writers for a reading of contemporary poetry and prose in conjunction with Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California.

Join us afterwards for a reception courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company. Presented with the Playhouse District Association.

This free event is presented as part of our PMCA 1234 monthly programming.


Gerda Govine Ituarte’s collection includes Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW [Editions du Cygne (Swan World, 2016); Alterations|Thread Light Through Eye of Storm  (La Casa del Tuñel Productions, 2015) and Oh, Where is My Candle Hat? (Asterisco Editoria de Poesia, 2012) in English and Spanish. Book four is a work-in-progress.

She began her poetry career in 2010.  In summer 2016, Govine Ituarte, created a four-week lunchtime poetry reading series “Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places,” for the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division,” and established the Pasadena Rose Poets comprised of nine seasoned Pasadena-based poets. In February 2017, she established weekly poetry readings at Pasadena City Council meetings, still in progress. Her poetry has appeared in the Altadena Poetry Review, Change-Links, Coiled Serpent, Dryland Lit, Hometown Pasadena, In Flight Literary Magazine, Journal of Modern Poetry, Ms. Aligned 1 & 2, PoeticDiversity and The New Engagement.

Govine Ituarte graduated from Teachers College Columbia University with an M.A. and Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education Administration and Research.  She earned a B.S. and M.A. in Business Education from New York University and an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate from Pepperdine University, Straus Center, School of Law.  She is the former CEO of G. Govine Consulting and provided workplace diversity and inclusion services as an expert witness, litigation consultant, investigator, trainer/facilitator, writer and public speaker.

Douglas Manuel was born in Anderson, Indiana. He received a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and a MFA from Butler University where he was the Managing Editor of Booth a Journal. He is currently a Middleton and Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. He was a recipient of the Chris McCarthy Scholarship for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and has been the Poetry Editor for Gold Line Press as well as was one of the Managing Editors of Ricochet Editions. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rhino, North American Review, The Chattahoochee Review, New Orleans Review, Crab Creek Review, Many Mountains Moving and elsewhere. His first book, Testify, also is the recipient of the 2018 Gold IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award.

Beverly Lafontaine is a Los Angeles-born poet and playwright. She has enjoyed four productions of her plays in the Los Angeles area and has had her poetry published in various poetry journals and anthologies, including Blue Satellite, Spillway, So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets, and most recently, Beyond the Lyric Moment. Four of her poems will appear in Waves, the forthcoming anthology of women’s voices published by the A Room of Her Own Foundation. As a collaborative artist, she has worked with composer Tom Flaherty to create The Cellist of Sarajevo, a chamber music piece. Additionally, she was commissioned to create six poems that were incorporated into the sculptural work of Walk a Mile in My Shoes, a public art project dedicated to Martin Luther King and sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. As a journalist, she has written for publications as wide-ranging as Essence Magazine, Soul Magazine, and Caesura: the Journal for the San Jose Center for Poetry and Literature.

Banner Image: Grafton Tyler Brown, Grand Canyon and Falls, 1887. Oil on canvas. 30 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art. Photo © John Wilson White Studio