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May 26, 2012

Two paintings by printmaker, writer, storyteller Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin

“Stories so raw, we could not publish them.”

That’s the tag line on the flyer for the Pasadena Writing Project’s 2nd annual public reading titled “Bars, Breasts and Borders—Too Hot to Print?”

Writers from the Memoir Writing Workshop will be reading excerpts, followed by a Q&A and discussion period, and a wine and cheese reception for the artists.

“Too hot to print,” was the message received from a local paper in regard to Estella Gonzalez’s story. In light of that, instructors Carla Sameth and Maria Elena Hernandez will be moderating a discussion on censorship, as well as self-censorship—how does one decide how much to reveal in a memoir?

(L-R): Hilda Boulware, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, Estella Gonzalez, Mary Ann Montanez, and Cecilia Fox at TPWP's 1st Annual Public Reading, 2011

Other writers include published author Lisa Hernandez who is now working on her second book. For her, “fiction clarifies reality.”

Nada Ronning is a new writer working to create a “family history as a personal legacy,” and participant Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin is also a known painter and printmaker.

TPWP Co-Instructor Maria Elena Fernandez

The Pasadena Writing Project was started in 2010 by Sameth and author Jervey Tervalon. The current focus of this non-profit organization is the “ongoing inter-faith/inter-ethnic Memoir Writing Workshop that give seasoned and beginning writers the structure and inspiration to ‘get it on the page.'”

For anyone interested, their next session begins in September, 2012.

The Pasadena Writing Project: 2nd Annual Public Reading
Thursday, May 31st, 7 p.m.; reception, 8 p.m.
The Armory Center for the Arts, community room
145 N. Raymond Ave.; free to the public
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(L-R): Carla Sameth, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin (bottom left), Estella Gonzalez, Gale Cohen, Hilda Boulware, and Mary Ann Montanez (bottom right)



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