“Poets & Verse: An Exploration of Life’s Journey”

Mar 8, 2015

600px-TautropfenRose2“Poets & Verse: An Exploration of Life’s Journey” includes nine poets and a flutist on Sunday, March 15th, 4-6 p.m. Part of the proceeds from the event’s sales of books and artwork will benefit the Cancer Support Community Pasadena.

Regular readers of Hometown Pasadena will recognize the name Gerda Govine Ituarte as she has contributed some beautiful poetry to our “Write Here” category for poetry and short works (our favorite is “Mothers Who Carry Their Own Water“).

Gerda Govine Ituarte published her first poetry art book, Oh Where is My Candle Hat? in collaboration with artist Luis Ituarte in English and Spanish, November 2012 with a CD recording in both languages. Her second poetry art book, Alterations|Thread Light Through Eye of Storm will be published March 2015 in English with art work provided by Luis. Her third book, Yes. Now ask the Question is a work-in-progress. (Italicized text by Cindy Rinne; found on event Facebook page)

The event’s poets also include Cindy Rinne, Kathabela Wilson, Susan Rogers, Deborah P. Kolodji, Maja Trochimczyk, Lois P. Jones, Norma Pratt, and Taoli-Ambika Talwar.


“Poets & Verse: An Exploration of Life’s Journey”
Sunday, March 15th, 4-6 p.m.
Louis Jane Design, 93 E. Union St., Pasadena 91103
Free event, but bring $$ to purchase books and artwork!
Partial proceeds benefit Cancer Support Community Pasadena
For more info, visit event Facebook page: Poets & Verse


Where Mind Is Without Fear by Taoli-Ambika Talwar

Where Mind Is Without Fear by Taoli-Ambika Talwar


Sincere thanks to Cindy Rinne for poets’ bios:

Maja Trochimczyk is a Polish-born poet, music historian and photographer. She has published six books on music and three poetry collections. An editor of two anthologies of poetry, “Chopin With Cherries” and “Meditations on Divine Names,” she is the founder of the Moonrise Press and member of Westside Women Writers, Poets on Site, and Village Poets, as well as Communications Director of the Polish American Historical Association.

Poet-artist-filmmaker-educator, Ambika Talwar has a keen interest in diverse creative pursuits. She has authored/ published Creative Resonance: Poetry—Elegant Play, Elegant Change and 4 Stars & 25 Roses. She has also been involved in peace education. She resides in Los Angeles.

Kath Abela Wilson (Kathabela) uses her patient, beautiful 94 year old mother’s Maltese maiden name (Abela) as a centerpiece and inspiration. She created and directs “Poets on Site” and Caltech Red Door Poets, hosting meetings with her husband Rick Wilson at their home and leading performances in museums galleries and gardens since 2007. She leads the online international Tanka Poets on Site, which hosts over 500 members and is secretary of the Tanka Society of America. She writes Mapping the Artist, weekly interviews with poets and artists, and hosts a weekly Poetry Corner for

Susan Rogers considers poetry a tool for exchanging positive energy. She is a practitioner of Sukyo Mahikari— a practice promoting positive lifestyles: Her poetry was part of audio tours for the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. Lois P. Jones’ interview of her on KPFK’s Poets Café is archived at

Deborah P. Kolodji is the moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group and the California Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. She has published over 800 poems both in online and print journals, including a haiku in the upcoming 2015 Nebula Awards Showcase by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Cindy Rinne is an experimental storyteller and record-keeper of many cultures. Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. She is an author with Michael Thomas Cooper of “Speaking Through Sediment.” Her poem, “Mapping” was nominated for the Liakoura Award by Pirene’s Fountain. Cindy is a reader for “Tin Cannon” by PoetrIE. Her work appeared or is forthcoming in Young Ravens Literary Review, Rose Red Review, Eternal Haunted Summer, and others.

Lois P. Jones has work forthcoming in Eyewear and Texas Review Press and has published in Narrative Magazine, American Poetry Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, The Nassau Review, The Warwick Review and other journals in the U.S. and abroad. Lois is a host of “Poet’s Café” (KPFK, Los Angeles 90.7 fm), and co-produces the Moonday poetry reading series at Flintridge Books in La Canada, California with Alice Pero. She is the Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal and a multiple Pushcart nominee.


Lois P. Jones by Ali Al Ameri

Lois P. Jones by Ali Al Ameri




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