Upcoming: March 18th, Angela Peñaredondo at the Garcia Center!

Please join us in Downtown San Bernardino to enjoy the poetic music of Angela Peñarendondo, Elisa Grajeda-Urmstron, and Daiana Rodriguez!

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: The San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts
526 W. 11th St. San Bernardino, Ca 92410
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Fee: This event is free but we accept donations. In fact, we strongly encourage them, so that the lights can stay on in the Garcia Center, and so that these readings can continue to be free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be provided.  Writers will have their books for sale at the event-cash is preferred.

This event is made possible with the generosity of The San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts with the support of Poets & Writers, Inc.


Angela Peñaredondo was born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is a Pilipinx/Pin@y poet and artist. Peñaredondo is the author of the book, All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize, Inlandia Institute, 2016 and the chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications, 2016). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, AAWW’s The Margins, Four Way Review, Cream City Review, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. She is a VONA/Voices of our Nations Art fellow as well as a recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, Gluck Program of the Arts Fellowship, Naropa University’s Zora Neal Hurston Award, Squaw Valley Writers Fellowship and Fishtrap Fellowship. She has received scholarships from Tin House, Split This Rock, Dzanc Books International Literary Program and others. She resides in Southern California.



Elisa Suzanne Grajeda-Urmston is a college professor, artist, and road-weary musician whose recent poetry and short stories have appeared in Whistling Fire, Tin Cannon, Xicano Poetry Daily, Badlands, Palabra, PoetrIe, and The Pacific Review.

A Mexican/British, first-generation American daughter of the Borderlands, Ms. Grajeda-Urmston was born in San Bernardino, grew up in San Diego, and now makes her home amidst the coyotes, cottonwoods, and ancient Joshua tree forests on the western edge of the Mojave Desert with her husband Chris, and her dogs. She earned her MFA in creative writing at California State University, San Bernardino. Her poetry inhabits a space between ethnicities and borders, genre and gender, love and loss, glamour and spectacle, drawing from her experiences of thirty years in the music business.



Daiana Rodriguez is an alumna of CSUSB holding baccalaureates degrees in English, Creative Writing and in Psychology. She is currently working to spread the love of creative writing as a SCIPP tutor before she pursues her dream of obtaining an MFA in Poetry. Her work explores the life of the immigrant people that make up the helix of her ancestors and her existence as a woman of color in light skin. She has been published previously by The Pacific Review