This summer, during Riverside’s Arts Walk downtown, Inlandia is debuting “Literature on the Lawn.” At 7 pm on June 4th, join us for the first in this series, featuring two regional poets: Michelle Aguirre Gonzalez and Ruth Nolan. Join us for an evening of poetry and stories. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and relax and listen.
Michelle has lived in Riverside most of her life. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. She later went on to earn a Master’s in Education and an MFA in creative writing. In 2009 she joined the Inlandia writers group. The following year she self-published her first chapbook of poetry. Since then she has published two more chapbooks of poetry. Michelle also leads the occasional writing workshop at the Art Works Gallery in downtown Riverside. She is currently working on her next collection of poems.
Ruth Nolan, Professor of English & Creative Writing at College of the Desert and former Bureau of Land Management wildland firefighter, is a Mojave-Desert based poet/writer whose writing has appeared recently/is forthcoming in Rattling Wall Issue 4; New Fiction, Los Angeles (Red Hen Press); New California Writing (Heyday Books); KCET Los Angeles/Artbound; Women’s Studies Quarterly; Sierra Club Desert Report; Riverside Press Enterprise-Inlandia Literary Journeys, and Mojave River Review. She writes the Heyday Books blog column, “Desert Word Walk,” and is editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology, No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California's Deserts (Heyday/Inlandia, 2009.) She is winner of the 2015 Mojave River Review/Press short nonfiction chapbook contest for California Drive, forthcoming in 2015, and author of Suicide, Watch: A Mojave Desert Memoir, published in 2015 by UMI Publishing.
Arts Walk is a free community event held on the first Thursday of every month celebrating the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside.
Reading and discussion will be followed by light refreshments and book signing. This event is free and open to the public.
The library is located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside.
For more information, please contact Cati Porter 951 790 2458.
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM