Sean Telles

Sean Telles is a San Gabriel native (born in his home) and has experience in education, television, and non-profit work. He is passionate about the San Gabriel Valley because it is his home and because he has lived and worked in many of its 48 cities.

Growing up he attended elementary and junior high school within the San Gabriel School District at Madison Elementary and Jefferson Jr. High, followed by high school at Rio Hondo Prep High on the El Monte/Arcadia border. For college he stayed in the San Gabriel Valley attending Claremont McKenna College where he studied theater. This was followed by a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. Other San Gabriel Valley related work includes being a past Assistant Editor of the Mid Valley News in El Monte and a past volunteer for the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Santa Fe Springs and for Pio Pico State Park in Whittier.

His favorite artistic places in the San Gabriel Valley are the Huntington Library in San Marino,  the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, and the Vineland Drive-In Theater in El Monte. He also enjoys and encourages all people to visit the following SGV places for further artistic/cultural inspiration:

  • El Monte Historical Museum
  • La Historia Society Museum in El Monte
  • The Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry
  • The Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights
  • The San Gabriel Mission and Mission Playhouse
  • The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia
  • The California Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia
  • 626 Night Market at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia
  • The American Military Museum in Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte
  • Divines Furniture shop in Monterey Park
  • Gallery Nucleus arthouse in Alhambra

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Anabel Bello

Anabel is a proud Mexican-American woman whose family hails from Guerrero, Mexico and now live together in La Puente, CA. As a child and youth, her family laid roots in El Monte, where she was completed her formative years with El Monte City School District and El Monte Union High School District. A graduate from El Monte High School, she was a participant in the Puente project with Rio Hondo Community College where she was guided in her efforts towards eventually transferring and graduating from California State University – Irvine. She is the first of her family to graduate from a four year university, and serves on the Puente Project at Rio Hondo College now to help others like herself reach their goals and dreams.

Anabel’s dedication to serving  youth aspiring to higher education is rooted in her own experience as a naturalized immigrant, Mexican-American woman, and current social services professional. She is an adamant believer in the power of education and access to any all tools for self-enhancement. Artistically, her preferred medium of art is literary arts, where she enjoys many forms of fiction and non-fiction alike. Anabel is also a firm believer in the importance of communities celebrating and maintaining their culture alive in positive and meaningful ways. Anabel’s vision for Nuvein is to have the foundation do more to empower young student artists of all backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances through art scholarships, workshops, and other programs.

The accomplishment that most fills Anabel with pride is that she has been able to work with student volunteers and has served as co-host of large Nuvein events, admittedly a bit nervous but ultimately elated and proud of her performance, most notably at the Dia de Los Muertos in El Monte event.

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Bryan Coreas

Bryan Coreas is a native of La Puente, California and a proud graduate of Bassett High School. While studying at Pomona College, Bryan coordinated various initiatives including Pomona Partners, a program aimed at connecting with 7th and 8th graders to the prospect of college, the arts and current events. Always looking for new challenges, Bryan played the role of both mentor and actor as a part of Theatre for Young Audiences, an ever-growing transformative theatre program for middle and high school students at Fremont Academy.

After graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics, Bryan returned to Pomona College as the inaugural Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Education Outreach at the Draper Center, coordinating the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success. His passion for education and art stems from his goal to see communities become proud of their heritage, especially in the local youth. His facilitation skills help to build relationships with the community by empowering its members to engage in dialogue that promotes educational and artistic achievement.

In his spare time, Bryan enjoys practicing his culinary skills and implementing daily exercise alongside his dog, all while capturing his adventures and the local landscape with his camera.

Since 2014, Bryan has proudly served Nuvein as the Executive Board Secretary and as Director of Educational Outreach.

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Christopher Luke Trevilla

Christopher is a 30 something arts advocate, poet, writer, actor, singer, and performer who was raised in the Southeast Los Angeles communities of Maywood and Bell who now resides in La Puente. Christopher is also a social worker for the developmentally disabled and their families throughout the San Gabriel Valley. His passion to promote the emergence and enhancement of the whole person through inclusion, education, arts, culture, and community involvement is rooted in his own personal experience and process as a multidisciplinary artist and organizer of Mexican-American descent. Among Christopher’s affiliations and associations have been the Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse, Emerging Urban Poets, SGV Poetry Festival, Nuvein 3LP, Coffee House Writers, ZZyZx WriterZ, SGV Literary Festival, and other community arts causes.
Christopher identifies himself as a Mexican-American poet(a) . His short stories and poetry have been published by Candalyse Press, Uno Kudo Magazine, Being Latino Online Magazines, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, and other online and print publications.  Previously, his works were hosted on Myspace through his blog series “Life Via the Muses” under the nom de plume “C•£•T”.  He has also performed in a variety of Shakespearean productions across California. Christopher was also co-founder of the chicano rock group ‘La Recalentada’ along with fellow Nuvein director Timo Curtiss.

Among his artistic influences are Edgar Allan Poe, Aesop, Yolanda ‘Tongolele’ Montes, Robert Rodriguez, Jack White, Dita Von Teese, Kenneth Branagh, Frida Kahlo, Luis Miguel, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Eugenio Derbez, Betty Page, Marc Bolan, Michael Jackson, Tin Tan, John Alberto Leguizamo, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Elvis Presley, Robert Frost, Frank Sinatra, Pablo Neruda, Jim Morrison, Walt Whitman, Rocio Durcal, and many others. Pre-eminent among his influences in dance, theatre, and literary stylings is the astutely accessible and succinct observations and quips of Mario Moreno Cantinflas and comedic stylings of Roberto Gómez Bolaños “Chespirito”.

As a poet(a), Christopher’s writing emphasizes the sacred and the profane, the common mundane aspects of every day and forces it into psychosocialsexual symbiosis with the hidden revered mystical and misunderstood aspects of our existence with a few accentos and references to history, mythology, religion, and philosophy thrown in for a deeper and more meaningful utterance he calls “magiapoesia”. Currently, he is at work compiling his first anthology of this style of poetry.

Christopher has always been a big advocate of community change through active service, earned leadership, and continuous learning. This was a large part of him being recruited into the Nuvein Foundation by Enrique Diaz, founder of the organization, in 2010. Following Enrique’s passing, he ensured the continuance of the projects and efforts of the foundation, culminating in being elected President of the foundation, a role he served in from 2012 to 2015. Currently, Christopher serves alongside his fellow directors in guiding the messaging and outreach of the organization as head of Communications and Development.
Christopher’s vision for the Nuvein Foundation is that of serving to connect under served communities to experiences of arts and culture that they would not otherwise have access to as a result of an ongoing culture of austerity, isolation, skepticism, and division. The accomplishment he is most happy with is having helped Nuvein through its transition following the loss of its visionary founder, and his friend, Enrique Diaz. The fact the Nuvein continues its efforts is an accomplishment that fills his life with meaning. Christopher proudly serves, guides, partners, promotes, and assists many community arts organizations and collectives in order to promote arts and culture across many Southern California communities.
Photo credit – James Plascencia
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BALN PAR, CA (Summer 2014) ­ he Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts in partnership with the City of Baldwin Park and the Baldwin Park Arts and Recreation  Center (Baldwin Park ARC) are  proud to offer its annual celebration of Comic Book Pop Culture at the San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Expo  (SGV Comic Book Expo) this June at  the Baldwin Park ARC

This free event will feature local comic book creators, informational panels, childrens art  workshops, animation screenings, story telling, food trucks, face painting and more A full  day of programming and comic book fun for the entire family

In addition, the Baldwin Park ARC will house as their Summer Art Exhibit a Comic nspired  show that will run from June 1th to August 2nd featuring the works of local students, as well  as that of professional and emerging artists all around Los Angeles and the San Gabriel  Valley he art exhibit will be coordinated and curated by Susie Molina, a local established  multi­disciplined artist in cooperation with Baldwin Park City staff and management

For details on how to participate in the Comic Book Art Exhibit this summer please visit the  City of Baldwin Park website at http//wwwbaldwinparkcom/

For additional details on this event, please follow the event via social media at  (wwwfacebook/sgvcomicbookexpo) or the Nuvein Foundation via their website at  (wwwnuveinorg) All programming is taking place at the City of Baldwin Park ARC located at 14403­B East  Pacific Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 9170

EVENT INFORMATION: SGV Comic Book Expo Event Saturday, June 28th, 2014 (11am­5pm) SGV Comic Art Exhibit Monday, June 1th, 2014 ­ Saturday, August 2nd, 2013 Friday, June 20th, 2014 (Opening Reception, 5pm­8pm) ARC Hours of Operation Mon-T­hurs 4pm-­8pm, Sat 10am-­2pm


Possible partnership with Nuvein and the Vela Volunteer of East Los Angeles organization for their upcoming Valinda Farmers Market

We at the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts are proud to explore a possible partnership with the Vela Volunteer of East Los Angelesorganization for their upcoming Valinda Farmers Market this coming April! If you have not liked the farmer’s market page, well go right ahead amigo/as!

If all goes as planned, our Executive Board member and Arts Program Chair, Timo Curtiss, will be joined by advisory members Lisa Ruiz, curator of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District student art show, as well as by El Monte resident artist, educator, and director at La Historia Historical Society Museum Dolores Gonzalez Haro to create a community mural art piece entitled ‘El Mercado’ for the Farmers Market employing the talents of local student artists.

Organic forums for creativity, healthy living, and interaction are what build community. We at Nuvein are committed to cultivating just that.

Nuvein, connecting the communities of The San Gabriel Valley TO and THROUGH the Arts!

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Success of 3LP

In 2010 the 3LP project began as an idea from then Board Member, Christopher Trevilla. He was asked by Enrique Diaz what he wanted to contribute to Nuvein. Basically, 3LP is offshoot of both Events/Education committees specifically for literacy and literary expression.


As a means to an end he began to:
1) Network and reach out to all the writer groups and their leaders across the SGV (How Nuvein met now board member Kimberly Cobian)
    a) Formed a SGV Literary Arts Council in 2012 (quarterly gathering of groups, now on hold)
2) Reach out to organizations already doing this work (Maps 4 College, L.E.A.R.N., etc.)
3) Reestablish the relationship between us at the LA County Library
    a) This lead to the Nuvein Poetry Group that was formed at El Monte Library which later became ‘Noches Bohemias’ at La Historia Society Museum
    b) This lead to the creation of the Peer Poet Program series.(Norwood and Montebello Libraries)
    c) This lead to the Summer/Fall Poetry Showcase Series at South El Monte Library
4) Ended up organizing the Arcadia Poetry event from 2012 and on (following Enrique’s passing)


While not all the goals were met, it was worthwhile to see what we accomplished:
  • Induction of Kimberly Cobian into Nuvein
  • Young Artist Expo  (CCF grant event)
  • Peer Poet Program Series
  • Support and participation in the SGV Literature Festival (SGV LitFest is its own 501c3 which was helped/guided by us)
  • Support and participation in the SGV Poetry Festival (SGV Poetry Fest is organized by the Pasadena Saturday Afternoon Poetry/Emerging Urban Poet Group)
  • Nuvein sponsorship of PoetryPalooza 2012/2013 (ZZyZx WriterZ) to help the yearly event  become sustainable and allow the ZZyZx WriterZ to publish their first Anthology – A Three Hour Tour. See a video from their reading.


3LP – Literature and the Arts Literature, Literacy, and Letters Project

The 3LP project is not currently a focus of Nuvein, but through years of focus many positive outcomes were met by pursuing these goals. 

Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts Literature, Literacy, and Letters Project (3LP)


“The poor and the affluent are not communicating because they do not have the same words. When we talk of the millions who are culturally deprived, we refer not to those who do not have access to good libraries and bookstores, or to museums and centers for the performing arts, but those deprived of the words with which everything else is built, the words that open doors. Children without words are licked before they start. The legion of the young wordless in urban and rural slums, eight to ten years old, do not know the meaning of hundreds of words which most middle-class people assume to be familiar to much younger children. Most of them have never seen their parents read a book or a magazine, or heard words used in other than rudimentary ways related to physical needs and functions. Thus is cultural fallout caused, the vicious circle of ignorance and poverty reinforced and perpetuated. Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.” —  Peter S. Jennison


To help foster a genuine rebirth of reading, writing, and artistic expression through the creation of support networks to help children, youth, and adult alike in learning how to read, how to access books through the public library system while partnering with literacy groups and local schools; working with them on how to express themselves through various writing forms (poetry, prose, press, and playwriting, etc.) through hosting writer workshops for each genre while partnering with local educators and schools, press and media publications and writers, freelance writers and press, and local writers published, online, or aspiring in promotion of their respective art forms. Nuvein is a flagship and beacon of opportunity for the development and fostering of widespread literacy, nurturing and supporting through print or by exposing/featuring undiscovered writers and talent through its own publishing efforts, and collaboration with established media resources


Address each area by establishing a task force to work towards attainable working goals.


  • Partnership with local libraries, local schools, literacy groups, educators, non-profits, as well as philanthropic corporate businesses essential to develop a network for support for school age children and young adults, as well as adults and seniors, to continue and foster the habit of reading (poetry, prose, plays, press) in the local community, SGV, and beyond.
  • Hosting a SGV Children’s Book Fair (Cohesion of SGV Libraries, Schools, Publishers & Distributors)
  • Nuvein co-sponsored SGV Public Library Events (Featured Writer’s night, etc.)
  • Partnership with San Gabriel Valley existing Book Festivals (Jewish Federation of the Greater SGV, Independent Book Festival – Covina)
  • Relaunch of SGV Arts and Literature Festival (new format)


  • By partnering with local libraries, local schools, literacy groups, educators, non-profits, as well as philanthropic corporate businesses the essential task of helping reduce illiteracy can be attained by providing supports for children, adult, and seniors alike in developing and nurturing the habit of reading books, important correspondence, magazines, newspapers, etc.
  • Nuvein co-sponsored SGV Public Library Events (How to access a library – TOUR, Reading with Mom and Dad, Read along(s), etc.)
  • Partnership with Literacy agencies, like minded private business and Schools
  • Nuvein – SGV schools needy children/students Book drives
  • Nuvein- Letter and Mail Clinic (partnership with a paralegal firm(s) to help illiterate, seniors, and underprivileged to understand their mails such as summons, creditor(s), bank, bills, etc.)


  • By seeking out the many undiscovered writers, poets, playwrights, journalists, and other print media artists, and by providing them an environment of support, along with collaboration with local Community Colleges, public/private schools or colleges, the private sector and other non-profits, Nuvein becoming a flagship for the development of writing in all formats.
  • Nuvein collaboration with Colleges/Universities for Journalism Workshops and Courses (DBD, Mt. SAC, Rio Hondo, University of the West, Whittier College, Everest College, Azusa Pacific, Pasadena CC, etc.)
  • Nuvein scholarships for aspiring writers of all media (partnership with local Community/Private Colleges/Universities and non-profits)
  • Relaunch Nuvein Magazine online and create journalism subgroup (online publishing book reviews, editorial/op-ed pieces, etc.)
  • Nuvein collaboration with playhouses and writers of theatre in securing publication and press creation of Nuvein Drama and Playhouse (eventually)

Partnership  with the Nuvein Editorial Board to oversee Nuvein Publications

Creation of Nuvein Poetry Group and Writer’s Group

Back-to-Back Greatness in April: “SGV Poetry in Motion: A Teen & Youth Poetry Competition & Showcase” & “PEER POET PROGRAM: Show, Tell, Reveal”

Coming soon to a library near you.

There are two wonderful Nuvein collaboration events happening very soon. One on April 18th and the  other on April 19th (details below). Please come join us at the Arcadia Library or the Montebello Library to engage or support.

Taken together or individually, these events represent Nuvein’s mission to connect the communities of The San Gabriel Valley TO and THROUGH the Arts!

SGV Poetry in Motion: A Teen & Youth Poetry Competition & Showcase

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Arcadia Public Library

PEER POET PROGRAM: Show, Tell, Reveal

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 3pm-4:30pm, Montebello Regional Library Branch of the LA County Library



SGV Poetry in Motion: A Teen & Youth Poetry Competition & Showcase

Within the Arcadia Library – Cay Mortenson Auditorium…

The Nuvein Foundation will partner with the Arcadia Library to host a Poetry Competition and Showcase for students (grades 6-12) that will be hosted by Kimberly Cobian and a special guest young poet host. Students in the competition portion of the event will be judged by a poet’s panel (this year the ZZyZx WriterZ Group) and awards will be given in various categories. Students in the Showcase (Open Mic) portion will be eligible for a single prize for overall performance and delivery.

Musical Performance by Dead Letter Office

Interested students should contact librarian, Petra Morris ( or the Children’s Desk at the Arcadia Library for details

This event participates as part of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival (

Poetry submissions are due April 11th.

Also see ZZyZx WriterZ.


PEER POET PROGRAM: Show, Tell, Reveal

April 19th, 2014 – PEER POET PROGRAM: Show, Tell, Reveal
Montebello Regional Library Branch of the LA County Library

The Nuvein Foundation will offer a free community poetry program for students (grades 8-12) on poetry techniques that will also include peer exercises that will partner students to poets from across Literary Los Angeles. Chris Trevilla, president of the Foundation and published poet, will be leading this interactive workshop.

Guest poet Mentors:

Toti O’Brien, Gary Imperial, and maybe YOU!

For information on participating as a guest mentor, please email Chris Trevilla at

For additional details, contact Beth Krupsaw ( at the Montebello Library.This event participates as part of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival (

Poetry Comp

Event offers a little more art in Old Town La Puente

Event offers a little more art in Old Town La Puente

By Claudia S. Palma, Staff Writer


There was “a little more art” infused into Old Town La Puente last Saturday, Feb. 18.

The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts of the San Gabriel Valley kicked off the first of a quarterly art walk series, “Un Poquito Mas Arte!,” meaning a little more art.

“(The foundation) is trying to reach out to small communities to showcase community art and talent,” said Christopher Trevilla, acting foundation president.

The event works to unite local artists, educators, businesses and community members to showcase artworks at various establishments across Old Town La Puente.

The event featured a poetry/music open mic, art gallery displays at various businesses along Main street, a vinyl record hop and scrapbooking event.

The series kicked off with the poetry readings and live music during the open mic at the La Puente branch of the L.A. County library.

“We create opportunities for the community. We want to educate, encourage and showcase art,” said Trevilla.

He hopes more community members, including businesses and artists, will take part in future art walks, growing the event and hopefully including booths throughout the Old Town area.

Poets Kimberly Cobian and Mary Torregrossa led the open mic in the library where artwork from children at the East Valley Boys and Girls Club was also on display.

“We hope to wake up Old Town La Puente culturally and artistically,” said Cobian.

Art in various mediums from ceramics to papier mache, were on display at the Cafe Coco Na Dr , ARte cabalTURO Studio, Main Line CG and Twin Palms Recovery Center.

The Vinyl Saurs Record Store let patrons bring their own favorite vinyl record to play in the store or listen to in a private station.

The Scrapbook Cafe led a Crop and Shop scrapbook workshop where patrons were able to bring in their own items to scrapbook together.

At Coco Na Dr , owner and La Puente native Jason Armstrong is happy to showcase artists in his coffee house and was more than willing to take part in the art walk.

“I think it’s something we needed in this town. It’s pretty quiet here,” he said. “I would like to see it continue. It’s good for business.”

The owner welcomes all kinds of artists from novice to professionals.

During the art walk, the cafe featured a professional artist, Jarrett Camp, who focuses in stipple art. Stippling is the art of creating outlines or a picture using single dots.

“It’s smart business to allow artists to come in and showcase their art,” said Camp. “I would like to see what (artists) will bring in from La Puente.”

The artist enjoyed talking about his work to patrons who entered the cafe. He said each of his works has a great story behind it.

“You want to have a good story and then you add eye candy,” he said.

The art walk will be held every three months with the next one set for the third Saturday in May.

“(The art walk) is great,” Councilman Dan Holloway said. “It’s important to encourage the arts in the community.”

For more information on the series, visit the event facebook page at For more on the businesses and artists, visit; Main Line Custom Graphics, Silk Screening, and Tattoos (Gallery owned by Joe Ortega) at; Coco Na Dr Cafe (Gallery owned and operated by the Armstrong Family) at; and Jarrett Camp at

626-962-8811, ext. 2110