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.


2013: A Nuvein Retrospective (Part I of II)


2013 was a year of discovery.

The year brought significant transitions and upward mobility for the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts (Nuvein).  The year brought with it changes, expansion, and challenges that in the end, have served to strengthen Nuvein’s overall presence, impact, and profile among so many exciting developments in the San Gabriel Valley region of Southern California.

The year began with the continued support and accommodation of Nuvein meetings by the generosity of the staff and leadership of Longo Toyota at the Penske College campus.

Penske College (courtesy of

The Penske College campus allows local non-profits and community causes to request meeting space usage and other resources to advance their charitable causes that impact and benefit El Monte and surrounding communities.  For additional information on how to connect with Longo Toyota as pertains to Penske College, see details here.



“Nuvein” (artwork by Jim Lujan)

January 2013 had Nuvein’s 2012-2013 Nomination Season in full swing. (We are currently in our 2013-2014 Nomination Season.) As Nuvein board members and the artistic and cultural leadership community of the San Gabriel Valley sought to connect to one another, statements of interest as well as invitations were made to solidify the organization for what promised to be a year of significance.

2013 Nuvein Board (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

In the end, Nuvein’s board of 7 active members grew to 12 with the addition of 5 new members from the communities of La Puente, Covina, Whittier, and Pico Rivera. New members included artisan vendors sisters, a community organizing couple, and a tech savvy poet. All of which proved to be indispensable to the organization in the months ahead.



SGV LitFest logo (courtesy of

February 2013 had Nuvein begin its participation in a variety of artistic and cultural events yearlong. Nuvein was invited to participate in the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival (SGV LitFest). The SGV LitFest was a weekend long event, February 15-17 of 2013,  that showcased literary luminaries from across the globe, the US, and featured many local Southern California writers and poets at the West Covina Civic Center, the West Covina Branch of the Los Angeles County Library, and City Hall.


2013 SGV Litfest Map (courtesy of

The inaugural literary arts event was organized by local published authors, poets, small press publishers, and literary arts collegiate educators. Nuvein was well represented at the event by its board members and community partners. During the course of the weekend, board members Petra Nieto and Estella Neyer vended their one of a kind artisan crafts, board member Kimberly Cobian and fellow ZZyZx WriterZ offered their Anthology “A Three Hour Tour”, board member Javier Hernandez, artist and comic book creator,  offered the vast catalogue of his Los Comex created works, while board member, Chris Trevilla, offered up his chapbook preview of his upcoming Chicano poetry collection to be entitled “Cantos a la Luna Burlona de sus Lobos Bohemios”. Also invited to participate at the Nuvein Booth was Sal Gomez, online radio host and programming coordinator of the Soul Pilot Radio Experience show on Mid Valley Radio as well as to represent Mid Valley News, a longtime Nuvein partner and sponsor.

Left to Right – Kimberly Cobian, Christopher Trevilla, and Sal Gomez at SGV Litfest. (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

Additionally, Nuvein President, Chris Trevilla, was among a group of Los Angeles writers/poets/organizers invited to showcase the vitality of LA Letters that included Don Kingfisher Campbell poet/educator/organizer of the SGV Poetry Festival and the Emerging Urban Poetry/Saturday Afternoon Poetry group from Pasadena, Mike the Poet Sonksen poet/organizer and contributor at KCET Departures – LA Letters, and Chiwan Choi poet/editor/author at Writ Large Press and organizing partner of the Grand Park Downtown Book Festival. Other literary luminaries featured were Suzanne Lummis, Tony Barnstone, Sunny Frazier, erald Locklin, Charles Harper Webb, Christopher Buckley, Laurel Ann Bogen, LA’s newly named poet laureate Eloise Klein Healy, and many others.

Cornucopia of Poetry/Prose at the SGV LitFest (photo courtesy of Washing Machine Press)

The event garnered high praise for uniting several prominent literary figures at a family friendly event that tallied over a thousand guests from beginning to end.  The event featured literary artists, small press and independent publishers, artisan vendors, food trucks, and musical performances.

Two months In, Nuvein already found itself full steam ahead for the next few hectic and rewarding months.



LP Artwalk logo (designed by Heyzen Contreras)

March 2013 kept Nuvein busy with the return of the successful quarterly arts and culture showcase known as the Un Poquito Mas Arte: Old Town La Puente Artwalk.  This marked the second year of this event in the City of La Puente‘s historic Old Town district. The artwalk began in February of 2012 as a coalition formed by Nuvein of local artists, educators, business owners, civic leadership, partner non-profit organizations, and community members created a space for arts and culture to be showcased and offered up to the La Puente Community.

Photograph of Star Theatre iconic “Star Light Tower”, taken by Sal Gomez.

The March 2013  edition of the La Puente Artwalk featured 10 artistic and creative spaces including an artisan vendors bazaar, scrapbook workshops, poetry and live performance open mic, and 7 galleries featuring the arts in all its forms. Curators and producers of this even included Chris Penalber of Cakeshop Oddities, Heyzen Contreras, Sal Gomez, Kimberly Cobian, Ricardo Ocampo, Lauren Carboney, and others.

Inside the Blood Lust art show at the RiT Gallery (photo courtesy of La Puente Artwalk)

Nuvein maintained a physical presence at the La Puente artwalk by organizing the vendor’s bazaar at the La Puente Arcade lot, and facilitating communication between civic leadership, business, artists, and the local community.

Poet’s Corner with Curator Kimberly Cobian (photo courtesy of Heyzen Contreras)

Overall, the event was a great success, as over 500 guests participated in the initial 2013 edition of the artwalk series from across Southern California and the local comnunity. The La Puente Artwalk, now officially over a year old, had firmly taken root and established itself as a community driven, artist built, and city supported arts showcase.

El Monte-Rosemead Adult School ESL students create family tree project displays. (photo courtesy of Mary Torregrossa)

El Monte-Rosemead Adult School ESL students create family tree project displays. (photo courtesy of Mary Torregrossa)

March also presented Nuvein with the opportunity to showcase local artistry and encourage cultural identification through supporting a small grant proposal towards the purchasing of arts supplies. The proposal was to support a family tree project proposed by El Monte/Rosemead Adult School educator and activist, Mary Torregrossa of Baldwin Park. The small grant was approved. The project moved forward, led by educator Torregrossa, which helped each student create a visual statement of their identity, heritage, and history.  Ultimately, the Adult ESL students of El Monte/Rosemead Adult School were able and successful participants at the District Open House at Wilkerson School that month.

March provided Nuvein the opportunities to educate, encourage, and showcase the arts and creativity in all its forms.




SGV Poetry in Motion (designed by Javier Hernandez)

April brought Nuvein into National Poetry Month 2013. Poetry has always occupied an important part in the history and development of Nuvein. The founder and president emeritus of Nuvein, the recently departed Enrique Diaz, was not only a published author and poet, but also helped incorporate the foundation following the success of Nuvein Magazine, a literary and media publication.  The current president of Nuvein, Chris Trevilla, himself a poet, met Enrique and the members of Nuvein at the Arts and Literature Festival at the Lakes in West Covina in 2009. Thus, rooted in mutual love for the written/spoken word and creative expression, Nuvein was more than capable of diving into National Poetry Month once again in 2013.

CLT spits Poetry at the Lakes (art by Raul Aguirre Jr.)


April 2013 brought about the 5th edition of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, a month long celebration of poetry and spoken word through a series of special performance showcases, workshops, and public events that featured several of the region’s writing groups, as well bringing together many of the emerging and established poets of the area.  The festival’s events spanned all across the San Gabriel Valley and were all highly successful and a strong testament to the vitality of Poetry.

2013 SGV Poetry Festival logo (courtesy of


One of the SGV Poetry Festival’s events was the 4th Annual SGV Poetry in Motion, a teen and youth poetry competition and open mic showcase held at the Arcadia Public Library. A joint venture of the Library and Nuvein, the event hosted over 30 participants in the competition and open mic showcase portions.

From left to right: Apryl Skies, Xochitl Julissa-Bermejo, Don Campbell, Angela Moore, RIck Stepp-Bolling, and Gary Imperial (photo courtesy of Nuvein )

The event also served to connect the youth to the several poets and poetry group/small press organizers and publishers that served as judges for the event. Among the judges were poets Apryl Skies of Edgar & Lenore Publishing, Xochitl Julissa-Bermejo host of the HITCHED reading series at Beyond Baroque, Don Kingfisher Campbell of the SGV Poetry Festival, Angela Moore of Moms Write SGV, Rick Stepp-Bolling of the Coffee House Writers, and Gary Imperial of the Whittier Poetry Group.

Youth spectators and participants at SGV Poetry in Motion event. (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

All in all, a very successful event that celebrated the creative writing and spirit of middle school and high school aged youth in Arcadia and surrounding communities. The event enjoyed the attendance of over 50 youth and local community members.

DAC logo (courtesy of

As part of National Poetry Month, Nuvein was invited to participate in the inaugural edition of State of the Art. a public arts and arts resource fair, organized by the Downey Arts Coalition (DAC) and hosted by the Downey Moravian Church. The event hosted over 20 different artists and artist organizations from across the area and neighboring communities.

State of the Art event at the Downey Moravian Church (photo courtesy of the DAC)

Among the participants were the Last Minute Arts Collective, SGV Literature Festival, the Downey Museum of Art, Stay Gallery, and others.  Guests and participants were given a directory of arts groups and resources supplied by the DAC. The highly successful event brought to a close an artistically and culturally rich month full of celebrations and events that Nuvein was privileged to participate in. The event in fact, was the brain child of artist/poet/healer Roy Anthony Shabla of the Downey Arts Coalition and curator of the Green Salon, one of many arts programs offered by the DAC.

Nuvein at the State of the Art event organized by the Downey Arts Coalition (photo courtesy of Nuvein)


May 2013 brought greater participation and partnership for Nuvein with other San Gabriel Valley communities. This time with the community of South Pasadena, CA. The South Pasadena Arts Council or SPARC and the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce both invited Nuvein to coordinate a poetry and spoken word event as part of the Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk. As a result, Nuvein coordinated an event titled Vision and Voices of the Valley II: The Cultural Landscape of LA Poetry. The event unfolded against the backdrop of the beautiful Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.

Main entrance to Fremont Centre Theatre (photo courtesy of

The event was hosted by the dynamic and talented Mike the Poet Sonksen and featured female  poets representative of the diverse poetic communities across Los Angeles County. Poets featured included Traci  Akemi Kato-Kiriyama, Blazhia Parker, Kimberly Cobian, and Jessica Wilson. Among poets participating in the open mic were Don Campbell, Chris Trevilla. Lee Boek, Karineh Mahdessian, Charles Davis, and others.

Mike the Poet Sonksen hosts the Vision & Voices of the Valley program at the SoPas Eclectic Music Festival & Artwalk SPARC stage (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

The successful showcasing of poetry and spoken word as part of the SPARC Stage lineup of performances at the Fremont Centre Theatre was a welcome addition to a day full of inspiring and memorable moments. The yearly event gathers crowds in the thousands who come to enjoy a one of a kind experience full of art in all its forms, a perfect environment for a dynamic partnership between Nuvein and SPARC to flourish and work together to showcase the literary world of art in a unique experience.

The band ‘Torches’ perform at the Emerging Artist Stage at the Eclectic Music Festival & Artwalk (photo courtesy of South Pasadena Chamber)

Not even halfway through the year, 2013 brought Nuvein from El Monte to West Covina, La Puente, Arcadia, Downey, and South Pasadena. If this part of the year was any indication of what lay ahead, Nuvein was in for an exhilarating remainder of 2013.



To be continued in 2013: A Nuvein Retrospective (Part II)

Nuvein partners with Arts for LA to have local SGV school board candidates weigh in on Arts Education

Candidate Surveys Social

As part of the Nuvein Foundation’s mission and core values of EDUCATE ENCOURAGE SHOWCASE, the foundation has partnered with Arts for LA for the purpose of having local school board candidates at local San Gabriel Valley community elections share their views on arts education ahead of the upcoming November Election Day.

To this end, Nuvein issues an open invitation to the candidates of the following school districts to participate in the Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Survey:

Bassett USD

Hacienda-La Puente USD

San Gabriel USD

Mountain View ESD

Valle Lindo ESD

Rowland USD

The community at large in the SGV cities of El Monte, South El Monte, Bassett, City of Industry, Valinda, La Puente, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Temple City, and West Covina are encouraged to share this invitation to participate with their local candidate.

Download Nuvein’s invitation to participate here:   2013-CandidateSurvey-NuveinLetter



The SGV Arts Directory

Nuvein dedicates itself to ‘voices rarely heard in a world increasingly devoid of diversity’. – Enrique Diaz

The San Gabriel Valley communities of Southern California are a shining example of diverse cultures and societies thriving side by side, where an ongoing process of cultural, ideological, and societal exchange is constant at every level from the evolving collegiate haunts of Claremont, Azusa, Pasadena, and Walnut to the changing demographics of assemblies and local governments such as those of Alhambra, Rosemead, El Monte, Baldwin Park, and evident in the flow and changes of businesses at the Valley Mall or Downtown El Monte, Old Town Monrovia, Uptown Whittier, and the many facets of the swapmeets, farmer’s markets, laundromats, and strip malls north and south of Valley Blvd.

But one thing is certain to connect these many communities and cultures, and that is art. Simply put, the need to create something of value to oneself, for another, or for others is a shared experience. This universal impulse has led societies to many great discoveries and has brought about change.

Nuvein’s founder, Enrique, believed in the unity of individuals that expressed itself in a variety of ways, so much so that Nuvein began its work as an online magazine publishing works of fiction, commentary, poetry, graphic and media art, as well as reviews that brought together individuals all over the globe in each volume of publication.  Following a successful nearly decade long run, the drive to affect change locally in the San Gabriel Valley emerged, which then gave rise to the Nuvein Foundation incorporating in El Monte.

So, can you help us bring all artistic groups, organizations, and resources together in an Online Directory?

We hope we can count on your help to make this happen.

This Directory will be for aspiring and emerging artists to get a hold of any chances for further education/training, securing encouragement and assistance, and finding opportunities to showcase their work.

If you are from any of the following SGV regions, please contact us via email at info@nuvein.orgto inform us about your group/organization/resource and provide us any contact information and printable/shared media (eg. logo) that you wish included.

Region A:    Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada-Flintridge, San Marino

Region B:    South Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterrey Park, Montebello

Region C:   Arcadia, Monrovia, Temple City, Rosemead, Irwindale

Region D:   El Monte, South El Monte, La Puente, Valinda, Baldw in Park

Region E:   Whittier (North, Uptown), Avocado Heights, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, La Habra Heights

Region F:   West Covina, Covina, Azusa, Walnut, City of Industry

Region G:   San Dimas, Claremont, Pomona, La Verne, Glendora, Diamond Bar




Arts Crawl to have ‘Visions and Voices of the Valley’

The Nuvein Foundation, in association with the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and the South Pasadena Arts Council are proud to present an event that highlights some of the artistic vision, lyrical melody, and poetic imagination that help build the SGV arts, music, and poetry scene.

Part music concert, improv, open mic, dance and theatre performance, and all fun, this event will unite multiple artforms to create an artistic showcase that is sure to delight, inspire, and awe audiences.

The showcase will unfold as part of the July 14th edition of the South Pasadena Art Crawl. Visions and Voices of the Valley will feature:

An interactive poetry open mic for poets and lovers of poetry hosted by Mike thePoet Sonksen. 6pm – 630pm

A double featured reading with poets representing the West and East portions of the San Gabriel Valley; with Don Kingfisher Campbell for the West SGV and John Brantingham for East SGV. 6:30pm – 7pm

A music feature by singer-songwriter Tisa Adamson,  a music and art prodigy of Greek and Mexican heritage, who has opened for Romeo Void, X, Motels, Fear and others. She went on to play as part of a duo with Ché Zuro for 15 years. Recently, Tisa has been writing, singing and performing with local musicians and friends Brie Darling and Randy Mitchell.  7pm-8pm

An improvisational performance by the Detour Comedy Improv from the Metamorphosis Theatre Company. The Detour Improv Comedy is the brainchild of Metamorphosis Theatre Company, resident company of the Fremont Centre Theatre. 8pm- 9pm

For more details go here for the Nuvein Facebook event page.
here for the event description by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.


Nuvein works to establish a SGV Literary Arts Council

The SGV Literary Arts Council was an idea based out of the 3LP project. Both the council and the project are not currently focuses of Nuvein, but many positive outcomes were met by pursuing these goals. 

“We gather together now, all of us, simply on account of four reasons and four reasons only.

First, because it is beyond silly and escapes understanding that all us organizations, individuals, and groups that are working towards related ends [promoting literature, literacy, and creative expression or letters] should be so separate and apart from one another.

Second, because as much as our individual groups have achieved with our respective communities, and group of supporters, how much more could we achieve if we but work together, and we all need some form of help.

Third, because the San Gabriel Valley deserves our combined effort to unleash all of its suppressed, oppressed, and otherwise silent creative genius and force to be seen all around so as to rival other areas known for arts and culture.

Fourth and last, because we must think of those that will succeed us, those young artists and writers, poets and authors, that need us now more than ever, in stark times, to tell them ‘above all, in spite and despite it all, no matter what, write, write well, and write your heart out.” – Chris Trevilla

Beginning in March 2012, and meeting every two months afterwards, a collection of non-profits, writers clubs, poetry groups, and community organizations dedicated to the encouragement and support of writers of all genre began to meet in hopes of establishing greater partnerships between groups and members, as well as join together to provide greater support for each respective group.

Moderated by Christopher Trevilla, acting president of the Nuvein Foundation, and hosted by John Brantingham of Mount San Antonio College Creative Writing and curator of the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival, this collective welcomes any and all groups, individuals, and organizations working towards the empowerment of human expression in the written and spoken form. Thus these groups have gathered to form the Literary Arts Council of the San Gabriel Valley.

Among the groups represented, involved, or included in this collective are:

Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts aka Nuvein Foundation

Un Poquito Mas Arte! La Puente Art Walk (UPMA!)

San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival aka SGV LitFest

Valley Poets

Writer’s Club of WhittierPoetry Workshop aka Whittier Poetry Group

ZZyZx WriterZ Group aka ZZyZx WriterZ


San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group aka Coffee House Writer’s Group

A Few Lines Magazine aka A Few Lines

Creepy Gnome Magazine aka Creepy Gnome

Emerging Urban Poets

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival

Between the Bars Open Mic

Parties interested in participating in this collective are encouraged contactany of the following members:

Chris Trevilla at

John Brantingham at

Christine Marie Bryant at



2012 Young Artist Expo


On Thursday, June 7th, 2012 from 2pm-5pm, the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts will host the “Young Artists Expo” at the Club Cubano del Valle de San Gabriel/San Gabriel Valley Cuban Club (Cuban Club) located at10960 Lower Azusa Rd., El Monte, CA 91731.

The Nuvein Foundation, sponsored by the Community Building Initiative or CCF, will host an event that will provide educational resources as well as information to high school age students in El  Monte interested In pursuing a degree and career in the Arts. This event will also host featured speakers from various artistic disciplines who will speak to the students about how to pursue a career in these fields.

The Nuvein Foundation will also be providing all participants with information on various artistic support groups, events, and organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Juniors (11th graders) in attendance will be given an application for the Nuvein Foundation’s Enrique Diaz Visionary Scholarship, which will award scholarships for arts oriented and college bound students.


11am-12pm: Nuvein Opens Location
12pm- 1:30pm: Event set up (Speakers,Table presentors)
1:30pm-2:00pm: Sound Check
2:00pm-2:40pm: Opening Mixer/Resource Tables
2:40pm-3:00pm: Welcome & Introductions – Chris Trevilla/Nuvein
3:00pm-3:15pm: First Speaker (Theater/Theater Production) –Jose Esparza
3:15pm-3:30pm: Second Speaker (Dance/Choreography) –Luisa Macias
3:30pm-3:45pm: Third Speaker (Writing/Publishing) –Scott Noon Creley
3:45pm-4:00pm: Fourth Speaker (Art/Animation) –Raul Aguirre Jr.
4:00pm-4:20pm: Panel Discussion
4:20pm-5:00pm: Closing Mixer/Resource Tables/Nuvein Scholarship 5:00pm: Closing and Acknowledgments
5:00pm-6:00pm: Clean up and Close Location

Featured Speakers will include:

Raul Aguirre Jr. – Artist/Animator/Creator and Director/Producer behind Studio Raul and Host of the Man vs. Art blog and podcast show.


Luisa Macias-  Dancer/Dance Instructor and Director of Studio Danza of Whittier and Ballet Folklorico de Colores.


Jose Esparza – Dancer/Actor/Dance & Theatre Instructor and Production Team member of the Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse.


Scott Noon Creley – Adjunct English and Creative Writing Instructor at Whittier College, Writer/Author/Poet & Committee member of the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival.

Inquiries for this event can be sent to the Nuvein Foundation at, while parties interested in participation and exhibiting at this event are urged to contact any member of the Nuvein Executive Board.

Event page (Facebook)

Arcadia Library and Nuvein to set Poetry in Motion for SGV Teens

As part of the Nuvein Foundation’s celebration of National Poetry Month, on Friday, April 20th, 2012 from 3pm-5pm the Arcadia  Public Library will host Poetry in Motion: A Teen Event a showcase, open mic, and competition of teen spoken word, poetry, and lyricism. This  event now enters its third year of being showcase for young poetic and lyrical talent, and is proudly organized and supported by both the Arcadia Public Library and the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts.

The Arcadia Library will be taking submissions and entries to be considered for the competition portion up to the day before.of the event. Youth interested in the Open Mic will be allowed to walk in and be considered for inclusion up to the beginning of the event. Submissions from teen and youth throughout the San Gabriel Valley will be considered for participation.

Prizes and recognition will be given out as scored by a panel of established poets and writers from all over Southern California.

The event will take place inside the Cay Mortensen Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

For more information on submissions and entry rules:
Contact Regina Ochoa at the Arcadia Library at


Fall SGV Poetry Showcase



On Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 6pm the South El Monte Library and the Nuvein Foundation welcome the Emerging Urban Poets Group out of Pasadena, CA for a poetry showcase at the S. El Monte Library Adult Book Club meeting. The Emerging Urban Poets gather regularly for poetry readings, workshops, as well as serve as a network of encouraging fellow writers and artists that host a variety of events and programs at schools, the local community, and abroad. The group’s members have all respectively been featured in several books and anthologies of poetry, and publish their own works as part of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly publication. Under the leadership of Don Kingfisher Campbell, these poets have also served as inspiration to future generations of young poets, doing readings and workshops at Occidental College and elsewhere.

For more information on this event, please contact Roberta Marquez the South El Monte Library.

South El Monte Library
1430 N. Central Ave.
South El Monte, CA 91733

(626) 443-4158


Aspiring and Established poets to come together at the Peer Poet Program

Poetry is a child’s crying voice that beckons to be heard, and defies age, experience, and circumstances. All it needs is for the right set of ears for it to be heard and appreciated, the right frame of mind to accept and understand its message, and the right mentor to help it develop into a matured and articulate sound- a meaningful thought.

On Saturday, November 5th, 2011, the Nuvein Foundation in partnership with the Norwood Branch of the LA County Public Library will create an opportunity for young aspiring poets from grades 6-12 from across the San Gabriel Valley to be paired up with established Southern California poets who either through publication, online blogs and media, and/or the spoken word circuit in order to receive hands on feedback, encouragement, recommendations, and mentorship for them to develop their poetic craft.

Among those scheduled to serve as Peet Poets (mentors) are:

Mike Sonksen, aka Mike the Poet- A 3rd-generation LA native acclaimed for poetry performances, published articles & legendary city tours. His published works have received acclaim across many poetic and literary circles, as some of his published works have been added to the curriculum of several universities. Mike has provided spoken word performances, poetry workshops, and  helped organize poetic events at museums, parks, schools, and other public landmarks and community centers across Southern California as he believes in the power of poetry’s reach regardless of environment, situation, and circumstances. Active as a  poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher, Mike also hosts a poetry open mic in Downtown Los Angeles.

Rick Stepp-BollingA former educator for reading, study techniques, and writing at Mt. San Antonio College and creative writing professor at Citrus College, whose relationship with poetry has spanned over forty-five years. A published poet and writer, he has participated with various poetry and creative writing groups and events across the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles and is currently at work on several writing projects, including preparing for live performances at future artistic events across the San Gabriel Valley. Rick draws his poetic themes from the world around him as he is generally  inspired by what life has to offer and what it denies all of us.

Ryan Hernandez- A musician, blogger, singer-songwriter, and poet whose passion for music is matched for that of the spoken word. He has been involved with several musical, artistic, and spoken word events and groups locally and across Los Angeles as part of his prior musical background and has begun to branch out as a spoken word artist . Ryan  operates an online blog, a poetry website, and a music site, and is working towards a poetry publication in the near future. Ryan believes in the power of poetry, spoken or written, to tell a story, and explores themes of love and relationships, as well as more socially conscious and political messages.

Sharon Rizk- A psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in Pasadena, a contracted non-profit supervisor, as well as part-time professor at Citrus College, who wrote her first poem at the age of ten years old. She has participated in numerous writing and poetry groups across the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles, and recently co-organized the a writing retreat  in Monrovia Canyon. Sharon is a published poet, who also has some of her poetry recorded, and who has conducted poetry workshops out of her office, as she believes in the power of reading and writing poetry to heal wounds and foster growth.

Toti O’ Brien– A poet and writer fluent in Italian, English, and other languages who has been involved with poetry for abotu 38 years, alternating throughout those years with other literary and artistic forms. Toti’s works have been published in various languages and in many forms of media online and in other countries. She currently participates with creative writing and  poetry groups, attending workshops and participating at events in Pasadena, La Canada-Flintridge and other parts of the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles.  Toti has also been a guest poet as part of a summer creative writing and poetry course at Occidental College. Present in her poetry are themes of family and relationships, journeys and  and displacements,  love and loss, the legacy of historical figures, and the metaphors of religion.

Gary Imperial- A poet and writer who has been writing poetry on and off, though mostly on for the last 34 years. His early influences were narrative rhyme poetry like The Night Before Christmas and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.  It was in that style of narrative rhyme that he wrote  a sequel to The Headless Horsemen of Sleepy Hollow entitled Ichabod’s Revenge.  Gary has had his poetry published in several publications, with the most recent being in
the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly.  He is presently a member and organizer of a poetry group in Whittier and has been thus involved for the last nine years.

Mina Kirby- A former collegiate educator who had her poetry first published in a state high school anthology during her junior year in middle school. She took a hiatus from poetry for much of her transition from school age to professional life, as she eventually became  a mathematics professor at East Los Angeles Community College. However, while instructing and mentoring collegiate students, she  wrote numerous songs about mathematics and published a book entitled Mathematical Dreams. Having retired, she began to explore her interest in poetry and prose composition. She has published several chapbooks, and is currently on working on future publications. Mina is a member of several poetry and creative writing groups out of the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles, has been featured as part of a artistic television show, and has recited poetry at the Pasadena Art Walk.

Mary Torregrossa- An English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor working in the San Gabriel Valley, her interest in poetry began during her childhood growing up in Rhode Island. She participated in an Summer Arts program during her sophomore year in high school, where she first began writing poetry in a group setting. In her collegiate years, she nurtured her talents as an Arts Page Editor. Recently, Mary continued to develop her poetry as member of several poetry groups across Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, performing her poetry in various settings and for various events, as well as facilitating numerous poetry writing and critique workshops. A published poet and devoted philanthropist, the sale of one of her chapbooks of poetry entitled Shoebox Poems, went towards a foster care center in Pasadena. Mary is a narrative poet, as she believes in a poems interesting ability to tell a story both passionately , and draws her inspiration from events in her life, and the people and places she has come across.

Dennis Gomez– A poet, musician, event organizer, entrepreneur,  and artist who has been writing Hip Hop poetry for over 20 years. He has spent these years writing about things that he would observe in his environment, politics, social circumstance as well as creating story lines,  depicting them as cleverly as possible with words (that rhyme). He is not only a poet, but also a Visual Artist and Musician.  He is the founder of a weekly Trip-Hop and Downtempo excursion experience in Los Angeles, and runs a website featuring the latest recordings from this weekly auditory experience. He is also the president of a local graphic arts and media design company. He is also currently working on art for his first personal Art Exhibit and continues to work on his Hip-Hop project “Non Human Intelligence”  whose first video was recently voted “Best New Video” on MTVu’s Freshmen.  You can say Poetry and Arts are in his blood: Gomez’s Great Uncle Rubén Dario is known as the “Father of Romanticism”, and his Uncle is the abstract Painter, Orlando Sobalvarro.

for more information on this event contact either:

Ana Garcia at the Norwood Library at (626) 443-3147.


Christopher Trevilla of the Nuvein Foundation at