Kimberly Cobian

Kimberly Cobian is a multi-faceted literary & performance artist & an arts and cultural community organizer from North Whittier, CA. She is an active educator, writer, and belly dancer. Fascinated by the Gypsy proverb: “How can you walk straight, when the road bends”. She believes artists do the same in their life whether its making it or creating it, the soul knows which is the “tacho drom”, or the truest path.

 

She has been in love with the written word since childhood, when she first began to express herself creatively, making use of her imagination. It was Christopher Trevilla, President of Nuvein who saw this very same passion in her at a poetry reading at Half Off Books in Whittier, and introduced himself and Nuvein to Kim over the course of a year, before formally inviting her to join the board as its current resident gitana poeta organizer. She has been a proud Director at Nuvein since January 2012.

 

Kimberly is also the President of the ZZyZx WriterZ, a dynamic group of poets, writers, musicians, artists, and performers from across Los Angeles. Based out of El Sereno/Alhambra, the ZZyZx WriterZ are one of the organizing influences behind the arts and culture renaissance of El Sereno, as they organize a monthly poetry and performance open mic at the thriving Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea.

 

Yet the grandest undertaking that the ZZyZx WriterZ take on under Kimberly’s leadership is the annual organization of PoetryPalooza, a yearly arts, poetry, and performance tour and showcase of community creativity that spans Los Angeles County. Poetrypalooza takes place annually each summer in August. The event tour is a huge passion project for Kimberly, who oversees multiple partnerships that ensure each event highlights the local culture, creativity, and artistry of each respective community. Kimberly is very proud and passionate about what she and the WriterZ have helped create and sustain with PoetryPalooza. Kimberly has seen how this passion project has served to unite and nurture all who share their gifts and attend this celebration unique to Los Angeles.

 

Poetry is important to Kimberly as it is a muse to the other art forms and vice versa, as well as being vital to younger generations who need a means to express their ideals, dreams, frustrations, and ideas. A successful published poet and acclaimed performer herself, Kimberly understands the importance of crafting personal yet universal statements through spoken word and movement. Her poetry has been featured in publications such as the ZZyZx WriterZ anthologies, the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, and other publications. Her performances, often combine her poetry with belly dance have been enjoyed as part of PoetryPalooza across LA, as well as the Green Salon in Downey, the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival, the La Puente Artwalk, and many other venues, festivals, and events.

 

Kimberly is very motivated to share her poetry and help others while doing it. Aside from curating at Holy Grounds and directing PoetryPalooza, she has overseen and developed poetry workshops and organized the SGV Poetry in Motion teen and youth event at the Arcadia Library with Nuvein as part of the SGV Poetry Festival. Additionally, Kimberly has been the organizer of the Poet’s Corner at the La Puente Artwalk, a growing spoken word, music, and performance art destination during the quarterly event. In fact, she was one of the featured poets at the inaugural edition of the La Puente Artwalk, then organized solely by the Nuvein Foundation.

 

As a poet, Kimberly draws inspiration for her works from her personal experience and the shared experience of some of her favorite poets and authors. Among her favorite poems are “The Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes, “Romancero Gitano” by Federico Garcia Lorca, & “Full Moon and You’re Not Here” by Sandra Cisneros. As an organizer, she admittedly sees inspiration in the personal journeys and labors of her parents, who continue to inspire her to this day.

 

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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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