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


Rincon de Poesia / Poet’s Corner at Dia de Los Muertos

As part of the celebrations at the Nuvein Foundation’s 2nd Annual Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte event, entertainment will this year include the addition of poets/poetas from all over Southern California. The event will have spoken word artists from LA, OC, and SGV.

The event will feature award-winning spoken word performances by: Mike the Poet, Radomir V. Luza, Rick Stepp-Bollin, Christopher Trevilla, Kimberly Cobian, and others.

The spoken word will also be showcased at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets will gather and read their richly colorful poems paying homage to the dead and the living, as well as showcasing the several works of poetry and poetic groups and organizations from across Southern California.

Among the groups to be featured at the event will be the members of the ZZyZx WriterZ  group from Los Angeles; members of the Spartan Cafe Poetry Club from Schurr High School in Montebello; members from the Whittier Poetry Group; members from the Unbuckled NOHO Poetry Open Mic of North Hollywood; members of the Spoken Word @ the Last Bookstore from Downtown Los Angeles, members of the San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group, and many more!

For more information on how to participate, email Christopher Trevilla of the Nuvein Foundation at

2011 Dia De Los Muertos – Press Release



EL MONTE, CA (September 2011) – The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts presents the 2nd annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, October 29 from 12 pm until 5 pm at The Valley Mall, 10933 Valley Mall in El Monte. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the free Day of the Dead Celebration making it the largest event in El Monte’s history.

The all day, family festival will showcase more than 50 beautiful decorated altars created by local award-winning artists. Adding to the tapestry of color, calacas, paper mache masks, and papel picado displays will adorn the street showcasing the rich culture and mystic beauty of one Mexico’s most popular holidays.  Event attendees have the opportunity to purchase unique items to take home from some of Southern California’s most gifted artists.

In addition, a Galleria de los Muertos exhibit will explore the rituals of the Day of the Dead that venerates and celebrates the dearly departed.  Death was considered a passage to a new life to the indigenous people of Mexico.

Throughout the free celebration, attendees can enjoy a variety of dance performances including Aztec dances by Danza Cuautemoc Baldwin Park and Danza Azteca Kalpulli tlatekuhtli, as well as fusion hip hop by popular dance ensemble Studio Danza Dancers, and vibrant folklorico by Ballet Folklorico de Colores. Los Angeles emerging and established spoken word poets will add to the colorful celebration performing throughout the day.  The spoken word will also be showcased at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets will gather and read their richly colorful poems paying homage to the dead.

The festival will also host a large children’s area which includes various children’s arts and activities.  Gourmet traditional Mexican dishes will be sold, giving visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in Mexican cuisine.

The 2nd annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration for All Souls Day commemorates the spirit and memory of the dead; as well as the joy of living. The event is a high-spirited affair that celebrates local art, music, and dance. The focus of El Monte Dia de los Muertos is to provide a cultural platform that showcases art and is accessible to all.

For more information on the 2nd Annual El Monte Dia De Los Muertos visit:
call the Nuvein Foundation at 626.600.2780.

Event Day Highlights include:

  • Five-hours of culturally rich programming from top Southern California artists
  • Award-winning spoken word performances by: Mike the Poet, Radomir V. Luza, Rick Stepp-Bollin, Christopher Trevilla, and Kimberly Cobian
  • Over 50 artists showcasing unique art works, traditional songs, stories and dance highlighting Mexican culture including a Galleria de los Muertos
  • Over 50 Dia De Los Muertos – Paper Mache skulls created by local area middle school children

Artwork by Javier Hernandez.