Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Thank you to all 41 Guest Poets!!!!!

Now, that was a fast five weeks! A great big THANK YOU to all 41 Guest Poets who came to visit my Creative Writing class this summer at Occidental College Upward Bound. You ALL rocked and turned my students into poets!!
Monday, June 26th - Jackie Chou, Seven Dhar & Gregory Foster
Tuesday, June 27th - Mary Frances Spencer & Mary Torregrossa
Wednesday, June 28th - Bibi Caspari & Alyssa Crow
Thursday, June 29th - Mona Jean Cedar & Rick Leddy
Friday, June 30th - Cls Ferguson & Rolland Vasin
Monday, July 3rd - F Douglas BrownArt Currim & Mike Sonksen
Wednesday, July 5th - Derek Brown & Josette Siqueiros
Thursday, July 6th - Chuka Susan Chesney & Lida Parent Harris
Friday, July 7th - Lynda La Rose & Karineh Mahdessian
Monday, July 10th - Kirsten Ogden
Tuesday, July 11th - Pete Justus & Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
Wednesday, July 12th - Carl Stilwell & Luis Villalobos
Thursday, July 13th - Ava BirdPogo Saito & Tina YB
Friday, July 14th - Jack G. Bowman
Monday, July 17th - Deborah P Kolodji & Chris Paradox
Tuesday, July 18th - Erika Ayon & Scott Kaestner
Wednesday, July 19th - Jessica Ceballos Campbell & Rich Ferguson
Thursday, July 20th - Jessica Wilson Cardenas & Juan Cardenas
Monday, July 24th - Beverly M. Collins & Frank Mundo
Tuesday, July 25th - Suzanne OConnell & Beverly Higginson
Thank you all so much!!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

35 Summer Guest Poets!

Thank you poets for volunteering to be Guest Poets! My Writers Seminar class at Occidental College Upward Bound never had it better!

Monday, June 27th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Don Kingfisher Campbell & Lalo Kikiriki
Tuesday, June 28th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Josette Siqueiros & Abel Salas
Wednesday, June 29th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Rebecca Gonzales
Thursday, June 30th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Angel Uriel Perales
Friday, July 1st, 9:30am to 10:30am - THANK YOU Mary Torregrossa & Mary Frances Spencer
Tuesday, July 5th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Paul Manchester & Elisabeth Adwin Edwards
Wednesday, July 6th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Désirée Zamorano & Mike Sonksen
Thursday, July 7th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Mani Suri & Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
Friday, July 8th, 9:30am to 10:30am - THANK YOU Khadija AndersonRaquel Reyes-Lopez &Nancy Lynée Woo
Monday, July 11th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Lynne Bronstein & James Evert Jones
Tuesday, July 12th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Nikki Blak & Tanya Ko Hong
Wednesday, July 13th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Rolland Vasin & Terry Wright
Thursday, July 14th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Marvin L. Dorsey & Carl Stilwell
Friday, July 15th, 9:30am to 10:30am - THANK YOU Zachary Jensen & Janice Lee
Monday, July 18th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Andrea Carter Brown & Luis Marez Ordaz
Tuesday, July 19th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Scott Kaestner & Luis Villalobos
Wednesday, July 20th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Bill Friday & Robert Rodriguez
Thursday, July 21st, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Gerda Govine & Frank Mundo
Monday, July 25th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Elsa Frausto & Alyssa Crow
Tuesday, July 26th, 10:30am to 11:30am - THANK YOU Jackie Chou & Iris De Anda

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Spring Guest Poets!

Hey SoCal Poets,
This semester I taught another group of high school students in Alhambra the art of conversing in English. And once again you were part of it, by being Guest Poets! Your volunteering definitely helped turn my teens on to questioning and discussing poetry. The Spring dates of your visits on Wednesdays at 3:30pm was:

February 10th - THANK YOU William Gonzalez and Jeffery Martin
February 17th - THANK YOU Joe Luu
February 24th - THANK YOU Bill Friday
March 2nd - THANK YOU Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
March 9th - THANK YOU Gerda Govine
March 23rd - THANK YOU Carl Stilwell
March 30th - THANK YOU Robert Rodriguez
April 13th - THANK YOU Jackie Chou
April 20th - THANK YOU Terry Wright
April 27th - THANK YOU Art Currim
May 4th - THANK YOU Elmast Kozloyan
May 11th - THANK YOU Chiwan Choi
May 18th - THANK TOU Peggy Dobreer
May 25th - THANK YOU Marvin Dorsey

Monday, November 30, 2015

Wednesday Guest Poets!

Hey SoCal Poets,
This semester I taught a group of high school students in Alhambra the art of conversing in English. And you were a big part of it, by being Guest Poets! Your volunteering definitely helped turn my teens on to questioning and discussing poetry. The Fall schedule of poets who visited on Wednesdays at 3:30pm is below.

September 30th - THANK YOU Ideas Aubrey
October 7th - THANK YOU Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
October 14th - THANK YOU Iris De Anda
October 21st - THANK YOU Lynne Bronstein
October 28th - THANK YOU Victor Sotomayor
November 4th - THANK YOU Rolland Vasin
November 18th - THANK YOU Tina Yang
December 2nd - THANK YOU Karineh Mahdessian
December 9th - THANK YOU Scott Kaestner
December 16th - THANK YOU Bill Friday
January 6th - THANK YOU Jackie Chou
January 20th - THANK YOU Robert Rodriguez

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Wow! I'm happy to say long ago I learned the best way to show teens writing is cool is by bringing in Guest Poets, every day! Thanks to you, my poet friends. You are helping make this mission come true again, because, once more, I'm depending on you to volunteer to come in for one hour, share three of your own poems, answer any questions the kids might have (and they will, as many of you know), and maybe even offer a writing idea to them (if you wish). I definitely owe you one for this!
Monday, June 22nd - THANK YOU Jessica Wilson Cardenas & Juan Cardenas
Tuesday, June 23rd - THANK YOU Jackie Chou & Luis Villalobos
Wednesday, June 24th - THANK YOU Jeanne Marie Spicuzza & Rolland Vasin
Thursday, June 25th – THANK YOU Gerda Govine & Zachary Jensen
Friday, June 26th - THANK YOU Alice Pero
Monday, June 29th - THANK YOU Raquel Reyes-Lopez & Sarah Tatro
Tuesday, June 30th - THANK YOU Andres Bermejo & Mary Frances Spencer
Wednesday, July 1st - THANK YOU Judy Barrat & Abel Salas
Thursday, July 2nd - THANK YOU Lynne Bronstein & Monica Lee Copeland
Friday, July 3rd - THANK YOU Scott Kaestner
Monday, July 6th - THANK YOU Paul Manchester & Lauri Ramey
Tuesday, July 7th - THANK YOU Elsa Frausto & Maja Trochimczyk
Wednesday, July 8th - THANK YOU Neil Aitken & Jack G. Bowman
Thursday, July 9th – THANK YOU Jessica Ceballos & Art Currim
Friday, July 10th - THANK YOU Marvin L. Dorsey & Carl Stilwell

Monday, July 13th - THANK YOU J. Evert Jones & Kiyatana Sapp
Tuesday, July 14th - THANK YOU Bill Friday & Mary Torregrossa
Wednesday, July 15th - THANK YOU Pete Justus & Mani Suri
Thursday, July 16th - THANK YOU Sean Hill & Matt Sedillo

Monday, July 20th - THANK YOU Christy Ramirez & Anna Ureña
Tuesday, July 21st - THANK YOU Jeni Bate & Beverly M. Collins

Thursday, June 4, 2015


These 36 wonderful people performed on mostly Wednesday afternoons for my high school class in Alhambra. They definitely showed my teenagers that writing creatively and sharing it rules. What a time it was...every time!
Sept. 24th - THANK YOU Elmast Kozloyan
Oct. 1st - THANK YOU Rolland Vasin
Oct. 8th - THANK YOU Lynne Bronstein
Oct. 15th - THANK YOU Scott Nichols and Marvin L. Dorsey
Oct. 22nd - THANK YOU Tanya Ko
Oct. 29th - THANK YOU Carl Stilwell
Nov. 5th - THANK YOU Thelma T. Reyna
Nov. 12th - THANK YOU Karen Greenbaum-Maya
Nov. 19th - THANK YOU Judy Barrat
Dec. 3rd - THANK YOU Toti O'Brien
Dec. 10th - THANK YOU Nancy Lynée Woo
Dec. 17th - THANK YOU Steve Ramirez
Jan. 7th - THANK YOU Karineh Mahdessian
Jan. 14th - THANK YOU Anna Ureña
Jan. 21st - THANK YOU Pete Justus
Feb. 4th - THANK YOU Peggy Dobreer
Feb. 11th - THANK YOU J. Evert Jones
Feb. 18th - THANK YOU Anhthao Bui and Jackie Chou
Feb. 25th - THANK YOU Jesus Aldana-Alba
Mar. 4th - THANK YOU Alessander Xavier
Mar. 11th - THANK YOU Jim Bolt
Mar. 18th - THANK YOU Beverly Lafontaine
Mar. 25th - THANK YOU Charles Claymore
Apr. 1st - THANK YOU Mary Langer Thompson
Apr. 13th - THANK YOU Kristina Wong
Apr. 22nd - THANK YOU JD Glasscock
Apr. 29th - THANK YOU Beverly M. Collins
May 6th - THANK YOU Lynne Thompson
May 11th - THANK YOU Joe Luu
May 13th - THANK YOU Bill Friday
May 20th - THANK YOU Kevin Ridgeway
May 27th - THANK YOU Mary Torregrossa
June 3rd - THANK YOU Michelle Angelini and Gerda Govine Ituarte

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Made my 16th annual trek to Clark Magnet High School in Glendale on Friday morning to share the joy of making and performing poetry with Mrs. Guarino's Creative Writing class. I put together a six poem sampler (pictured above) featuring my poems Maya's Face, Final Exam Senryu, Lunch Murder, Space For Poetry, Choose, and Google Don Name Images. They had fun learning the ideas behind the creation of each poem and proceeded to emulate the method of their choice. Great results. Wonderful buncha kids!