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  • San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival

    We are ecstatic! The poets of Yak Press have been invited to share their work at the 2019 San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival, San Gabriel Valley Lit Festto be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 12:00 noon until 6:30 PM at the dA Center for the Arts located at 252 S. Main Street in Pomona, CA 91766. Nancy Carroll heads up our contingent of readers, starting at 3:00 PM, followed by Native Blossoms Chapbook Series authors Cindy Rinne, CLS Ferguson, Melisa Malvin-Middleton, and Anne Yale. Rounding out the Yak Press line up is the world-famous “RENT” poet, Brian Sonia-Wallace.

    But that’s not all! We’re thrilled to be sharing the stage with some pretty outstanding voices in contemporary poetry, including John Brantingham, Grant Hier, Bronwyn Mauldin, Chad Sweeney, Ruth Nolan, and liz gonzalez. And to cap off the day, Kevin Ridgeway, Matt Sedillo, and Tony Barnstone will be reading, as well. The day will also include an art show to kick off the California Imagist Project.

    Kudos to John Brantingham, poet laureate of Sequoia and Kings National Parks, for organizing a day full of arts and literature. This event is FREE and open to the public. What a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month!

    Doors open at 11:00 AM, and the art show will be available and poetry readings taking place until the event closes at 6:30 PM.

    Come join us for some free, family-friendly fun!

     

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  • Release of Lovelier Than Dirt by Deborah Blakely Averill

    Poems by Deborah Blakely AverillYak Press is pleased to announce the release of Lovelier Than Dirt by Deborah Blakely Averill. Published posthumously, Lovelier Than Dirt completes the second quartet in the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series. A portion of the proceeds of all book sales will be donated to the Deborah Blakely Averill Scholarship Fund at California State University, Northridge, where Deborah was a lecturer in the Humanities, and an instructor in the English Department. To order a copy of Deborah’s stellar debut collection, click here.

    Deborah Blakely Averill (1964 – 2018) was a gifted poet, teacher, editor, and critic. She earned both her BA in English and MA in Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge. Deborah’s poetry has appeared in NOÖ Journal, The Northridge Review, and Floor Plan. She was co-editor of the online literary magazine Red-Headed Step-Child. She was most proud, however, to have been a wife and mother.

    As part of the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series, Deborah‘s chapbook features a constraint poem “that takes the botanical name of a wildflower or other flora native to the poet’s locale as its title.” Deborah had chosen to write about the Toyon bush (Heteromeles arbutifolia), also known as “Christmas Berry,” because it covers the Hollywood hills. In fact, through her research she had discovered that early settlers mistook the native plant for holly, which is actually how the city of Hollywood got its name! The plant is featured prominently on the book’s cover.

    We will be honoring Deborah’s memory at a book launch and poetry reading on the campus of California State University, Northridge during April, which is National Poetry Month. Members of the English Department faculty, including Leilani Hall and Dorothy Barresi, along with several guest readers from the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series will read from Deborah’s collection, Lovelier Than Dirt, which will be available for purchase.

    If you’d like to join us in a celebration of Deborah Blakely Averill’s life and poetic work, as well as the release of Lovelier Than Dirt, please come out for an evening of her poetry on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 7:30-9:30 PM in JR319 (the English Department Reading Room) on the campus of CSUN. There will be a reception following the reading, and light refreshments will be served.

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  • We Have A Winner!

    We’re pleased to announce that Jessica De La Torre of St. Paul the Apostle School in Los Angeles, CA, won our Valentine’s Day Crossword Puzzle Contest drawing!! As the prize winner, Jessica is the recipient of The Baker’s Dozen, 13 Giant Crossword Puzzles, which we hope she and her students will have loads of fun solving. Yaktastic! Congratulations, Jessica! Enjoy!!