The Pasadena Rose Poets and “Guests” were invited by the Pasadena Central Library to read In their Media Room, October 12, 2018, 6-10 p.m. while honoring National Hispanic Month. PRP includes Hazel Clayton Harrison (Altadena Poet Laureate), Toni Mosley, Shahe Mankerian and me. Guests includes Emily Fernandez, Cassandra Lane, Sehba Sarwar, Arlene Diaz and Miguel López.
Gerda Govine Ituarte Mines poetry from her encounters during the creation of "DesEscondido" and publishes a book.
From Gerda's prologue to "Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places":
Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places is a testamentto my experience that poetic words and phrases are hidden in everyday conversations. I interacted and collaborated with Public Address artists, California Center for the Arts staff, and diverse
community members and organizations. This included reading poetry at Escondido City Council meetings and connecting with Poets Inc. based in Escondido. An array of written materials and videos were part of the information gathering process. I composed poems based on the collection of words and phrases that I harvested for the Exhibit “DesEscondido/No Longer Hidden,” and artwork created by Public Address artists, which enabled the poems to serve as a thread that runs through the exhibit tapestry outside and inside of the Museum.
Eighteen months of dialogue
listen discover taste words
infused with remnants of past
bear witness to what’s next as
we grow in the shade of our dreams.
Public Address, a group of San Diego (and beyond) artists, who came together 18 years ago to correct the ills of the public art sector. We are now a diverse twenty. DesEscondido/No Longer Hidden is our first museum exhibition. Individually and collaboratively we are reimagining the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum realm with public work in a private space that addresses and celebrates our most cherished ideals, concerns and history.
Luis Ituarte and Gerda Govine Ituarte describe their projects for “DesEscondido/No Longer Hidden” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Luis’s participation will consist of 2 events, a series of sculptures called MY FAMILIA and an art event called Trans-National Cempazuchitl Express (A live art event-performa-video piece).
Gerda is producing a poetry book inspired in the work of all 16 participating artists.
More info about Luis’s sculptures
The exhibit will open at 6 pm on September 28 and will run through November 18.
Gerda Govine Ituarte Interview, 1st PRP lunchtime reading series funded by the NEA and City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division with partner Side Street Projects, Pasadena Senior Center, July-August, 2016.
Pasadena Rose Poets monthly readings at Pasadena City Council Meetings 2017-2018.
Pasadena Rose Poets and “guests” read and created writing, dance and music events, Huntington Art Collections and Botanical Garden, as part of “Family Day,” December 30, 2017.
2nd PPR lunchtime reading series funded by the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, Pasadena City Council Chambers, January-April, 2018.
Gerda Govine Ituarte and Doris Bittar, Public Address members, read at Escondido City Council Meeting as part of the pre-exhibit outreach activities for Public Address (publicaddressart.com) “DesEscondido/No longer hidden exhibit,” California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, September 29-November 18, 2018.
Gerda’s poem “Boy Child,” was printed in Change-Links, July 4, 2018 issue. Check it out: change-links.org
I was invited to Poetry Circus #4 last year. An unforgettable and enjoyable magical experience. I was invited this year and I am thrilled and look forward to being there. I hope that you can join me at this amazing gathering of poets.
Gerda Govine Ituarte joined Southern CA writers to celebrate Exhibit of Judy Chicago and Grafton Tyler Brown
On June 21, 2018 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Gerda joined five other So. CA writers to celebrate via poetry and storytelling the exhibit of "Judy Chicago and Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California." Invited by Gordon Henderson, “The Incident Report #3 Creativity & Identity. Sister Friends Kim (visiting from New York), Rebecca, Toni and Sehba took a Selfie with Gerda:
Poetry will be walking, talking, singing and dancing in Pasadena this coming weekend, May 18-20. I hope that you are available to attend based on your schedule.
There are three events:
1. Luis Ituarte Open Studio and Exhibit (of his New sculptures) on Friday, May 18, 5-10 p.m. with poetry readings (Annette Wong, Beverly Lafontaine and I) and music from 8-10 p.m. at his Studio “La Linea Curva” and Galeria ANEXA at the Flintridge Center, 236 W. Mountain Street, Pasadena, 91103 and on Saturday, May 19, 10-6 p.m., (no poetry readings) Sunday, May 20, 10-6 p.m. with poetry readings between 3:00-5:00 p.m from Bonnie Kaplan, Carla Sameth and I). We will be premiering a video of the Pasadena Rose Poets' reading: (1) Huntington event, (2) City Council meetings, (3) Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places noon time series (January-April 2018) and (4) a clip from my reading at the Escondido City Council Meeting on April 18, 2018.
2. LitFest Pasadena in the Playhouse District, “Litfest Outer Limits: Poets: The Bright Light of Community @ Stand Restaurant Courtyard, Saturday, May 19, from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. I will be reading with 13 other local poets including Hazel Clayton Harrison (one of the Altadena Poets Laureate, member, Pasadena Rose Poets), Carla Sameth, Annette Wong, (both members of the Pasadena Rose Poets), Don Kingfisher Campbell, Mira Mataric, Seven Dhar, Ricardo Lira Acuna, Tim Callahan, Lois P. Jones, Elline LIpkin (former Altadena Poet Laureate), GT Foster, Radomir Vojtech Luza and Beverly M. Collins.
3. Reading at Vroman’s Bookstore with seven poets reading work of other poets and from their own poetry collection on Saturday, May 19, from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Featured poets are Elizabeth Iannaci, Jacqueline Tchakalian, Terry Stevenson, Amy Davis, Anita McLaughlin, Bonnie Kaplan and Peggy Dobreer.
For more info about LitFest Pasadena go to: www.litfestpasadena.org
Gerda Govine Ituarte a finalist in the LA Poet Society’s 2018 International Womyn’s Month Poetry Contest
Mothers watch daughters who listen with their eyes
whose voices bloom they flower between raindrops
weave their lives inside dreams
with grandmothers’ breath
To read all three of Gerda’s entries go to www.lapoetsociety.org
Gerda Govine Ituarte: “Check out “Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC): Poetry Within Reach” from Side Street Projects on Vimeo.”
The video is available for your viewing pleasure at https://vimeo.com/189013271
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