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“Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds’ captures grief, life and culture in the Inland Empire”

“There is a new book of poetry and prose on the horizon of the Inland Empire, a book  establishing its place in the literature and lore of our tantalizing region and carving out its own  storied spaces here in the voice of San Bernardino Valley native liz gonzález,” says Ruth Nolan, Contributing Columnist to the Inland Empire’s Press-Enterprise newspaper.

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“‘Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected,’ published by Los Nietos Press this summer, places gonzález’s family and personal stories on a word map of her own making that is recognizable to readers familiar with our region’s geographic templates and Chicana, Mexican American and Mexican immigrant cultural iconographies,” says Nolan. “The book’s  vibrant writing is both personal and universal in its appeal.”

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Clifton Snider – “The Beatle Bump”

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A must read for any Beatles fan, Clifton Snider’s book of poems, The Beatle Bump, is an inspired, unique look at the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time.  Written in the years after the murder of John Lennon, The Beatle Bump explores the Beatles as an archetypal, in the Jungian sense, world-wide phenomenon.  The poems, often irreverent and playful as were the Beatles themselves, are written in a variety of forms–free verse, song lyrics, nonsense verse, a sonnet, and even a couple of fan letters.  The Beatle Bump is both a time capsule and a work of lasting art.

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clifton_smaller_by_patrick_letrondoClifton Snider, faculty emeritus at Cal State University Long Beach, is the internationally celebrated author of ten books of poetry. A career retrospective of his work, Moonman: New and Selected Poems, was published to great acclaim by World Parade Books in 2012. He has published four novels, including his first historical novel, The Plymouth Papers (Spout Hill Press, 2014).  A Jungian/Queer literary critic, his book, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made On, was published in 1991, and he has published hundreds of poems, short stories, reviews, and articles internationally.  He pioneered LGBT literary studies at CSULB.  His work has been translated into Arabic, French, Spanish, and Russian.

“With a combination of history and whimsy, Clifton Snider impressionistically captures the essence of being a Beatles fan.”

—G. Murray Thomas, My Kidney Just Arrived

“The Beatle Bump takes us back to the world of the Fab Four. This is not just a love letter to the band, but an exploration of what it was like to be alive and in love with the Beatles. He takes us on a journey from the time of the Cavern Club all the way through to the years after we lost John. This was an emotional journey, a retelling of my early life. Snider might be one of the best poets alive today. He’s certainly one of my favorites.”

—John Brantingham, The Green of Sunset

Sharing Stories: Global Voices Coming Together

 

Los Nietos Press is pleased to announce the release of Sharing Stories: Global Voices Coming Together.

This collection of 39 stories  by members of the The Creative Writing for Seniors class, held at the Norwalk Senior Center, is a celebration of the stories that have poured out of this class over many years. The anthology contains the work of 39 authors, selected from the “Shared Stories” columns that have appeared over the last three years in The Downey Patriot and The Norwalk Patriot.

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“The weekly column from which these pieces come … is an example of journalism at its most organic, with raw and honest storytelling that shines a light on the American way of life, in all its varied forms.”
— Eric Pierce, Editor, The Downey Patriot

 

For more than a decade, a senior center southeast of downtown Los Angeles has been a gathering place for individuals who come to learn about writing and to share their stories.  Some participants join the group as new writers, while others have dabbled in poetry and various forms of prose.   It is a friendly group, always open to newcomers.

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Members come from all walks of life – housewives, office workers, veterans, educators, medical personnel — and their backstories reflect the diversity of southern California.  They are both native born and immigrant.

Some grew up without running water in the Midwest, others grew up without running water in the Philippines.  Some grew up experiencing the conflicts of the segregated South, others had their youth sacrificed to war, here and in the Pacific. In various ways their stories reveal strength, courage, curiosity, compassion, and a desire to remain engaged with life.

Three years ago, The Downey Patriot began featuring the stories from this writing group in a weekly column, “Shared Stories.”  This anthology celebrates the column’s anniversary.

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Authors

Sabreen Adeeba Claire Hess
Yolanda Adelé Angelo Holt
Nobuyo Avery Daniela Kanz
Charlotte Boquist Virginia “Ginger” Lane
Karen Borrell Shirley Mark
Mina Anne Chudilowsky Frank Novak
Janice Collins Kikumi Kay Okino
“Kacie” Kathy Cooper Noemi Rabina
Gail Earl Yolanda Reyna
Charlene Farnsworth Dulce Ruelos
Belle Fluhart Dora Silvers
Maria Lourdes Garcia Sharon Benson Smith
Barbara Goodhue Barbara Keesee Sparks
Maria Helen Gutierrez Loie Tannehill
Kay Halsey Katie Troy
Helen Hampton Cynthia “Cindy” Vanasse
Gloria Hannigan Evelyn Watson
Elaine Held Vickie E.  Williams
Owen Heninger, M.D. Candy Wong
Maria Zeeman