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Literature on the Lawn

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Literature on the Lawn


Riverside Public Library

Start Date/Time

6/1/2017 7:00 PM

End Date/Time

6/1/2017 8:30 PM

Type of Event

Arts and Culture


Cati Porter,,, (951) 790-2458


Join the Inlandia Institute for Literature on the Lawn on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the official Riverside launch of two new books of poetry. Local poets Judy Kronenfeld and Karen Greenbaum-Maya will be present for a reading followed by an open mic. This event will take place in front of the Riverside Public Library, located at 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501. |  | Judy Kronenfeld’s fourth book of poetry, Bird Flying through the Banquet, analyzes her childhood memories and the lives of her immigrant parents. Kronenfeld’s poetry is full of love, realism, and humor. |  | In The Book of Knots and their Untying, Karen Greenbaum-Maya writes about various subjects from the past to the present. Audiences will find Greenbaum-Maya’s work to be humorous and touching at the same time.  |  | About the Authors: |  | Judy Kronenfeld is a poet and more occasional writer of nonfiction and fiction, a past writer of criticism on Renaissance literature, a retired teacher of Creative Writing and English (Lecturer Emerita, Creative Writing Department, UCR), and an Associate Editor of the online poetry journal, Poemeleon. Her fourth full-length collection of poetry, Bird Flying through the Banquet (FutureCycle Press), flew into the world in March, 2017. Her previous collections include Shimmer, and Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have appeared widely in print and online journals and in two dozen anthologies. |  | Karen Greenbaum-Maya worked as a clinical psychologist for 35 years. She earned her B.A. from Reed College in 1973 (German Language and Literature) and her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1982 (Clinical Psychology). As a psychologist, she performed psychotherapy and evaluations, supervised and taught doctoral interns, and examined candidates for licensure in psychology for the State of California. Besides these professional activities, she reviewed restaurants for the Claremont Courier for five years, sometimes in heroic couplets, sometimes imitating Hemingway. She has managed a congressional campaign, has sung in a local opera company, and has developed cookie recipes for commercial use. She returned to poetry in 2008. Since then, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Comstock Poetry Review, Off the Coast, Otoliths, Naugatuck Poetry Review, and Measure. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems have received Special Merit and Honorable Mention designations from Marge Piercy and from B.F. Fairchild. She co-hosts Fourth Sundays, a monthly poetry series in Claremont, California, and ‘Garden of Verses,’ an annual day-long reading of nature poems in Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden. Kattywompus Press publishes her two chapbooks, Burrowing Song (2013) and Eggs Satori (2014). Kelsay Books publishes her full-length collection The Book of Knots and their Untying (2016).  Find her website at |  | Praise for Bird Flying through the Banquet: |  | “Reading [Bird Flying through the Banquet] book floods the aviary of the mind with color and sound. Kronenfeld’s precise, textured images move easily among the realms of memory, art, narrative and the sensorium of direct experience. Alert, humorous and human, Kronenfeld is wise but not too timid to draw the blade of irony across our cheeks, to wake us with a blood-tipped feather as honest as the crows crowding around a deer, as delicate as a flock of orioles landing on a single leaf.” - Chad Sweeney |  | “The best poetry stops time, cherishes the past, witnesses the present and holds them up to the light where their specific music edges the metaphysical. Bird Flying through the Banquet does exactly that. The ‘50s, the poet’s young life, the lives of parents and relatives, their long histories, are returned in loving and keen attention to the particulars of a world almost lost if not for art. These poems attest to the significance of each life which is ‘utterly, beautifully, unremarkable.’ Judy Kronenfeld fearlessly confronts mortality and writes a resonant and important hymn to life.” -Christopher Buckley |  | “Judy Kronenfeld’s new collection is a rare treasure that looks back, looks in and pierces into the present. Memoria, eros, aging, death and the miraculous tracings of Kronenfeld’s ‘blessed wounds’ are in motion—that is, the body, time and space of her immigrant Jewish roots, her parents, her Bronx. Full of heart and ‘astonishing messages’ (and rage at the violence of these times), family close-ups, woman-portraits and fearless writing, this is a poetry we must read, carefully, intimately. Bravo, Judy! One of a brave kind.” -Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States |  | Praise for The Book of Knots and their Untying: |  | “Open the Book of Knots and their Untying, and you will find yourself pleasantly tangled in the complicated worlds of Karen Greenbaum-Maya. You'll find yourself within concentric circles of past and present, countries, languages and foods, exotic and ordinary. You'll meet relatives eccentric and sad, the rich and famous, and strange strangers. The poems in Book of Knots are crafty and intelligent, and the same poem can be at once heartbreaking and hilarious, wacky and profound—enjoy!” -Richard Garcia, author of The Persistence of Objects, The Flying Garcias, Rancho Notorious, Chickenhead, The Other Odyssey, and, Porridge |  | “Smart and funny, Karen Greenbaum-Maya’s poems in Knots and Their Untying plunge us into a knotty world of correlations between the perfect and the un-perfect.  Self-to-self – our physical bodies in all their freedoms and entrapments; love-and-defiance – how family and generations chase us from the present as they angle to tie us down in the future; and rational thought – ropey: straight or tangled. And all this rendered in language that snarls and unfurls in slightly naughty gifted song.” -Charlotte Davidson, author of Fresh Zebra |  | “These poems are physical—they hitchhike through foreign countries; skin their knees on rough pavement; dance; eat eggs, pumpernickel, peaches. They also revel in those most mysterious and fleeting things we call words, and our beautiful efforts to find the language for things. This is a book for the lived-in world—and for people who are ready to be moved by it.” -David Ebenbach, author of The Artist’s Torah, We Were the People Who Moved and Into the Wilderness |  | The Inlandia Institute is a regionally-focused literary nonprofit and publishing house. For more information, please visit |  | This event is free and open to the public. |  |  | Cost: Free

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