La Verne Professors to Present at San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival

February 12, 2013 by University of La Verne

What: University of La Verne Professor of Writing Cathy Irwin and Professor of English Bill Cook are presenting at the upcoming San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival. Writers and poets from the San Gabriel Valley have been invited to participate in the event, which showcases writers and artists from many areas east of Los Angeles.

“It’s a blessing for the whole area east of L.A.,” Cook said. “It ties the University in with a creative literary expression going up and down the valley.”

Irwin wants students to be aware of the “vital” community writers in the immediate area and that they do not have to drive to L.A. for a poetry reading.

“Festivals like this one help invigorate the community. Sharing poetry and telling stories has been a traditional way for communities to come together to think about important issues and to understand the experience of others,” Irwin said.

Estella Gonzalez and Nicky Schildkraut, who currently teach in La Verne’s writing program, will also share work at the festival.

When: Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 17 with readings held from 12 – 9 p.m.

Where: West Covina Civic Center, 1444 W. Garvey Ave.West Covina, CA

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