UCR’s Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts Hosts Inlandia Conversations at the Culver Series

Award-winning artists to join this year’s series beginning on Jan. 29

Lewis deSoto

Lewis deSoto

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside’s Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts continues the Inlandia Conversations at the Culver series on Jan. 29. The series brings artists and authors together every other month for an intimate reading and discussion.

All events are free and open to the public, but reserved seating is required. The series is hosted by and held at UCR ARTSblock’s Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, located at 3834 Main St., Riverside. The readings begin at 7 p.m., and will be followed by book sales and signing.

Heather Altfeld Photo courtesy: Brett Hall Jones

Heather Altfeld
Photo courtesy: Brett Hall Jones

Two award-winning poets, Heather Altfeld and Troy Jollimore, will join the conversation on Jan. 29. Altfeld won the inaugural Poets at Work Book Prize for her book, “The Disappearing Theatre.” Her work has been described as, “[t]heatres, dioramas, boxes within boxes, rooms within rooms within rooms, Heather Altfeld’s work has a mysterious largeness of feeling and, instant by instant, the fascination of the miniature.”

Jollimore’s latest book of poetry, “Syllabus of Errors” has been described as “…intelligent, soulful and amusingly self-aware” on the list of Best Poetry Books of 2015 written by The New York Times.

Photographer and essayist Lewis deSoto joins the series on March 17. He is a professor of art at San Francisco State University, and his work has been exhibited in solo and group shows across the country for three decades. In “Empire,” deSoto’s just-released Heyday/Inlandia Imprint book, he explores his birthplace and ancestral Cahuilla homeland, the Inland Empire.

The Inlandia series will conclude for the season on May 19 with poets Kenji Liu and Angela Peñaredondo, winners of Inlandia Institute’s Inaugural Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Liu’s writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Review, Asian American Literary Review, Barrow Street Journal, and several anthologies. He is also a recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, VONA/Voices, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Community of Writers.

Peñaredondo is a queer poet and artist living in Riverside. Her work has appeared in South Dakota Review, Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, Thrush Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She is also a VONA/Voices of Our Nations Art fellow. A graduate student of creative writing at UC Riverside, she is also the recipient of the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, Zora Neal Hurston Poetry Award, Gluck Program of the Arts Fellowship, Dzanc Books International Literary Program Scholarship, Tin House Scholarship, Fishtrap Fellowship and UCLA Community Access Scholarship in poetry.

The series will resume in fall 2016 with essayist Jo Scott-Coe. For more information regarding the series, please contact Cati Porter at 951-790-2458.

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Additional Contacts

Cati Porter
Tel: 951-790-2458
E-mail: cati.porter@inlandiainstitute.org

Tyler Stallings
Tel: 951-827-5191
E-mail: tyler.stallings@ucr.edu

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