Virtual Event
Monday, May 03, 2021 at 7:00PM


bridgette bianca, liz gonzález,
Gail Newman and Lynne Thompson


bridgette bianca


bridgette bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Howard University and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Otis College of Art & Design. bridgette bianca has performed her poetry all around Southern California, including features at The World Stage, the Southern California Poetry Festival, Los Angeles Lit Crawl, the Table Lit, LitFest Pasadena, Rapp Saloon, La Palabra, Beyond Baroque, and the un::fade::able Reading Series. She was most recently published on and in Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. She is one half of the literary curating team, Making Room for Black Women, with Sanura Williams of My Lit Box, and co hosts the Women’s Center for Creative Work’s Reading Series with Nina Rota. bridgette bianca’s work as a writer and an educator seeks to serve the people and moments most forget or ignore. Her first book of poetry be/trouble, was released by Writ Large Press/The Accomplices in February 2020.

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liz gonzález


liz gonzález, creative nonfiction writer and poet, was born and raised in the San Bernardino Valley. She is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected (Los Nietos Press 2018), and her work recently appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, The International Literary Quarterly, and the anthologies Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century and San Bernardino Singing. She teaches creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers's Program.


Gail Newman


Gail Newman has worked as an arts administrator, museum educator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and CalPoets poet-teacher and San Francisco Coordinator. She was co-founder of Room: A Women's Literary Journal and has edited two books of children's poetry: C is for California and Dear Earth. A collection of her poetry, One World, was published by Moon Tide Press. 


A child of Polish Holocaust survivors, Gail Newman was born in a Displaced Persons’ Camp in Lansberg, Germany and immigrated with her parents to the United States where they settled in Los Angeles. Her poems have been published in journals including Calyx, Prairie Schooner, The Bellingham Review and Nimrod International. 


A new collection, Blood Memory, was chosen by Marge Piercy for the Marsh Hawk Press 2020 Poetry Prize. Piercy wrote, “Writing about the Holocaust can be difficult now, not that it was ever easy… To make fresh powerful poems rooted in Shoah is amazing.”


Lynne Thompson


In 2021, Lynne Thompson was appointed Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles. She is the author of Start With a Small Guitar and Beg No Pardon, winner of the Perugia Book Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award. Her manuscript, Fretwork, won the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize and was  published in 2019. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in New York Quarterly, New England Review, Pleiades, Black Warrior Review, and the 2020 Best American Poetry, among others. Thompson sits on the Boards of Cave Canem and the Los Angeles Review of Books.