native Blossoms
An evening with Yak Press poets

We’re excited to host five of Yak Press’s poets for the launch of the next book in their Native Blossoms series, CLS Ferguson’s Tumbleweed. The Native Blossoms Chapbook series explores our relationship to the natural landscape, each book featuring at least one poem about the flower that collection takes its name from.

CLS Ferguson’s Tumbleweed: Against All Odds tells a deeply personal, but universal story. The

poems in this collection courageously confront the speaker’s own biases and history with sobering honesty and relentless candor, finding joy in unexpected moments. A Pushcart-nominated writer, CLS Ferguson is the author of two full-length collections. This is her second chapbook. She and her husband are raising their daughter and a dog in Alhambra.

Anne Yale offers a response to the sacred in verse in Liturgy of Small Feathers―as if the poems themselves act as communion. The worship found here is of the fragile and the fierce, luring us through revelations of dark and dream to return to the most familiar of landscapes. Although she’s lived in the Mojave Desert for over 25 years, she swears she’s “just passing through.”

Melisa Malvin-Middleton’s first collection, Hover the Bones, digs through the garden of the familiar “ties that bind” — family relationships — to unearth profound connections and upsetting loss. Presented in precise, yet musical language, these poems negotiate a complex landscape with contemplative grace. She lives in Los Angeles, and teaches writing at California State University, Northridge, and College of the Canyons.

Cindy Rinne brings myth to life in a contemporary context in Listen to the Codex. The poems in this collection stitch a tale that brings several disparate narrative threads together and from them, reconciles an intricate whole. Also a fiber artist, Cindy is the author of five books of poetry, and a founding member of PoetrIE, an Inland Empire-based literary community. She writes and creates art in San Bernardino.

Nancy Carroll’s Night Walks travels through backyards, art, and myth and focuses on small, familiar moments of light and loss. Carroll’s feminine voice delivers place—carefully framed and exposed—and invites us to grab our maps and join the journey. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches composition at L.A. Valley College.

Here's the thing...

If you're getting a book signed at Chevalier's, please purchase it at Chevalier's.

Our events are free, and we welcome anyone and everyone to enjoy a night of riveting intellectual discussion. We are, however, a small independent bookstore, and we rely on event revenues to continue hosting them. So, if you're going to get a book signed,please purchase that book here. This way, we can keep the spectacular nights coming.