Poetry at the Altadena Library

It's Time for Altadena Poetry Review 2019 Submissions!



A Warm Welcome to Altadena Library's New Poet Laureates!

Above: (From left) Library Board of Trustees President Betsy Kahn, New Poet Laureates Teresa Mei Chuc, Hazel Clayton Harrison, Pauli Dutton, and former Poet Laureate Elline Lipkin


>> Hazel Clayton Harrison, Poet Laureate (Community Programs)

Hazel Clayton Harrison is the Chief Operating Officer of JAH Light Media, an Altadena-based writing, editing and publishing consulting firm. She earned her B.S. and M.ED degrees from Kent State University in Ohio. Her poetry has appeared in The Altadena Poetry Review Anthology - 2016 and 2017, Coiled Serpent, A Rock Against the Wind, Grandfathers, Journal of Modern Poetry, and other publications. Her memoir Crossing the River Ohio is available on Amazon. Prior to stepping into the role of COO of JAH Light Media, she managed training and education departments for IT corporations. As a poet, memorist and storyteller, she loves to perform poetry and tell stories at readings and open mics. She is passionate about healing communities through literature and art.

>> Teresa Mei Chuc, Poet Laureate (Editor-in-Chief)

Author of two full-length collections of poetry, Red Thread and Keeper of the Winds, Teresa Mei Chuc was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War while her father, who had served in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, remained in a Vietcong "reeducation" prison camp for nine years. Teresa, a fellow and teacher consultant of the Los Angeles Writing Project, teaches literature and writing at a public school. Teresa has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, professional teaching credentials in primary and secondary education, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. An avid reader of Russian literature and poetry, Teresa has studied the Russian language for about two decades and, in her spare time, translates her favorite poems from Russian into English. Teresa's poetry can be found in Silkworms Ink's 50th Anniversary Chapbook, the anthology Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterns and Refugees, and her recent chapbook How One Loses Notes and Sounds. She is the editor of the poetry anthology, Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands. From the age of two and a half, Teresa grew up in Pasadena, where she lives and loves, especially the surrounding Tongva Mountains in the Haramokgna area (San Gabriel Mountains) and Angeles National Forest. Teresa is currently working on her third full-length collection of poetry, Invisible Light, forthcoming in Fall 2018. Teresa is co-founding director of the nonprofit The Regenerative Collective. Tribal adoptive daughter of Tongva elder Gloria Arellanes, Teresa studies the Tongva language and dances hula in ceremony and prayer with Halau Kawahineeali'inohoikeanuenue'elua (Kumu: Mikilani Young). Ku kia'i mauna! Teresa practices tai chi (hao form, 108 moves) and Shaolin staff daily. Click here to learn more about Teresa!