Pushcart Prize for Poetry Celebration

Celebrate the Pushcart Prize for Poetry Nominees from the Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology published by the Altadena Library District!

Join us for a special celebration of the talented nominees for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry, hosted by Altadena Library Poet Laureate Elline Lipkin. The nominees include:

  • Thelma T. Reyna, Ph.D.
  • Cathie Sandstrom
  • Susan Rogers
  • Dorothy Skiles
  • David Slavn
  • Alicia Elkort


THELMA T. REYNA, Ph.D.   www.AuthorThelmaReyna.com

Thelma T. Reyna’s books have collectively won 10 national literary awards. She has written 5 books: a short story collection, 2 poetry chapbooks, and 2 full-length poetry collections, including her latest release, Reading Tea Leaves After Trump (2018). Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, blogs, and regional media for over 25 years. As Poet Laureate in Altadena, 2014-2016, she edited the Altadena Poetry Review Anthology in 2015 and 2016. She was selected as a “Top 10 San Gabriel Valley Poet, 2016” by Spectrum Publications.



Cathie Sandstrom is a military brat who’s lived in four countries and ten states. Her poems appear on the website of the Academy of American Poets, and in The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Ekphrasis, Cider Press Review, Comstock Review and Lyric among others. Anthologies include Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond and Unmasked. A poem and essay appear in The Poetry Mystique, and an essay is online at the Jung Society of St. Louis. A finalist in Poets & Writers’ California Writers Exchange, her poem “You, Again” is in the artists’ book collections at the Getty Museum and USC.


SUSAN ROGERS         www.sukyomahikari.com

Susan Rogers considers poetry a vehicle for light and positive energy. She is a practitioner of Sukyo Mahikari—a spiritual practice promoting positive thoughts, words and action. Her poems are included in numerous anthologies and journals including The Best Poems of San Diego, Pirene's Fountain and Saint Julian’s Press. She was nominated for a previous Pushcart Prize and interviewed by Lois P. Jones for KPFK’s Poet’s Café.



Dorothy Skiles retired from L.A. County, Department of Public Social Services after 34 years of service. In 2010, was one of the founding members of the Village Poets of Sun- land-Tujunga. She served as the Poet Laureate from 2012-2014. Dorothy published four chapbooks, two in collaboration with fellow poets. Her poems appear in Meditation on Divine Names, Moonrise Press, 2012, From Benicia With Love, Accent Digital Publishing, Redding CA, 2013, featured in Colorado Boulevard.net in Pasadena, Mapping the Artist – Dorothy Skiles 2015, Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2016 and 2017.



David Slavn was born and raised in a small Midwestern town just north of Los Angeles. You may know it as Glendale. He was a host of the LMU Extension Program Reading Series, has been active in Beyond Baroque workshops, and has studied under some of Los Angeles' nest poets. His work has been published in Askew, Quill & Parchment, and published as Lithuanian translations in Literatura & Menas.



Alicia Elkort’s poetry has appeared in AGNI, Arsenic Lobster, Fickle Muses, Georgia Review, Heron Tree, Menacing Hedge, Rogue Agent, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Tinderbox Poetry Journal and many others and is forthcoming in Black Lawrence Press. Alicia's poems have been nominated for the Orisons Anthology (2016) and the Pushcart (2017). She lives in California and will go to great lengths for an honest cup of black tea and a cool breeze.



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Monday, April 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm