Monday, October 17, 2016

Into Light - Poetry of the Spirit, at Lit Crawl LA - No Ho, Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Moonrise Press presents five poets in a special open and free reading during the Lit Crawl 2016 Poetry Festival in North Hollywood, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. 

The reading will take place at XMA HQ, 5140 Lankershim Blvd., on the right side of Lankershim if going up, below Magnolia, corner of Hartsook. Number 8 on the map:

The reading will include poems from Moonrise Press's anthology Meditations on Divine Names (2012) and Maja Trochimczyk's Into Light: Poems and Incantations (2016). 

The Vanishing Point

At the edge of an infinite ocean
That’s breathing time into space
In the temple of light
Columns shine from within
With warm brightness
That comforts and heals

There are great halls and countless
Mirrors in this brilliant library of ages 
Where you find all books, and all 
Knowledge that was, is, and ever will be

In this temple of light
Where columns shine from within
We rest in the glow of wisdom
And learn who we are —
All one, all together, strands woven
Into an endless, breathing tapestry 
Undulating with life

It is done We walk in
The door’s open

(c) 2016  by Maja Trochimczyk, from Into Light: Poems and Incantations

If all goes well, we'll listen to the nightingale through the reading:


Joe DeCenzo grew up in Los Angeles and majored in theater and English Literature. From 2004-06 he served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. He produced the Shouting Coyote performing arts festival and was a Department of Cultural Affairs grant recipient. His published works include The Ballad of Alley and Hawk and the Study Guide and Poetry Primer. His poems appeared in Meditations on Divine Names anthology (2012) and other venues. Joe currently serves on the planning committee for the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga and as Chair of Poet Laureate Search Committee.

Elsa S. Frausto was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has lived in the Foothills with her family for over twenty years. She was the coordinator and host for Camelback Readings held at the Sunland-Tujunga Library. Elsa is a member of the Chuparosa Writers, volunteers at the Friends of the Library Bookstore and at the Noise Within Theater (Pasadena) and is poetry editor and translator for the Spanish language literary magazine Her work has appeared in many local and international publications, among them Porte des Poetes, Speechlessthemagazine, Poem of the Month in Poets at Work, Badlands, Meditations on Divine Names, and anthologies by Poets on Site.

Marlene Hitt was the first Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga. She has been a member of the Chupa Rosa Writers of Sunland-Tujunga and the Foothills since its inception in 1985. In addition to poetry chapbooks, anthologies and readings, she has authored a non-fiction book "Sunland-Tujunga, from Village to City". She served at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga as Museum Director and docent and currently is the member of the ST Neighborhood Council. She also co-founded Village Poets in 2010. In addition to her poetry activities, she has served as history writer for the Foothill Leader and the Glendale News Press, the North Valley Reporter, the Voice of the Village newspaper, and other venues. Her most recent book Clocks and Water Drops was published in 2014.

Maja Trochimczyk, PhD, is a Polish-born poet, music historian, photographer, and non-profit director. A former Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga, she wrote/edited six books on music (including Frederic Chopin: A Research and Information Guide, Routledge, 2015), and published six  volumes of poetry - Rose Always (2011), Miriam’s Iris (2008) , Slicing the Bread (2014), Into Light (2016) and anthologies Chopin with Cherries (2010) and Meditations on Divine Names (2012). Hundreds of her poems and articles appeared online and in print journals. She serves as Board Secretary of the Polish American Historical Association, and is an author of hundreds of articles, book reviews and poems published in Poland, Canada, U.K., U.S., France, Germany, Sweden, and other countries. As President of Moonrise Press, she is also a publisher of books on poetry, music and Polish culture. She received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and honors from the Polish government (medal for the promotion of Polish culture), PAHA, and others. 

Ambika Talwar is an educator, author and artist, who has written poetry since her teen years. She has authored Creative Resonance: Poetry—Elegant Play, Elegant Change; 4 Stars & 25 Roses; and other chapbooks. Her style is ecstatic making her poetry a “bridge to other worlds.” She is published in Kyoto Journal, Inkwater Ink – vol. 3, Chopin with Cherries, On Divine Names, VIA-Vision in Action, in Poets on Site collections, in St. Julian Press, Tower Journal, and others; has been interviewed by KPFK; has recorded poems for the Pacific Asia Museum. She has also won an award for a short film at a festival in Belgium.  She practices IE: Intuition-Energetics™, a fusion of modalities, sacred geometry and creative principles for wellness and teaches English at a community college. Originally from India, she resides in Los Angeles, California. Sites: and 

Marlene Hitt, Joe DeCenzo, Dorothy Skiles and Maja Trochimczyk
at the first reading from Meditations on Divine Names (2012).

Los Angeles welcomes back Lit Crawl L.A. to the NoHo Arts District on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 6pm-Midnight. Restaurants, bars and other hip NoHo venues will host a a FREE evening. Experience literary LA’s incredible array of local reading series and literary organizations all in one evening as you crawl from venue to venue, reading to reading! All events are free–food and drink are not included. Every venue is within a walkable radius from the Metro North Hollywood rail station so Angelenos throughout SoCal can Go Metro to attend this unique literary festival.

Lit Crawl® L.A. is presented by the Los Angeles Literary Foundation and is a project of the Litquake Foundation. San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival runs October 7-15, 2016, with affiliated Lit Crawls in San Francisco, New York, Austin, Seattle, Iowa City, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Cheltenham, Boston, and Wellington, New Zealand, with more cities in the works. Lit Crawl® L.A. is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and with the support Community Partners.

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