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April 27, 2017 - Reading with the Pasadena Rose Poets (Marcia Arrieta, Teresa Mei Chuc, Hazel Clayton Harrison, and Mel Donalson) in "Studio on Fourth" at Pasadena Central Library - Donald Wright Auditorium, 7-8 pm.


April 15, 2017 - Keynote Speaker, Pasadena San Gabriel Valley Journal Newspaper, 2017 Women of Achievement Breakfast, Brookside Restaurant, Pasadena, CA, 8:00 am.


APRIL - NATIONAL POETRY MONTH initiated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.


February 22, 2017 - Reading, Pacific Oaks Black History Month Celebration, 4-5 pm, Pasadena.


February 25, 2017 - Reading & Workshop, Hammock Project: A Knitting & Poetry Workshop, 1-4 pm, La Pintoresca Library, Pasadena, CA.


February - December 2017 - Reading, Pasadena Rose Poets, Pasadena City Council Meetings, 6:30 pm, organized by Gerda Govine Ituarte.


March 10, 2017 - Reading, Pasadena Rose Poets, City of Pasadena ArtNight, 6-10 pm, Pasadena Museum of California Art.


March 18, 2017 - Featured Reader, Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena, 3-4 pm.




ALTERATIONS | THREAD LIGHT THROUGH EYE OF STORM got a 5-star rating from The Red City Review and was subsequently chosen as a finalist for The Red City Review Book Awards contest for 2015, which had more than 300 entires. See more at


FUTURE AWAKES IN MOUTH OF NOW is available at Vromans on Colorado Boulevard (Local Authors section) in Pasadena and at Hastings Ranch. The book was published in 2016 by Editions du Cygne (SWAN World), Paris. See the book review at .



videoThe series of the NEA grant collaborations with the City of Pasadena and Side Street Projects includes a video called "Poetry Within Reach" (curated by Gerda Govine Ituarte). To view, click: Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC): Poetry Within Reach





Featured poets at La Palabra Poetry Series with Gerda Govine Ituarte at left.

At left are the poets featured at La Palabra Poetry Series in Los Angeles, September 25, 2016. Poet Gerda Govine Ituarte is at left. See the article at:


Gerda Govine Ituarte's Anthology publications: Poems 7

Drylandlit Press Magazine, "Veteran" - Summer 2016 issue, Los Angeles, CA;  Altadena Poetry Review - April 2016;  Indefinite Space--a poetry/art journal - April 2016;  Poetry of Protest, Journal of Modern Poetry - April 2016;  Dryland Los Angeles Arts and Letters - March 2016;   Coiled Serpent, Tia Chucha Press - March 2016;  One: Body, Mind, Spirit - Zine, volume 14 - February 2016



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Past Events


February 17, 2017 - Reading with local poets published by Swan World at Book Show in Highland Park. Featured Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW. 


January 18, 2017 - Keynote Speaker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, City of Glendale, CA


January 6, 2017 -- Reading at Vromans, Pasadena.


November 10, 2016 -- Reading from NEW collection "Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW," Zaina Gallery, 76th Street Studios, Cleveland, OH.


September 25, 2016 - La Palabra Poetry Series, Los Angeles


September 19, 2016 - Women's Leadership Roundtable panel member and poetry reading, 27th Annual Women's Conference, Business Life Magazine, Castaways Restaurant & Conference Center, Burbank, CA


September 21, 2016 - Participant, Fourth Annual Authors Fair, ArtNight Pasadena, Pasadena Public Library


September 25, 2016 - Featured Poet, Avenue 50 Studio, La Palabra, Pasadena Writing Project, Members Gale Cohen, Maria Elena Fernandez and Carla Sameth


October 2, 2016 - Reading at Zorthian Ranch Festival, Altadena, CA


October 16, 2016 - Reading with Pasadena Rose Poets: Hazel Clayton Harrison and Carla Sameth, Book Show bookstore, Highland Park, CA


October 26, 2016 - Featured Poet, Lit Crawl L.A. NoHo - Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura - "Tongues on Fire" group reading. Toni Laudermilk, Carla Sameth and Carmen Tolivar


Created the Pasadena Rose Poets, whose members participated in a four-week series of lunchtime poetry readings in Pasadena, July and August 2016.


Read poetry, City of Pasadena Council Meetings, Pasadena, CA, August 8 and 15, 2016, as a member of the Pasadena Rose Poets.


Invited by Councilmember John J. Kennedy to read a poem at District 3 Community Meeting, August 30, 2016.


Producer/MC - "Poetry Within Reach," featuring the Pasadena Rose Poets, July/August 2016 an NEA grant via the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division and Side Street Projects, 12 noon to 1:00 pm, Wednesdays July 27, August 3, 10 and 17, Pasadena Senior Center, under auspices of Consejo Fronterizo de Arte Cultura (COFAC).


Guest Poet, Occidental College Upward Bound Writers Seminar, July 21, 2016, 10-11 a.m.


Reading/performance with live music, Open Studio, with Luis Ituarte, Flintridge Center, Pasadena, CA: "Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW," third collection of poetry, hot off the press in June 2016, published by Editions du Dygne / Swan World, Paris, France.


Poetry Reading/Discussion, Let's Be Whole" Radio Show, Nina Womack, Los Angeles, CA, August 31, 2016


Featured poet - read from "Coiled Serpent" anthology, Los Angeles Book Show, May 13, 2015


Featured poet - read from "Alterations | Thread Light Through Eye of Storm," Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, May 23, 2016


Poem in Spectrum 5: Every Poem is an Idea, Los Angeles, CA, May 29, 2016


Reading and discussion of poems on debut radio show, Special Mothers Day Edition, Healing Poetry, streamed live on


Radio - media guest Gerda Govine Ituarte


Featured poet - read two poems from the "Altadena Poetry Review" 2016 at their launch event, April 30, 2016.


Featured poet - read two poems from "Coiled Serpent" anthology launch party hosted by the Los Angeles Poet Society, at Tia Chucha Press event, Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore, April 30, 2016.


Featured poet on Live Broadcast Full Spectrum, Kill Radio Los Angeles, , organized by the Los Angeles Poet Society on May 2, 2016. Check YouTube in June.


Downtown L.A. during the opening of the  American Writers Association Annual Conference (3/30/-4/2/2016), L.A. Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles, CA.


Featured poet at "La Palabra" reading my work in English and in Spanish (by Sonia Rivea), (3/30/16), Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA.


A featured poet in "Coiled Serpent" anthology, Tia Chucha Press, Book Release Party, (3/30/16), Ace Hotel Theatre


Featured poet at Pasadena Playhouse, February 2016; Mi Historia, Mi Manera Initiative and District 5 Neighborhood Block Party with Sonia Rivera on Summit Avenue between Villa and Maple in Pasadena.


Featured poet at Assemblymember Chris Holden, District 41, Open House /District Women of Distinction event, Pasadena, CA, March 3, 2016.


Present "poetry invocation," Los Angeles County Commission for Women, 31st Annual 'Women of the Year' Awards and Scholarship Luncheon', Music Center Grand Hall, Los Angeles, CA., March 14, 2016.


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Readings - International - 2015:


Cuba Biennale in Havana as part of Noema's sound performance, Case de la Poesia, and Teatro Nacional, May 25 and 28, 2015.


Participated in the XXII Annual International Female Poetry Festive in Cerete-Cordoba, Columbia, November 4-8, 2015


Read two poems in Piccadilly Square in London, November 17, 2015.


One of 113 poets (No. 107 - 868 Union Avenue Bronx) invited to include work as part of artist Shimpei Takeda's exhibit, "Inscription: A Monumental Installation," at The New Americans Museum in San Diego, November 2015 - January 29, 2016.


Gerda Govine Ituarte read at Lit Crawl, October 21, 2015, at one of more than 30 venues along Lankershim and Magnolia in North Hollywood Arts District, with an array of writers and performers. "This is the third year and I have been involved as part of the Executive Team from the beginning and as a reader. ... It is one of the most exciting and creative literary venues in L.A. County. I'll be reading as part of The Pasadena Writing Project with Carla Sameth, Gale Cohen and Maria Elena Fernandez at Joe Coffee, 5251 Lankershim Boulevard beginning at 9 p.m. More info at . I hope you can join us as we 'mix it up.'" - Gerda Govine Ituarte


Gerda was the featured poet at Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea Cafe, 5371 Alhambra Avenue, L.A. 90032, on Friday, December 19, 2015, reading from her first book, "Oh, Where is My Candle Hat?" and the soon-to-be-published, "Alterations|Thread Light Through Eye of Storm."



    • Two of Gerda's previous poetry collection (Alterations | Thread Light Through Eye of Storm and Oh, Where is My Candle Hat? (in English and Spanish) are now available at Book Show Bookstore, 5503 Figueroa Street, Highland Park, CA 90032.) (Phone 213 438-9551).
    • San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly (spring , summer, winter )
    • Altadena Poetry Review Anthology 2015 (April) Poem “Identity” was cited by U.S. Poetry Review
    • Ms. Aligned (May)
    • HomeTown Pasadena (June)
    • Dryland Los Angeles Arts and Letters, (July)
    • Spectrum, (September) & Spectrum II (December)


GOOD NEWS! - Publications

Publishing Stats for Gerda Govine Ituarte's Poems:


As of 3/30/2016, the number of Gerda Govine Ituarte's poems from her two books which have been published by third parties is 51, plus 56 poems have been published in 12 journals (including on-line and anthologies) for a grand total of 107.


Some of the publications are:


Journal of Modern Poetry (JOMP), issue No. 19, published "Poetry of Protest issue from Chicago Poetry Press, including 41 poets from seven states and two poets from the U.K. Included in the publication were Gerda Govine Ituarte's "HerStory" and "Long Haul."


The San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly No. 69, Winter 2016, published "Up in the Air."


Hometown Pasadena, two articles, March 13, 2016 "For the Ones I had to Leave" and "La Palabra" in March 14, 2016.
Pasadena Weekly, March 17, 2016 Calendar section, "Creative Catharsis" article and an added bonus:  Our reading on March 20, 2016 was honored as the "Prime Pick" of the Week." 


"Girls" was published in the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Summer, 2015.


Two poems "HerStory" and "Sliver of Light" scheduled for publication early 2016 by Indefinite Space, a poetry/art journal.


Alterations | Thread Light Through Eye of Storm will be translated into Spanish and available in February-March 2016.


One of Gerda Govine Ituarte's poems will be published in World Enough Writers, International poetry Journal.


"Sliver of Light" was published in the San Gabriel Valley Quarterly Calendar 2015.


Published "A Second Look" and "Water World" in Spectrum I and Spectrum II Journal, September and December 2015.


Two of Gerda Govine Ituarte's poems were published in Tia Chucha's Press anthology Coiled Serpent Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts in Los Angeles. The anthology was presented at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in March 2015 in Los Angeles to more than 12,000 attendees.


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Poet Gerda Govine Ituarte

Is available for Speaking and Reading engagements. Please contact Gerda at:
or by phone at: (626) 484-0740

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