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Monthly, members of the Pasadena Rose Poets continue to “'gift' a poem” during the public comment portion of the Pasadena City Council meetings. The readings were initially established by Gerda Govine Ituarte, founder of the PRP, in February 2017.

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Be on the lookout for the Pasadena Rose Poets' first anthology with expected publication October 2019 edited by Gerda Govine Ituarte and published by Teresa Mei Chuc, owner of Shabda Press. Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6-8:00 p.m., Casa Familiar's 12th Annual Dia de la Mujer Art Exhibition Closing, The Front Gallery, 147 W. San Ysidro Boulevard, San Diego, CA. 90173

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Pasadena LitFest, Pasadena Rose Poets, Gerda Govine Ituarte Founder, Hazel Clayton Harrison, Shahé Mankerian and Toni Mosley presents "The Citizen Poets Sparking Our Civic Imagination, El Portal Restaurant, Pasadena Playhouse District, 695 E. Greene Street, CA. 91101.

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 2-4:00 p.m. - Invitation to read, Fourth Sundays Poetry Claremont Reading, Claremont Library, 208 Harvard Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 6-8 p.m., Poetry performance, "The body is a home," Art Produce Gallery, 3139 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104





Past Events


Monday, January 28, 2019, members of the Pasadena Rose Poets continue to “gift" a poem,” on a monthly basis, during the public comment portion of the Pasadena City Council meetings. The readings were initially established by Gerda Govine Ituarte, founder of the PRP, in February 2017. Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek stated during one of the Council meetings that he believes the City Council meetings are more civil as a result of the poetry readings. All City Council meetings are videotaped by Pasadena Media.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm - The Pasadena Rose Poets honored and celebrated past and present African American poets who have and continue to impact this genre in the US and beyond as part of the "Black History Celebration" at the Central Library, Studio on 4th. Gerda Govine Ituarte, Poet, established the Pasadena-based PRP in 2016 to answer a call from the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division to include poetry in the lineup of cultural activities funded by the NEA.

February 21, 2019 - The Pasadena Rose Poets honored and celebrated past and present African American poets with impact on this genre in the US and beyond as part of the "Black History Celebration" at the Central Library, Studio  Gerda Govine Ituarte, poet, established the Pasadena-based PRP in 2016 to answer a call from the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division to include poetry in the lineup of cultural activities funded by the NEA.




Gerda Light Bringer Project and ARTIST STORIES article

"ARTIST STORIES" ezine, published by Light Bringer Project, recently featured Pasadena poet Gerda Govine in its December 2018 issue. Angelina Coppola interviewed Gerda for the biographical "Citizen Poet" article. Excerpt - - Gerda describes reading to an audience .... "It's organic. I use my hands. I use my body, my intonation, my speed ... Each poem I read differently, to keep the words alive." Read the interview.

AND MORE . . .

Altadena Poetry Review Anthology 2019, three poems: Bring Flowers, I Don't Like Poetry, and Two Streams, Shabda Press, published April, 2019. Available at Vroman's Bookstore and online at and


Altadena Poetry Review Anthology 2018, This Time (first prose piece), Golden Foothills Press, Pasadena, published April 29, 2018


Poetry Publication Articles, 2017: :


"Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW," February 13, 2017


"Poetry Within Reach & Poetry Pioneers," What We're Reading, April 18, 2017


"Poetry & Cookies," April 23, 2017


Ms. Aligned,, October 30, 2017


"Door of No Return, Goree Island" appears in Spectrum 10: 39 Top L.A. Poets, June 2017


"Burn This House Down," appears in PoeticDiversity, November 2017 issue.


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


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.



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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Two of Gerda Govine Ituarte's poems were selected for the Rail Trail in Santa Cruz."Las Mujeres" and "Library Surprise / Sorpresa en La Biblioteca." They are:


Las Mujeres, "Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW," Editions du Cygnet (Swan World), Paris, France, 2016.

Library Surprise, "Oh Where is My Candle Hat?," Asterisco, Editoria de Poesia, Tijuana, Mexico, 2012.


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Sunday, November 4, 2018, featured, Poets Inc., Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 1:00 p.m.


Sunday, November 11, 2018, reading, Last Bookstore Downtown LA, Jacqueline Tchakalian's Roar Shack Show, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Sunday, November 18, 2018, closing event at the California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido - "DesEscondido / No Longer Hidden."


Partners in Life - Partners in Art, Luis Ituarte and Gerda Govine Ituarte will be one of three couples featured with Robin Brailsford, Wick Alexander and Debby and Larry Kline, 2:00-3:00 p.m.


Poetry Reading / Open Mic featuring the Pasadena Rose Poets with guest poets from Poetry, Inc., Escondido, 3:00-4:00 p.m.


September 28 - November 18, Poet Participant (create poetry interwoven throughout the exhibit), "Descondido / No Longer Hidden Exhibit," created by and in collaboration with Public Address, a group of 18 public artists based in San Diego at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA. For more information, check out the Public Address blog:


Saturday, October 13, 2018, Gerda Govine's fourth book of poetry, Poetry Withi Reach in Unexpected Places, released in October 2018 and Gerda will read from it at the "DesEscondido/No Longer Hidden: Public Address Art Exhibition, for which the book was written. This first reading takes place at the inaugural Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series during intermission at 5:00 p.m.


October 13, 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Pasadena Rose Poets and guests, City of Pasadena ArtNight, Pasadena Central Library.

September 22 - 5:00 pm, Mariposa International Residents' Event (live music, art, poetry with present and former residents. Program starts at 7:00 p.m., Mariposa Artist Residency, Chapo Marquez, 158-8 Colonia Federal, Tijuana, BC, Mexico 22010.


June 21, 7:00 pm, -- Pasadena Museum of California Art, Incident Report #3 reading / performance, "Creativity, Identity and Life Experience in the West; a "shockingly wonderful and talented line-up of Southern California" writers and poets. Reception follow.


April 11 - 1 to 2 pm, Reading with the Pasadena Rose Poets' Carla Sameth and guest poet Toni Mosley at the last of four noon-time events in the City of Pasadena Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield St., Room S24 on second floor, Pasadena 91101.


April 21, 2018 - 2-4 pm, Reading and workshop with the Pasadena Rose Poets' Mel Donalson, Hazel Clayton Harrison and Carla Sameth at Book Show Bookstore, 5530 N. Figueroa Street, Highland Park, Los Angeles 90042.

January through April, 12 Noon - 1 pm, 2nd "Poetry Within Reach" monthly lunch-time series, City of Pasadena Council Chambers, Pasadena, CA


January 10, February 14, March 14 and April 11 - Monthly lunchtime Poetry Reading by the Pasadena Rose Poets at City of Pasadena Council Chambers


March 30 - 8 pm, Reading with Ingrid Calderon "Friday Night Poetry: They're Just Words," at Book Show Bookstore, 5530 N. Figueroa Street, Highland Park, Los Angeles 90042.


Featured poet at Lyrical Flamges, Jones Coffee Roasters, Pasadena, CA; May 26


Pasadena LitFest, read as part of the Poetry Stars group at Stand Courtyard and invited by Red Hen Press to read from Bad Story and Jacqueline Tchakalian from Not My President, Anthology, Vroman's Bookstore Stage; May 19


"Meet Gerda Govine Ituarte of the Pasadena Rose Poet Group," Voyage LA Magazine,


Altadena Poetry Review Anthology 2018, This Time (first prose piece), Golden Foothills Press, Pasadena, published April 29, 2018


Second Place Winner, Los Angeles Poets Society, (This Time), "Women's Month Poetry Contest,", Marsh 2018


2017 and Before


Poetry Readings at Pasadena City Council meetings, City Council Archives, Public Comments, Poetry Readings by the Pasadena Rose Poets, February through December 2017.


December 7, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm, Pasadena Rose Poets Community Celebration, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena, CA


December 30, 2017, 11 am - 3 pm, The Huntington Botanical Gardens, World Family Day, San Marino, CA


October 13, 2017, 6-10 pm, City of Pasadena Fall ArtNight, Pasadena, CA


October 25, 2017, 6-10 pm, Los Angeles Literary Foundation, Lit Crawl L.A. 2017, NoHo (North Hollywood Arts District), CA


August 19, 2017, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, Emcee at Poetry Reading, "A Call for Boldness," Bridget (Biddy) Mason: Remembering the LEGACY of this Amazing Unsung Shero," presented by The Women's Group of Greater Los Angeles County, Biddy Mason Memorial Park, 333 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA


August 24, 2017, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Emcee, International Tijuana-based Author/Artist Roberto Rosique, introduce new book: De aquellos paramos sin cultura ... Tres decadas de artest en Baja California: de lo retiniano a lo conceptual / Of those barren fields without culture ... Three decades of art in Baja California: from the retinal to the conceptual, coupled with panel discussion. Pasadena Public Library, Studio on 4th, 285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA


August 26, 2017, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. - The Fourth Poetry Circus, 25 poets and performers and literary organizations, Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA


June 17 through July 8, 2017 - Project participant, poem included in Arquivo Vivo (Living Archive) Pasadena, Bia Gayott's exhibition, Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA, 5-7 pm.


Sat., June 24, 2017 - 11 am to 4:30 pm - Emcee and Reader, "Memories of Octavia Butler, Pasadena Public Library. One Story - featured book, KINDRED. Studio on Fourth. Participants: Jervey Tervalon, author and executive director of literature for Life/Locavore; Also Steven Barnes, award-winning science fiction author; and Lynell George, Los Angeles-based journalist and essayist. Showing of B movie, "Devil Girl from Mars," 1954 Octavia Butler's inspiration to write science fiction.


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


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.


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.


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


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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
  • Altadena Poetry Review Anthology 2015 (April) Poem “Identity” was cited by U.S. Poetry Review
  • Ms. Aligned
  • HomeTown Pasadena (June)
  • Dryland Los Angeles Arts and Letters
  • Spectrum & Spectrum II


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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

Library Surprise

Musky scent chokes air.
                                Ancestors wait.

Layers of quietness float in rafters.
                                Ancestors feel.

Lonely aisles listen for staccato footsteps.
                                Ancestors watch.

Telescopic eyes scan titles.
                                Ancestors smile.

Thirst wrestles ravenous appetite.
                                Ancestors drink.

Tongue holds silent words.
                                Ancestors speak.


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