Join Angelina Sáenz to celebrate the debut poetry book, “Edgecliff.”
AUTHOR EVENT DETAILS
Sun, Jan 9, 2022, 1:00 PM – Mon, Jan 10, 2022, 3:00 PM PST
Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 North Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edgecliff-book-launch-reading-signing-tickets-225993341167
About the Author:
Born and raised in central Los Angeles, Angelina Sáenz grew up in the racism, poverty and violence of the 70s and 80s. A high school dropout, she attended East Los Angeles College, received a four-year scholarship to Occidental College, where she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and received her BA in Theater. She completed a Master’s in Education from Claremont Graduate University and has been an elementary public-school teacher for 22 years. In her teaching career she has received awards from the Obama White House, the La Opinion Newspaper and is featured in the KCET documentary on Dual Language Education. She served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council and traveled with a teacher delegation to Finland to learn about their educational system. In 2018, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Otis College. Her poetry has appeared in venues such as Diálogo, Split this Rock, Out of Anonymity, Angels Flight Literary West, Every Other, Cockpit Revue Paris and The Acentos Review. She is the host of the monthly poetry reading La Palabra at Avenue 50 Studio in Northeast Los Angeles.
About the Book:
Written in the three years following a divorce from a twenty-two year marriage, these poems are about a middle-aged Chicana who is facing life on her own for the first time. These poems respond to the confusion and pain of a rebound love affair, the courage to pursue an MFA and be in a workshop as an older, first-gen student who never studied literature, the longing and hopes of a single-mother, life under a racist and violent political regime and the everlasting effects of intergenerational trauma in hers and her family’s life. These poems bleed love and hope in the midst of uncertainty and longing.