Hey there, Moon Pixie!

Wow! January is gone and half of February is almost over. I settled in my new home in Oceanside, CA at the end of January. It’s so pleasant here. Our family housing community is wonderful to us. It feels so nice to be able to enjoy movie nights, Ladies Potluck Bingo, and other housing events with our neighbors.

I finally am slowly working on reshaping my favorite passion, which is bringing community together. Moon Pixel “Open-Mic” is postponed for awhile.

I am planning on branching out Moon Pixel Collective into something spectacular this 2017 year. Visit the upcoming new site here.  It’ll give you insight on what is to come.

Elmast Kozloyan is running a new open-mic series now at Half Off Books, CA called Inside The Lantern. It is every first Friday of the month. Inside The Lantern is the replacement for Moon Pixel Open-Mic. I’m not sure when I’ll be back in Whittier, CA as a resident again. If it ever does become my residence in the future I wouldn’t mind coming back and hosting for you Pixies.

I started a GoFundMe Campaign to help me flourish the vision I have for Moon Pixel Collective. It might take a while! That’s okay. Regardless of the time it takes I am organizing everything to start community here. If you’d like to see the progress of my campaign, or donate whatever contribution you’d like just click on the link above, or below. I’d appreciate any motivation or financial support.

Seriously, e-mail me from time to time asking how my lesson planning is going, or what my thoughts, and hopes are with this project! I’d love to have someone I can check up with on my progress. Positive reinforcement is a wonderful thing!

I hope you are all doing well. I miss some of you very much. I am thankful that last weekend Sarah Thursday visited me. We had some lovely girl time together. It was great!

Have a blessed weekend.

Sincerely,

Raquel

 

https://www.gofundme.com/moon-pixel-collective-fundraiser

 

 

 

 

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Poetry Super Highway’s 2015 Summer Contest

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/psh/2015/10/18/poetry-super-highway-2015-poetry-contest-winners-announcement

It is such a pleasure to find out that my poem “The Draft of Messiah” tied for sixth place with two other poets for Poetry Super Highway’s 2015 Summer Contest. Very exciting! Thank you to the judges who took the time to read all 635 poems and score them. Congrats to the top ten!

The Valley Poets Reading: A Celebration of Latino Writers

I will be featuring Saturday, October 24, 2015 at The dA Center in Pomona, CA at 7 p.m. alongside Marco Vasquez and Madeline Newman Rios. This event will be hosted by Elder Zamora and John Brantinham. I will be reading poems from my chapbook, “Born To Electrify”, and some new poems as well. I hope to see some of you there. I haven’t featured in awhile, so I’m excited! It’s always such a pleasure and honor to be asked to read at a venue. There will be an open-mic as well. Come & share. I’d love to hear you all read.

Tuesday, October 6th

Hello,

On October 6th, 2015 I will be reading in the Student Union with my talented Creative Writing Club peers. This poetry reading will be led by Mariano Zaro at Rio Hondo College. We will be celebrating Latino Heritage month. Please, come and join us.  I am super excited for the reading and the food. Flyer below for more information and details.

FLYER LATINO VOICES

Coloring, Coffee, Conversation, and Community

Ideal for ages 16+ come on and join Chet Holifield Library in Montebello, CA for some stress relief, unwinding, and community.

Host of the evening will be Cristian Alcantara

The Internet is buzzing with talk of coloring books for adults. Find out what it’s all about on July 20, Monday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Chet Holifield Library. This will be the first ever adult coloring party in Montebello.

Adults all over are discovering that coloring helps them relieve the tension of stress, unwind, and unplug. Whatever the reason these intricately drawn adult coloring books are on the rise and adult coloring is receiving lots of media coverage.

You’ll meet interesting and creative people and share tips, tricks, and techniques for breathing life into designs with color. No matter your experience level, what medium you prefer, or what type of coloring books you enjoy the most, join us!

We welcome first timers and the more experienced colorists.

Free sample sheets, the use of various colored pens and pencils, as well…

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Prose, Rhythm and Noise: Muliebrity Vol 2

The lovely lady Elmast Kozloyan read one of my poems “Scraped” that is in my debut chapbook Born to Electrify, which is also going to be published in the Like A Girl Anthology by Lucid Moose Lit. I absolutely love how she read it! It’s available to download for free at Dave Williams and MBT Band Camp page, but here is more great news. You can listen to Raundi, JL Martindale, Sarah Thursday, and Elmast perform their original poetry too! They are accompanied by these amazing jazz musicians, so it’s poetry and music.