112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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The Inlandia Institute: Celebrating and Memorializing Literary Inlandia

Cati Porter, Inlandia Institute

Join Inlandia Institute authors for a reading and discussion exploring southern California's Inland Empire through writing, and learn about the Institute's support for writers of the region. Cati Porter is Executive Director of the Inlandia Institute, founder and editor of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, and author of Seven Floors Up, and the chapbooks small fruit songs, The Way Things Move The Dark, and (al)most delicious.

Proposal: 

The Inlandia Institute is an organization dedicated to celebrating the Inland Empire, which roughly encompasses the entirety of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, anything located in southern California that is east of the ocean. The Inland Empire is an under-recognized region, yet writers as celebrated as John Steinbeck, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, John Jakes, and Mary Austin have memorialized areas of this region through their writing. The idea of memorializing a place through literature is a natural outgrowth of the old adage, write what you know. As writers, we often turn to our immediate surroundings to create an environment for our creative work by anchoring it in the particulars of a place. Join Inlandia Institute authors for a reading and discussion exploring southern California's Inland Empire through writing, and learn about the organization that supports these writers of the region.

Cati Porter is Executive Director of the Inlandia Institute and founder and editor of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and Inlandia: A Literary Journey. She is the author of Seven Floors Up (Mayapple Press, 2008), the chapbooks small fruit songs (Pudding House, 2008), The Way Things Move The Dark (Dancing Girl Press, 2013), (al)most delicious (Dancing Girl Press, 2010), and an illustrated e-chapbook, what Desire makes of us (Ahadada Books, 2011). Her work has been anthologized in White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood (Demeter Press/York University, Canada), The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel -- Second Floor (No Tell Books), Letters to the World (Red Hen Press), and Women Write Resistance (Blue Hyacinth Press) with recent and forthcoming work in Contrary Magazine, The Quotable, Hartskill Review, Tin Cannon, No Tell Motel, Wicked Alice, Crab Creek Review. Her poem "Miss Carriage" won the 2011 poetry competition sponsored by George Mason University's So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art.