Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Writers Festival Event with Ibrahim Nasrallah

February 18, 2022

If you had hoped to catch our reading and discussion this morning but the date and hour made it impossible, the 90-minute event was recorded and is available here to view, if you wish, at your convenience.

I had previously read two of Ibrahim Nasrallah’s novels but still was not prepared for the overwhelming power and beauty of his poetry. He read in Arabic with the English translation on the screen, so we non-Arabic speakers could appreciate the meaning and use of language while also having the benefit of the sound and rhythm of his poetry.

Thank you, Allison Hedge Coke and the UCR Writers Week Festival for making this possible, to Playwright Esther Banegas Gatica for introducing me, and writers Hannah Roberts and K. Quyen Pham for hosting the session and asking great questions.

Storytelling as Medicine 

February 15, 2022
Wednesday 2.16 at 6:30 PM (PST)
As part of the UCR Writers Festival, register here Richard Van Camp, Isabella Madrigal, & Sophia Madrigal – Crowdcast to hear three Indigenous storytellers: Richard Van Camp (Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ writer of the Dene nation, Canada) and Isabella Madrigal and Sophia Madrigal (enrolled members of the Cahuilla Band of Indians and of Turtle Mountain Chippewa descent)

SCHEDULE CHANGE! WRITERS WEEK FESTIVAL

February 14, 2022

I hope some of you can join me Thursday, Feb 17th at 10:00 AM (Pacific time) when I’m honored to be paired, at the UCR Writers Week Festival, with Ibrahim Nasrallah, the internationally acclaimed Palestinian author who will be Zooming in from his home in Jordan. Here’s the link: Diane Lefer & Ibrahim Nasrallah – Crowdcast

(I posted a different link and hour a few days ago, showing me appearing for the 6:30 PM session. Programming an international festival can get tricky and the schedule had to be juggled at almost the last minute, so please disregard earlier notices.)

If you can’t make Thursday at 10 AM but do want to hear us, I believe Crowdcast will keep the video available on their website.

And while you’re at it, do check out the complete schedule for the Festival. All sessions are free and captioned and with ASL interpretation and each must be registered for separately.

Enjoy!

Diane

Coming up at the Writers Week Festival!

February 14, 2022

In Mexico, today is the Day of Love and Friendship, so in that spirit, I wish a happy day to all!

But I’m looking forward to tomorrow to these sessions coming up at the UCR Writers Week Festival that I’ve been posting about.

First, at 2:00 PM (Pacific Time), two writers I admire so much for their written work and also for their contributions to the community: Allison Hedge Coke (who is also directing this amazing weeklong festival) and Luis Rodriguez. Register here

Then, at 6:30, join me when Cornelius Eady offers his poetry and the music of his trio, and Rupa Marya also performs liberation music with her group. She is author, doctor, professor and activist and I really want to hear what she has to say about her mission to decolonize medicine. Register here

And please stay tuned as my session may be rescheduled and I may be posting a new link and time soon!

I’m part of an international writers festival!

January 31, 2022

The UCR Writers Week Festival, beginning Feb 12, has such a fabulous lineup, it means a lot to me I get to be part of the 4th session on Feb 17th. Please join me, virtually, but really, seriously, check out the whole schedule and register, free, for as many sessions as you possibly can! Schedule 2022

Thursday, Feb 17th at 6:30 PM PST, I’ll be with Australian eco-poet John Kinsella and Chinese author Luo Ying. We’ll start off reading excerpts from our work, then there will be a Q&A with audience.

Thank you, Allison Hedge Coke!

Join Us on Wednesday?

October 25, 2021
Diane Lefer & Elizabeth Liang

Lisa and I will be talking about our creative influences and my novel, Out of Place, and her play, Alien Citizen.

There will be time for questions and comments from our virtual audience. The event will be archived and available online after Wednesday – but without the audience participation.

Of course it’s free. Register at https://whowritersread.com/events

Launch event at Skylight Books

August 7, 2021

Thrilled to be launching Out of Place at Skylight Books in LA on Sept 21 – International Peace Day – joining in conversation with some authors I madly admire: Dana Johnson, Héctor Tobar, and Andrew Tonkovich. It’s being scheduled as an in-store event! Here’s hoping we don’t have to switch to virtual!

The Human Dignity Awards Dinner

April 27, 2018

The theme was Women in Human Rights and Healing and it was amazing to be honored last night along with LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, who’s led the fight against the trafficking of women and girls, Lisa Fujimoto of the Change a Life Foundation, and the wonderful Amina Nakiyaga who shook everyone up with her speech. We got the celebrity photo treatment and the photos were then projected in the banquet hall throughout the program. Here I’m with Amina


and here with Rossana Perez, my brave and talented friend who survived the worst in El Salvador in the ’80’s (and brought the flowers).


We raised a lot of money for the Program for Torture Victims – but it’s never enough!

Events Coming Up!

March 17, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM I’ll be reading at the Ruskin Group Theater along with Garrett Saleen, Grace Singh Smith, and David Preizler, introduced by my fave Andrew Tonkovich, presented by Library Girl. The theater is at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405. $10 at the door and free parking.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at LA Cathedral: The theme of the Human Dignity Awards Dinner (to benefit the Program for Torture Victims) is “Celebrating Women in Human Rights and Healing” — and I’m one of them! along with LA City Councilmember Nury Martinez, Lisa Fujimoto of the Change a Life Foundation, and Channel 11 anchorwoman Marla Tellez. Tickets at ptvla.org/dinner

Beauty and Resistance

August 29, 2017

“Beyond Words: Beauty and Resistance,” is what they’re calling our reading at Beyond Baroque, Sunday, September 17, 4:30 pm. “We” = me plus Richard Wirick, Zlatina Sandalska, and Andrew Tonkovich. I’ll be reading the opening of a novel I’ve been working on for a few years, now more topical than when I started.

If you’re not a Beyond Baroque member, admission is $10 and everyone gets a free copy of the new issue of the Santa Monica Review.

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. Free parking lot (turn right to enter just before you get to the building if you’re headed in direction of ocean) and also free street parking on Sunday.

Resist and Write on!