Thelma T. Reyna, Ph.D.
Thelma T. Reyna’s books have collectively won 20 national book awards. She has written 6 books-- a short story collection, 2 poetry chapbooks, and 3 full-length poetry collections-- and has edited 3 anthologies: as Poet Laureate in Altadena, CA in 2014-2016, she edited the Altadena Poetry Review Anthology in 2015 and 2016. Then in 2020, she edited a ground-breaking anthology, When the Virus Came Calling: COVID-19 Strikes America.
Dr. Reyna’s fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, blogs, and regional media for over 25 years. She was selected as a “Top 10 San Gabriel Valley Poet, 2016” by Spectrum Publications and was a Pushcart Prize Nominee in Poetry in 2017. She also won the “2011 Women in Business Award, Most Inspirational” for her work as an author, presented by California State Assembly and State Senate legislators for the Pasadena (CA) district.
Dr. Reyna has curated and coordinated numerous readings of fellow Southern California poets and other authors from across America for in-person and virtual events. She has also organized literary panels, emceed book launches, and judged literary competitions. Recently, she has served as keynote speaker at a large university symposium and regularly appears as featured or solo author at literary events and podcasts. She received her Ph.D. at UCLA. She is available for private writing consultation and organizational events, including speaking engagements and classroom visitations. Contact her at GoldenFoothillsPress@yahoo.com
Victor Cass is the author of several books, including the well-received novels Love, Death, and Other War Stories and Telenovela, which was a "Top 10 Best Reviewed Books" on the literary blog, "Living La Vida Latina." His newest novel, Black Widow Bitches, has won 4 national book awards in less than one year. Cass’ short stories, articles, editorials, and essays have appeared in If&When, Arroyo Monthly Magazine, Mexican War Journal, Pasadena Weekly, Pasadena Star-News and other publications.
Cass was born in Kingsville, Texas but was raised in his hometown of Pasadena, California. He grew up in Pasadena's Armenian neighborhood, East Washington Village, and graduated from John Muir High School. He is also an Eagle Scout from Pasadena's historic Troop 4. Victor received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Awarded with Honors) from Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, and his Master of Arts Degree from American Military University, in Manassas Park, Virginia.
Cass has worked as an advertising art director in New York, and is a decorated, 24-year veteran police officer serving in various capacities within the police force. His first book was a non-fiction history of his department, Pasadena Police Department: A Photohistory, 1877-2000. This was followed by his first novel, Love, Death, and Other War Stories, based, in part, on some of his experiences as a street cop.
Victor's books are available through amazon.com as well as from his website, at www.VictorCass.com
Pauli Dutton founded, coordinated, and led the Altadena Library Poetry and Cookies Anthology and public reading events from 2003-2014. She also published a poetry newsletter during those years and served on the Altadena Poetry Review Anthology Selection Committee in 2015-2018. In 2017 and in 2018, she co-edited the anthologies. She has won awards for her poems and been published in several poetry anthologies. Recently retired from 30 years at the library, she enjoys having more time to write, sing, and dance.
Elline Lipkin, Ph.D.
Elline Lipkin, Poet Laureate of the Altadena Library District in
2016- 2018, co-edited the Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2017. She is the award-winning author of two books: The Errant Thread and Girls’ Studies. Her poetry and scholarly work have appeared in various journals and academic publications. She is a Research Scholar with UCLA's Center for the Study of Women and teaches for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Literature
Joseph C. Robledo
Joseph C. Robledo was born and raised in Pasadena, CA, the adopted home of his iconic father Canto and the birthplace of Canto’s famous Crown City Boxing Stables. Joseph’s life was interwoven with boxing, as he was close to his father and an integral member of Canto’s team in and out of the ring. Joseph was an amateur boxer as an adolescent and won the Junior Golden 65-Pound Novice Division Championship in 1956, when he was also named Most Outstanding Fighter in the tournament. His overall ring record was 27-3-1 by the time he stopped boxing to focus on his academic goals.
A native son of California, Joseph attended local schools; taught in the Oak Grove, Pasadena, and Duarte school districts; coached various school teams; and was an adjunct professor at Pasadena City College and California State University, Los Angeles. He received a BA Degree in Physical Education from Cal State LA and an MA in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. He recently retired after teaching for 38 years. Joseph also served as an Athletic Inspector in boxing sanctions for the State of California.