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Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015
By Thelma T. Reyna, Editor

(Winner of 1 national book honor)

This is the fifth published book from national award-winning author, Thelma T. Reyna, and her first as the editor of an anthology. From over 200 poems submitted by 80 Southern California poets, Reyna – working closely with local poets in a selection committee – chose 105 poems by 60 poets, including 3 Poets Laureate and over a dozen award-winners. This is a distinguished group of writers representing diverse cultures, generations, life experiences, and poetic styles. Their voices are authentic, distinct, and focused on the things we as a society care deeply about: family, community, our environment, peace, war, love, art, loss, and hope.

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Rising, Falling, All of Us  (2014)
By Thelma T. Reyna

(Winner of 4 national book honors)

Rising, Falling, All of Us is a collection of poems presenting a gallery of people you know or would want to know: some real and famous, some infamous, some mythical, and many others like those we encounter in our daily lives. Reyna presents the Pope, poets, soldiers, killers, lovers, immigrants, celebrities, the mentally ill, artists, and more. She shows us the human side of everyone in vivid verbal snapshots that grab us and leave us thinking long afterward.
Awards

  • Finalist in the Poetry: General Category of the "2014 USA Best Books Award"

  • Selected as a "Book of the Year: 2014" by LatinaBookClub.com

  • Distinguished as a "RECOMMENDED" book by the US Review of Books

  • Thelma T. Reyna selected as a "Top 14 Poets in 2014" in the U.S. by LatinaBookClub.com
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Golden Foothills Press
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Pasadena, CA 91104
Ricardo Lira Acuña
Petrouchka Alexieva
Khadija Anderson
Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
Maria A. Arana
Marcia Arrieta
Beth Baird
Tim Callahan
Don Kingfisher Campbell
Gloriana Casey
Victor Cass
Jackie Chou
Michelle Chung
Stephen Colley
Beverly M. Collins
Yago S. Cura
Pauli Dutton
Richard Dutton
Lynn Fayne
Mark A. Fisher

Poets Published in The Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015
Martina Robles Gallegos
Hazel Clayton Harrison
Joan Hoffman
Gerda Govine Ituarte
Briony James
Lois P. Jones
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Mina Kirby

Deborah P. Kolodji
Nancy Lind
Joe Lusnia
Radomir Vojtech Luza
Karineh Mahdessian
Shahe Mankerian
Mira Mataric
Pat Murphy McClelland
Alice Meerson
Jill Meunier
Mary Monroe
Franklin D. Murdock

Janet Nippell
Toti O’Brien
Sharaya Olmeda
Miriam Quezada-Hagerman
Luivette Resto
Thelma T. Reyna
Susan Rogers
Ed Rosenthal
Elsa M.J. Seifert
Nancy Shiffrin
Carl Stilwell 
James Storbakken
AASullivan 
Brian John Thorpe
Mary Torregrossa
Jose Trejo-Maya
Maja Trochimczyk
Jonathan Vos Post
Lori Wall-Holloway
Jacquelyn Bellard Wilson
Black Widow Bitches  (2016)
By Victor Cass

(Winner of 5 national book awards)

In this gritty, heart-thumping war epic, Cass takes us into the deadly, blood-soaked world of the first all-female combat infantry division.

The current “War on Terrorism” spirals out of control and engulfs much of the globe. Iconic cities and countries have been reduced to smoldering ruins of hopelessness across Europe and much of the free world, as brutal, rampaging terrorists unite across national, ethnic, and political lines to establish a Caliphate and crush millions of innocent resisters.

Opposed to a draft, the U.S. President asks each American family to send one volunteer to fight. A daring woman Army general, Jennifer Reed, proposes a bold move: training women for full-fledged combat in elite, all-women military units. Despite tremendous odds, her plan is grudgingly accepted, and the history-shattering 135th Airborne Division – the “Black Widows” – are born.


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Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2016
Edited by Thelma T. Reyna

(Winner of 3 national book honors)

A compilation of 86 poets from throughout Southern California, including 7 Poets Laureate, 11 Pushcart Prize Nominees, and over 20 national literary award winners, all representing over 158 books authored by these poets. 

All the works in this superb collection were reviewed and selected by 8 published poets serving as a “peer review panel” with the editor, Poet Laureate Thelma T. Reyna. An outstanding contemporary book to add to your collection!

Paperback, 6" x 9", 195 pages
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Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2018
Edited by Pauline Dutton & Elline Lipkin

For the fourth consecutive year, distinguished poets from throughout Southern California present their finest creations to lovers of poetry everywhere. This anthology includes poems by Poet Laureates past and present, Pushcart Prize Nominees, national award-winners, professors, editors, publishers, workshop presenters, seasoned authors, and emerging writers. 

The breadth and depth of these works span generations, cultures, geographical origins, philosophies, and styles – artistically produced here by a literary award-winning press, and edited by two poets with deep roots in the genre and the community of talent they lead and inspire.
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Reading Tea Leaves After Trump  (2018)
By Thelma T. Reyna

(Winner of 7 national book awards)

2016: American politics were upended.
For the first time in U.S. history, a woman almost became president. Instead, for the first time, a billionaire with no governance or military experience, a deconstructor of the State, as he described himself, won the November election.

Political analysts declared that Donald J. Trump captured the White House largely through his ability to harness people’s fears, mistrust, economic frustrations, and anxieties about the direction our nation was headed. But a year after his election, for millions of Americans, anxiety persists and new fears have arisen. What are the backstories of these people and the upheavals facing them?

In this collection of poetry and fictional prose, national award-winning author Thelma T. Reyna explores President Trump’s effects on the nation. Speaking in the voices of constituents on both sides of the political aisle, Reyna weaves factual public reports with real and imagined characters to give a reality-based context to the emotions, opinions, fears, hopes, and dreams of Americans in the pivotal first year of the Trump presidency
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Blood on the Canvas
by Joseph C. Robledo

(Winner of 2 national book awards)

His family immigrated to America from Mexico with big dreams pushing against poverty. Canto became an amateur boxer at age 15, turned pro at 16, and was the state bantamweight champion of California at age 19, headed for a shot at the world championship title. He was a rising star, a local hero to thousands…until that fateful match at age 20 that left him permanently blind. Shattered, he flailed for 5 long years in depression. When boxing is your life, what can you do as a blind man?

As the first and only blind boxing manager and trainer in the U.S., Canto changed the lives of over 500 young men seeking direction, self-esteem, and championships in a career spanning 60 years and earning Hall of Fame honors. With careful research and cherished recollections, Canto’s younger son Joseph, who was also a boxing champ, shares how his father turned tragedy into selfless accomplishments bigger than life. 
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Dearest Papa: A Memoir in Poems
by Thelma T. Reyna

(Winner of 2 national book awards)

Former Poet Laureate Thelma T. Reyna weaves her nationally-recognized skills as poet and storyteller to craft a stirring, heartfelt memoir in poems that captures the essence of her husband’s brave, love-filled life—and the despair she navigated and surmounted when her spouse of 50 years died suddenly in minor surgery.

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Khadija Anderson
Vibiana Aparicio Chamberlin
RD Armstrong
Jack G. Bowman
John Brantingham
G. Larry Butler
Tim Callahan
Don Kingfisher Campbell
Gloriana Casey
Peggy Castro
Jessica Ceballos
Teresa Mei Chuc
Stephen Colley
Beverly Collins
Jack Cooper
Stacy DeGroot
Seven Dhar
Pauli Dutton
Richard Hawkins Dutton
Lynn Fayne
Mark A. Fisher
G T Foster
Elsa Frausto
Joyce Futa
Esther Gillies
Damian Gonzalez
Dorothy Randall Gray
Miriam Quezada Hagerman
Peter J. Harris
Poets Published in The Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2016
Hazel Clayton Harrison
Marlene Hitt
Joan Hoffman
Alexandra Hohmann
Gerda Govine Ituarte, Ed.D.
Lisa’ Anne G. Ivey
Briony James
Lois P. Jones
Bonnie S. Kaplan
Joe Kelly
Mina Kirby
Deborah P Kolodji
Nancy Lind
Elline Lipkin, Ph.D.
Janis Albright Lukstein
Joe Lusnia
Radomir Vojtech Luza
Karineh Mahdessian
Shahé Mankerian
Mira N. Mataric, Ph.D.
Alice Meerson
Jill Meunier
Maryam Mottahedeh
Janet Nippell
JK Nunley
Toti O’Brien
Sharaya Olmeda
Alice Pero
Tony Peyser​
Monteque Pope-Le Beau
Albie Preciado
Teddy-Joy Remhild
Luivette Resto
Thelma T. Reyna, Ph.D.
Sharon Rizk
Jeff Rogers
Susan Rogers
Mona Rose (aka Monique Cathern)
Cathie Sandstrom
Elsa M.J. Seifert
Dorothy Skiles
Carl Stilwell (aka CaLokie)
Amanda Sullivan
Mary Langer Thomson, Ed.D.
Brian John Thorpe
K. Titchenell
Jose Trejo-Maya
Maja Trochimczyk, Ph.D.
Lori Wall-Holloway
Mari Werner
Jan Wesley
Jacquelyn Bellard Wilson
John Wiltshire
Joe Witt
J.K. Won (aka James Won)
Lorrie Wood
Helen Yagake
When the Virus Came Calling: COVID-19 Strikes America
Thelma T. Reyna, Editor

(Winner of 4 national book awards)

A ground-breaking anthology of 46 distinguished American contemporary poets and prose writers, written in real time in the first half of the historic, devastating coronavirus COVID-19 invasion of America in 2020. In heart-wrenching, wide-eyed observations, firsthand events, tragedies, and reflections, these top authors document for us the horrors, grief, and heroism of friends, family, neighbors as we watched the disease unfold. Here are moments of hope and togetherness as well, seeking respite and balms. This gathering of Poets Laureate, national award winners, poet leaders, essayists, academics, and short fiction writers is a collection to treasure and a touchstone for generations to come. 

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Paperback, 6" x 9", 265 pages
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Zapote Tree
Alejandro Morales

Acclaimed American Latino author, Alejandro Morales, author of numerous novels and short story collections, presents his first book of poetry to the world. The son of Mexican immigrants, Dr. Morales became a distinguished professor at University of California, Irvine, where he mentored and inspired generations of scholars until his recent retirement.

Zapote Tree brings together over 60 poems pulsing with insights, imagery, hard truths about inequities in society, and unforgettable characters that expand our understanding of diverse cultures, such as those Dr. Morales straddles with wisdom and compassion.
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