There may or not be many April showers in Southern California, but there is National Poetry Month! Our 2nd Mondays Poetry Party is celebrating the occasion with two incredible poets, Karen S. Córdova and Robin Dawn Hudechek. Join your hosts, G. Murray Thomas and Sarah Thursday, at our favorite West Long Beach spot, Fox Coffeehouse, for poetry, coffee, tea, and the best dark chocolate sea salt cookies ever. Open reading list sign ups start at 6:45 and reading begins at 7:00!

RSVP on Facebook!  Fox Coffeehouse 437 W Willow St, Long Beach, California 90806

IMG_KarenC.PP2.5540_pp-Version2Karen S. Córdova is a business woman and poet, who lives in Irvine, California. She has deep ancestral roots both in Colorado and New Mexico, and much of her writing reflects love of her heritage.  However, Karen has lived in California since she was nine months old, when her crib was a drawer in a Navy Quonset hut.

Karen’s work has been published in many journals, and she loves participating in formal poetry events, especially those targeted to the general public, where she aims to lasso at least a few non-poetry-lovers into the fold. Her first book, Farolito, casts a Hispano light on the dark subject of elder abuse, but also illuminates a jagged path to unexpected healing.

Robin

Robin Dawn Hudechek received her MFA in creative writing, poetry, from UCI.  Inspired by the welcoming communities and many talented poets at the Ugly Mug and Cadence Collective readings, Robin returned to writing poetry about two years ago. She was thrilled when her poem, “Shadow of the Swing Set” was published by Cadence Collective in July, 2014, her first publication in many years, and she is very happy and honored to be a feature reader for a community that has given her so much support and inspiration over the past couple of years.

A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems have appeared in many print and online journals including Caliban, Cream City Review, Chiron Review, Poemeleon, Verse-Virtual, Then & Now: Conversations With Old Friends, Fickle Muses, and The Hummingbird Review.  She has two chapbooks: Ghost Walk, (the Inevitable Press, 1997) and Ice Angels, published in IDES: A Collection of Poetry Chapbooks (Silver Birch Press, October, 2015).  Robin lives in Laguna Beach with her husband, Manny and two beautiful cats.  More of her poetry can be found at robindawnh.wordpress.com

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