An Evening of Poetry with Seven Women Writers


The Poetry of Nature, Jubilation & the Soul

Saturday, May 2, 2015 7:30 pm

St. Alban’s Church Library Room
580 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Deena Metzger

Carolyn Brigit Flynn

Regina O’Melveny

Valerie Wolf

Sharon Rodgers Simone

Carmen Rita Tolivar

Deborah Edler Brown


DEENA METZGER is the author of the novels La Negra y Blanca (2012 PEN Oakland Award for Excellence in Literature), Feral, The Other Hand, What Dinah Thought and Doors: A Fiction for Jazz Horn; poetry collections Ruin and Beauty, A Sabbath Among the Ruins and Looking For the Faces of God; and non-fiction From Grief Into Vision, Entering the Ghost to River:  In the process of fifty  years of creative and healing work, she developed therapies (Healing Stories) to restore health and vision on behalf of humans, non- humans and the earth.  

CAROLYN BRIGIT FLYNN is a poet and writer dedicated to language as a pathway to soul and spirit. Her collection, Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, is her offering of love poems to the sacred essence of the Earth, addressed in the poems as Beloved. She is the editor of Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories by Women, and The New Story: Creation Myths for Our Times. Her poems and essays have appeared in literary journals and anthologies nationwide. She teaches writing groups and retreats in Santa Cruz, California and in Ireland.

REGINA O’MELVENY is a writer, teacher and assemblage artist whose award-winning poetry and prose have appeared in The Bellingham Review, The Sun, The LA Weekly, Solo, andThe Wild Duck Review, among others. Her long poem Fireflies won the Conflux Press Poetry Award. Blue Wolves, a collection of poems with reproductions of her assemblages, won the Bright Hill Press poetry book award. Her novel The Book of Madness and Cures, was published by Little, Brown and Company, and was listed under The Year’s Best Historical Fiction for 2012 at

VALERIE WOLF is a shamanic healer, dreamer, teacher and writer who lives in Santa Monica with her husband less than a mile from the sea. She provides individual healing and training sessions for private clients. She is currently writing a book on a shamanic approach to dreaming.  Her poetic dreams have been published in Sisters Singing.

CARMEN RITA TOLIVAR was born, raised, and educated in Puerto Rico and later, UCLA. Through teaching Spanish language and literature, issues of social justice in education beckoned. 
By creating trusting environments across differences, she discovered her untold stories and the inevitability of writing them.

SHARON RODGERS SIMONE is a poet, writer, educator and activist whose poems and essays have appeared in Psychological Perspectives: The Journal of Jungian Thought, Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, and Sisters Singing.  Her passions include a love of language and a love of science that have found expression in the establishment of a college-prep high school for disadvantaged youth in Detroit. Sharon’s groundbreaking work and writing on bringing light and healing to childhood violence has been an inspiration to others.

DEBORAH EDLER BROWN is an award-winning poet and journalist, author and teacher. Her work has appeared in Nimrod, Kalliope, Trump, MagnaPoets, LoudMouth, among other journals. She is co-author of Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide to Raising a Second Family. She was the 1997 Head-to-Head Haiku Champion, a member of the 1998 Los Angeles National Poetry Slam Team, and a performer on the 2000 Slam America Bus Tour.