Spring 2022

February 15: Angel Dominguez & Carribean Fragoza

Angel Dominguez is a Latinx poet and artist of Yucatec Maya descent, born in Hollywood and raised in Van Nuys, CA by their immigrant family. They’re the author of RoseSunWater (The Operating System, 2021) and Black Lavender Milk (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015). Angel earned a BA from the University of California Santa Cruz and an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. You can find Angel’s work online and in print in various publications. You can find Angel in the redwoods or ocean. DESGRACIADO (the collected letters) (Nightboat Books, 2022) is their third book.

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Carribean Fragoza was raised in South El Monte, California. After graduating from UCLA, Fragoza completed the Creative Writing MFA Program at CalArts. She co-edits UC Press’s acclaimed California cultural journal, Boom California, and is also the founder of South El Monte Arts Posse, an interdisciplinary arts collective. Her collection of stories Eat the Mouth That Feeds You was published in 2021 by City Lights and has received acclaim from the New York Times and a starred Kirkus review. Her co-edited compilation of essays, East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte covers over 300 years of her hometown’s history, and was published by Rutgers University Press. It was named one of the 10 best books about California by the LA Times. Carribean lives in the San Gabriel Valley in LA County with her husband and their two daughters.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Pitzer Literary Series Online. Registration required.

February 28: James Hannaham

James Hannaham is a writer, performer, and visual artist. His novel Delicious Foods (2015), which deals with human trafficking, won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was named one of Publishers Weekly‘s top ten books of the year. The New York Times called it an “ambitious, sweeping novel of American captivity and exploitation.” His debut novel, God Says No (2009), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His most recent book of text and image, Pilot Impostor (2021), draws on the poetry of Fernando Pessoa and the history of air disasters.

Hannaham cofounded the New York–based performance group Elevator Repair Service and worked with them 1992–2002. In 2020 his work Everything Is Normal, Everything Is Normal, Everything Is Fine, Everything Is Fine was judged Best in Show at a national juried exhibition of artist books and text-based visual works, Biblio Spectaculum. Hannaham is a professor in the writing program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Monday, February 28, 4:15 pm, Pomona College, Outdoor Classroom TBA

Other campus events can be found by following Pitzer Literary Series on Facebook, Scripps Presents and joining the 5C Wordsmiths Facebook group