Since hosting our first Open Mic event at the gallery, we have discovered a vital need for more literary themed events here in the Coachella Valley. Our first “CONNECTED – a community open mic night” packed the house and every single performance was solid. One of the performers brought in a book published by UCR – Palm Desert’s Creative Writing Department titled, Badlands – a book composed of local writers, poets, songwriters, photographer and artists. Truly impressive, it opened our eyes to a whole new scene that has been neglected for far too long here in the desert.
To celebrate expression through letters, we’d like to share with you a local event taking place featuring a highly influential author of today, Ben Ehrenreich. For the past year Ehrenreich has been reporting from Gaza, this Wednesday he will be reading from his book and taking questions at UCR Palm Desert.
If you are an aspiring writer who is looking for inspiration, this would be a great event to attend. Also, for my fellow desert enthusiasts, make sure to scroll all the way down to check out the free movie screening of Desert Dreams happening this Thursday at UCR-PD.
Wednesday, February 4th
Arts & Letters
Arts & Letters is a free series that invites the community to spend time with today’s most influential authors through interviews and personal readings. Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, the program director for UCR Palm Desert’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.