Southern California Poetry Festival
1. Why Mt. SAC?
The English department at Mt. SAC has graciously offered their facilities for this year's event. Mt. San Antonio College, founded in 1946, is among the largest of California's 112 community colleges. In the city of Walnut, the college serves nearly 20 communities and a million residents in the San Gabriel Valley. Part of our mission with this poetry festival is to reach communities that are underserved when it comes to events such as this. Los Angeles has a glut of poetry events year-round and doesn't need another.
2. Does PoFest cost anything?
Aside from the $3 fee for the Randall Planetarium reading, which supports their public outreach, there is no cost. This is a free event open to the public. However, in the interest of tracking attendee numbers, we do have tickets available through Eventbrite. Please click HERE to order for Saturday's programming and HERE to order for Sunday's programming. If you show up for the event without your tickets, don't worry. You can still attend.
2. Oh, you say Mt. SAC is large. How in the Dickenson will I find PoFest on an enormous campus?
Relax. If I can find it, so can you. I have drawn a triangle and square around the buildings where the events will be taking place (See campus map below). The main room for readings and Saturday's workshop is in building 28A, Room 103. The Mt. SAC Randall Planetarium is building 26C. The Sunday morning workshop will be facilitated in the Writing Center's Computer Lab. The writing center itself is 26B, Room 1561A.
3. Don't tell me to relax. You're not the boss of me. Where should I park?
If you look at the map above, you'll see an enormous parking lot to the north of our buildings and a somewhat smaller one to the left of our buildings. The daily parking rate is $4, and you pay at automated kiosks.
4. Will there be books for sale at this event?
Of course. 1888 Center will be handling our book sales for this year, and we hope that you will buy some. After all, the poetry community functions as a quid pro quo democracy.
5. Talk to me about food.
You won't find much available on campus on the weekend. And we're not allowed to bring in outside vendors because of some kind of catering contract. However, across Grand, at the corner of Amar, you will find plenty of food options. What we recommend, though, is that you pack a sack lunch and afternoon snack. We will gather for debriefing/beer/dinner at Boulevard 574 in Diamond Bar for anyone who wishes to join us for a drink or snack.
6. We're coming in from out of town and would love a place to stay. What can you recommend?
We suggest the Holiday Inn in West Covina at 3223 East Garvey North, West Covina, California, 91791. There is nothing in walking distance, but this is a quick 10 minute drive.