Poetic Voices of Older Queer Women

Advocate & Gochis Galleries at the Los Angeles LGBT Center

1125 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, 90038

Consider this. What we didn’t know before, we’ve learned over time through lovers, through demonstrations, the nightlife, the bars. We’re butch and femme, dyke and crone, earthly and wild, and altogether queer. We are the memory and the future. And we’re not finished yet. Come hear Southern California queer women poets share words crafted on our journeys over time.

This program may not be suitable for all ages.

Participant Bios

Ronna Magy (she/her) is a poet and memoirist with writing recently published or forthcoming in journals and anthologies including The Los Angeles Press, Poetry Super Highway, Stone Poetry Quarterly, Wild Crone Wisdom, Persimmon Tree, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, Writers Resist, Sinister Wisdom, and Nasty Women Poets. She’s completing her first poetry manuscript. Ronna holds degrees from UC Berkeley and University of Michigan. She’s a retired textbook writer and instructor of English as a Second Language.

Jennifer L. Abod (she/her) has a PhD in Intercultural Media Education and Women’s Studies. Abod’s poetry appears in Sinister Wisdom, One Art, Metro Washington Weekly, and is forthcoming in Wild Crone Wisdom: An Anthology of Poetry and Stories, and Artemis Journal. Abod is an award-winning radio producer, talk-show host, and documentary filmmaker, (Women Make Movies). Jennifer was the singer in the New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band (1970-1976). She sings standards and originals in Long Beach, CA.www.jenniferabod.co

Catherine Gewertz (she/her) has been a cocktail waitress, garage band singer, pie baker, typewriter poet and newspaper reporter. She loves a nice turn around the two-step floor, and a glass of Bourbon, neat. Her work appears in Raw Art Review, True Chili, and the Altadena Literary Review.

Jen Cheng is a poet, writer, and multidisciplinary artist with a commitment to amplify underrepresented voices. Jen is the pending fifth West Hollywood City Poet Laureate and releases her new poetry collection, Braided Spaces, in October. She is the founder of Palabras Literary Salon, celebrating BIPOC poets and writers, a founding member and Associate Producer of Pride Poets serving LGBTQ events, and the creator of the playtiles mural in Santa Monica’s Artist Alley. Jen blends East-West cultural influences in a new form, Feng Shui Poetry. She is a filmmaker with a documentary project celebrating LGBTQ Elders. With stories for tween audiences, mystery detective fans, and queer love, Jen is a cross-pollinator. Jen performs with WeHo Arts and Cold Tofu Improv and has published with The Feminist Toilet and The Los Angeles Press. Please find more fun facts: www.JenCvoice.com or social media @jenCvoice. 

Susana Gonzales (she/her) was raised in the Air Force and has grown to see the world through multiple lenses. She lives in southern California with her wife Suzanne. She has been published in Sheila Na Gig, Gyroscope Review, One Art, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Drunk Monkeys and As You Were: The Military Review.

Dorothy Randall Gray (She/her, Your majesty) is author of the bestseller SOUL BETWEEN THE LINES, former Los Angeles Poet-in-Residence, award-winning artist, and ED of Women Writers and Artist Matrix. She has conducted transformational writing workshops throughout the U.S., India, China, as well as in correctional, corporate and university facilities. Her writings are published in numerous anthologies including VOICES, WOMAN, THE PASSION COLLECTION, and her latest volume SHARING THE SAME SKY.

Lambda Literary Fellow, QueerWise emeritus, & aging femme, Bonnilee Kaufman (she/queer) was officially trained as an Educational Diagnostician & Special Education Instructor. She recently retired from the California Community College System. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming: Journal of Lesbian Studies, Crone Review, 42 Stories Anthology, Altadena Review, Ghosts of the Holocaust, Milk & Honey-A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry, The Brillantina Project, Sinister Wisdom, Selfish, Gyroscope Review, Queer Loving Ang(st) Journal, and Los Angeles Library National Poetry Month Newsletter.

Alicia Vogl Saenz (she/ella) is a poet, meditation instructor, and museum professional at LACMA who brings her queer and mixed immigrant background to her writing and teaching. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Grand Street and Pratik. She is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop, the Lezarati Writer’s Group, and has been in residence at Hedgebrook. Currently she is working on a manuscript inspired by Los Angeles as an ecosystem. Her blog, Translucent Matter can be found at aliciabird.me

This program is organized by Ronna Magy, in collaboration with the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Services Department as part of the 2023 Circa: Queer Histories Festival, presented by One Institute. The program is co-presented by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

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