Reading and Workshop Schedule

Tebot Bach Series

Additionally, Tebot Bach sponsors poetry readings and writing workshops for schools Kindergarten through college and marginalized venues such as homeless shelters, battered women's shelters, nursing homes, senior citizen daycare centers, hospitals, AIDS hospices, and correctional facilities.

Participating poets include:
John Balaban, M.L. Liebler, Patricia Smith, Dorianne Laux, Laurence Lieberman, Richard Jones, Arthur Sze, and Carol Moldaw.

Webmaster: Tom Thomas

Friday, Friday, April 27th, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.
Open reading sign up at 7:30 p.m.

Gothard Street Entrance Instructions:

The entrance closest to the venue is on Gothard near the corner of Gothard & Edinger in Huntington Beach. DO NOT USE THE MAIN ENTRANCE to the College as there will be a long walk across the campus to find the room.


Please ignore the sign directing you to the parking sticker vending machine. The Tebot Bach audience does not pay for parking.

From Los Angeles:
Take the 405 South
Exit Beach Boulevard (toward the ocean)
Turn left at the light at the end of the ramp.
Turn right onto Beach Boulevard.
Turn right Edinger.
Continue to Gothard and turn right.
Turn left at the light at Center, Parking Lot I, to the college. The Student Services Annex Room 154 is up the second to the last service road past the amphitheater. There will be a Tebot Bach sign posted at the gate to the service road

From South County:
Take the 405 North
Exit Beach Boulevard toward the ocean.
You will go under the 405.
Turn right at Edinger (about one block from the 405.)
Take Edinger to Gothard, turn right.
Turn left at the light at Center, Parking Lot I, to the college. The Student Services Annex Room 154 is up the second to the last service road past the amphitheater. There will be a Tebot Bach sign posted at the gate to the service road.

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Carine Topal

Carine Topal

Carine Topal was born in New York and earned her MA from New York University. She has lived in Jerusalem, Israel, where she worked with Palestinian merchants in the West Bank and Bethlehem. She was also employed by the Office of Assimilation, working with new Russian immigrants. She has lived in Heidelberg, Germany, and travelled extensively. Over the years, Carine has anthologized the poetry of many special needs children. She participated in the grassroots organization California Poets in the Schools, was the Poet-in-Residence for the City of Manhattan Beach and Poet-in-Education for Manhattan Beach elementary schools. In 1994, her first collection of poetry, God As Thief, was published by The Amagansett Press. Her work has appeared in numerous journals throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2005 Carine was awarded a residency at Hedgebrook as well as a fellowship in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is the recipient of numerous poetry awards, including the 2007 Robert G. Cohn Prose Poetry Award from California Arts and Letters, from which a special edition chapbook, "Bed of Want," was published. Her 3rd collection, "In the Heaven of Never Before," was published in December, 2008, by Moon Tide Press. In the same year she was honored with the Excellence in Arts Award from the City of Torrance, California. Twice nominated for a Push Cart Prize, she is the recipient of The Briar Cliff Review Nineteenth Annual Poetry Award of 2015, and "Tattooed," her collection of Holocaust poems, was the winner of the Palettes and Quills 4th Biennial Poetry Chapbook Contest of the same year. Carine’s newest collection, "In Order of Disappearance," was just published by the Pacific Coast Poetry Series.Carine lives in La Quinta, California and conducts poetry and memoir workshops in the Los Angeles and Palm Springs area.

Cecilia Woloch

Cecilia Woloch

Cecilia Woloch is a poet, writer, teacher, and traveler based in Los Angeles but "on the road" across the US and Europe six months each year. She has published essays, reviews, fiction and six award-winning collections of poems—most recently Earth (Two Sylvias Press, 2015) and Carpathia (BOA Editions, 2009). Her second collection, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, was published in French translation (Tzigane, le poème, Gitan, Scribe-l'Harmattan, 2014) and has been adapted for multi-media performances in the U.S. and Europe. Her first novel, Sur la Route, appeared from Quale Press in 2015. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Chateau de La Napoule Retreat for Artists, CEC/ArstLink International and the Center for International Theatre Development. Maxine Kumin said of Cecilia Woloch’s work: "To write movingly about love in an era infused with hate requires a special gift: nostalgia hard-edged with realism. She has that gift."

Ms. Woloch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up there and in rural Kentucky, one of seven children of a homemaker and an airplane mechanic. She attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, earning degrees in English and Theater Arts, before moving to Los Angeles in 1979. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University L.A. in 1999. A celebrated teacher, she has conducted poetry workshops for thousands of children and young people throughout the United States, as well as workshops for professional writers, educators, participants in Elderhostel programs for senior citizens, inmates at a prison for the criminally insane, and residents at a shelter for homeless women and their children. From 2006 to 2014, she was a member of the faculty in creative writing at the University of Southern California. She has collaborated with visual artists, theatre artists, musicians, dancers and filmmakers. Translations of her poems into French, German, Bulgarian and Polish have been published internationally, and recent prose has been translated and published in Ukrainian. The founding director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild, The Istanbul Poetry Workshop and The Paris Poetry Workshop, she currently leads independent workshops for poets and writers around the world.