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:
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Derrick Fernando is an LA area native. He grew up in Downey, and studied English, with a Creative emphasis at Loyola Marymount University for both his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. Derrick counts authors such as Wordsworth, Emerson, Whitman, Stevens, and Williams as his poetic inspirations. Growing up in a time where Hip Hop culture was booming, he also credits artists such as Nas, Mos Def, Eminem, Andre 3000, Dilated Peoples, and Del the Funky Homosapien as influences on both his lyrical poetry style and in helping him find his voice.
During Graduate school Derrick worked as a Teaching Fellow for the LMU Freshman English Program. Derrick then moved to teaching high school English at his alma mater, St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, where he has also been a athletics coach and writing mentor, and is currently the Dean of Students, as well as working on implementing a Writing Across the Curriculum initiative.
Derrick lives in Lakewood with his wife, Ashleigh, and twins Derrick Jr. (DJ) and Leigha. His chapbook Mozart Mixed Moon (Tebot Bach, 2017) was selected by Clockwise Series Judge, Gail Wronsky..
Eric Morago is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page as it does off. Currently he hosts a monthly reading series, teaches writing workshops, and serves as an associate editor for the online literary journal, FreezeRay Poetry. Eric is the author of What We Ache For (Moon Tide Press) and Feasting on Sky (Paper Plane Pilots) and has an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. As of January 2017, Eric took over as editor-in-chief and publisher of Moon Tide Press. He calls Los Angeles home.