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, March 31st, 2016 - 8:00 p.m.
Open reading sign up at 7:30 p.m.

Gothard Street Entrance Instructions:

Our events are no longer in Humanities 101-107

Our new room is Student Annex Room 154

Take Gothard past Parking Lot H

Turn left at the Light at Center into Parking Lot I (just past Lot H)

Walk up the service road to Student Annex Room 154 (this service road is the last service road in Lot I ( it is beyond the yellow buildings and the park on the hill. As you walk up the road there will be a building with blue doors)

The room is on your left. There will be a sign posted on the door.

Call Mifanwy at 714-318-5405 if you have problems locating the room.


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

Derrick Fernando

Derrick Fernando

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

Eric Morago

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.