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Exhibitions and Conferences

  1. February 4-April 2, 2017 - "Rose of Roses" Nature Photography Exhibition and accompanying events, at Back Door Gallery, Sunland, CA.
  2. September 1-23, 2013 - "Shadows, Leaves, Roses" Photography and Poetry Solo Exhibition at the Scenic Drive Gallery, Monrovia, CA
  3. May 21-26, 2013 - "Sound of Music" Group Photo Exhibition at Paderewski Piano Competition, Colburn School of Music, Los Angeles, with the KRAK Art Group
  4. 2000-2003. Initiator and organizer of a Manuscript Donation Campaign for the Polish Manuscript Collection at USC. Solicited, received and publicized donations from over 40 composers and their families in Poland, France, and the U.S., the collection increased to over 300 documents.

  5. 2002-2003. Curator of a one-year exhibition, Paderewski: A Portrait of a Musician, organized to increase the status of Polish music at USC and promote the Center internationally. Also writer and editor of the Exhibition Program and PR materials.
  6. October 2000. Curator of a Polish Manuscript Exhibition at USC, highlighting recent donations to the Manuscript Collection. Wrote and edited the Exhibition Catalogue.

  7. November 1998. Organizer and Manager of International Conference: Polish-Jewish Music! Bringing together 20 scholars from five countries to discuss the topic for the first time, the conference included public panel discussion and 2 concerts. Proceedings published online in the Polish Music Journal.

  8. October 1997. Organizer and Program Director of Gorecki Autumn: A Residency including three concerts, public lectures and seminars. The event was described as No. 1 in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times in December 1997.

  9. May 1995. Organizer and Program Co-Chair, Festival of Polish Music at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with five concerts as part of a joint scholarly conference of the Canadian University Music Society and other organizations.


With Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki in his studio, Katowice, 1998.


Conference Papers and Public Lectures

  1. June 2017. "Tansman in 'Tempo Americano,' 1941-1946" at the Sixth Congress of Polish Studies. Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America and Polska Akademia Umiejetnosci, Krakow, June 2017.

  2. March 14, 2017. "The American Years of Alexander Tansman, 1941-1946" at the International Conference "Homage to Aleksander Tansman," Wroclaw, Poland.
  3. January 6, 2017. "Following Paderewski: An Album of Autographs and Clippings from Brighton, England, 1890-1911" at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association, Denver, Colorado.
  4. November 25-27, 2015. "Szymanowska and the Circle of Duchess Maria Czartoryska Wirtemberska," at the 3rd International Conference about Maria Szymanowska, 3e Colloque international sur Maria Szymanowska et son temps "Talents au Feminin: Mythes et Realite" organized by the Maria Szymanowska Society and the Polish Academy of Sciences - Paris Station.

  5. January 2-4, 2015. "The Impact of Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz's American Years on Spiewy Historyczne," at the 72nd Annual meeting of the Polish American Historical Association, New York.

  6. June 19-20, 2014. "On Fashion, Portraits, and the Professional Image of Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831)," The Fifth World Congress of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland, June 22, 2014.

  7. April 28-29, 2014. "'Les Chants historiques' de Niemcewicz, et tout particuli�rement - ceux de Maria Szymanowska" at the 2nd Internaional Conference about Maria Szymanowska, 2e Colloque international sur Maria Szymanowska et son temps Paris, Polish Academy of Sciences.

  8. January 3, 2014. "Jewish Composers of Polish Music in 1943" - Paper read at the 71st Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association, Washington, D.C.

  9. November 17-18, 2013. "Jewish Composers of Polish Music in 1943," invited paper for "The Musical Worlds of Polish Jews, 1920-1960: Identity, Politics and Culture," Arizona State University, November 17-18, 2013.
  10. June 30, 2013 - "Maria Szymanowska: The Court Pianist of the Tsarinas" Lecture with pianist Wojciech Kocyan, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA

  11. "On the State of Polish Music in 1942" - paper read at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Boston, MA, September 6-8, 2012.

  12. "A Century of Musical Exiles and Emigrants: From Jan Pychowski to Marta Ptaszynska" at the International Conference "East Central Europe in Exile: Patterns of Transatlantic Migrations" - Gdansk, Poland, University of Gdansk, June 3, 2012.
  13. "Created by Stalin, Embraced by Emigrants: Mazowsze and Slask and Polish Folk Dance in California" at the Fifth Workshop "American Ethnicity: Rethinking Old Issues, Asking New Questions," Krakow, Poland, Jagiellonian University, May 29, 2012.
  14. "Defining Polish Culture in California: The Fortieth Anniversary of the Modjeska Club" at the Annual Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association Chicago, Il., January 6, 2012.
  15. "Genius and the Virtues of 'Sense and Sensibility' in the Image of Maria Szymanowska" paper read at the First International Symposium on Maria Szymanowska, "Maria Szymanowska Colloque," Paris, Academy of Sciences, October 1, 2011. The conference report in Polish Music Newsletter December 2012.
  16. "A Polish-American Composer: Who is Marta Ptaszynska?" at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, Arlington, June 11, 2011.
  17. "Defining Polish Culture in California: The 40th Anniversary of the Modjeska Club" at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, Arlington, June 11, 2011.
  18. "The Image of Chopin's Death in Art and Poetry" - paper read at the Annual Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association, Boston, Mass., January 8, 2011.
  19. "The Image of Paderewski: An Archangel, Idol, Statesman." Paper read at the Chopin & Paderewski 2010 International Conference, Loyola University, Chicago, November 12, 2010
  20. "Chopin in Polish-American Poetry: Lost Country, Found Beauty." Paper read at the semi-annual conference of the Polish American Historical Association, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, June 26, 2010.

    Poets from Chopin with Cherries event with Maja Trochimczyk

    Poets at Azusa Pacific University's "Fryderyk Chopin in Music and Poetry," February 16, 2010. Erika Wilk, Mira Mataric, Susan Rogers, Taoli-Ambika Talwar and Maja Trochimczyk read their poems from Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse, February 16, 2010. Photo by Gene Schultz, Jr.

  21. "From 'Eternal Eloquence' to 'What Does He Know?' - Images of Chopin in English-language Poetry." Paper and presentation of anthology Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse at the 3rd International Chopin Congress, February 25-March 1, 2010, Warsaw, Poland.

  22. "An Archangel at the Piano: Paderewski's Image and his American Audience." Paper read at the 124th annual meeting of the Polish American Historical Association, San Diego, January 8, 2010.

  23. "Celebrity in Decline: Paderewski's Musical and Political Reception in America 1919-1939" ("Rozne wymiary wielkosci: Muzyczna i polityczna recepcja Paderewskiego w Ameryce 1919-1939,") paper read at the Third Conference "Topos narodowy w muzyce polskiej, 1919-1939", Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland, November 16-17, 2009.
  24. "From 'Eternal Eloquence' to 'What Does He Know?' - Images of Chopin in English-language Poetry." 67th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Jersey City, New Jersey, June 2009.
  25. "1968 - Operation Danube, ISCM, and Polish Music." International Conference "Polish Music After 1945" Christ Church University, Canterbury, U.K., May 2, 2009.

  26. "Marta Ptaszynska's Music for Percussion." 63rd Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, New York, 3-4 June 2006.
  27. "The Impact of Polish State Ensembles, Mazowsze and Slask, On Folk Dance Movement in the U.S." Session on "Polish Dance in the U.S." at the 62nd Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Pittsburgh, 3-4 June 2005.
  28. "Paderewski and Nossig, Szymanowski and Fitelberg: Polish - Jewish Collaborations in Music." Session on "Jewish Presence in Polish Music" at the 62nd Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Pittsburgh, 3-4 June 2005.
  29. "Chopin, Paderewski and Southern California," presentation at "The Image of Poland" seminar, University of La Verne, May 14, 2005.
  30. "Lutoslawski's Manuscripts in Los Angeles: Compositional Revisions to Novelette and Paroles tissées," Symposium of International Musicological Society, Melbourne, Australia, 14 July 2004.
  31. "Towards Poland's National Style: Paderewski or Szymanowski?" presented at a session on "Karol Szymanowski," Third International Conference on 20th Century Music, Nottingham, U.K., June 26-29, 2003.
  32. "Poland's National Composer: Szymanowski or Paderewski?" presented at a session on "Polish National Composers" at the 61 Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, June 6, 2003.
  33. "How Paderewski Plays: Chant d'amour and the Aestheticism of America's Gilded Age." Society for American Music, Tempe, Arizona, 27 February 2003.
  34. "From Mrs. Szymanowska to Mr. Poldowski: Career Choices of Nineteenth-Century Polish Women Composers." Session "Seen and Heard? Women Painters, Performers, and Composers in Poland," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Meeting. 21-24 November 2002, Pittsburgh.
  35. "How Paderewski Plays: Chant d'amour and the Aestheticism of America's Gilded Age." American Musicological Society. Columbus, Ohio, 31 October- 3 November 2002.
  36. "Paderewski in Poetry: From Master of Harmonies to Poland's Savior." Session on "Paderewski and Sembrich." Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., June 2002.
  37. "Paderewski and Stojowski: A Musical Friendship," Session on "Elsner and Stojowski." Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., June 2002.
  38. "Towards A National Musicology - Scholars and Polish Music" invited paper for a commemorative conference "History in Musicology - Musicology in History" dedicated to Prof. Michal Bristiger, Institute of Arts, Polish Academy of Sciences; 10-12 December 2001, Warsaw, Poland.
  39. "Musical Poetry of Cracow: Ewa Demarczyk and 'Piwnica pod Baranami.'" Interdisciplinary panel, "Socialist or Magic Realism? Artist and State in Post-war Krakow," during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies" in Arlington Virginia, 17-20 November 2001.
  40. "Folk Song and the Polish Nation: A 20th-Century History." Symposium during Polish Music Festival "In Solidarity", University of California, Santa Barbara, 29 April 2001.
  41. "Passion, Mourning, and the Black Angels: Ewa Demarczyk as the Voice of the Nation," at Symposium on Polish (post)modern music during a festival "Poland: Music, Lyric, Nation," University of Chicago, Franke Institute for the Humanities, 21 April 2001.
  42. "Political, Aesthetic, and Ethical Aspects of Henryk Gorecki's "Catholic" Music. Session "Catholic Music in Slavic Europe," National Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. 9-12 November 2000, Denver, Colorado (Also a respondent at another session at the same conference).

  43. "Bogurodzica' Reborn: A Medieval Anthem in Contemporary Polish Music." Intercongressional Symposium, International Musicological Society, Budapest, August 2000 (paper presented in absentia).
  44. "Constructing the Immigrant Self: Polish Jewish Composers in the U.S." Session on Jewish and emigre composers at the 58th Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. 600th anniversary of Jagiellonian University, Krakow, 16-18 June 2000.
  45. "Plato, Stalin and Friends: Censorship in Music." Panel on Censorship and Propaganda in the Arts, USC Arts Festival, "The Indelicate Line," USC, Los Angeles, 29 March 2000.
  46. "From Circles to Nets: on the Signification of Spatial Sound Imagery in New Music" International Symposium "Sound in Space" - CREATE, Computer Music Center, University of California at Santa Barbara, 18-19 March 2000.
  47. "Postcommunist and Postmodern: New Music from Poland" Special Session at the 1999 Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, St. Louis, November 1999.
  48. "Defining a Nation: Polish Communities and Symbols in Music" Panel Session at the 1999 Meeting of the AMS, 4 November 1999 (Session Chair and Organizer).
  49. "From Art to Kitsch: Reflections on the Imitations of Chopin's Style" presented at the 2nd International Chopin Congress, organized by Polish Chopin Academy and F. Chopin Society in Warsaw, October 1999.
  50. "Chopin and the Polish Race: Political Dimensions of Chopin Reception" presented at session on "Chopin Appropriated" at The Age of Chopin: The Chopin Sesquicentennial Symposium Indiana University, Bloomington, September 1999.
  51. "Chopin and Women Composers." Special Session "Context and Reception of Chopin's Music" at the Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, New York, June 1999.
  52. "Parallels and Intersections: Constructing New Forms in Polish Art and Music." Colloquium of Center for European and Russian Studies, UCLa and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (in preparation of the 2002 exhibit), Los Angeles, June 1999.
  53. "Poles without the Polka: Cultural Identity of Polish Composers Immigrating to the U.S. during and After World War II." Paper read at the 1999 Meeting of the Sonneck Society for American Music. Forth Worth, Texas, 13 March 1999.
  54. "Penderecki's Ubu Rex and Surrealism in Polish Music Theater." International Conference on Penderecki's Musical Theatre, Cracow, Poland, September 1998.

  55. "Composing in Color: Marta Ptaszynska's Liquid Light." Invited paper for the 1998 "Frau Musica Nova" Conference about "Women Composers of Our Time", Cologne, Germany, October 1998. Conference web site: http://members.aol.com/FrauMusica. Paper also read at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Northern/Central and Pacific/Southwest Chapters of the AMS, USC, 24 April 1999.
  56. "The Identity Question: Polish Jewish Composers in California." International Conference "Polish/ Jewish/Music!" November 1998, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Also Conference Organizer and Chair of the Program Committee.
  57. Bogurodzica Reborn: A Medieval Anthem in Contemporary Polish Music. Paper read at an Interdisciplinary Conference The Yearning for the Middle Ages. Org. by Dorothea Redepenning and Annette Kreutziger-Herr, University of Heildelberg, Germany, April 1998.
  58. Neoclassicism and Avant-garde?: The Aesthetics of Grazyna Bacewicz" Presented at Women in Music: Music History Symposium during A Day with Women's Music, organized by the Polish Music Center, USC School of Music, Los Angeles, April 1998.
  59. "Henryk Gorecki's Multi-Ethnic Concept of Polish Musical Identity" Special Session:"The Appropriation of Folk Music by Eastern European Composers" Invited paper. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, January 1998.
  60. "Gorecki and the Paradigm of the Maternal. Presented at the Gorecki Phenomenon: A Music History Symposium, Gorecki Autumn at USC, 1-5 October 1997, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; also the whole festival's program chair and organizer. Also presented at the Joint Meeting of Southern and Northern Pacific Chapters of the AMS, University of California, Santa Cruz, April 1998.
  61. "New Insights into Lutoslawski's Concept of the Sound Plane" 1997 Joint Meeting of the American Musicological Society and Society for Music Theory, Phoenix, Arizona (31 October, 9:00-12:00; AMS/SMT Session "Lutoslawski and Schnebel"). Conference Program
  62. "Spatiality of Sound and Stream Segregation in Contemporary Music." Paper presented at the 16th International Congress of the International Musicological Society, Study Session: "Auditory Scene Analysis: Future Directions for Musicological Research" London, Royal College of Music, 14-20 August 1997.
  63. "Dans la Nuit: The Themes of Night and Death in Lutoslawski's Oeuvre." Invited paper for the 1997 International Lutoslawski Conference, University of Warsaw, Poland, 27-28 June 1997.
  64. "Inter/national Features of the Polish School of Sonorism in the 1960s." Presented at the Session "National Style and International Attitude to Music," the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Memory, history and critique: European identity at the millenium, 19-24 August 1996, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  65. "A Mystic in the Cathedral: Musical Memory in Andriessen's Hadewijch." Presented at the Session: "The 20th century and the Middle Ages: Cases of musical memory," the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Memory, history and critique: European identity at the millenium, 19-24 August 1996, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  66. "Poland and Holland: Inter-nationalism in New Music" Presented at the Session "Ethnicity and Internationalism in the Arts," the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Memory, history and critique: European identity at the millenium , 19-24 August 1996, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  67. "Birdsong, Music, Ecology: Reflections on the Aesthetics of a natural art." Presented at the Haliburton Soundscape Workshop, of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, Haliburton, Ontario, 29-31 July 1996.
  68. "A Triumph of Modernity: Xenakis's Kraanerg at the Opening of the National Arts Centre." (Paper co-authored with James Harley) Annual Meeting of the Canadian University Music Society, Brock University, St. Catharines, 2 June 1996

  69. "The 'Woman Composer' Debate from a Polish Perspective." Annual Meeting of the Canadian University Music Society, Brock University, May 1996.
  70. "'The living universe:' Natura naturans, natura naturata and Bartok's nature music idiom." British Musicology Conference, King's College, London, 18-21 April 1996.
  71. "Romancing Hildegard: Postmodern appropriations of a medieval composer." (co-authored with Catrena Flint) at an Interdisciplinary Conference, The Middle Ages in Contemporary Popular Culture, McMaster University, Hamilton, 29-31 March 1996.
  72. "Canadian music in a Canadian space: R. Murray Schafer's The Princess of the Stars." 22nd Meeting of the Sonneck Society for American Music, Washington, D.C., 21-24 March 1996.
  73. "Natura naturata and Natura naturans: musical representation and structural symbolism in Bartok's nature music idiom." Invited paper for the International Bartok Colloquium, Szombathely, Hungary; 3-5 July 1995.
  74. "From Postmodernism to Ecomusicology: Towards a New Paradigm in Music Research." Spring Meeting of the AMS New York State--St. Lawrence Chapter, University of Ottawa, 8-9 April 1995.
  75. "Bacewicz, Picasso and the Legacy of Desire." The First UK Critical Musicology Conference "Goodbye great music?" Salford, United Kingdom, 1-2 April 1995.
  76. "The work of music revisited: Roman Ingarden's phenomenological aesthetics." 1994 Annual Conference of the Canadian University Music Society, Calgary, Alberta, 3-6 June 1994.
  77. "American experimental tradition re-examined: Henry Brant's spatial music." 1994 Conference of the Sonneck Society for American Music, Worcester, Massachusetts, 6-10 April 1994.
  78. "On the use(ful/less)ness of analysis for the performance of 20th-century music (Xenakis, Bartok, Stravinsky)." 1993 Conference of the Canadian University Music Society, Carleton University, Ottawa, May/June 1993.
  79. "Technique of comedy in Verdi's Falstaff." Spring Meeting of the NYS--SL Chapter of AMS, SUNY-College at Oswego, March 1993.
  80. "New music and ideology in Poland--case study: The ISCM World Music Days of 1968." Special Session on "Music, Ideology, and the State in Socialist Europe, 1945-1991" at the Annual Meeting of the AMS in Pittsburgh, November 1992.
  81. "The technique of spatial sound movement in the instrumental music of Iannis Xenakis." Fall Meeting of the NYS--SL Chapter of AMS, SUNY at Albany, October 1992.
  82. "The concept of musical space in music theory and aesthetics (1930s-1980s)." 12th Congress of the International Association for Empirical Aesthetics, Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany, July 1992.


Radio Interviews and Video Readings

Poets Cafe with Host Lois P. Jones, KPFK Broadcast, March 30, 2011.
Archival version on Tim Green's website.


Maja with Lois P. Jones at the Poets Cafe, KPFK Radio, October 2, 2010.

  • January 8, 2016 - "Family Stories,", "The Odds" and "Incense," from Slicing the Bread read at the 72rd Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association in Altanta, GA
  • November 2015 - "A Study with Cherries", "The Lady with an Ermine, and "An Invitation to the Dance", with Edoardo Torbianelli, antique pianoforte, International Szymanowska Symposium in Paris, France.

  • September 2015 - "What to Carry", read for 1000k Poets for Change at Bolton Hall in Tujunga.
  • February 2015 - "What to Carry" and "Slicing the Bread" Video, the Rattle Poetry Series at the Flintridge Bookstore. PoetryLA.org.
  • "Tiger Nights" reading for the National Poetry Month, Sunland-Tujunga Library, April 5, 2014.
  • April 2014 - "Look at me...", "Slicing the Bread", "Incandescent (Via Positiva)", "Marking Time", "Tiger Nights" read at Village Poets reading, Sunland Tujunga Library. April 5, 2014.
  • February 2012 - Three Postcards from Paris, reading at the Bolton Hall Museum, in Tujunga recorded by Poetry.LA
  • September 2011 - Three poems in the 40th Anniversary Audio Tour of the Pacific Asia Museum, to listen call the Museum's number and enter the number of the stop: "A Box of Peaches" written on the Gau Prayer Box, poem accompanied by Rick Wilson on Nepalese flute, tel. 626-628-9690, 455#; "An Embroidery Lesson" written on the Chinese courtier's robe with dragons, accompanied by Rick Wilson on Chinese flute, and followed by a reading by Mari Werner, call 626-628-9690, 464#; and "Smiling Buddha" - #445.

  • May 2010 - "An Ode of the Lost," dedicated to Adam Mickiewicz and all Polish exiles, and "A Portrait in Brackets". The first reading as Poet Laureate at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, California, May 23, 2010.

  • September 2009 - "Illuminata" ("I want that crown") accompanied by Rick Wilson, posted on the website of the Pacific Asia Museum's award-winning Audio Tour of the Permanent Collection, Himalayan Art (Yab Yum and Crown).


Poetry Readings

    See an additional list of readings and other events on the Events page.

      February 25, 2017 - "Shandy and Eva among the Roses," reading of love poems from Rose Always and other poems, at the "Rose of Roses" Photo Exhibition, Back Door Bakery and Cafe, Sunland, CA

      February 14, 2017 - "An Evening of Poetry and Roses" with Poets on Site, at the "Rose of Roses" Photo Exhibition, Back Door Bakery and Cafe, Sunland, CA

      September 19, 2016 - First Reading from The Rainy Bread, at the Generations Remember 2016 Conference in Warsaw, Poland, organized by the Kresy Syberia Foundation.

      February 24, 2016 - "Black History Month" reading with Beverly Collins, at Phoenix House Venice.

      January 8, 2016 - "Family Stories," "The Odds" and "Incense," from Slicing the Bread read at the 73rd Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association in Altanta, GA

      November 30, 2015 - "A Study with Cherries", "The Lady with an Ermine, and "An Invitation to the Dance" with Edoardo Torbianelli, antique pianoforte, International Szymanowska Symposium, Polish Academy of Sciences, Paris, France.

      Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. "Give it all away..." A Poetry Workshop at Phoenix House Venice, with Jessica Wilson and Juan Cardenas Wilson.

      Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. "Poetry Palooza at McGroarty Arts Center" - one of the features in Village Poets group. McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga.

      Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. "Westside Women Writers go Eastside" Featured reading at Village Poets Monthly Reading, McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA. With Lois P. Jones, Kathi Stafford, Susan Rogers, and Sonya Sabanac.

      Saturday, August 15, 2015, at 6 p.m. "Poetry Palooza on Franklin" - one of the features of event hosted by Seven Dhar, Scientology Center, Hollywood.

      Slicing the Bread Book Tour

      Friday, February 20th, at 8:30 p.m. Santa Monica Third Fridays at the Rapp Saloon Poetry Reading Hosted by Elena Secota Featured Poet, with Joe Camhi The Rapp Saloon, 1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Sunday, February 22nd, at 4:30 p.m. Village Poets Monthly Reading. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042. Featured Poet.

      Thursday, February 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Ventura Ventura Poets Reading hosted by Phil Taggart "Voices of Survivors" with Ed Rosenthal reading from "A Desert Hat" - E. P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 Phone (805) 648-2716

      Friday, February 27th, at 8:00 p.m. Featured poet at Poetry Open Mike, Host Victor Sotomayor, Sylmar Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, 13197 Gladstone Avenue "A" Sylmar, CA 91342

      Sunday, March 15th, at 4-6 p.m. Louis Jane Studio, Pasadena Poets And Verse – An Exploration Of Life's Journey with Guest Artist: Lynda Pyka, and poets Cindy Rinne, Lois P. Jones, Deborah P. Kolodji, Taoli-Ambika Talwar, Gerda Govine and Kathabela Wilson Louis Jane Studio, 93 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

      Sunday, April 19th, at 2:00pm Moonday Poetry Hosted by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones "Woman in Metaphor" Group Reading from an Anthology edited by Maria Elena B. Meyer Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Boulevard, La Canada Flintridge, CA 9101

      Saturday, May 9th, 3 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Poetry, Pasadena, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell. Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

      Saturday, May 16th, 8 p.m. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice "Crossing Dark Borders: The Poetry of Shadow, Shade and Long Night." Lisa Cheby, Georgia Jones-Davis and Maja Trochimczyk celebrate the publication of their new chapbooks. Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291 (310) 822-3006 www.beyondbaroque.org

      Saturday, June 6th, at 4 p.m. Unbuckled Poetry in North Hollywood hosted by Radomir Luza. "Voices of Survivors" – a joint reading with Ed Rosenthal, author of The Desert Hat and survivor of being lost in the Mojave Desert. 10943 Camarillo Street, North Hollywood

      Tuesday, June 9th, at 8 p.m. Palace Poetry Group hosted by Linda Griggs - Featured Poet at DeWitt Community Library, near Syracuse, NY.

      January 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. Polish American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Downtown Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.




    Other Readings

  • Monthly Poetry Readings at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, introducing featured poets, last Sunday of each month, villagepoets.blogspot.com

  • January 10, 2014 - Foothills Poetry Festival, with Elsa Frausto and others at Sunland Tujunga Library, reading poetry in translation.

  • October 25, 2014 - "Woman in Metaphor" Group Reading at Beyond Baroque, Venice.
  • July 19, 2014 - "Paws for Poetry" Animal Poetry Reading and Exhibition at the La Crescenta Public Library, with Village Poets and Guests.
  • July 4, 2014 - Sunland-Tujunga Fourth of July Parade, Poets Convertible with new Poet Laureate, Elsa S. Frausto and Village Poets.
  • April 29, 2014 - Two Romantic Poems at the Maria Szymanowska Salon in Paris, Polish Academy of Sciences, part of the Szymanowska Conference.
  • September 1, 2013 - Reading at the Opening of the Exhibition "Shadows - Leaves - Roses" at the Scenic Drive Gallery, Monrovia

  • July 4, 2013 - Sunland-Tujunga Fourth of July Parade, Poets Convertible with Dorothy Skiles, Marlene Hitt and Joe DeCenzo
  • April 29, 2013 - Co-Inspirators: Poets, Artists, Musicians - group reading at the Pasadena Public Library, Wright Auditorium, with Rey R. Luminarias, Susan Dobay, Kathabela Wilson, and others
  • April 20, 2013 - Village Poets at La Crescenta Public Library, group reading with Joe DeCenzo, Marlene Hitt, and Dorothy Skiles
  • April 17, 2013 - Westside Women Writers at Topanga Public Library, group reading with Millicent Borges Accardi, Kathi Stafford, Susan Rogers, Sonya Sabanac and Lois P. Jones
  • March 2, 2013 - "Colonnade Gallery Exhibition Opening" Group Reading of Poets on Site at the Opening of the "Inspired by Nature" exhibition at the Colonnade Gallery, Pasadena.
  • February 21, 2013 - "Poets Cafe Listening Party" Reading of Poets featured on Poets' Cafe KPFK, the Wilson's Salon
  • February 9, 2013 - "Impressions of China," Group Reading of Poets on Site at the opening of Susan Dobay's Exhibition at Altadena Public Library.

  • Monthly events of Helena Modjeska Arts and Culture Club, 2010-2012, organizer and manager of 36 events; for details visit the Modjeska Club Website

  • December 15, 2012 - "The Place of Stones" inspired by Richard Stewart's sculptures in Il Bandito Park, forthcoming in a book of poetry and photographs The Rocks of Rancho Tujunga, recorded for a documentary film on Stewart.
  • December 14, 2012 - "Poets on Site" group reading at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, CA.
  • July 22, 2012 - "Meditations on Divine Names" group reading from the new anthology by Moonrise Press at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, CA.
  • June 30, 2012 - Featured Poet at the Catalina Branch of Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena, CA.

  • May 30, 2012 - "Aliens in California" - Poetry inspired by the art of immigrants, featured solo reading illustrated by artwork and photographs by Susan Dobay, Henry Fukuhara, and others, solo reading at the American Corner, Gdansk, Poland.
  • April 15, 2012 - "Passing of the Laurels" Ceremony to end the two-year term as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA. Other poets: Dorothy Skiles (new Poet Laureate), Kathabela Wilson, Just Kibbe, Joe DeCenzo and Marlene Hitt.
  • February 18, 2012 - "On Awakening" - Group reading from an anthology of poetry inspired by a series of Susan Dobay's paintings, Poets on Site event at the Scenic Drive Gallery, Monrovia, reading four poems.

  • December 30, 2011 - "Paris, Szymanowska and Water Lilies" at Kathabela and Rick Wilson's Salon, Pasadena; the first reading of poetry inspired by Ron Libbrecht's Paris and Monet's Water Lilies
  • October 1, 2011 - Maria Szymanowska Salon, Paris, Polish Academy of Sciences, part of International Conference, The Woman of Europe: Maria Szymanowska, reading "The Shooting Star," "An Ode of the Lost," and "How to Make a Mazurka""
  • September 24, 2011 - "One Hundred Thousand Poets for Change" reading by Westside Women Writers in Tarzana, California, a part of an international project of poetry for peace.

  • September 2011 - Three poems in the 40th Anniversary Audio Tour of the Pacific Asia Museum, to listen call the Museum's number and enter the number of the stop: "A Box of Peaches" written on the Gau Prayer Box, poem accompanied by Rick Wilson on Nepalese flute! 626-628-9690, 455#; "An Embroidery Lesson" written on the Chinese courtier's robe with dragons, accompanied by Rick Wilson on Chinese flute, and followed by a reading by Mari Werner, call 626-628-9690, 464#; and "Smiling Buddha" - call 626-628-9690, 445#.
  • September 2009 - "Illuminata" ("I want that crown") accompanied by Rick Wilson, posted on the website of the Pacific Asia Museum's award-winning Audio Tour of the Permanent Collection, Himalayan Art (Yab Yum and Crown).

  • August 19, 2011 - Featured Poet at the Rapp Saloon, Santa Monica, with host Elena Secota
  • August 13, 2011 - Poetry Corner at an Annual Watermelon Festival, Sunland Park, poetry for children, organized with Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga
  • August 8, 2011 - Featured Poet at Moonday West Poetry Readings, with Lucia Galloway, Pacific Palisades
  • August 6, 2011 - Poets' Picnic in Benicia, California - Poets Laureate Reunion

  • July 11, 2011 - Guest Poet in Upward Bound Poetry Class by Don Kingfisher Campbell, Occidental College
  • May 28, 2011 - "The Spiritual Quartet" in Ventura, group reading with Lois P. Jones, Susan Rogers, and Taoli-Ambika Talwar.
  • May 31, 2011 - The Spiritual Quartet group reading in Ventura, CA, with Lois P. Jones, Susan Rogers and Taoli-Ambika Talwar.

  • March 31, 2011 - "Ascension" dedicated to Barbara Koziel Gawronski, part of A World Tour of Women at Caltech Diversity Center, Pasadena, reading of poets from the Caltech Poetry Journal vol. 2
    • Ascension (A Memorial Poem) dedicated to Barbara Koziel-Gawronski (1946-2009), read at the Passing of the Laurels Ceremony, McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, California, April 25, 2010: http://youtu.be/9gB9Yj9acaM

  • March 30, 2011 - Maja Trochimczyk on the Poet's Cafe, interview with host Lois P. Jones, broadcast on KPFK, 90.7 FM.

  • March 27, 2011 - The Spiritual Quartet with Lois P. Jones and Susan Rogers, accompanied by William Lenaburg "Dr. Blues" at Village Poets Monthly Reading, Bolton Hall Museum,
  • February 9, 2011 - "Imagine Poetry" reading of poetry inspired by art, with guitar accompaniment by Dr. Blues, Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council Meeting, Tuju
  • January 8, 2011 - "Growing up Polish, Becoming American" selected poems at a special session at the Polish American Hstorical Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Mass.
  • December 11, 2010 - "Christmas Poem," at Little Landers Society's Annual Christmas Party, Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga.
  • December 4, 2010 - "Indigo: Poetry and Japanese Pottery in Blue and White" gropu reading at a Pacific Asia Museum Exhibition, presentation of a chapbook edited by Kathabela Wilson

  • November 13, 2010 - "Chopin with Cherries IV" group reading at the Chopin and Paderewski Conference, Loyola University, Chicago, Ill.
  • October 17, 2010 - "Healing from the Ashes" Poetry Reading at the Special Exhibition, a benefit for the victims of Station Fire, with artwork based on artifacts found in the fire, Village Poets, 3:00 p.m.
  • September 26, 2010 - "Haiku Anthology" reading, Bolton Hall, Tujunga, Village Poets Monthly Series, 4:30 p.m.

  • September 12, 2010 - "Chopin with Cherries III" group reading at Beyond Baroque, with 11 other poets, 3 p.m.
  • August 15, 2010 - Summer Poetry at the Lions' Club Watermelon Festival, Sunland Park, 2 p.m.


    Reading "Mountain Waltz" at APC Fine Arts Gallery,
    Poets on Site Event, Torrance, September 2009.

  • June 5, 2010 - "Poetry Booth: Maja and Friends" at Puppetry Festival, McGroarty Art Center, Tujunga.
  • May 23, 2010 - "Village Poets Open Reading" at Bolton Hall, Tujunga, 4:30 p.m., presentation as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga

  • May 8, 2010 - "Chopin with Cherries II" Music and Poetry at a book publication party, group reading with Chopin's music played by pianist Wojciech Kocyan, Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles, CA. See photos in Picasa web album: Chopin II Photo Album.

  • May 8, 2010 - "Awards Ceremony for Local Volunteers," Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian, Field Office, Sunland-Tujunga. Reading of an occasional poem written especially for this event, "Mountain Watch."
  • May 1, 2010 - "Spiritual Quartet" - Group reading with Lois P. Jones, Susan Rogers, and Taoli-Ambika Talwar, The Church in Ocean Park, Santa Monica. See photos in Picasa web album: Spiritual Quartet.
  • April 25, 2010 - "Passing of the Laurels" Ceremony, as newly elected Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga for 2010-2012, McGroarty Art Center, Tujunga. See the Picasa Photo Album. Read Maja's occasional poem, "What I Love in Sunland" (Word download). See the first reading of What I love in Sunland at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, California, May 23, 2010: http://youtu.be/I1DFKCDZ83s
  • April 23, 2010 - "Tour of the World" Reading for Earth Day celebration, Ten Thousand Villages, Pasadena, event of Poets on Site. Reading of: "An Ode of the Lost" and "What I like in Poland."
  • April 18, 2010 - "Indian Miniatures" Exhibition at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, Poets on Site Project. Reading of three poems: "Fearful Symmetry in Blue," Condemned" and "A Foreign Tale."

  • April 11, 2010 - "Chopin with Cherries I" Music and Poetry at a book publication party, group reading with pianist Neal Galanter, at South Pasadena Public Library, CA. See the Chopin I Photo Album (Picasa web album site).

  • February 16, 2010 - Chopin in Music and Poetry at Azusa Pacific University, featured poet, reading from Chopin with Cherries, with poets Susan Rogers, Mira Mataric, Taoli-Ambika Talwar, and Erika Wilk
  • February 13, 2010 - Poets on Site group reading at two exhibitions at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
  • February 4, 2010 - Featured Poet at Beyond Baroque, Venice, California.
  • January 9, 2010 - "Immigrant Experience in Poetry" special session at the Annual Meeting of the Polish-American Historical Association, San Diego; with Oriana Ivy, Lillian Vallee, and Linda Nemec Foster.

  • September 26, 2009 - APT Gallery, Torrance, Poems for the 12th Annual Henry Fukuhara Annual Watercolor Workshop at Manzanar Internment Camp" Poets on Site chapbook event.

  • August 22, 2009 - Permanent Collection Tour, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, Poets on Site Chapbook Publication Event.

  • August 2, 2009 - Kath Abela's Poetry Salon, Pasadena - Chopin in Poetry Book Project Presentation
  • July 22, 2009 - Upward Bound, Occidental College, guest poet for a high school class of Don Kingfisher Campbell
  • July 12, 2009 - Ganesha: The Remover of Obstacles, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, 2 p.m. Poets on Site Chapbook Publication Event, with South Indian dance and music.
  • June 6, 2009 - Featured Poet at Emerging Urban Poets, Pasadena Public Library, Santa Catalina Branch, 999 E. Washington Blvd., 2 p.m.
  • May 30, 2009 - Group Reading for "Bodies Mapping Time: New Portraits of Women" by J. Michael Walker, at Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042, 7:00 p.m., including a new poem "For Lois"
  • May 23, 2009 - Memorial Day Weekend Small Press Festival, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St. Santa Monica, CA 90405. Reading and Moonrise Press presentation

  • April 4, 2009 - Altadena Public Library, Poetry and Cookies Publication Party

  • April 2, 2009 - Napa Elementary School, Northridge, 5th Grade - Poets in the Classroom, site visit and teaching session, reading 4 poems (The Crown, In Passing 6, haiku, The Arrow)

  • March 7, 2009 - Pasadena Public Library, Catalina Branch, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly no. 41, Publication Party,

  • October 26, 2008 - Pasadena Central Library, guest host, reading "Colors of the Fall" collection and guests.

  • September 5, 2008 - APC Fine Arts Gallery Torrance, reading for Henry Fukuhara Workshop chapbook

  • September 12, 2008 - Featured Poet, Allendale Branch, Pasadena Library, reading from Rose Always.

  • August 5, 2008 - Featured Poet, National Night Out, Allendale Branch, Pasadena Public Library, semi-staged reading from Rose Always, with Engleman

  • August 16, 2008 - Torrance Fine Arts and Graphics Gallery, Exhibition from the 11th Annual Henry Fukuhara Workshop: Expressions and Interpretations of Alabama Hills, Manzanar, and Keeler

  • August 23, 2008 - Chaffey Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, California, Milton Zornes in Asia Exhibition - India, China, Burma (the War Years)

  • July 26, 2008 - Fine Arts and Graphics Gallery, Torrance, Three Generations Exhibition, Poets on SiteChapbook reading

  • May 5, 2008 - Pacific Asia Museum, Rengetsu Exhibition, Poets on Site Chapbook reading

  • April 2008 - San Marino Gallery, Milton Zornes Exhibition, Poets on Site Chapbook reading

  • March 2008 - Pasadena Museum of California Art, Milton Zornes Exhibition, Poets on SiteChapbook reading

  • January 28, 2008 - Featured Poet, Monday Night Poetry, Santa Catalina Branch, Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena


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