April 30, 2017
READING AND CELEBRATION AT CELLAR DOOR BOOKS
Join the Inlandia Institute on Sunday April 30, 2017 from 4:30pm- 5:30pm for a reading and celebration of Rachelle Cruz’s new book God’s Will for Monsters. This event will be held at Cellar Door Books, located at 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA 92507.
This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for signing and purchase with light refreshments being served.
Rachelle Cruz is the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Prize Regional Winner for her book God’s Will for Monsters.
Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of God's Will for Monsters, which won the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize (Inlandia, 2017), Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), and co-editor with Melissa Sipin of Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine Myths (Carayan Press, 2015). An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes and teaches in Southern California.
Praise for God’s Will for Monsters:
“More than ever, our world needs the aswang, the werebeast, and the wisdom of the women and bold voices calling out from Rachelle Cruz’s marvelous debut collection. Cruz’s vision holds many worlds: from the mythical landscapes of the “death dusk” to the streets of Hayward, California, we travel through time and across countries, guided by a host of voices….“God’s Will for Monsters” shows us how a poet pays tribute to longed-for landscapes, histories of struggle, and mother-love: with dazzling, fire-filled language, new forms, broken forms, and fearlessness.” –Brynn Saito, author of “Power Made Us Swoon”
“In God’s Will for Monsters Cruz guides the reader through the uncharted roads of experimental poetry. Cruz maps out a singular journey using narrative prose, faux scholarly excerpts and even seemingly banal transactions to light the way. This extraordinary work creates a stirring atlas of the author’s own life, history and ethnicity that allows the reader to become a local, a friend and a fellow traveler.”- Megan Gravendyk-Estrella, judge for the Hillary Gravendyk Prize Poetry Book Competition
“In many ways Rachelle Cruz, here, contests, demolishes and remixes the bizarre, early 20th Century colonial and classic ethnographic summations of the Philippines, of its peoples and culture, those “without history” – with her incredible, leaping, elegant, multi-form, cinematic, “forest” of word-magic.”- Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States