Poets Laureate of Sunland Tujunga

MAJA TROCHIMCZYK
POET LAUREATE 2010-2012


Maja Trochimczyk as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga Portrait by Ronna Leon, August 2010

Maja Trochimczyk ("Ma-ya" "Tro-HIM-chick") with the Laureates' "laurel heart" and a music box. Quotation from "Tiger Nights" published in The Epiphany Magazine and Rose Always. Portrait (C) 2010 by Ronna Leon, Used by Permission. August 2010, McGroarty Art Center.

It was an honor, as well as fun, to have served as the Sixth Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. My term ended in April 2012; it started two years earlier, with the Passing of the Laurels ceremony at the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga.

In the presence of many guests, poets, officials, and friends, I placed a wreath of laurel leaves (actually a local bush, similar to an olive), on the head of Dorothy Skiles, who has been selected to serve as the Seventh Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. My mission to seek happiness through poetry has not ended, though, and neither my various poetry-related projects, such as my monthly column in our local paper, Voice of the Village, my participation in the Village Poets activities (planning the monthly readings), and my contributions to Poets on Site. I received a new set of congratulatory messages from the offices of County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, City Councilmembers Richard Alarcon and Paul Krekorian, and State Assembly Member Cameron Smyth. Below you will find a record of my activities during my term.


Maja Trochimczyk as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga with 
		Joe DeCenzo, April 2010

The motto for my two years as Poet Laureate was

"Poetry ... in pursuit of happiness"

My activities have included public readings, appearances at civic ceremonies, participation in art festivals and community events. I have also decided to publish an anthology with work by local poets. The anthology evolved into a somewhat different project, an anthology of spiritual poetry, Meditations on Divine Names which will appear in March 2012. You may see the list of events below and selected photographs in a Picasa Photo Album.


Maja Trochimczyk with Marlene Hitt, first Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga and poet Elsa Frausto. April 25, 2010, McGroarty Art Center, Tujunga.

On April 25, 2010, the Passing of the Laurels Ceremony was held at the McGroarty Art Center, Tujunga, with Joe DeCenzo doing the honors on behalf of the Sunland-Tujunga Poetry and Literature Committee. The event included presentations by Claire Knowles, Director of McGroarty Art Center, Dorothy Skiles, President of Village Poets, Mary Benson from Paul Krekorian's office, music performances and poetry readings by Joe DeCenzo, Elsa Frausto and myself. I received Certificates of Congratulations from State Senators Bob Huff and George Runner, and Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian.

My reading included a poem I wrote especially for this occasion, What I love in Sunland. You may download the poem in Word format here. For more photographs from the event, see its Picasa Photo Album. A photo report from my first year of service as a Poet Laureate is on Picasa Web Album. My Poets' Cafe Radio interview with host Lois P. Jones was broadcast on March 30, 2011 and is archived on Tim Green's Site.



With Dr. Blues, guitar, at "Imagine Poetry" Reading at the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council meeting, March 8, 2011.


I continue to participate as co-organizer in the monthly Village Poets Open Readings at Bolton Hall Museum. I write a monthly poetry column in The Voice of the Village and maintain two poetry blogs, Chopin with Cherries and Poetry Laurels. For more information, see events and readings, and photos from recent events, as well as Picasa albums from Chopin with Cherries I, Chopin with Cherries II at the Ruskin Art Club, Chopin with Cherries III at Beyond Baroque, Chopin with Cherries IV at Loyola University Chicago, Picasa Web Album for the Spiritual Quartet and Flickr album for Poetry Corner at the Watermelon Festival.
Maja Trochimczyk's Commendations for the End of Term as the Sixth Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga, April 2012.

Publications

My tenure as a poet-laureate is documented in three poetry blogs and a column in The Voice of the Village:
  • poetrylaurels.blogspot.com
  • chopinwithcherries.blogspot.com
  • villagepoets.blogspot.com
  • The Voice of the Village (monthly)

    On the site for Moonrise Press, you may read about my four books:
  • Rose Always,
  • Miriam's Iris,
  • Meditations on Divine Names, and
  • Chopin with Cherries.

    Some of poems from the Chopin with Cherries anthology were selected for the Cosmopolitan Review. Other poems may be found in chapbooks (Glorias & Assorted Praises, Poems for My Friend, and Poems and Stories), and other poems published on various sites, including My Sky, Photo Poem, a photo-album My Hat Collection, "Look at me..." in Loch Raven Review, A Monument of Time and Memento Vitae in Clockwise Cat (2009), and a recent publication of "Easter Apocalypsis" in The Scream Online Magazine of Art, Poetry and Photography, vol. 7 no. 4 December 2011. "Heaven and Hell" issue edited by John Z. Guzlowski.

    Links to other recent publications are on the
    Biography site, in the list of published poems. You can read more about my poetry on my website: www.trochimczyk.net or on my poetry page.

    Audio and Video

    If you want to hear my voice, listen to the interview with host Lois P. Jones at the Poets' Cafe, on KPFK Pacifica Radio (Broadcast March 30, 2011), or to "Illuminata" ("I want that crown...") on the Pacific Asia Museum's website at the 2009 Audio Tour link, Himalayan Art (Yab Yum and Crown).

    A set of poems inspired by Asian art is on Pacific Asia Museum's Audio Tour 2011, maintained on Old Flutes Site by Kathabela Wilson. In September 2011, I recorded these poems for the 40th Anniversary Audio Tour of the Museum. Each poem is accompanied by Rick Wilson on an appropriate Asian flute. To listen you may go to the Audio Tour 2011 on Old Flutes Site, or call the Museum: "A Box of Peaches" written on the Gau Prayer Box, 626-628-9690, 455#; "An Embroidery Lesson" 626-628-9690, 464#; and "Smiling Buddha" - 445#.

    A recently created YouTube video channel for Moonrise Press features video excerpts from various poetry readings, including the "Passing of the Laurels" ceremony and other events. You may see my readings of the following poems:

    • The Arms of Mercy, Poetry Audio Tour of the Pacific Asia Museum, August 22, 2009. http://www.youtu.be/52p-lWq2zxU
    • 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

    • Claremont Concert, read at the Passing of the Laurels Ceremony, McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, California, April 25, 2010, published in poeticdiversity.org vol. 8 no. 2 (August 2008): http://youtu.be/ceX1_IWZW4Q
    • Green Sea at Albian, (Cathedral), inspired by a painting by Milford Zornes of the same title, read at "Three Generations" Exhibition, APC Gallery Torrance, California, July 26, 2008: http://www.youtu.be/sCO7aSYXfgc

    • Illuminata, Pacific Asia Museum Audio Tour, with Rick Wilson, flute, recorded at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, August 22, 2009, also posted on the museum's website and published in the "Poetry Audio Tour" chapbook, Poets on Site, Pasadena, 2009: http://youtu.be/mbiIMszaLwY

    • Illuminata, written for Pacific Asia Museum Audio Tour, version read at the Passing of the Laurels Ceremony, McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, California, April 25, 2010: http://youtu.be/Bst2kYh8ciM
    • 'Look at me...' , inspired by Ella Fitzgerald's "Misty" and a Sunday drive to a Buddhist orchard. The first reading as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, California, May 23, 2010: http://youtu.be/TJzzOId3KCY

    • A Magnolia Courtryard for Pacific Asia Museum Audio Tour, with Rick Wilson, flute, recorded at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, August 22, 2009, also posted on the museum’s website and published in the “Poetry Audio Tour” chapbook, Poets on Site, Pasadena, 2009: http://youtu.be/1kOTn11xa1I

    • Mountain Watch, at the first reading as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, introduced by Joe DeCenzo, at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, California, May 23, 2010: http://www.youtu.be/MxlahG639pY

    • An Ode of the Lost, dedicated to Adam Mickiewicz and all Polish exiles. The first reading as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, California, May 23, 2010: http://youtu.be/LWSOufEAk30

    • Of the Mountains, inspired by a painting by Bill Anderson, "Foothill Rancho Cucamonga, Cliff Road" and read at "Three Generations" Exhibition, APC Gallery Torrance, California, July 26, 2008: http://youtu.be/TL3oXxJC-Bg
    • Passing of the Laurels Ceremony for the Sixth Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga, with Joe DeCenzo, McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, California, April 25, 2010. Includes reading of two short poems from "Miriam's Iris" ("Of the Mountains" and "Of Bliss"): temporarily unavailable

    • A Portrait in Brackets (Eidetic Reduction) at the first reading as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, California, May 23, 2010: http://youtu.be/eFhVhOAxbxM

    • Point San Vincente, inspired by Milford Zornes's painting of the same title. "Three Generations" Exhibition, APC Gallery, Torrance, California, July 26, 2008: http://www.youtu.be/jLai-H7wf5A

    • Selected love poems from Rose Always - A Court Love Story, poems no. 12, 13, 20, 52. The first reading as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, California, May 23, 2010: http://youtu.be/k5W-X6mEygM

    • A Study with Cherries, from the "Chopin with Cherries" anthology (Moonrise Press, 2010), read at Kathabela and Rick Wilsons’ poetry salon, Pasadena, August 8, 2009: http://www.youtu.be/ljaCVn9NZqI
    • Stravinsky's Venice, inspired by Bill Anderson"s painting Venice, Italy. "Three Generations" Exhibition, APC Gallery, Torrance, California, July 26, 2008: http://youtu.be/hh6SWgsX09c

    • What I love in Sunland, the first reading as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, at Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, California, May 23, 2010: http://youtu.be/I1DFKCDZ83s


    A list of readings and events is included in my Poet Laureate Page: www.trochimczyk.net/laureate.html. Of course, the main reason I decided to apply for the position of Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga was to ride in the Sunland-Tujunga Fourth of July Parade! Here's a photo from 2012, after my term ended.

    Maja with a Donkey at the Fourth of July Parade of Sunland-Tujunga, 2012








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