First Press Reading Series—November Event!

on the campus of Woodbury University in Burbank, California

The olive is among the oldest known cultivated trees in the world, grown before the written language was invented. In California, there are many isolated trees or fragments of old groves, such as the trees that still stand on the Woodbury campus. Traditionally, after harvest, oil was pressed in screw or hydraulic presses. The paste was subjected to increasingly high pressures with subsequent degradation in the flavor of the oil. Thus, the “first press” of oil was considered the most flavorful and desirable. ~ the Olive Oil Source, 2018

Please join us at our upcoming reading series event, Monday, November 19th!

  Woodbury University welcomes novelist  Désirée Zamorano  to our campus!

Woodbury University welcomes novelist Désirée Zamorano to our campus!

Everyone is invited to attend the upcoming First Press Reading Series event, which will take place from 4pm - 6pm at the Ahmanson Main Space on the Woodbury University campus. Woodbury University’s literary magazine, MORIA, is proud to welcome Los Angeles novelist and playwright, Désirée Zamorano, who will be reading from her published fiction, as well as some of her new work.

Zamorano has published diverse novels, including Human Cargo (Lucky Bat Books, 2011), Modern Cons (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) and more recently The Amado Women (Cinco Puntos Press, 2014). Zamorano is not only an exceptional writer, but also an activist, working with InsideOut Writers, a program that works with former jailed youth. She is also the director of the Community Literacy Center at Occidental College.

Zamorano’s work has been recognized in renowned publications, ranging from The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Latina Book Club, and the Los Angeles Times. She has also had readings at numerous locations, such as Bindercon/LA, Book Expo America 2014, Cabrini Literary Guild, and the LA Times Festival of Books.

At the reading series event, there will be an open mic in which everyone is invited to share a short piece and/or two minutes of reading time. There will also be light refreshments and some music to help create ambiance. The evening will be extra festive, as we are also celebrating the release of our second issue of MORIA Literary Magazine! Please come and help us acknowledge another powerful collection of the best professional poetry, fiction, and essays out there.

If interested in attending our reading series event, Woodbury University’s address is 7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, CA 91504. There will be parking available on campus; please just introduce yourself at the gate and the security guards will direct you to parking and to the Ahmanson Main Space. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Other Upcoming Reading Series Events:

February 25, 2019 :: Suzanne Lummis

April 8, 2019 :: Reuben Ellis