Students drop mic

November 15, 2017

By Melody Ortiz Student performers expressed themselves during the “Drop the Mic” event held by the Writers Society on Thursday night in the S-2 recital hall. East Los Angeles College students, along with others from the Los Angeles area, had an opportunity to share their own poetry and music. Students read from prepared papers, off of their phones, and from memory. Some were new to sharing and some were used…


Charles Bukowski revolutionizes modern poetry

October 18, 2017

By Giselle Palomera Henry Charles Bukowski was a German poet who revolutionized poetry in Los Angeles. Bukowski developed a way of using simplicity to paint a vivid image for readers and his critics. Now, many authors like Rapi Kaur, Christopher Poindexter and Lang Leav use similar forms of simplicity and realism to arrange their words into poems. Many of these authors write about the same gutters and buildings that Bukowski…


ELAC Student finds interest in poetry

by Johanna Calderon An East Los Angeles College student, Eros Saldana, is getting his poetry book published by Creating Space through He entered the Talent Show again because he had in the fall the past, but this time, he read a poem to the audience. His poem focused on immigration because it a hot topic around the world, but he writes mostly about love. “I never title my poem…

May 26, 2016

‘Dear Sister’ reveals stories of abuse

March 6, 2014

By Maegan Ortiz “Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence” edited by Lisa Factora-Borchers, is a testament of survival. Released in January by AK press, the book challenges the idea that there is a right way for survivors to process rape. It does this through a diverse selection of traditional-style letters, poetry, essays, and interviews. This issue is important to college age students since according the National Institute of…


English instructor continues long writing career

By Jade Inglada East Los Angeles College Professor Susan Suntree’s writing has won awards allowing her to travel all over the world. Originally wanting to become an actress, Suntree still remains passionate about performing but ultimately chose to pursue writing. After starting out at a community college, she left California and transferred to the University of Arizona to continue her education. “I studied nursing at the University of Arizona for…

November 27, 2013

Respecting poetry as yourself

By Erik Luna People need to realize that the written word is something to be marveled at not something to be made a mockery of. Students, usually immature teenagers, look down on those who choose to express themselves verbally and intellectually. Poetry and spoken word have risen to some popularity as of late, but there are always those wise-cracking, loose lipped and intellectually challenged people who look down on this…

May 9, 2012

NAMI hosts poetry reading to bring awareness to mental illness

April 25, 2012

By Maria Gonzalez and William Hernandez Students had an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings through poetry this past Wednesday. NAMI on Campus, a student chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness, gathered in the open space between P2 and S2 buildings to let students recite poetry. Students were able to recite their own or the work of others. Part of the mission of NAMI on Campus is…


Carol Lem: Longtime professor, poet left indelible mark

By Megan Perry Adored and admired poet and teacher, Carol Lem, died of cancer February 11, leaving her mark on East Los Angeles College and in the Los Angeles literary world. She was a petite woman who stood approximately five feet tall, but her power and influence were gigantic. “I always admired that somebody who was not at all physically intimidating carried her weight and got her way out there,” said…

February 29, 2012

‘Jam’ informs Elans of deaf community

By Maria Gonzalez An eye-opener to the complexity of the deaf community, the film “Deaf Jam” immerses its audience into the world of signing and how it is used to create poetry. More than 50 people crowded the East Los Angeles College Auditorium Foyer on Thursday evening to see the  film screening of “Deaf Jam” and a performance and discussion with American Sign Language artists. PBS SoCal, East Los Angeles College’s…

November 3, 2011