Village Poets Features First Sunland-Tujunga Poet Laureate Marlene Hitt and Award Winning Poet RG Cantalupo at September Meeting

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga invite poets and friends of poetry to the monthly reading held in-person on Sunday, Sept 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga. In September the features will be Marlene Hitt who will introduce her latest book of poetry, “Yellow Tree Alone.” Poet RG Cantalupo will also be featured and many books will also be available. More about the poets at

Marlene Hitt


Marlene Hitt was the first poet laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. Her critically acclaimed first poetry collection “Clocks and Water Drops” was published by Moonrise Press in 2015. Her full-length manuscript, “Yellow Tree Alone” also from Moonrise Press, made its debut in 2023. She has authored many chapbooks and a nonfiction book “Sunland Tujunga from Village to City.” Publications in anthologies include “When the Virus Came Calling,” “Chopin with Cherries,” “Meditations on Divine Names” among others. She has written and published two books for children and several years of articles for local newspapers. As a stay-at-home writer, she reflects the life in her local surroundings.

RG Cantalupo

RG Cantalupo is a poet, playwright, filmmaker, novelist and director. His work has been published widely in literary journals in the United States, England and Australia.

He graduated from UC Santa Cruz where he studied under such luminaries as George Hitchcock, editor of Kayak, Gregory Bateson, and Norman O. Brown, and received his MFA in poetry and non-fiction from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. His books of poetry include “Involving Residence,” “No Thanks,” “Walking Water On Earth” and “The Art of Naming” among others.

Two segments of open mic will be available and refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $5 per person for the cost of refreshments and to donate to the Little Landers Society that manages the Bolton Hall Museum, a Los Angeles historical landmark built in 1913.

Village Poets Upcoming Schedule 2023: Oct. 22 – Ambika Talwar & Susan Suntree

Coming up in 2024: Jan. 28 – Karen Greenbaum-Maya & Judith Terzi