Downey poet Trista Dominqu to read from new book

DOWNEY – The next edition of Poetry Matters – Thursday, Dec. 17 at  Stay Gallery – will feature Downey’s own Trista Dominqu and the launch of her new book “So Cali.”

Sarah Thursday, founder of Cadence Collective, says of her work, “Trista Dominqu’s collection, So Cali, reads like a family photo album … with childhood moments of trolley rides, anthills, avocados, pool dives, and June bugs. It zooms out to a working class neighborhood, with baseball caps and flannels, young mothers and gutter kids. … You will close these pages with images so tangible, vibrant, and immediate, you will confuse them with memories of your own.”

Trista Dominqu was born and raised in Southern California. Her work is influenced by her mixed ancestry and working class roots. A Downey resident and mother of three, she learned to weave stories into poetry from rocking chair conversations with her grandmother.

The session is open to everyone and starts at 7:30 p.m. with an open microphone, a tradition which gives local poets the opportunity to read to a live audience. 

Poetry Matters is curated by Lorine Parks.