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Writer and Performer Susan Suntree to Present Her Work at Pomona College

Susan Suntree

Writer, performer, teacher and environmental activist Susan Suntree, who has been featured on NPR, KCRW and KPFK, will investigate the dynamics of science, art and spiritual philosophies as they engage contemporary life, in a presentation of her work on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Pomona College (Allen Theatre, Seaver Theatre Complex, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont).

Suntree has published extensively, including books of poetry, biography, creative nonfiction, translations, essays and reviews. Her most recent book, Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California (2010), explores the prehistory and sacred geography of Los Angeles. Beginning with Western science, Suntree carries readers from the Big Bang to the present as she describes the origins of the universe, the shifting of tectonic plates, and an evolving array of plants and animals that give Southern California its unique features today. She recounts Native American creation myths and songs that tell of the migration of humans into the region, where they settled and how they lived. Novelist Carolyn See praises the book as “a glowing monument to the magic that trails behind each one of us humans…[an] absolutely unique work of art."

Suntree is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Flux and has presented her poetry and performances nationally and internationally. She founded FrogWorks, an eco-political street theater troupe, and is co-director of Earth Water Air Los Angeles, an annual performance trek across Los Angeles with giant puppets, street theater, teach-ins, music and poetry to educate people about the Los Angeles environment and its last open spaces. She teaches at East Los Angeles College.

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