March Meeting - “What’s YA Anyway" Presenter John Smelcer

  • Saturday, March 02, 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Rancho Mirage Library Community Room


  • Open to the public. Registration is not needed.

March Meeting
Presenter: John Smelcer
John Smelcer is the award-winning author of more than 55 books published in a wide range of genres, including fiction, poetry, memoir, linguistics and mythology. His poems, articles, essays, and interviews have been published in over 500 magazines and journals worldwide. For almost a quarter century he was poetry editor and association publisher of Rosebud Magazine, what The Boston Globe once called "the best literary journal in America."

One of the last speakers on earth of two severely endangered Alaska Native languages, John wrote dictionaries of both languages, for which Noam Chomsky and Stephen Pinker provided forewords.

Dr. Smelcer studied literature and world religions at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. He is a blog writer for The Charter for Compassion, a global nonprofit founded by Karen Armstrong (A History of God) after she received the TED Talk Award in 2008.

He has also judged dozens of literary awards around the world, as far away as Israel, and co-authored a poem on compassion with the Dali Lama, who also provided a forward for his Alaska Native dictionaries and wrote a blurb for the acclaimed novel, The Gospel of Simon.

In the spring of 2015, Dr. Smelcer "discovered" the worldly possessions of Thomas Merton. Learn more at

Topic: What’s YA Anyway
Literature for Young Adults is one of the hottest genres in publishing today, yet most people have no idea what it is. Forget what you think you know about YA lit. If you are a writer, you've probably written for a YA audience and don't even know it. Got unpublished manuscripts sitting around collecting dust? Maybe you've been missing an opportunity to sell your work.

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