Cerro Coso instructor, poet, mother, and artist Melanie Jeffrey recently served as a panelist for a 60th Anniversary film screening of Zane Grey’s The Vanishing American by Lit Crawl L.A. at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena. The panelists were asked to link the images of Native Americans in cinema and plot of the film, to current events. Jeffrey’s tribal affiliation with the Diegueño Indians and recent interview with Red Hen Press’s Los Angeles Review (Fall 2015) made her a perfect fit for the discussion.
A graduate from the University of California, Riverside’s MFA program, her poetry is a hybrid of modernism and experimentalism. L.A. Review, a literary journal in L.A., interviewed Jeffrey on her new chapbook, Rules to Want, published by dancing girl press. A copy is available in the College Library.
What’s next for Jeffrey? Well, she has been invited to be a guest editor of the next issue of the L.A. Review.
Cerro Coso congratulates Jeffrey’s on her literary success.