Thursday, February 09, 2017
VENTURA COUNTY STAR -- Peñaredondo — born in the Philippines and now a Southern California resident — was the 2016 regional winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize for her first full-length book, “All Things Lose Thousands of Times.” Its feminist-oriented poems investigate where fragments of the body’s memory, culture, gender and desire gather, then piece themselves together to form into shapes. Peñaredondo is a Voices of our Nations Art fellow and recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, Gluck Program of the Arts Fellowship, Naropa University’s Zora Neal Hurston Award, Squaw Valley Writers Fellowship and Fishtrap Fellowship. She has received scholarships from Tin House, Split This Rock and Dzanc Books International Literary Program. Peñaredondo has a Bachelor’s in fine arts from San Francisco State University and a Master’s in creative writing and writing for the performance arts from UC Riverside. She is an adjunct professor in the La Sierra University English Department.