Across the Generations:
Women’s Stories in Prose & Poetry

Event Information


Friday, April 26, 2024


6 PM – 7:30 PM


City Heights Performing Annex

3795 Fairmount Ave

San Diego, CA 92105


Free Event

Event Description

Through the ages women have come together to tell their stories. Generation after generation, we’ve gathered at campfires, gardens, and kitchen tables; we’ve found each other in school, in sports, and in the arts. We are poem makers and storytellers. In this special gathering celebrating San Diego Writers, Ink 20th anniversary, we have invited four women representing four generations—20s, 40s, 60s, and 80s—to share their stories through prose and poetry.


Featured Readers: 


Alana Rodriguez is an MFA Poetry student at San Diego State University. She is a submissions reader for Poetry International, the Social Media & Marketing Coordinator for the San Diego Poetry Annual, and a recipient of the Sarah B. Marsh-Rebelo Scholarship for Poetry. Her work can be found in Unfortunately, Lit Mag and Boats Against the Current. Alana is passionate about encouraging young poets in both the Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities to pursue publication and share their work with the world.




Adhara Mereles is an explorer and scholar from Mexico City, raised in San Diego. Her appreciation for languages and cultures inspired her to live in France, Italy, The Czech Republic, and New York. After completing a master’s degree at Columbia University, she led a successful career in hospitality and has been published in The Concierge magazine. She loves visiting tide pools and savoring sunsets. In addition to writing prose and poetry, her passions include yoga, photography, playing the piano, and discovering life alongside loved ones.



Suzana Norberg (nee Ignjatović) is a first-generation American, born in Wisconsin to Serbian immigrant parents. As writer, producer, and star, she pays homage to her Balkan grandfather in her Serbian dramedy short, Libertyville, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2022 Borrego Springs Film Festival. She’s also the co-creator of the web series, Christian Crafternoon, gently mocking the religiously self-righteous since 2012. Her unpublished memoir, Too Lazy to Be Satan, was a finalist in the 2017 San Diego Book Awards and the basis for her one-woman show, performed at San Diego’s Moxie Theatre in 2018. Learn more at


Marilyn Woods, artist, educator, author, and docent at The San Diego Museum of Art spent her career in broadcast in major US cities. She has written two books, The Orange Woods – Seasons in the Country Artfully Lived (2020) and After Goya—a Mature-ish Fairytale Romance. She writes regularly on her blog “Life’s Second Acts.”