East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Writers Society students, as well as artists from surrounding communities, share their creative works with host Obed Silva. The East Side Rose Podcast is a companion production to the literary journal of the same name. The podcast is produced by Gregory Mena on the campus of East Los Angeles College. Find out more at


  • Quarantine Life

    Quarantine Life

    11/04/2020 Duração: 55min

    Obed Silva interviews Carlos Centeno along with two Puente Program students, Ramon Morales and Ana Velez.

  • Weight of Words

    Weight of Words

    28/03/2020 Duração: 38min

    ELAC  student, Evan Hill, shares several personal vignettes with host Obed Silva.

  • Sowing the Seeds

    Sowing the Seeds

    23/12/2019 Duração: 35min

    Dolores Carlos, Professor of English at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), shares a reflection, "Steven", about an ailing friend with host Obed Silva. Carlos, who attended ELAC as a student, currently teaches English composition at ELAC.

  • Powered by Imagination

    Powered by Imagination

    14/10/2019 Duração: 33min

    Host Obed Silva discussed imagination and poetry in prose with ELAC student Jairo Perez. 

  • Two Poets

    Two Poets

    31/08/2019 Duração: 30min

    Guests Violeta Tablilla-Esquivel and Crystal Ruby Juarez share poetry and discuss life challenges with host Obed Silva.

  • Being Vulnerable

    Being Vulnerable

    04/06/2019 Duração: 36min

    ELAC English major, Eros Saldana, reads a personal story about the loss of a family member with host Obed Silva. Saldana discusses poetry, men's issues and familial support.

  • Reminiscing Through Writing

    Reminiscing Through Writing

    16/03/2019 Duração: 51min

    Patty Godinez, Professor of English at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), reads two pieces about growing up in Orange County in the 1990s and discusses her educational path with host Obed Silva.

  • Value of Art

    Value of Art

    15/02/2019 Duração: 34min

    Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director of the Vincent Price Art Museum(VPAM) at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), discusses her education, the art market and her role as an art museum director.

  • Strength of Character

    Strength of Character

    26/11/2018 Duração: 28min

    ELAC English major, Mark Nardone, reads from his narrative "Horizon" and discusses art, writing and education with host Obed Silva.

  • Prepared and Fearless

    Prepared and Fearless

    19/11/2018 Duração: 46min

    ELAC communications major, Kaitlyn Gonzalez, reads poetry and discusses identity, the ELAC Speech Team, and personal growth host Obed Silva.

  • LA All Day

    LA All Day

    20/09/2018 Duração: 32min

    Professor and writer, Mike Sonksen @MIkethepoetla, reads poetry and discusses LA history with host Obed Silva

  • Live Poetry Reading Part 2

    Live Poetry Reading Part 2

    15/07/2018 Duração: 31min

    End of the academic year poetry reading event (part 2 of 2) featuring: Sara Borjas, La Poeta Violeta, Alana de Hinojosa, Joseph Rios, Jesus Ruiz, Michelle Esquivel, Christopher Barba, and Andres.

  • Live Poetry Reading Part 1

    Live Poetry Reading Part 1

    15/07/2018 Duração: 42min

    End of the academic year poetry reading event featuring: Mark Nardone, Jairo Perez, Albert Romero, Kaitlyn Gonzalez, Irene Sanchez, Matt Sedillo, Crystal Juarez, Obed Silva, and Henry Chow

  • Watch Me

    Watch Me

    08/06/2018 Duração: 24min

    Dafne Macias, an English major at East Los Angeles College, shares two of her poems with host Obed Silva. Macias is transferring in the Fall of 2018 to the University of California system. Her goal is to become a professor of literature.

  • Love Poems

    Love Poems

    07/05/2018 Duração: 23min

    Natalie Morales, adjunct professor at East LA College and Pasadena City College, shares three poems with host Obed Silva. She has been penning poems since the age of 10, and she is currently working on a chapbook of visual poems. Morales is also an editor of the Pomona Valley Review

  • Complete Opposites

    Complete Opposites

    04/05/2018 Duração: 28min

    Fernando Jimenez, Associate Professor of English at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), shares excerpts from his story "Chin On Chest" and discusses diversity within the Latino community with host Obed Silva. Jimenez, who grew up in East Los Angeles, currently teaches courses in Humanities, Composition and Literature in the Department of English.

  • Brown is Beautiful

    Brown is Beautiful

    22/02/2018 Duração: 11min

    Monserrat G. Aguilar, a transfer student from East Los Angeles College (ELAC) to UC Santa Cruz, shares a poem titled "The Perfect Woman". Aguilar is an undocumented scholar majoring in Literature. She fell in love with reading as child learning a new language, but never thought about writing creatively until her last semester at ELAC. Her career goal is to become an English professor. Mentioned in this episode: ELAC’s inaugural Woke Womxn’s Conference on March 8th, 2018

  • Rebirth of Cuentos

    Rebirth of Cuentos

    15/02/2018 Duração: 15min

    Albert Romero, an ELAC English major, shares excerpts from his tale "Incident at Cactus Fruit Creek", a story which includes Mexican folklore. Host Obed Silva discusses the purposes of cuentos. Mentioned in this episode: Cucuy and La Llorona

  • A Clean Start

    A Clean Start

    11/12/2017 Duração: 13min

    Stephanie Ochoa shares her first-person narrative about living through the separation of her parents as a teenager. Ochoa discusses depression, cleaning and healing with professor Obed Silva. Ochoa is currently working toward her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Science at California State University, Los Angeles.

  • Helping Others Tell Their Stories

    Helping Others Tell Their Stories

    06/11/2017 Duração: 14min

    Christian Siguenza, ELAC English major, reads a poem about his grandfather and shares the story behind the poem with host Obed Silva. Siguenza discusses writing as a way to uncover family history and to understand the Central American Angeleno experience. Mentioned in this episode: Movie: Voces Inocentes Novel: Pedro Páramo

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