Emma Rosenthal is an artist, writer, educator, urban farmer, human rights activist, and award winning emerging photographer, living in Southern California. Her work combines art, activism, education and grassroots mobilization. As a person with a disability she is confined, not by her disability but by the narrow and marginalizing attitudes and structures of the society at large.
Her work combines art, activism, education and grassroots mobilization. And is impassioned, sensual, political, life affirming and powerful. She explores the use of art and literary expression to elicit an ethos more compelling than dogma and ideological discourse, providing new paradigms for community, communion, connection and human transformation.
She has been a featured poet and speaker throughout Southern California at a variety of venues and programs including; The Arab-American Festival, Highways Performance Space, The Autry Museum, Barnes and Nobel, Poetic License, Borders/Pasadena, Beyond Baroque, Freedom Fries Follies (a fundraiser for The Center for the Study of Political Graphics), KPFK, Arts in Action, Chafey College, UC Irvine, Pasadena City College and Hyperpoets.
Her work has appeared in several publications including Lilith Magazine, The Pasadena Star News, The San Gabriel Tribune, The San Gabriel Valley Quarterly, LoudMouth Magazine (CSLA), Muse Apprentice Guild and the following anthologies: Spectrum: An Anthology of Southern California Poets (Spectrum Publishing 2015), Dreaming in Public, Building the Occupy Movement (World Changing Press, 2012), Shifting Sands, Jewish-American Women Speak Out Against the Occupation (CreateSpace Independent Publishing PlatformS2015), Coloring Book; An Eclectic Anthology of Multicultural Writers (Rattlecat Press, 2003).
Her work has shown in several galleries in the Southern California area, including 135 A Collective Exhibition, the Galleries at Whittier College (Light Among Shadows: Human Rights Heroes), and Pasadena City College, as well as Beans and Leaves Coffeehouse in Covina, CA.