Available October 14, 2017: Voices From Leimert Park Redux

DJyEGkKXUAESFf0On October 18, the new Los Angeles literary anthology Voices from Leimert Park Redux: A Los Angeles Poetry will be released. That same day there will be a release party at The Vision Theatre in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Come out to hear and support the important stories from this historically Black Los Angeles neighborhood.

The anthology is a symphony of diverse voices echoing the collective heartbeat of a community. In 2006, Voices From Leimert Park revealed one of the best kept secrets of the Los Angeles literary scene: African-American and other writers of color were producing nationally known and respected poetry, fiction, and non-fiction within the Leimert Park literary community. Voices from Leimert Park Redux embraces radical new voices, and melds them with the well-seasoned tonality of Griots at home, on street corners, and in libraries. Listen to the Voices from Leimert Park Redux and realize that you have just entered that safe place where truth is still being created with every honest breath.

Check out the following sneak peak by listening to the always enjoyable Liemert Park voice poet V. Kali:


Los Angeles Literature Publishing News

Kelly+Grace+Thomas+HeadshotLos Angeles poet Kelly Grace Thomas announced today that her manuscript BOAT/BURNED has been accepted by YesYes Books.

As she said in her face book post, “My DREAM press!!!! So excited for this new chapter.” Los Angeles Literature couldn’t be happier either.” She is the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Kelly also works to bring poetry to unserved youth as the Manager of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit: Words Ignite.  She is the co-author of Words Ignite: How to Explore, Write, and Perform Classic and Spoken Word Poetry and helped develop Get Lit’s UC approved year-long curriculum.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 9/18/17 –9/24/17

Bilingual Poetry Writing Workshop at Baldwin Hills Library

56a12300b495e72737028bcb8a3c8bf7Check out this FREE Poesia/Poetry Bilingual Poetry Workshop, offered by DSTL Arts.

You will learn how to use your five senses to paint a picture using only words, and you’ll leave with a poem ready to recite. This workshop will be presented in English and in Spanish, and participants are encouraged to write in their preferred language.

Where: Baldwin Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 12:30 – 2 pm

Address: 2906 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Website:    Facebook Page

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“There’s a Nazi in the White House”- Chiwan Choi

An interview with one of America’s greatest living poets, Chiwan Choi.

By By Ed Lin

From: Giant Robot Media


Chiwan Choi is a one of our country’s greatest living poets.

I’m not saying this lightly. His work has an immediacy of a cereal jingle and also the permanence of haunted childhood memories.

Don’t take my word for it. The New York Times recently featured a poem from Choi’s third book, The Yellow House (2017, Civil Coping Mechanisms). His other books include Abductions (2012, Writ Large Press) and The Flood (2010, Tia Chuca Press).

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Los Angeles Literature Events 9/11/17 –9/17/17

Edward J. Larson at Santa Monica College


Join us to hear renowned author, professor, lawyer, and 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson read from his work and studies. Larson is the author of Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.

Where: HSS 165, Santa Monica College

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 11:15 am

Address: 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website:   http://smc.edu/AboutSMC/Pages/Events.aspx

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How L.A. Writer Ben Loory Came to Write His Odd, Beloved Fables

by Agatha French

From: Los Angeles Times


There was a time when Ben Loory lived at night.

That’s how he puts it, as if night isn’t a stretch of empty hours to endure, but a place to enter, to discover whole worlds inside. After dark, the grocery stores are empty and the streets are quiet and still. The city at night is a city through the looking glass, perfect for writing, as Loory does, short stories so imaginative — and yet so perplexingly familiar — they could have formed in a dream.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 9/04/17 –9/10/17

20953688_10211840245976260_5001280615734902299_nPoets & Allies for Resistance at Sidewalk Café

Join us for a LABOR DAY poetry event by Poets & Allies for Resistance, hosted by Khadija Anderson, with an Open Mic and featuring:

Regina Higgins is a writer, audiobook and performance artist.

Marvin Dorsey is a member of the writing group, Emerging Urban Poets, in Pasadena, and is a member of the reading ensemble The Inner Four. He has produced six chapbooks over the years and is included in several anthologies highlighting poets of the San Gabriel Valley.

Bring 1-2 poems about social justice or come to listen!

Where: Sidewalk Café HTS

Date: Monday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 2057 N. Los Robles Ave., Altadena, CA 91104

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