DSTL Arts Launches “Lowride 4 Lit” A Grassroots Campaign to Help Underserved Communities Tell Their Stories

From: DSTL Arts

NOTE: DSTL Arts is is a Los Angeles nonprofit arts mentorship organization that inspires, teaches, and hires creative, at-risk youth, ages 16–21 years old. Read further to find out what new creative services and opportunities they want to bring to the Los Angeles community, especially its underserved youth.


Los Angeles, CA — July 20, 2017 — DSTL Arts, launches “Lowride 4 Lit (or Lowrider for Literature), a grassroots fundraising effort to bring art-making workshops in a mobile art vehicle to communities in East LA and South LA. Luis Pichardo, Executive Director and founder of the organization, will kick off the campaign by selling his father’s prized 1969 Chevy Impala as down payment.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 7/17/17 –7/23/17

New Play Reading Festival at Boston Court Theatre

Boston-Court-ExteriorBoston Court’s 13th Annual New Play Reading Festival presents exciting new works in progress, a wide variety of genres, with an emphasis on works which are theatrically and visually arresting, and textually rich. Tickets are FREE and reservations are strongly recommended.

Join artistic directors Jessica Kubzansky & Michael Michetti, and literary manager Emilie Beck for a preview and discussion about this year’s plays.

Where: Boston Court

Date: Monday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

Website:   http://www.bostoncourt.com/events/343/new-play-reading-festival-preview

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Urban Poetry: Rocio Carlos

by Olivia Duenas

From: 7500 Magazine


With lavender locks as vibrant as her garden, poet Rocio Carlos welcomes me into her home. Lining the shelves are treasures like tiny canvases, musical instruments and fish statues. Entering from the front of her house, I made my way to her lush garden where she tells me how much she loves gardening. This native Los Angeleno infuses Spanish into her poetry and blends eclectic language into urban settings. Her poem, Sixth Street or some Dantean reference, which is about East L.A bridges, begins:

There are instructions:
line up east and move toward the river,
how a thing floats, how bruised feet walk,
where steam rises from the water…

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Los Angeles Literature Events 7/10/17 –7/16/17

Drew Magary and The Hike at Pages Bookstore

Untitled-4.inddFull of adventure, agony, hilarity and heartbreak, Drew Magary’s novel, The Hike, is a wild, thrilling fantasy saga that chronicles one man’s epic life-or-death quest to return to his family after getting lost on a wooded path that leads him into an alternate, dreamlike world. Join us to hear the author present, discuss and sign his work

We appreciate when you please RSVP at website.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Website:   http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/drew-magary-author-event

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Los Angeles Literature: Year in Review So Far

by Brian Dunlap

UntitledIt’s now summer. It’s now July. The first of 2017 is behind us. The first of the year in the Los Angeles literary community is now only memories. Now we begin July with #90x90LA, 90 consecutive days of literary programming through out L.A., brought to the city by Chiwan and Judith Oden Choi and the entire Writ Large Press Family.

So far, it’s been a busy year in Los Angeles Literature and it’s not about to let up.

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Writ Large crams 90 literary events into 90 days, starting July 5

by Agatha French

From: LA Times

la-1498490900-ma6ebax0zn-snap-imageStarting July 5 and running until Oct. 1, downtown’s Writ Large Press will present 90 events in 90 days, a marathon of literary happenings that remains in flux. While the July schedule is posted, August and September events are still taking shape, but this ambitious undertaking is also fluid in another way: Like any live, collaborative effort, it will take on a life of its own as determined by its artists and participants, an exciting variable that its organizers embrace.

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