Listen to NPR’s Throughline Podcast for the episode exploring L.Á. writer Octavia E. Butler’s world and the worlds she created. Continue reading How Octavia Butler’s Sci-Fi Dystopia Became A Constant In A Man’s Evolution
Another busy week of literary events in L.Á. Workshops, open mics, book clubs, readings, a kids events or two. Local writers reading this week are: on Thursday local poet Richard Ferguson and local writer Lynell George. Get to your computer L,Á. and support your local literary community! Continue reading Los Angeles Literature Events: 03/01/21 – 03/07/21
Another busy week of literary events in L.Á. Workshops, open mics, book clubs, readings, a kids events or two. catch Tod Goldberg discusses his new book of short stories The Low Desert: Gangster Stories via Skylight or poet Kevin Young via USC Visions and Voices. Or read a poem or two at the Definitive Soapbox and other open mics this week. Get to your computer L.Á. and support your local literary community. #losangelesliterature Continue reading Los Angeles Literature Events: 02/22/21 – 02/28/21
By Ruben Quesada
FROM: Kenyon Review
Matt Sedillo is a Chicano poet, writer, creative director, and public intellectual. He is the current literary director of the dA Center for the Arts and author of Mowing Leaves of Grass (Flowersong Press, 2019). His forthcoming collection of poetry is City on the Second Floor.Continue reading “Poetry Today: Kathryn Smith and Matt Sedillo”
Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS
Denise Hamilton, Alex Espinosa & Aimee Bender Present Speculative LA Fiction Anthology via Skylight Books – Online Event
Join editor Denise Hamilton and contributing authors Alex Espinosa & Aimee Bender to hear themdiscuss the new anthology Speculative Los Angeles.
This is the debut title in a new city-based anthology series featuring all-new stories with speculative, sci-fi, and paranormal themes—each using distinct neighborhood settings as a launching pad.
Denise Hamilton is the author of seven crime novels and the editor of the anthologies Los Angeles Noir and Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics. She is a former Los Angeles Times journalist and a proud LA native, and editor of Speculative Los Angeles.
Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico to parents from the state of Michoacan and raised in suburban Los Angeles. He is the author of two novels and his most recent book, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime. He is the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at UC Riverside.
Aimee Bender is the author of six books, and has received many literary awards. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages, and her short fiction published in numerous journals. She lives in LA with her family and teaches creative writing at USC.
NOTE: See site for event details.
Where: Skylight Bookstore – Online Crowdcast event
Date: Monday the 15th
Time: 6:30 pm (PDT)
Address: Online eventContinue reading “Los Angeles Literature Events: 02/15/21 – 02/21/21”
Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, and Juan Felipe Herrera will each receive lifetime achievement awards during a special event Feb. 19.
By Jessica Weber
FROM: UC Riverside News
Three U.S. poet laureates will close out this year’s Writers Week, California’s longest-running free literary festival, held by UC Riverside for the 44th year. Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, and Juan Felipe Herrera will each be honored with the annual Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) – UCR Department of Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award during a special closing event at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19.Continue reading “Writers Week to honor three U.S. poet laureates”
Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS
Priyanka Chopra Jonas & Glennon Doyle & Unfinished via LiveTalks-LA – Online Event
Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event to hear Priyanka Chopra Jonas, in conversation with author Glennon Doyle (Love Warrior). discuss her memoir, Unfinished.
Award-winning actor and producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas, wife of musician Nick Jonas, offers a thoughtful and revealing memoir reflecting on her journey of self-discovery. This remarkable life story rooted in two different worlds covers her nomadic early years, her Miss World pageant, her 20-year career as an actor and producer, and her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, to her marriage and family life.
NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so check site ofr details.
Where: LiveTalks-LA – Online event (see site)
Date: Monday the 8th
Time: 6 pm
Address: Online event (see site)Continue reading “Los Angeles Literature Events: 02/08/21 – 02/14/21”
by Brian Dunlap
F. Douglas Brown is equally a poet and educator, teaching English and African American poetry at Loyola High School in Los Ángeles. He pushes his students to think critically about the themes and ideas found in the literature he assigns and how they relate to issues relevant to their lives. Brown has even created a Pedagogy of Protest Reading List that includes The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Dubois, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness in the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison and any of the Black Arts Movement poets like Amiri Baraka and Gwendolyn Brooks, to connect how literature is used to connect the personal with the political as seen in African American literature and in Black lives.Continue reading “F. Douglas Brown on The Chill at Wills Podcast”
Behind the Book: Blake Hill-Saya via CalTechLive, Beckman Auditorium– Online Event
Join author Blake Hill-Saya for a discussion of her biography of her great-great grandfather, Arron McDuffie Moore: An African American Physician, Educator and Founder of Durham’s Black Wall Street, in this new CalTech Behind the Book event. The author will be interviewed by Monique Thomas, Program Coordinator in the CalTech Center for Inclusion & Diversity.
Blake Hill-Saya is a classical musician and creative writer living in Los Angeles. Born the biracial child of two literature professors, she is the CEO of Tenacity Communications in Los Angeles.
This new series presents conversations with authors who explore the intersection of arts, science, and society through the lens of their family histories. Behind the Book events are free and open to the public. Vroman’s Bookstore is a partner for the series and has copies of the books available for purchase.
Where: CalTechLive – Behind the Book – Online event (see site)
Date: Monday the 1st
Time: 5 pm – 6 pm
Address: Online event (see site)Continue reading “Los Angeles Literature Events: 02/01/21 – 02/07/21”
By Brian Dunlap
SanTana Poets y Mas started a few minutes late. Connecting through Instagram Live. A rainy day in Southern California, during the pandemic. I was tuning into the middle of the 3rd Anniversary LibroMobile Literary Arts Festival. Local SanTana poets shared their work, beginning with Donato Martinez, a professor of English at Santa Ana College.Continue reading “SanTana Poets y Mas”