Los Angeles Literature Events 10/5/15 – 10/11/15

Jessica Wilson on http://www.KillRadio.orgjessica-Wilson

Jessica Wilson guests and celebrates her new book of poetry, “Serious Longing,” published by Swan World Press from Paris, France. In studio are special guests: Patricia Kanozai, Editor-in-Chief of Swan World Press, and Los Angeles Blues sensation, Sayed Sabrina.

Where: Full Spectrum, a literary variety show

Date: Monday the 5th

Time: 10 pm

Address: Listen and call in at (213) 252-0998, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Website: http://www.killradio.org or http://www.pw.org/calendar

Speakeasy/ Open Mic Night

It’s the first Monday of the month, and we’ve got our open mic night happening! Starts at 8 pm. Sign up at 7:45. Come early to get a good spot in line.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday, the 5th

Time: 7:45-10:45 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: https://www.lastbookstorela.com/events/speakeasy-open-mic-night-2/

David Davis at Diesel Books

Join us on to welcome David Davis to discuss and sign his new biography, “Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku,” the iconic Hawaiian swimmer, surfer, Olympic gold medalist and waterman. Standing proudly on his traditional wooden longboard, he spread surfing from Australia to the Hollywood crowd in California to New Jersey. No American athlete has influenced two sports as profoundly as Kahanamoku did, and yet he remains an enigmatic and underappreciated figure: a dark-skinned Pacific Islander who encountered and overcame racism and ignorance long before the likes of Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, and Jackie Robinson.

David Davis’ work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, LA Weekly, The Forward, SB Nation, Deadspin, The Classical, Los Angeles Review of Books, Only A Game,  and LA Observed. He lives in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles.

Date: Tuesday the 6th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/brentwood-david-davis-discusses-and-signs-waterman

CSULB MFA Reading Series #2

Second in the reading series featuring recent MFA students from CSULB. Readers TBA. Come out and support the next generation of writers!

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Tuesday the 6th – Wednesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website: http://www.gatsbybooks.com/events/

David Ulin at Skylight Books

In “Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles” (University of California Press), David Ulin offers a compelling inquiry into the evolving landscape of Los Angeles. Part personal narrative, part investigation of the city as both idea and environment, “Sidewalking” is many things: a discussion of Los Angeles as urban space, a history of the city’s built environment, a meditation on the author’s relationship to the city, and a rumination on the art of urban walking. Exploring Los Angeles through the soles of his feet, Ulin gets at the experience of its street life, drawing from urban theory, pop culture, and literature. For readers interested in the culture of Los Angeles, this book offers a pointed look beneath the surface in order to see, and engage with, the city on its own terms.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/david-ulin-discusses-his-new-book-sidewalking-coming-terms-los-angeles

Jessica Wilson “Serious Longing” Release

Jessica Wilson “Serious Longing” Release Party @Book Show. Book Show is honored to host the release party reading for the publication of Jessica Wilson’s first book of poetry, “Serious Longing.” “With Serious Longing, Jessica’s elegant vocabulary embodies metaphors, her imaginitive visuals are exquisitely vivid and will transport you to the core of her emotion.”–Juan Cardenas. “Deep and whole poetry about origins, ancestors, childhood with real efficient poetic words… Sometimes amazing… Sometimes funny… Always relevant. Jessica will take us with Jim Morrison in a rabid hole…” –Patrice Kanozsai “Serious Longing” is published by Swan World Press out of Paris, France.

Where: Bookshow Books

Date: Wednesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 5503 N Figueroa St, LA CA 90042

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/jessica-wilson-serious-longing-release/

Angela Flournoy at Otis College

Angela Flournoy’s first novel “The Turner House” was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design

Date: Wednesday the 7th

Time: 7:30- 10 pm

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: http://www.otis.edu/calendar/graduate-writing-angela-flournoy

Chris Morris on Los Lobos

Chris Morris discusses and signs “Los Lobos: Dream in Blue,” the first book on this unique band, tracing the entire arc of the band s career. Music journalist Chris Morris draws on new interviews with Los Lobos members and their principal collaborators, as well as his own reporting since the early 1980s, to recount the evolution of Los Lobos s music.

Los Lobos leaped into the national spotlight in 1987, when their cover of La Bamba became a No. 1 hit. But what looked like an overnight achievement to the band s new fans was actually a way station in a long musical journey that began in East Los Angeles in 1973 and is still going strong. Across four decades, Los Lobos (Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, and Steve Berlin) have ranged through virtually the entire breadth of American vernacular music, from rockabilly to primal punk rock, R&B to country and folk, Mexican “son jarocho” to Tex-Mex “conjunto” and Latin American “cumbia.” Their “sui generis” sound has sold millions of albums and won acclaim from fans and critics alike, including three Grammy Awards.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 8th

Time: 7:15 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/chris-morris-discusses-and-signs-los-lobos-dream-blue

Brenda Shaughnessy @ CalArts

Poet Brenda Shaugnessy will read from and discuss her work as part of CalArts’ MFA Writing Program’s 2015 “Writing Now Reading Series.”

Brenda Shaughnessy’s forthcoming collection of poems is So Much Synth(Copper Canyon Press, 2016.) Her other books are Our Andromeda,  a New York Times’ 100 Notable Book and a finalist for the Griffin International Prize, Human Dark with Sugar (James Laughlin Award recipient and finalist for the NBCC Award) and Interior with Sudden Joy.  Her poems appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, T magazine, The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Poetry, and elsewhere. She was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2013 and is Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark.

Where: Cal Arts

Date: Thursday the 8th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: Butler Building #424700 McBean ParkwayValencia, CA 91355

Website: https://writing.calarts.edu/writing-now-reading-series-and-seminar or http://lalitscene.entropymag.org/

Open Mic Night at Tia Chucha

Tia Chucha’s Open Mic is a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression. This can be a poem, story, song, joke, freestyle, or just something they feel the need to express. Everyone is welcome to be themselves. It’s FREE. Participants sign up on arrival. Donations are accepted.

Hosted by Jeffery Martin.

Where: Tia Chucha

Time: 8 pm

Date: Friday the 9th

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave. Unit A, Sylmar, CA 91342

Website: http://www.tiachucha.org/calendarevents/

UC Riverside MFA Students

UC Riverside’s MFA in creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts presents “Juncture,” a reading of past and current MFA students’ work. Featuring:  David Campos, Deb Durham, Andy Holt, Ruth Nolan, Nicloe Olweean, and Alex Ratanapratum.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027


Mark Lipman and “The Border Crossed Us”

The world launch of: T

“The Border Crossed Us” by Mark Lipman (an anthology to end apartheid) bringing together poets from around the world on the combined theme of Immigration and Palestinian Justice.

Open reading and refreshments will follow.

Where: Tia Chucha

Time: 2- 5:30 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave., Unit A , Sylmar, California 91342

Website: http://www.vagabondbooks.net

Stephanie Ford with Melissa Broder

Stephanie Ford presents her new collection of poetry “All Pilgrim” with Melissa Broder. “All Pilgrim” charts our vanishing into the modern landscape, mapping both the terror and the ecstatic vision of belonging to the world. Tuned to the intermingling of peril, banality, and beauty, each poem could be thought of as a way station: a site not for reverence or relief, but for seeing and pondering the dilemmas in which we find ourselves living.

Stephanie Ford’s poems have appeared in Boston ReviewTin House, Harvard Review, Fence, and many other journals. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, she is a long-time resident of Los Angeles, where she currently teaches poetry with Writing Workshops Los Angeles.
Melissa Broder is the author of four collections of poems, appearing in Poetry, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Fence, The Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, et al. Her first book of essays, So Sad Today, will be out in March 2016 from Grand Central. She lives in Venice, CA.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 10th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/stephanie-ford-presents-her-new-collection-poetry-all-pilgrim-melissa-broder

Uptown Word Reading Series

Uptown Word presents: Jerry Garcia, Irene Suico Soriano, and Thomas R. Thomas.

Jerry Garcia is a poet, photographer, and filmmaker from Los Angeles, California who is too old to have been named after The Grateful Dead guitar hero. His poetry has been seen in Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, among others, and his chapbook Hitchhiking with the Guilty. Jerry is a past-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets and former president of Beyond Baroque’s Board of Trustees.  www.gratefulnotdead.com

Irene Suico Soriano is a Filipina American poet, independent literary and film/video curator, and Shelter/Animal Rights advocate. Her poetry has appeared in the LA Times, Flippin’: Filipinos on America, Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina, among others. Disorient Journalzine published her first collection of poetry, SAFEHOUSES. Irene lives in Silverlake with three rescued dogs, Cadi, Papoo & Maxon and is finishing a poetry manuscript entitled, “Employees In Primate Labs Keep Quitting.”

Thomas R. Thomas publishes the small press Arroyo Seco Press. Publications include Carnival, Pipe Dream, Bank Heavy Press, Chiron Review, Electric Windmill, Marco Polo, andSilver Birch Press. His books are Scorpio (Carnival), and Five Lines (World Parade Books).the art of invisibility is coming Fall 2015. His website is www.thomasrthomas.org

WANTED for the OPEN MIC: Aspiring Creative Writers and Songwriters/Singers! Two pieces or Four-minutes, including introductions, whichever comes first. Come early to sign-up

Where: Ricardo’s Nursery

Date: Sunday, the 11th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 6850 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805


Bluebird Reading Series

October reading series and open mic features: Beverly M. Collins, Marsha De LA O, Phil Taggart, and Phoebe Macadams.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 11th

Time: 2-4 pm

Address: 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042

Website: http://www.avenue50studio.org/upcoming-events-3

Soapbox Open Reading

This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours. Sign ups begin at 1:45 PM. There is a five minute limit. Hosted by JESSICA WILSON. FREE, but donations are always welcome.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday, the 11th

Time: 2- 4  pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice CA 90291

Website: http://www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar


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