Los Angeles Literature Events 3/14/16 – 3/20/16

o (1).jpgMike Sonksen and Joe Gardner at Fox Coffee House

The 2nd Mondays Poetry Party features two street smart poets, Mike Sonksen and Joe Gardner, who will tell you stories of identity and growing up in Southern California. Join us at Fox Coffee House at 7:00 pm, with open reading sign-ups starting at 6:45 pm. Hosted by G. Murray Thomas and Sarah Thursday.

Mike Sonksen is a 3rd-generation Los Angeles native who has published over 500 essays and poems with publications and websites such as KCET, Poets & Writers Magazine, Wax Poetics, Southern California Quarterly, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books and many others. His column “L.A. Letters” has appeared on KCET’s website for four years, and celebrates bright moments from L.A. literary history. He has been published in two anthologies, and his next book, Poetics of Location, is forthcoming from Writ Large Press.

Joe Gardner s a 2nd generation American drifter and writer, whose full-length collection, In the Shadow of the Bomb, was released in 2015. He is the Founder and hired gun for Working Class Production, as well as creator and co-producer of The Last Sunday, An Evening of Poetry and Art. His work has appeared in The Modern Drunkard Magazine, The San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Cadence Collective, Spilt ink Poetry, as well as in several anthologies.

Where: Fox Coffee House

Date: Monday, the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA  90806

Website: http://www.localendar.com/public/CadenceCollective

Jonathan Lethem and Bruce Wagner at Chevalier’s

This event is part of the Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to benefit PEN Center’s Freedom to Write Programs. Free to PEN Center USA members. Tickets available to the public.

Jonathan Lethem is the author of Dissident Gardens and eight other novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and Chronic City. His book, Motherless Brooklyn, won The National Book Critic’s Circle Award. His stories and essays which have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, have been collected in five volumes. His writing has been translated into over thirty languages. In 2005, he was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation.

Bruce Wagner is a novelist and screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles. His novel I Met Someone is coming out this month, and his book The Chrysanthemum Palace was a 2005 PEN/Faulkner finalist. Last year he wrote the film Maps to the Stars, starring Juliane Moore and directed by David Cronenburg.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/ or http://penusa.org/author-evenings


Tom Bissell at Skylight Books

Tom Bissell discusses and signs his newest book, Apostle: Travel Among the Tombs of the Twelve. In this profound and moving journey into the heart of Christianity, the widely acclaimed author of The Disaster Artist explores the mysterious and often paradoxical lives and legacies of the Twelve Apostles. This is a book for those of the Christian faith as well as those who want to understand it from the outside in. (Pantheon Books)

Where: Skylight Books

Dates: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/tom-bissell-discusses-his-newest-book-apostle       

Melissa Broder Release Party at Ace Hotel

Come and celebrate the release of So Sad Today, by Melissa Broder. Readings by: Melissa Broder, Mira Gonzalez, and Ryan O’Connell.

DJ sets: Blue Hawaii, MS MR, Susanna Hoffs and surprise DJ.

Where: Ace Hotel, Downtown L.A.

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 929 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Website: http://lalitscene.entropymag.org/

Jericho Brown at Otis College of Art and Design

Jericho Brown’s first collection of poetry, Please, won the 2009 American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal and won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He has published poems in numerous journals, is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and fellowships from the NEA, the Radcliffe Institute, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. Brown lives in Atlanta and teaches at Emory.

Seating is limited.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design, Ahmanson Hall Forum

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website:  http://www.otis.edu/calendar/visiting-writers-series-jericho-brown

Janette Sadik-Khan & Christopher Hawthorne at the Hammer Museum

Hammer Conversations co-presents, with Occidental College and the Third Los Angeles Project, Janette Sadik-Kahn in conversation with Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, for a talk on her book Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.

Los Angeles is finally on a bike bender, a perfect time to hear the former New York City transportation commissioner speak to how she transformed New York’s streets into dynamic spaces for pedestrians and bikers.

A book signing will follow the conversation.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/03/janette-sadik-khan-christopher-hawthorne/

Hollywood is a Verb at Studio City Library

Join us as part of the program: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary. Enjoy comedy? Come see iO West Harold Team (Nebraska) perform long-form improve based on words form the Oxford English Dictionary.

Where: Studio City Branch, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 12511 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/hollywood-verb-io-west-improv-group-nebraska-takes-oed

 Gerard Sarnat and Bill Mohr at Pages Bookstore

Join poet Gerard Sarnat, with his new book Melting the Ice King, joined by his special guest Bill Mohr. Gerard Sarnat is the author of four critically acclaimed collections: Homeless Chronicles from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and now Melting the Ice King (2016). In 2015 his work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines. Sarnat has written about the homeless and built and staffed clinics for the marginalized, and has been a CEO of healthcare organizations and a Stanford Medical School professor.

Bill Mohr is a poet, editor, publisher, scholar, and critic who is widely recognized as one of the leading literary activists in Southern California over the last forty years.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/gerard-sarnat-and-bill-mohr-poetry-reading

Writers Underground Open Mic at Eastside Cafe

Join them as they welcome the Revolutionary Poets Brigade with the anthology The Border Crossed Us & No Name Band poetry readings and spoken word. Hosted by: Iris De Anda.

Where: Eastside Cafe

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 9 pm

Address: 5469 Huntington Druntington DrHuntington . N, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: http://irisdeanda.com/events/event/the-writers-underground-open-mic/       

Not Just Another Reading at Avenue 50 Studio

Four amazing writers bring their poetry/ fiction/ comic talents to Highland Park. This is Los Angeles. Welcome to our home!

Angela Penaredondo is a poet and artist born in the Philippines, who received her MFA from UC Riverside. She is also a VINA/Voices of Our Nations art fellow. She is the author of a chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publishing). All Things Lose Thousands of Times, her first full-length collection of poetry, was recently awarded the Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize.

Douglas Brown of Los Angeles is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Thirty (University of Georgia 2014). He is both a Cave Canem and a Kundiman fellow. An educator for 20 years, Brown teaches at Loyola High School and is an active DJ in the L.A. area.

Greg Narvas is the author of I Was a Teenage Filipino Skinhead (and more) and drummer of Hepcat.

Melissa Sipin-Gabon is a writer from Carson, CA. She won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology on Philippine myths (Carayan Press 2014), and her work appears in many publications. She is co-founder of TAYO Literary Magazine, and she is Poets & Writers McCrindle Fellow in Los Angeles.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA  90042

Website: http://lalitscene.entropymag.org/

Will Alexander & Heller Levinson at Beyond Baroque

Will Alexander is the author of approaching 30 books. He is a poet, novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, visual artist, pianist, and Beyond Baroque Poet-in-Residence.

Black Widow poet, Heller Levinson, whose “hinge theory” has empowered a half-dozen books as well as individual writings and articles across the U.S. and abroad, will read with Alexander.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Time: 8 pm

Date: Friday the 18th

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Pearl Sharp at KAOS Gallery

Join us S. Pearl Sharp and friends share “Dormitory Stories” to support Emcees Give Back, an organization of hip hop artists that provides $500 scholarships to local low-income college-bound students to cover their dormitory expenses.

Enjoy powerful poetry and tall tales from storyteller Michael D. McCarthy, journalist Erin Aubrey Kaplan (I Heart Obama), poet Peter J. Harris (Black Man of Happiness), author Dorothy Randall Gray (Soul Between the Lines), writer Eliza Diakhate, S. Pearl, and more.

Contributions accepted on site.

Where: KAOS Gallery

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 4343 Leimert Park (at Vernon), Los Angeles, CA 90008


Dirty Laundry Lit: Wet at The Virgil

Please join us to hear a great lineup of writers, including:

Karolina Waclawiak is the author of the novels How to Get into the Twin Palms and The Invaders, which was recently optioned by ABC Television. AWOL, a feature co-written with Deb Shoval, is currently in post-production. She is Deputy Culture Editor at Buzzfeed.

Ryan Stradal is the fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and editor-at-large at LA’s Unnamed Press. He is the author of the novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest, and his writing has appeared in numerous journals.

Ashley Perez holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, runs the literary site Arts Collide, and works for numerous literary publications.

Conney D. Williams is a Los Angeles poet, actor and performance artist, who recently released two CDs of his poetry, has published two collections of poetry, and has been published in numerous publications and anthologies. He’s the artistic director at the World Stage Performance Gallery where he facilitates the Anansi Writers Workshop. He is a community activist and has worked with youth for over 25 years. Among his many leadership activities he regularly curates poetry events in L.A.

Lisa Meacham writes a bit of everything and her work has appeared in several publications. She is finishing a novel about mental illness in the suburbs.

Mike Sonksen is a 3rd generation Los Angeles native who has published over 500 essays and poems with many publications and websites. For four years he has written a column for KCET called “L.A. Letters” which celebrates bright moments form literary Los Angeles. He is also a teacher, and has been a guest speaker at over 70 universities and high schools. His book Poetics of Location is forthcoming from Writ Large Press.

Douglas Wood received his MFA from UC Riverside/Palm Desert where he served on the editorial staff of the Coachella Review. He’s had twelve plays produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and elsewhere.

Joshua Mensch grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, and he is a founding editor of the literary journal B O D Y. He lives in Prague, Czech Republic.

Jeff Eyres has written jokes for SNL and a number of late night television shows, and worked at CNN Headline News. He has worked with sketch comedy and improv groups, and his plays have run multiple times in new York. He is a graduate of the Second City Writers Program and the UC Riverside MFA program.

Hosted by Jeff Eyres. Live set by DJ Cazel. Curated by Natasha Deon. Cost: $7 at the door

Where: The Virgil

Date: Saturday, the 19th

Time: 7 pm

Address:  4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website:  http://www..dirtylaundrylit.com/#!events/c9qb

HITCHED with Women who Submit

HITCHED is celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with a fantastic line up featuring the Women Who Submit Leadership team. Featured readers include:

Lauren Eggert-Crowe is the author of three chapbooks, and has written essays, book reviews, interviews and cultural reportage for numerous publications. Her poetry has also been set to music.

Ashaki M. Jackson is a social psychologist and poet, a Cave Canem fellow and former member of VONA and Idyllwild Summer Arts writing communities. She currently mentors and conducts research for initiatives involving teen girls.

Ashley Perez has a PhD in comparative literature from Indiana University and now teaches at the Ohio State University and does research on Latin American literature. She has written three YAF novels: Out of Darkness, The Knife and the Butterfly, and What Can’t Wait.

Ramona Pilar is a writer, performer and native Californian, currently working on a collection of essays entitled Darth Vader Abandoned His Daughter and Other Thoughts Along the Heroine’s Journey. She travels with her band The Raveens.

Tisha Marie Reichie is a Chicana, feminist, reader, writer, teacher, student and rodeo queen. She earned an MFA in Creative writing from Antioch University and is writing a novel on junior rodeo competitions.

Laura Warrell is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine arts and was a contributor in fiction to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in 2014. She has been published in numerous publications. She writes and teaches in L.A.

HITCHED is a quarterly reading series celebrating the ways writers build relationships and succeed, and it features mentors and mentees, teachers and students, collaborators and colleagues, friends and cheerleaders. It began at Beyond Baroque in December 2010 and has evolved to what it is today.

Where: Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 5371 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: http://lalitscene.entropymag.org/

Gorgeous Stories with Terrie Silverman at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to witness embarrassing, absurd, and painfully comic moments become Gorgeous Stories. Hear excerpts developed in Terrie Silverman’s Creative Rites Fall workshop at Beyond Baroque.

Special admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 1 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

This week’s poetry event features poets published in the final San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly #69: Winter 2016.

Hosted by: Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday, the 19th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington  Blvd., Pasadena, CA 90069

Website: http://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Poets at Woodland Hills Branch Library

Join us for a reading by poets Patty Seyburn and Lorene Delany-Ullman as part of Los Angeles Public Library’s celebration of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Seyburn has published four volumes of poetry and her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Boston Review, and others

Delany-Ullman’s book of prose poems, Camouflage for the Neighborhood, was the winner of the 2011 Sentence Award. Her work has appeared in AGNI 74, Santa Monica Review, and others.

Open to adults and seniors.

Where: Woodland Hills Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 22200 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/woodland-hills

A Very L.A. Spelling Bee

A day-long celebration of language throughout the downtown central library including A Very L.A. Spelling Bee/ Concurso de deletreo super LA (for all ages in English and Spanish at 11 and 2:30) in the Mark Taper Auditorium; a dictionary-themed puppet show presented by L.A. Puppet Theater Tree of Wonders (10:30 and 2:30-
English; 11:30 and 3:30-Spanish) in the KLOS Story Theater; family activities in the Children’s Literature Department, and much more!

Where: Central Library, Downtown L.A.

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 10:30 am – 4 pm

Address: 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/central-library

Voices in the Well: Chimes of Freedom Flashing at Beyond Baroque

Join us as we celebrate our theme of freedom through storytelling, poetry and music with our favorite guests.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 20th  

Time: 5 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Charles Wright at Book Soup

Charles Wright discusses and signs Up:From Where We’ve Come. Up contains historical moments, where the reader will experience inserts of the author’s life long before he gained status as a musical legend. He traces his family’s trials and tribulations on a cotton plantation, through their abuse by a cruel sharecropper and landowner, as well as his own beatings by his father. Their saga continued long after they tried to escape, until finally help came from an older daughter who had moved out of state. This story is filled with twists and turns.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/charles-wright-discusses-and-signs-where-we’ve-come




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