d84554caff79f00de21fd1c8fd383e8e.jpgSlam in the Stacks at Bethune Regional Brach, LAPL

Slam in the Stacks is expression through poetry performance, offered in a two-part combined writing workshop and performance workshop. Turn your passion into words, rhymes, and rhythms. Learn from Writ Large Press writers how to compose your work into a final piece.

It starts off with performances by: Peter J. Harris, Gia Scott-Heron, Rebecca Gonzales, Mike Sonksen, and Ashaki M. Jackson. It will be followed by Slam in the Stacks Writing Workshop on Wednesday the 20th and Slam in the Stacks Performance Workshop on Friday the 22nd. This will be followed by events at the Mark Twain Library in Vernon.

Some of the other poets and artists that will be taking part include: Donny Jackson, Conney Williams, F. Douglas Brown, Rachel McLeod Kaminer, Rocio Carlos, Teka Lark, Iris De Anda, Traci Akemi Kato-Kiriyama, Jen Hofer, Vickie Veriz, Sesschu Foster, Karineh Mahdessian, etc., etc.

NOTE: Must attend Writing Workshop to participate in Performance Workshop.

Where: Exposition Park, Bethune Regional Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 18th

Times for 3 events:

Poetry: 4 pm -5:30 pm on MONDAY the 18th;

Writing Workshop: 4 pm -5:30 pm on WED the 20th;

Performance Workshop: 3 pm –4:30 pm on FRI the 22nd.

Address: 3900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/exposition-park or http://grandperformances.org/Poetry  or https://www.facebook.com/events/1703319309925624/

Steven Leigh Morris at Skylight

Steven Leigh Morris reads and discusses his new book Fowl Play. When the precarious world of print media ruffles the feathers of veteran Los Angeles theater writer Seth Jacobson, the curious critic hatches a flock of four chickens and negotiates a fragile pact with his neighbors to house them in the back yard of his condo. Meanwhile his Russian wife returns to her homeland, and a play appears to unfold as Seth’s life. Or is it a life unfolding as a play?

Steven Leigh Morris is the Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance and founding editor of digital arts venture Stage Raw. His theater features have appeared in numerous publications, and his play Beachwood Drive was produced in Los Angeles and off-Broadway.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/steven-leigh-morris-reads-his-new-book-fowl-play

Microlibraries in the Everywhere: Part II at USC

Join us for the opening of the Microlibraries in the Everywhere exhibit in Doheny Memorial Library, featuring a discussion with California State Librarian Greg Lucas, USC professor of architecture Lee Olvera, and the creators of ten new microlibraries.

What are the moral and ethical dimensions of free access to knowledge? How can the design of space shape the experience of interacting with information? When access to information is mediated by technology, corporate interests, government policies, etc. what mechanisms remain for a student, or any engaged person, to determine the truth?

Open to general public. RSVP: 213-740-2723

Where: Doheny Library, Room 240; by USC School of Architecture

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 4 pm

Address: USC Campus Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Website: http://arch.usc.edu/calendar/microlibraries-everywhere-part-ii-exhibition-opening-and-discussion

The Gutsy Girl at Vroman’s

Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton discuss and sign The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. Why should girls miss out on the joy of adventure, or allow fear to stand in their way? Caroline Paul emboldens girls to seek out a life of exhilaration, and shares her own escapades, as well as those of other women and girls throughout history, to encourage a new generation to develop a zest for challenges and a healthy relationship to risk.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday, the 18th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA  91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/caroline-paul-and-wendy-macnaughton-discuss-and-sign-gutsy-girl-escapades-your-life-epic

Robert Boesel & Matt Moore at Book Soup

Robert Boesel & Matt Moore will discuss and sign Adult Stuff: Things You Need to Know to Win at Real Life. Sometimes your first steps into “the real world” send you falling flat on your face. Think of the authors as your new best friends/big brothers, who will guide you over the impending hurdles of adulthood, and offer advice on how to conquer life’s challenges like a champ.

Where: Book Soup

Dates: Monday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://www.booksoup.com/event/robert-boesel-matt-moore-discuss-and-sign-adult-stuff-things-you-need-know-win-real-life           

Youth Poet Laureate at Pacoima Branch Library

Los Angeles 2016 Youth Poet Laureate Workshop for teens will be led by Alyesha Wise, Grand Slam Poetry Champion of Los Angeles. This is a Creative Portfolio/CV workshop for poets, writers, and artists.

Where: Pacoima Branch, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 13605 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/pacoima

Poetry & Performances at Little Tokyo

Traci Kato-Kiriyama is co-founder and host of the Tuesday Night Café, held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. This series hosts live performances and open mic and more.

Check the website for line-up.  

Where: Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 120 Judge John Aiso St., Downtown LA, CA 90012

Website:  http://www.tuesdaynightproject.com

Alison Stewart and Junk at Vroman’s 

Journalist and author Alison Stewart discusses and signs Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff. Why do smart, successful people hold onto old books, bows and knick-knacks they never need to see or use again? She finds there are creative solutions to America’s overburdened consumer culture.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/alison-stewart-discusses-and-signs-junk-digging-through-americas-love-affair-stuff  

Eric Jerome Dickey at Eso Won Books  

Eric Jerome Dickey will sign and discuss his book The Blackbirds. They call themselves the Blackbirds, four best friends who are closer than sisters, but who must overcome their impulses, individual demons and pasts, to preserve their friendship.

Where: Eso Wan Books

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 4327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/eric-jerome-dickey-booksigning

Ereen Allen at The World Stage

Ereen Allen will be featured at the Wednesday Anansi Writers Workshop for the third week of National Poetry Month. There will be a CLI booksigning following the readings.

Where: Anansi Workshop at The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Address: 4344 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.theworldstage.org/anansi-writers-workshop/

Juan Felipe Herrera, US Poet Laureate, at ALOUD

The U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, in conversation with Tom Lutz, editor-in-chief, Los Angeles Review of Books, will discuss his life’s work, as Herrera blazes the endless chasms of culture on the “Laureate Trail.”

NOTE: As most ALOUD events are free of charge, it is their policy to overbook. Arrive early, and space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 pm.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:15 pm – 9 pm

Address: 680 West 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website:  http://lfla.org/event/the-further-adventures-of-mr-cilantro-man/

Ron Kortege and Kim Dower at Vroman’s

Ron Kortege will discuss and sign his recent book, Vampire Planet. Kortege wants to do nothing but delight, whether by introducing readers to Dr. Frankenstein’s frustrated fiancée, attending a bachelor party where Mr. Magoo makes an appearance, or probing the psyches of the Hardy boys.  

Kim Dower will discuss and sign Last Train to the Missing Planet. Dower’s poetry has been described as both accessible and profound, so join us to share her work and experience love, longing and passion tipped sideways.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ron-koertge-and-kim-dower-discuss-and-sign-their-latest-vampire-planet-last-train-missing

Garth Greenwell at Otis College

Garth Greenwell’s first novel is What Belongs to You, and he is also the author of a novella, Mitko, which won the Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and a Lambda Award. His work has appeared in Paris Review and elsewhere, and he is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ workshop.

Free of charge, but seating is limited.

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

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://otis.edu/graduate-writing/visiting-writers-series

Poetry at Union Station

Join Adam Hochschild, in conversation with UCI professor and The Nation contributing editor Jon Wiener, to discuss Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Rush Hour Readings from LA-based poets: Dana Goodyear, Carol Muske-Dukes, and Amy Uyematsu.

The poets will be in conversation following the readings. Free copies of past Poetry in Motion/LA bookmarks and posters will be available to the public.

Program is free and open to all ages.

Where: Union Station East

Date: Thursday the 21st  

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 800 N. Alameda St.untington DrHuntington , Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: https://www.metro.net/about/art/        

Micah White at Vroman’s

Micah White discusses and signs The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution. This book asks the question: Is protest broken? Micha White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, thinks so, and believes activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance. This book is an exhilarating vision of an all-encompassing revolution of revolution.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/micah-white-discusses-and-signs-end-protest-new-playbook-revolution

Douglas Kennedy at Book Soup

Douglas Kennedy, internationally bestselling author of The Moment and Five Days, discusses and signs The Blue Hour, the best book about Morocco since The Sheltering Sky. This book is a roller coaster journey into a heart of darkness that asks the question: What would you do if your life depended on it?

Where: Book Soup

Time: 7 pm

Date: Thursday the 21st

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

Website:   http://www.booksoup.com/event/douglas-kennedy-discusses-and-signs-blue-hour

Keith Richmond at Flintridge Books

Keith Richmond will read and discuss his beautiful new poetry collection, Prince of the Garden: A Journey of the Heart.

Where: Flintridge Books

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91011

Websitehttp://www.http://www.flintridgebooks.com/

Writers Underground Open Mic

Please join us for the monthly Writers Underground Open Mic at Eastside Café, hosted by Iris D Anda.

Where: Eastside Cafe

Date: Thursday, the 21st

Time: 9 pm

Address:  5469 Huntington Dr. N., Highland Park, CA 90032

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

Open Mic of Music & Spoken Word at Tia Chucha’s

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. Everyone is welcome to be themselves, and it’s FREE!

Participants sign up upon arrival. Donations are accepted.

Hosted by: Jeffery Martin.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd    

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Matthew Quirk at Vroman’s

Matthew Quirk will read from and discuss his new book Cold Barrel Zero. A code hidden in plain sight; a black ops team that went too far; all lead John Hayes, a special operations legend, to go rogue on a deep-cover mission. Only one man can stop him: Thomas Byrne, who once fought alongside Hayes as a combat medic. Now a surgeon, he wants to forget his past, but he’s called upon by others to help them capture the man he once called his friend.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd   

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/matthew-quirk-discusses-and-signs-cold-barrel-zero  

Victoria Patterson at Alhambra Library

Victoria Patterson, author of The Little Brother, as well as the novels The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, also wrote the story collection Drift, which was a finalist for the California Book award. She teaches at Antioch University’s MFA program, and lives with her family in Southern California.

Where: Alhambra Public Library

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Address: 101 S. First Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

Website: http://alhambralibrary.org/adltevnt.html

2016 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival – Week 4

The fourth week of this month-long celebration is an event featuring poets published in the perfect-bound SPECTRUM 4: 2016’s TOP TEN SAN GABRIEL VALLEY POETS.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

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

Clockshop/Radio Imagination Event: Octavia Butler Legacy

This event is one in a series celebrating the legacy of Octavia E. Butler, and is entitled: Writers Premiere New Works.

Writers Tisa Bryant, Lynell George, Robin Coste Lewis, and Fred Moten will premiere new works of poetry, and creative nonfiction commissioned for Radio Imagination. For these commissions, each writer spent an extended period of time working in the Octavia E. Butler archive at the Huntington Library. A Q&A with the writers will follow. RSVP required.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. $10 suggested donation.

Where: Clockshop’s Radio Imagination Series

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 2806 Clearwater St., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Website: http://clockshop.org/event/writers-premier-new-works/

Chuck Rosenthal and Jim Gavin at Beyond Baroque

James Gavin is the author of the highly acclaimed, Middle Men. Chuck Rosenthal is an educator, surfer and horseback rider. His newly released novel is The Legend of La Diosa.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 8 pm  

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

4th Sundays at the Claremont Library

Henri Cole and Denise Weuve are featured at the Fourth Sundays Series at the Claremont Library.

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka Japan and raised in Virginia. He has published nine collections of poetry and received many awards for his work, his most recent collection being Nothing to Declare. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College and lives in Boston.

Denise Weuve is a Pushcart Prize Nominee whose work has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies. She recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Queens University of Charlotte. She is the founder of Wherewithal.

Where: Claremont Public Library

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 208 Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/671740032964173/

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

The Nebraska Girl Open Reading is held the fourth Sunday of every month and is hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm. This is a free event.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

La Palabra Poetry at Avenue 50

La Palabra, a program of Avenue 50 Studio, is now in its thirteenth year. On the fourth Sunday of every month, from 2 pm – 4 pm, La Palabra invites the community to come out and read their poetry in an open mic series, followed by a featured poet and closing with a Q&A.

This month’s features include: Teka Lark, Rachel McLeod Kaminer and Jennifer Blowdryer.

The series is hosted by: Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 24th  

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://avenue50studio.org/558-2

Writing Healing Poetry Event at Pages Bookstore

Pages welcomes three local authors, who have found healing from their significant losses through their writing:

 Alexis Rhone Fancher is a poet, and poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She is published in Rattle, The MacGuffin, Wide-Awake Poets of Los Angeles, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for seven Pushcart Prizes and four Best of the Net awards.

Chanel Brenner is the author of Vanilla Milk, a memoir told in poems. She was a finalist for the 2013 Rattle Poetry Prize, and in 2014 was nominated for a Best of the Net award and a Pushcart Prize.

Madeline Sharples is the author of Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living With Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide. She co-edited The Great American Poetry Show, Volumes 1, 2, 1nd 3, and is currently working on a historical novel.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/writing-healing-poetry-event-three-local-authors

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