A New Literary Salon in Los Angeles: Angels Flight Literary Salon

From: L.A. Weekly

cliftons-cafeteria-entranceThe launch of Angels Flight (not the funicular) is the grand blastoff of an ambitious literary salon series to be held at the venerable, quintessentially downtown Clifton’s Cafeteria. The night focuses on writings about Los Angeles history and how L.A. provokes change in our lives. Author and USC English professor Dana Johnson (Elsewhere, California: A Novel) and screenwriter-novelist David Kukoff (Children of the Canyon and the forthcoming Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes in the Goldmine) read from their work, followed by a Q&A. Attention writers: You can share your own writing, completed and in-progress, on this ever-fascinating subject. Themed beverages and dining available.

Below is the information on the Second installment of Angels Flight Literary Salon.

Please join us for our second installment of our literary salon series at Clifton’s in downtown Los Angeles, featuring “Bruja” author Wendy C. Ortiz and Eileen Cronin in an exploration of writing and dreams.

“The Art of the Dreamoir”

In her latest book, Bruja, acclaimed and experimental L.A. writer Wendy C. Ortiz has created something new: the dreamoir. In the salon, the author, also a practicing intern in psychotherapy, will read from Bruja, and discuss the art of writing memoir and how dreams might inform, investigate and evolve into writing in conversation with memoirist and psychologist Eileen Cronin (Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience).

There will be a signing by the authors and their books and Angels Flight • literary west tees may be purchased following the reading. Tees are $20.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages may be imbibed during the event, which will be held in the historic Ballroom. Dining will be available after the salon in the Redwood Room. The salon is free!


Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of “Excavation: A Memoir” (Future Tense Books, 2014), “Hollywood Notebook” (Writ Large Press, 2015) and “Bruja” (CCM, 2016). Her work has been profiled or featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in such places as The New York Times, Hazlitt, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Nervous Breakdown, and a year-long series appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Eileen Cronin is the author of “Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience” (W.W. Norton, 2014), which has been translated into three languages and was chosen as one of Oprah’s Best Memoirs of the Year by O Magazine. She won the Washington Writing Prize in Short Fiction, and her essays and stories have appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and several literary publications. She teaches creative writing and practices clinical psychology in Los Angeles. She currently is writing a novel and sometimes performs with The Moth.


Angels Flight • literary west salons following our 11/20 debut will be held on the first Sunday of each month at Clifton’s, 4-6 p.m. (Holidays and other exceptions adjust the schedule a bit.) Save the dates! More coming soon!


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