Los Angeles Literature Events 3/06/17 –3/12/17

Lambda Literary Festival logo 6LAMBDA LIT FEST Los Angeles to be held at Various Locations, March 6-12, All Week (see below)

The First Annual LAMBDA Literary Festival, a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and letters in the Southland will be held from March 6-12, 2017. All events are FREE and open to the public! No reservations are required, but tickets for some events are available through Eventbrite via website.

Learn more at www.LambdaLitFest.org  and below at each event’s individual listing.

Ana Castillo at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Join us for an evening reading with Ana Castillo, award-winning poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator, and independent scholar. Castillo was born and raised in Chicago, and her writings have been the subject of numerous scholarly investigations and publications. Among her best-selling titles: novels So Far from God, The Guardians, and Peel My Love Like an Onion; and poetry I Ask the Impossible.

The evening starts with a reception and closes with a book signing. The reading and Q&A starts at 7:15 pm.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 6:3o pm – 9 pm

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

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

Ginger McKnight-Chavers at Book Soup

Join us to hear Ginger McKnight-Chavers discuss and sign In the Heart of Texas. After spicy, forty-something soap star Jo Randolph manages in twenty-four hours to burn all her bridges in Hollywood, along with her director/boyfriend’s beach house, she spends a crazy summer back in her West Texas hometown and it makes her question whether her life in the limelight is worth reclaiming.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/ginger-mcknight-chavers-discusses-and-signs-heart-texas

LAMBDA LIT FEST: YES FEMMES at Pieter Performance Space

Yes Femmes features writing and performance that explores the limits of the body, aims toward transformation, seeks plants and animals as models or collaborators, expresses saturated or hysterical emotion, and is campy, fannish, plagiaristic or regurgitative. This reading launches the Yes Femmes journal with a celebration of the multiplicity of femme identity and femme aesthetics in Los Angeles.

Featuring readers: Gina Ablekop, Amanda-Faye Jimenez, Wendy C. Ortiz, Elizabeth Hall, Antonia Crane, Jasmine Nyende, JD Scott, Martabel Wasserman.

Where: Pieter Performance Space

Date: Monday the 6th                        

Time: 7 pm

Address: 420 W. Avenue 33, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/yes-femmes/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Queer Bird Lit at Stories Bookstore LA

Join us to hear Community Curated Readings by Queer Bird Lit: Continuing Los Angeles’ Legacy of Queer Literature, featuring: Erin Judge, Martin Pousson, Christopher Zeischegg aka Danny Wylde, Catie Disabato.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/queer-bird-lit-continuing-los-angeles-legacy-queer-literature/

Nicholas Obregon at Book Soup

Author Nicholas Obregon discusses and signs Blue Light Yokohama, a brilliantly layered, moody novel. Newly reinstated to the Homicide Division and transferred to a precinct in Tokyo, Inspector Iwata is facing superiors who don’t want him there and is assigned a reluctant partner. After the previous detective working the case killed himself, they are assigned to investigate the slaughter of an entire family, a brutal murder with no clear motive or killer.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/nicolas-obregon-discusses-and-signs-blue-light-yokohama

Matthew Desmond, with Steve Lopez at ALOUD

Join us to hear author Matthew Desmond, in conversation with LA Times correspondent Steve Lopez, discuss and sign Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. This book tells the story of eight families living on the edge, and bears witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality and transforms our understanding of extreme poverty, and the devastating issues of economic exploitation.

Where: ALOUD Reading Series, Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/evicted-poverty-profit-american-city/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Professor in the Pub Reading at Black Cat

UCLA Chicana/o Studies Professor, author and poet Alicia Gaspar De Alba, talks queer bilingual poetics with two former students of hers—Claudia Rodriguez and Richard Villegas Jr., each and accomplished writer—who graduated UCLA in the late 1990s. March 8 is also International Women’s Day. This program is offered in partnership with Lambda Lit Fest 2017.

Where: The Black Cat Gastropub

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 3909 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/professor-in-the-pub/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: An Evening with Bryan Fuller at West Hollywood Library

As part of the Lambda Lit Fest: Bryan Fuller serves as executive producer on Starz’s American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman’s classic novel. Fuller got his start on Star Trek, created Wonderfalls for Fox and wrote for the SciFi Channel, NBC’s Heroes, and ABC’s Pushing Daisies, etc.

This conversation is moderated by Dave White, co-host of Linoleum Knife podcast and author of Exile in Guyville, and Alonso Dualde, Film Reviews Editor for The Wrap and senior programmer at Outfest, and the author of two books.

Where: Council Chambers, West Hollywood Library

Date: Wednesday the 8th                 

Time: 7 pm

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/evening-bryan-fuller/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Romantic Comedy at Stories Bookstore LA

 

Curator Erin Judge will present and talk about Romantic Comedy, a monthly stand-up show she co-hosts with Jenny Chalikian. This Lambda Lit Fest edition features comedians and writers Caitlin Gill, Catie Disabato, Janine Brito, Solomon Georgio, and Sabrina Jalees.

Where: Stories Bookstore & Cafe

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/romantic-comedy/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Giving Tongue Poets at Boston Court, Pasadena

As part of Lambda Lit Fest, Giving Tongue: A Celebration of Lesbian/Queer Poets features a multi-cultural and multi-generational line-up of lesbian and queer-identified poets—Rocio Carlos, Olga Garcia Echerverria, Eloise Klein Healy, Traci Kato-Kirayama, Damnyo Lee, Jo Paradigm Roberts and Terry Wolverton—reflecting diverse styles and content. A reception and book signing will follow the readings.

Where: Boston Court Performing Arts Center

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 701 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/giving-tongue-celebration-lesbianqueer-poets/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Paul Lisicky at Otis College of Art and Design

Paul Lisicky, will read new work as part of the Otis Graduate Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, and Lambda Lit Fest. Lisicky’s books include the memoirs The Narrow Door and Famous Builder, the prose collection Unbuilt Projects, and the novels The Burning House and Lawnboy. He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and in fall 2018 will be a visiting professor at UT Austin.

Where: The Forum, Otis College of Art and Design

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/otis-college-graduate-writing-visiting-writers-series-presents-paul-lisicky/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Asian American LGBTQ Experience at Chinese American Museum

Celebrating the Asian American LGBTQ+ Experience brings together a multi-generational line-up of queer –identified poets, writers, and actors in historic downtown Los Angeles at the Chinese American Museum, whose current exhibit Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles highlights various intersectionality of different civil rights movements in the 60’s to the 80’s. Featured artists include Celeste Chan, Karen Yin, Marcus Tran, Eric Wat, Janice Lee, Jenapher Jun-Yi Zheng, Michelle Lin, CB Lee, Kate Goka.

Where: Chinese American Museum

Date: Friday the 10th             

Time: 6 pm

Address: 425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/celebrating-asian-american-lgbtq-experience/

Gish Jen at Chevalier’s Bookstore

In her fascinating and richly researched non-fiction treatise, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap, acclaimed novelist Gish Jen mines our cultural differences for the insights they afford into self-perception and contrasts individualism with interdependence as a central clue to what makes our contemporary society tick.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://chevaliersbooks.com

Margaret Dunlap at Book Soup   

Margaret Dunlap discusses and signs Bookburners, the critically acclaimed urban fantasy about a secret team of agents that hunts down dangerous books containing deadly magic, previously released serially online by Serial Box, now available in print for the first time! Magic is real and hungry. It’s trapped in ancient tests and artifacts, and only a few who discover it survive to fight back. So only the bookburners stand between humanity and the magical apocalypse!

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/margaret-dunlap-discusses-and-signs-bookburners

Randy Hillier at Pages Bookstore

 

Randy Winston Hillier works as a psychotherapist in her own practice. In 1987 she met Helen Palmer, who was offering an introductory lecture on the Enneagram, a system that outlined how attention was specifically organized, and through keen observation one could learn how to shift one’s attention at will. Hillier realized that as a therapist she could teach people the Enneagram system, and they could discover how their internal operating system worked. Over time one could develop a capacity for self-observation, and the inner life would become so much more accessible for self-healing purposes.

RSVPs are appreciated.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/randy-hillier-author-event

LAMBDA LIT FEST: MUTHA Magazine at Poetic Research Bureau  

MUTHA UP at Lambda Lit Fest with stories of modern queer parenthood from MUTHA Magazine. Join us to hear presenters Elizabeth Early, Jillian Lauren, Carla Sameth, Wendy C. Ortiz, and cartoonist Tyler Cohen.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/mutha-lambda-lit-fest-stories-modern-queer-parenthood-mutha-magazine/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Gay Theater at West Hollywood Library

 

Please join us for a lively discussion of Gay Theater Its history and Its Future, an opportunity to gain a perspective on our cultural history with some people who helped create it, plus thoughts aobut its direction from those working today. Featuring: Victor Bumbalo (coordinator), Michael Kearns, Robert Patrick, Tom Jacobson, Mary Casey, Odalys Nanin, Donald Jolly.

Where: Community Room, West Hollywood Library

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/gay-theater-history-future/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Rise Up and Shout at Studio C Artists

Join us to hear Rise Up and Shout: Letters from Young Gay Men, a compilation of dreams, struggles and expressions by gay men ages 16-90, reaching out to each other over a period of almost 10 years. All writers pen letters to the late Malcom Boyd, elder to this project.

Where: Studio C Artists

Date: Thursday the 9th             

Time: 7 pm

Address: 6448 California Route 2, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/letters-intimate-conversation-gay-generations/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: We are Chicanx at Avenue 50 Studio

We are Chicanx: A Brown-Queer Revolution will be an evening highlighting some of the vibrant, powerful voices at the forefront of Chicanx: a new, radical, decolonized, inclusive identity forged on the streets of LA for LGBTQ and non-binary familia. Q&A will follow. Curated by 2016 Lambda Finalist, Meliza Banales aka Missy Fuego.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/chicanx-brown-queer-revolution/

Dan Chaon at Skylight Bookstore

 

Dan Chaon will present and sign his novel Ill Will, where the author explores two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—both linked up by one man’s memory and self-deception. Chaon is fascinated by urban legends and conspiracy theories, and you will be intrigued and entertained by this novel.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/dan-chaon-reads-his-novel-ill-will                              

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Australia’s LGBTQ Writers Streamed Online 

Join us to hear Yen Erikson, Ellen Van Neerven, Julie Kalceff, Lucy Watson, Tom Cho in conversation on the question of whether there are limitations to writing queer stories into pre-existing media forms.

Where: Visit Noted Festival or Muse websites

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 6 pm

Address: See Noted Festival or Muse Winebar sites via details at site.

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/australian-panel-streamed-online-lambda-litfest-audience/

The Far Shore at Book Soup   

Paul T. Scheuring discusses and signs The Far Shore, a story that follows Lily, who embarks on a global odyssey to uncover an incredible story of a stricken, shell-shocked soldier who left the battlefield and went to the ends of the earth to answer the age-old questions of mankind: Why do we suffer? Is there a God? Is there a way out?

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/paul-t-scheuring-discusses-and-signs-far-shore

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Sister Spit: The Next Generation at West Hollywood Library

Sister Spit: The Next Generation is a spectacular evening of readings, performance, and music on the issues of feminism, race, size, class, identity, technology, gender and sexuality. The event features: Jerry Lee Abrams, Denise Benavides, Cathy de al Cruz, Celeste Chan, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Maya Songbird, Virgie Tovar.

Where: Council Chambers, West Hollywood Library

Date: Friday the 10th            

Time: 7 pm

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/sister-spit-next-generation/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: House of Godzilla at Poetic Research Bureau 

 

Celebrate debut poetry collections form Chen Chen, Kazumi Chin, Michelle Lin, Shelley Wong, with a reading and interactive arts workshop. Build a house that disrupts containment and binaries, that shapes identity and language—a house that exists in being built, not one we belong to, but work toward.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/house-godzilla-rare-birds-possibilities/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Mysteries with a Mission at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear a one-on-one conversation between six-time Lammy winner Michael Nava and Lambda Lit Fest Steering Committee Member Alicia Gaspar de Alba. Topics include creating a queer detective who also happens to be Chicano, revising a novel after 30 years, writing a mystery with a mission, writing sex scenes, navigating social and familial homophobia, and advice to new writers.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://lambdalitfest.org/events/mysteries-mission-queer-platica-michael-nava/

Anna Journey, with David Ulin, at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Anna Journey read from her collection of essays, An Arrangement of Skin, with David Ulin. These essays swerve artfully among topics, the author’s reflections on our shifting selves, the many skins we inhabit in our life. This is a first collection from an author of the highest order.

Anna Journey is the author of three poetry collections, and is an assistant professor of English at USC.

David Ulin is the author of several on-fiction books, and recently the novel Ear to the Ground. He is the former book editor and critic of the Los Angeles Times.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:   http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/anna-journey-reads-her-collection-essays-arrangement-skin-david-ulin

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Inside the Writer’s Studio at Beyond Baroque 

 

Patricia Nell Warren authored the first contemporary gay novel to be on the New York Times Bestseller’s List. Felice Picano wrote several of the classic gay American novels. Join Eric Andrews-Katz as he asks these two literary giants about their careers, writing process, influences, and their places in history.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/inside-writers-studio/

Lambda LitFest: Morning Plenary at Barnsdall Art Park

This panel discussion brings together esteemed members of the LGBTQ community to examine the challenges of inclusivity today and find new opportunities in publishing and literary space, and how they address artistic practices. Moderator Cheryl Klein hosts Luis Alfaro, Zachary Drucker, Sarah Schulman, Justin Torres, and Rebeca Walker.

Where: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 11 am – 12:15 pm

Address: 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/lambda-litfest-morning-plenary/

Grand Park Book Fest at Grand Park’ Olive Court

In collaboration with the City of Los Angeles’ Big Read honoring the poetry of Emily Dickinson, the annual Grand Park Book Fest offers free hands-on activities, including; creating your own pieces of poetic genius with PUBLISH! by Writ Large Press, constructing hand-made books using dried plant specimens, a photo booth, free writing advice with traci kato-kiriyama, 826LA’s never-ending story, a create your own L.A. poem activity with Mike “the poet” Sonksen, readings by Get Lit Players and Ren Hen Press authors, and pop-up bookshops. Check out the full list of events at the link below.

All events are FREE!

Where: Grand Park’s Olive Court

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Address: 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://grandparkla.org/event/downtown-bookfest/?instance_id=93682

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Quitessentially Queer L.A. at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

Discussion panel brings together more esteemed members of the LGBTQ community to examine the challenges of inclusivity today.

Moderator Alex Espinoza hosts Ryka Aoki, Bernard Cooper, D’Lo, Wendy C. Ortiz, Claudia Rodriguez, and Terry Wolverton.

Where: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Barnsdall Art Park

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 1:30 pm

Address: 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/quintessentially-queer-la/

Poetry Workshop at Santa Catalina Library

Our Deep Poetry Critique Workshop led by G.T. Foster will be held this week at Saturday Afternoon Poetry. Bring 15 copies of your poem-in-progress.

Curated by: Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address:  999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Queer Characters Panel at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

Join us to hear Noel Alumit moderate a panel discussion on Queer Characters in Novels, Screenplays & Everything in Beween, and hosting: Lucy Bledsoe, MariNaomi, Michael Nave, Our Lady J and Peter Paige.

Where: Barnsdall gallery Theatre, Barnsdall Art Park

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/queer-characters-novels-screenplays-everything/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Queer Truth Panel at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

Susie Bright moderates a panel on Queer Truth: Nonfiction & Journalism in a Post-Truth World and hosts Tre’vell Anderson, Diane Anderson-Minshall, Melissa Chadburn, Alberto B. Mendoza and Robin Podolsky. Topics explored will include defining the line between the personal and the political, exploring the impact of a Trump administration on the media landscape, and how cultural critics choose what to write about.

Where: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Barnsdall Art Park

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/queer-truth-nonfiction-journalism-post-truth-world/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: UnCabaret at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

Lambda Lit Fest presents UnCabaret, moderated by Beth Lapides, and featuring Julie Goldman, Marga Gomez, Ian Harvie, Alec Mapa and Justin Sayre.

Where: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Barnsdall Art Park

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 8 pm (doors open at 7:30)

Address:  4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/lambda-litfest-presents-uncabaret/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: The Catchment Workshop at USC Libraries

With ritualistic and oral traditions guided by Black American and West African ceremony, we will engage in writing prompts that encourage written expression, reflection on healing, and sharing work. Curated by Taijhet Nyobi and librecht baker.

Where: ONE National  Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 10:30 am

Address: 909 Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/the-catchment/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Guerrillareads Video Walk in Hollywood

Writers at all levels are invites to participate in our Video Walk. We will meet in Silver Lake, at the bookstore. Bring a short piece of writing and we will explore the neighborhood while shooting videos of each participant reading their work.

Where: A Different Light Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 11 am

Address: 4014 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/guerrillareads-lambda-litfest-video-walk/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: of Self [Re/De] Construction at Avenue 50

In homage to Pilipinx trans, femme artist Mark Aguhar, Poetics of Self [RE/De] Construction: Litanies to My Brown Heavenly Body, queer writers of color will explore how our very bodies become litanies, invocations of our existence and “sites for imagining alternative realities.” Featuring: Angela Penaredondo, Melissa Sipin, Belinda Bellinger, Michelle Lin, Margaret Rhee, Chen Chen, Muriel Leng, Ching-In Chen, Vickie Vertiz, Kazumi Chin, Vanessa Angelica Villarreal.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/poetics-self-rede-construction-litanies-brown-heavenly-body/

Soap Box Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for our popular monthly open reading offered on the second Sunday of each month. Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm. Five minute limit is given to each reader.

Hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Queer Male Poets at Book Soup

Join us for No Cure for Madness: Queer Male Poets on Death, God and Desire, featuring Kazim Ali, Blas Falconer, Miguel Murphy. We present three queer men of color whose work transgresses mainstream and heteronormative norms of both body and spirit.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/no-cure-madness-queer-male-poets-death-god-desire/

LAMBDA LIT FEST: Indie Voices form Indie Presses at Skylight Books

Join us to hear Los Angeles-based authors Alex Espinoza, Dan Lopez, Wendy C. Oritz, and Martin Pousson discuss the ways they found homes for their unique voices and the independent literary communities that champion them, from publishers to bookstores and publications, in Los Angeles and beyond.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/indie-voices-indie-presses/

Tertulia Literary Salon at Akbar

Join us for Five Minute Escapes, to hear six queer writers from Tertulia, L.A.’s cool and diverse literary salon, share “escape” readings from their work about confronting and conquering life’s prisons. Featuring: Armando Munoz, Louis Bucchold III, Kevin Mangold, Jeff Darter, Jeff Golomb, Ron Gutierrez, Jared Fortunato, Constanze Frei, Brian Sonia-Wallace.

LAMBDA LIT FEST: This event will be followed by the Lambda Lit Fest Closing Party at Akbar at 7 pm.

Where: Akbar

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 4356 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website:  http://lambdalitfest.org/events/tertulia-literary-salon/

Rattle Magazine Poetry Reading at Flintridge Bookstore

Our Rattle Magazine Poetry Reading presents authors Kien Lam and Emily Ransell.

Kien Lam lives in Los Angeles and writes about League of Legends e-sports. He received his MFA from Indiana University and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Indiana Review, Hobart, and elsewhere.

Emily Ransdell lives in Camas, Washington, and her work has appeared in numerous journals. She was runner-up in Prime Number’s single-poem contest and will be featured in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column later this year.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91001

Website:  http://www.rattle.com/readings/

Chen Chen Reading at Beyond Baroque

In When I Grow Up, his ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. This collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in life.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

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