Los Angeles Literature Events 4/24/17 –4/30/17

download (1)Aztec Stories at Arroyo Seco Regional Library

Come explore indigenous Mexican instruments, stories and poetry in Aztec Stories with Michael Heralda! Enjoy a feast of music, language and art and learn a few simple phrases of Nahauti, the language of the Aztecs.

Where: Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 24th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 6145 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/aztec-stories-michael-heralda-1

Hilda Viloria and Identity at Pico Library in Santa Monica

Hilda Viloria, one of the foremost intersex advocates, presents her new book, Born Both: An Intersex Life, a candid, provocative, and eye-opening memoir of gender identity, self-acceptance, and love. A book sale and signing follows the presentation.

Where: Pico Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Monday the 24th             

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=23510

David Callahan n Wealth at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Author David Callahan discusses and signs The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age, with attorney and philanthropist Molly Munger. This is an inside look at the secret world of elite philanthropists, and how they are quietly wielding even more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad, in the fields of education, the environment and science. Above all, their influence is only growing.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 24th             

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/2017/03/01/author-david-callahan-discusses-the-givers-money-power-and-philanthropy-in-a-new-gilded-age-with-attorney-and-philanthropist-molly-munger/

Siel Ju at Santa Monica College  

As part of our Literary Talks & Readings Series, award-winning author and SMC English professor Siel Ju, will read from her novel-in-stories Cake Time. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and numerous published short stories and poems, and the recipient of a residency form the Anderson Center at Tower View and Vermont Studio Center.

Plan to arrive early, as seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis. Call (310) 434-4303 for details and more information.

Where: HSS 165, Santa Monica College

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website:  http://http://smc.edu/NewsRoom/Lists/UpcomingEvents/DispForm.aspx?ID=2184  or http://smc.edu/ACG/Marketing/Events/Pages/Literary%20Talks%20and%20Readings.aspx

Writers’ Meetup, with Traci Kato-Kiriyama, at Grand Park

Join us if you like the idea of writing in the middle of a park. Would you like to write among a community of other writers and have facilitation with a handful of simple prompts to get you started? Grand Park’s Teaching Writer-in-Residence traci kato-kiriyama curates a variety of themes throughout the season, and facilitates short form writing exercises throughout the hour, with special guests, and near the food trucks. Writing materials will be provided.

This event continues every Tuesday, noon-1pm, through May 30, 2017.

Where: Olive Court, Grand Park (between Hill St. and Grand Ave.)

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 12 pm – 1 pm

Address: Grand Park, between Hill St. & Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Website: http://grandparkla.org/event/lunchtime-writers-meetup/?instance_id=93758

Red Hen Press Authors at Annenberg Beach House

Red Hen Press hosts readings by Doug Manuel, Jane Mead, and Safiya Sinclair, with music by Kaleidoscope, performing Julia Adolphe’s Veil of Leaves. Red Hen Press is a literary family for a diversity of voices that articulate the variety of human experience.

RSVP: (310) 458-4904.

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, CA 90069


Ed Rucker at Diesel Bookstore

Join us for a publication party for Ed Rucker and his new thriller The Inevitable Witness, a gripping legal thriller from a celebrated LA defense lawyer who knows how the system really works. Bobby Earl is the guy you call when it’s time to fix the bayonets and go to trial, but when his life is in danger he must dive into LA’s dangerous underworld and battle the court system himself.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/publication-party-ed-rucker-discusses-and-signs-inevitable-witness

Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi read and discuss their latest books: Walkaway and The Collapsing Empire.

Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway is an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death.

Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire is the first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man’s War.

Since a large crowd is expected, check website for ticket options that include a copy of either author’s book and a guaranteed seat at the event.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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


East Asia Faculty Book Launch at USC

Please join us to celebrate the EASC Faculty Book Launch and recent publications of professors Yu Hong, Charlotte Furth and Lon Kurashige. The featured publications will be:

Yu Hong, Assistant Professor of Communications, with Networking China: The Digital Transformation of the Chinese Economy (University of Illinois Press, 2017).

Charlotte Furth, Professor Emerita of History, with Opening to China: A Memoir of Normalization, 1981-1982 (Cambria Press, 2017).

Lon Kuashige, Professor of History, with Two Faces of Exclusion: The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States (The University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Please RSVP asap before the event; by invitation only.

Where: College Academic Services Bldg., (CAS), 100

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 3454 Trousedale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Website: http://calendar.usc.edu/event/spring_2017_easc_faculty_book_launch#.WPUV-IjytPY

Statement Magazine 2017 Launch Reception at Cal State LA

At this year’s launch reception for the 2017 issue of Statement Magazine, the university’s journal of literature and art, the student-edited issue will be unveiled and distributed and the Dean’s Prizes in Poetry and Prose and the Colonnade Gallery Art Prizes in Painting and Photography will be announced. Contributors to this issue will read from their published poetry and prose, and art will be exhibited.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open for a buffet at 5:45 pm with the formal program scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm.

Where: Golden Eagle Ballroom, Cal State Los Angeles

Date: Wednesday the 26th                

Time: 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm (readings and program at 6:30 pm)

Address: 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032


Ron Currie at Book Soup

Join us to hear Ron Currie discuss and sign The One-Eyed Man, lauded by Richard Russo as follows: “Nobody writing today walks the knife edge of cynicism and sentiment more bravely, intelligently and confidently than Ron Currie. By turns hilarious and heartfelt, The One-Eyed Man is a revelation, a wonder…” Currie’s three previous works of fiction have dazzled readers and critics. A writer of unique vision and huge imagination, he excels at creating complex, troubled, yet endearing characters, which makes for a dramatic and memorable story.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 26th  

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069


Authors and Surprises at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Brendan Constantine present Stories & Surprises with Patrick O’Neil, Diane Sherlock and Thea Constantine, who will read original work on themes of love, death, magic, crime, and life on the edge.  First time novelist Thea Constantine also offers a special pre-release debut of Stumptown.

Patrick O’Neil is the author of the memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, and he is a contributing editor for Sensitve Skin Magazine, a Pushcart nominee, and is co-coordinator for the Why There Are Words, Los Angeles reading series.

Diane Sherlock is the author of four novels: Dead Weight, Willful Ignorance, Growing Chocolate, and Wrestling Alligators. Her writing has appeared widely, and she is co-founder and editor for AnnotationNation.com.

Thea Constantine has worked as an award-winning performer, filmmaker, playwright, and giant shrimp. Stumptown began as a serial for the online magazine The Black Boot, under the name Portlandia.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/2017/03/01/stories-surprises-with-patrick-oneil-diane-sherlock-thea-constantine-hosted-by-zawunderbar-brendan-constantine/

Megan Miranda at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Megan Miranda discuss and sign The Perfect Stanger, the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls, in which a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may have never existed at all. Everyone has something to hide in this story, so how do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/megan-miranda-discusses-and-signs-perfect-stranger

City of Inmates at Eso Won Bookstore

Join us for a discussion with authors Kelly Hernandez and Dr. Malina Abdullah of the book City of Inmates. Los Angeles incarcerates more people than any other city in the United State and is the world’s leading incarcerator. Historian Kelly Hernandez unmasks how histories of native elimination, immigrant exclusion, and black disappearance drove the rate of incarceration in Los Angeles. This book is also a chronicle of resilience and rebellion, documenting how peoples and communities have always fought back. It is a story that is far from over.

Where: Eso Won Bookstore

Date: Wenesday the 26th                   

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/kelly-hernandez-dr-malina-abdullah-booksigning-city-inmates .

Angle of Reflection Anthology at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear poets read from the stellar new anthology, Angle of Reflection, featuring work of ten Los Angeles poets at the height of their creative powers, with a twenty-year history of working together. This luminous collection is both a sampler and a reservoir, and these poems carry on complex conversations across sections. Includes an introduction by David St. John, with whom some in the group worked weekly for many years. Poets include: Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough, Dina Hardy, Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, and Mariano Zaro.

RSVPs are greatly appreciated.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 26th               

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Dana Johnson at Otis College of Art and Design

Please join us to hear Dana Johnson, as part of the Otis MFA Visiting Writers Series. Johnson’s most recent book, In the Not Quite Dark, is a short story collection. She is also the author of the story collection Break Any Woman Down, and the novel Elsewhere, California, both of which were nominees for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has been widely published, and she is a professor of English at USC.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design, The Forum, Goldsmith Campus

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Beat Poetry at Montana Branch Library, SMPL

Join us for as Beyond Baroque director Richard Modiano and renowned poet S.A. Griffin celebrate National Poetry Month with a discussion of the Beat poets—Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lenore Kandel, Lew Welch, and a host of others.

Where: Montana Avenue Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Wednesday the 26th                   

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 174 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=23475

Kristen Radtke, with Jordan Crane, at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author Kristen Radtke, with Jordan Crane, discuss and sign Imagine Wanting Only This. In this genre-smashing graphic memoir, the author leads us through deserted towns in the American Midwest, Italian villas, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. This book is at once narrative and factual, historical and personal, with illustrations and piercing text that never shies away from the big questions.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/kristen-radtke-discusses-her-new-graphic-memoir-imagine-wanting-only-jordan-crane

Naomi Hirahara at Los Feliz Branch Library, LAPL

Join us to hear author Naomi Hirahara talk about Terminal Island: The Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor, the story of the earlier architecture and the Japanese Americans who populated the harbor area and how it changed over time.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 6:45 pm.

Where: Los Feliz Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 27th                   

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/architecture-beyond-0

Civil Rights at LA Plaza

USC professor Dr. George J. Sanchez, presents Demanding Dignity and Fighting for Respect, and discusses the high school walkouts of 1968 and the relationship between black and brown students in the neighborhoods of East Los Angeles during what later became known as the Chicano Movement, happening concurrently with the African American civil rights movement.

Where: LA Plaza Cultural Village

Date: Thursday the 27th              

Time: 7 pm

Address: 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://lapca.org/content/demanding-dignity-and-fighting-respect

Pirate Women at Stories LA

Join us to hear Laura Sook Duncombe present Pirate Women, the most comprehensive book of female pirate legends ever published. It explores the lives of 35 known women pirates, beyond their lives and legends, and examining the storytellers, what they may have left out,  and what motivated them.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Thursday the 27th                   

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://storiesla.com/blogs/events

Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to see and hear Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta discuss and sign their new graphic novel Soupy Leaves Home. This is the story of two misfits with no place to call home until they take a train-hopping journey from the cold heartbreak of their Eastern homes to the sunny promise of California in this Depression-era coming-of-age tale.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/cecil-castellucci-and-jose-pimienta-read-their-new-graphic-novel-soupy-leaves-home

Kamau Daaood Poetry at Union Station

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month as we welcome legendary Los Angeles performance poet, Kamau Daaood. As part of Metro Art Los Angeles’ long-standing partnership with the Poetry Society of America, we are thrilled to present the co-founder of the World Stage Performance Gallery, who has spent decades engaged with audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. His award-winning, critically acclaimed poetry, cascading images, and syncopated flow, likened to improvised music aimed at truth telling and healing is what we have come to expect from his performances.

Kamau is happy to have the amazing musician, keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe as musical director for this event. He will be joined by an amazing group of youthful poets and musicians.

Where: Union Station Los Angeles, Waiting Room

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1646089089032774/

Ambika Talwar at Beyond Baroque

Ambika Talwar’s new work/book launch, My Greece: Mirrors & Metamorphoses is her spiritual travelogue, and is created in the ecstatic tradition, a bridge to other worlds. Presented in the Mike Kelley Gallery.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 28th               

Time: 8 pm

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

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

CAL Arts MFA Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the students of the CAL Arts MFA Creative Writing Program reading Next Words. Featuring: Amanda Choo Quan, David Connor, and Giovan Alonzi.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 28th                 

Time: 8 pm

Address: 6821 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

YALLWEST Preview Party at Santa Monica Main Library

Join us for this special preview event sponsored by Macmillan Fierce Reads, which kicks off the annual YALLWEST Book Festival. More than a dozen top authors will meet their fans and sign books, and there will also be games, food and fun activities. This event is FREE but ticketed, and you can go to the website at www.yallwest.com for details.

Where: Central Courtyard, Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Date: Friday the 28th               

Time: 4 pm – 8 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=23500

Independent Bookstore Day at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, the last Saturday in April, when we will host readings from a dozen authors, including: Kemper Donovan, Steven Rowley, Charlotte Huang, Julia Claiborne Johnson, Abbi Waxman, Judith Freeman, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, and Julie Buxbaum.

See website for times and details.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 29th               

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/2017/03/01/independent-bookstore-day-celebration-2/

Independent Bookstore Day at Diesel’s Bookstore

Join us to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, the last Saturday in April, when we will feature the book A Literary Cocktail Party, as well as a Literary Happy Hour with J. Ryan Stradal, pouring one of his signature cocktails. He is the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

Where: Diesel’s Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Saturday the 29th               

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/brentwood-independent-bookstore-day-2017

YALLWEST Bookfest at Santa Monica High School

Join us to celebrate young adult and middle grade books, with more than 100 authors participating in book signings, panels, giveaways, singalongs, and shenanigans. Among the many authors participating: Pseudonymous Bosch, Cecil Castellucci, Chris Colfer, Ransom Riggs, Lilliam Rivera, Neal Shusterman, Nicola Yoon. See lineup at website.

See website for specific times, schedule of events, and more details. Most events are free, but check website for few that are ticketed.

Where: Santa Monica High School

Date: Saturday the 29th               

Time: 9 am – 6 pm

Address: 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://www.yallwest.com/2017-schedule/

Book to Art Club at Brand Library, Glendale

Join us for the Book to Art Club, which combines reading, discussion, and art-making based on the themes form the book An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine. Art supplies will be provided.

Sign up at the Brand Library in person, by email or by phone at (818) 548-2051.

Where: Brand Library

Date: Saturday the 29th                

Time: 10:30 am – 12 pm

Address: 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/25121/125?selcat=68&curm=4&cury=2017

Poetry Performance at CAFAM

Amelia Redux 1937-2012: A Pilot’s Log is a reading and poetry presentation by Laura Stickney and Vilma Mendillo of their artist book. The artists will take you on a lofty journey of image and word inspired by Amelia Earhart’s 1937 flight. Maps will be supplied! In conjunction with the exhibition Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California.

Where: Craft & Folk Art Museum

Date: Saturday the 29th                

Time: 11:30 am

Address: 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: http://cafam.org/programs/

Celebrating Words Festival at Pacoima City Hall

Hosted by Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore, the annual Celebrating Words Festival will offer FREE workshops, reading circles, arts, entertainment, poets, local books and artisan vendors, as well as community resources and healthy food. Fun for the whole family!

See website for details and more information.

Where: Pacoima City Hall

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 12 pm – 7 pm

Address: 13520 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331


The Oz Monologues at the Encino Tarzana Library

Join us for our regular Open Mic reading this month, when we will feature Victor Sotomayor, author of The Oz Monologues.

This event is hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

Where: Encino-Tarzana Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356


Poetry at the Santa Catalina Library in Pasadena

Results of 2017 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Foundation Poetry Contest, plus featured poets: Alexis Rhone Fancher, Ellaraine Lockie and Mary Torregrossa, with an Open Reading.

Curated by: Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 29th                

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Remembering the 1992 LA Riot at Beyond Baroque

Join us on the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riot for poetry, dance and discussion. Featuring Tanya Ko Hong and Julayne Lee, and followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the artists.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 29th               

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Tabitha Soren at Arcana Books 

Join us as Tabitha Soren presents her book of photography, Fantasy Life, which is a metaphor for all the fantasies that are part of American culture. Her work is about the role of accident in life, and she followed 21 baseball players from the minor leagues for 12 years to see what the promise of their youth led to. What might get in the way of their fantasy, and in the way of their identity?

Where: Arcana Books

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232


Poetry and Music Open Mic at One Mic Collective

One Mic Collective is the San Gabriel Valley Poetry, Music and Open Mic night, featuring artists in support of art, education and community-building and offering a five-minute or two-piece open mic presentation for each artist. Open mic sign-up is at 6 pm.

Our new venue partner is Corozon Contento fitness studio; located on Baldwin Park Blvd. and Francisquito, behind Baskin Robbins and Papa John’s.

Where: One Mic Collective (Corozon Contento)

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 13523 Francisquito Ave., Baldwin Park, CA 91706


Tongue & Groove Reading Series at the Hotel Café

The tongue & Groove literary variety show with short fiction, poetry, personal essays, spoken word, etc. and with music, proudly features the 2017 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellows:

Soleil David was born and raised in the Philippines and now lives in L.A. She graduated with high distinction from UC Berkeley and is a recipient of the Julia Keith Shrout Short Story Prize. She has been published in both American and Asian publications, and is working on a collection of poems.

Peter H.Z. Hsu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in San Gabriel Valley. He received a BA in English literature from UCLA, and a Master’s in Psychology from Cal State LA. His fiction debuted in March 2016 in The Margins and is included in the Fall issue of Pinball. He is currently working on a short story collection.

Kirin Khan was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently lives in Oakland, California. A senior analyst for YouGov, she has a BA in Economics from Mills College and a post-baccalaureate in math from Smith College. She is a VONA Voices alum and an upcoming 2017 Grotto Fellow, and is now working on her first novel.

Chinyere Nwodim was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Johns Hopkins University where she received a BS degree in Biology. She works in development at a regional community health center that serves Los Angeles and Orange Counties. She is working on a short story collection.

Jessica  Shoemaker was raised in Torrance, California, and earned A BA in cultural anthropology from UCSB. She now lives in San Pedro and teaches middle school. Her fiction has been published, and she is working on a collection of short stories.

Come early! Seating is limited and we start on time!

See site for parking recommendations. (Avoid Cahuenga street parking)

Where: The Hotel Café

Date: Saturday the 29th                 

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 1623 ½ N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Website: http://tongueandgroovela.com

PM Poetry Postcards at Beyond Baroque

The first Poetry Postcard Protest Party was so successful (with nearly 500 postcards written to representatives) that we decided to do it again! The living Poetry Project is looking for poems of protest to print on postcards.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 1 pm

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


Stuart Gibbs at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear middle school maestro Stuart Gibbs, reading and signing his newest book in the Funjungle mystery series, Panda-monium.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/2017/03/01/pow-wowpanda-middle-reader-maestro-stuart-gibbs-reading-signing-panda-monium/

Melina Semphill Watts at Diesel Bookstore 

Melina Semphill Watts will discuss Tree, in a “late” celebration of Earth Day, at her publication party. All are welcome! This book is a dive into the imagined interior realm of plants and the animals and people who love them, into the culture and ecosystems of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 3 pm

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


Poetry Readings at MOCA 

Join us for a poetry reading by Charles Bernstein and the poetry of Carl Andre.

Bernstein has been a preeminent voice in experimental poetry since the 1970s. He teases out the relationship between poetry and the visual arts, animating Andre’s multidisciplinary practice.

Free with museum admission.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012


The Tesla Legacy at Gatsby’s Bookstore 

Join us or an author talk and signing by Mike Befeler about the exciting new thriller, The Tesla Legacy. This is a new thriller following six books in the Paul Jacobson geezer-lit mystery series.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 3 pm

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


Poetry Authors at Flintridge Books 

Join us for a Moonday poetry reading with Joseph Fasano and Luviette Resto.

Where: Flintridge Books

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91104


Writers at Work Anniversary Reading at Skylight Bookstore

Join us for Writers at Work 20th Anniversary Reading, celebrating National Poetry Month and featuring Poets at Work and alumnae including: Yvonne M. Estrada , Dylan Gailey, Brett Guitar Hofer, Ann Pibel, Helen Yeoman, Terry Wolverton, plus Kim Dower, Eric Howard, Angela Penaredondo, Sharon Venezio.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 30th                

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/writers-work-20th-anniversary-reading

Jim McDermott at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Jim McDermott’s personally-lived debut novel, Bitter Wind, which questions the veracity of the American dream for working class people and arrives at a harder-grained vision of aspirational ideals.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 30th                

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/2017/03/01/factory-worker-turned-high-powered-lawyer-jim-mcdermott-reads-and-signs-his-debut-novel-bitter-is-the-wind/

Poets Resist! Presented by OC MRC at Gypsy Den, Santa Ana

Come join the OC Multi Racial Collective when Armine Iknadassian, Robbie Nestor, James Evert Jones, Tamara Madison, and Elmast Kozloyan will feature and present their poems of resistance.

Armine Iknadassian is the author of The United States of Love & Other Poems (2016). Since 2013 she has been a Writing Consultant for CSULA. In Spring of 2017 she was chosen as a Writer in the Schools for Red Hen Press.

Elmast Kozloyan released her debut chapbook Doe Eyed Venus, and hosts Inside the Lantern poetry reading.

Tamara Madison is the author of The Belly Remembers and Wild Domestic, and her latest collection is forthcoming form Pearl Editions.

James Evert Jones is currently Director of the Expressions Literary Arts Program.

Robbie Nestor is the author of the chapbook Balance, and the collection A Likely Story. She has edited two anthologies on the photography of Beth Moon.

Where: Gypsy Den

Date: Sunday the 30th                

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 125 N. Broadway, Ste. D, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1864110387196619/


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