Los Angeles Literature Events 7/03/17 –7/09/17

downloadAdult Writing Workshop at Robertson Branch Library

Writing a book and looking for feedback? Need deadlines to help you reach your writing goals? Then this is the group for you!

Each meeting, participants should bring 5-10 double-spaced pages of writing to share with the group. Depending of the size of the group, they will have 1025 minutes to share and receive feedback.

Please call the library’s information desk to RSVP.

Where: Robertson Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 3rd

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 1719 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/eventsrobertson-branch-writers-group /

Anime Your Way at Pico Union Branch Library

Join us for our Reading by Design Summer Reading Challenge for adults, kids, teens and Spanish speakers. Learn to draw Anime at this fun and creative workshop from Carlos Nieto III! Free to the public and everyone is welcome!

Where: Pico Union Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 3rd

Time: 2 pm

Address: 1030 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90006

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/blast-space

Poets and Allies for Resistance at Sidewalk Café  

Join us for our monthly poetry event focusing on social justice issues, featuring black poets, a book giveaway and an Open Mic.

This month’s features are: Shy But Fly, singer, songwriter and poet (I Just Want to Make Love to You) and Eric DeVaughnn, (True).

Event curated and hosted by Kahdija Anderson.

Where: The Sidewalk Café

Date: Monday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 2057 N. Los Robles (at Woodbury), Alta/Pasadena, CA 91104

Website:   http://www.facebook.com/groups/792556747483331/


Imagine Open Mic at Hellada Gallery, Long Beach


Join us for the Imagine Open Mic, a weekly Wednesday Open Mic with Mixed Acts, including poetry and music, and hosted by George.

Where: Hellada Gallery

Date: Wednesday the 5th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 117 Linden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

Website:  http://localendar.com/event?DAM=PublishedEvent&m=485044&event_id=129&calendar_id=485044&more_info=N&export_date=Jul%2005,%202017&category=100

Literary Pachanga at Skylight Books


Join us for a Literary Pachanga showcasing three Chicano authors to celebrate Southern California’s ties to the Ellis Island of the West –El Paso, Texas.

Jesus Salvador Trevino is a writer/director whose TV director credits include Criminal Minds, Law & Order, etc. He will present a short story collection, Return to Arroyo Grande.

Alicia Gaspar de Alba has published eleven books, and will read from Calligraphy of the Witch. She has been a professor and is now chair of the LGBTQ Studies Department at UCLA.

Christine Granados received the Sandra Cisneros Prize for her first book of fiction, Brides and Sinners in El Chuco, and will read from her second book, a novella and short stories, Fight like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


90X90: Opening Event at Cielo Galleries/Studios–#90x90LA Begins

Celebrate! Activate! Investigate!

Join in 90 literary and cultural events in 90 days in our beloved city, with our words, art and performances, discussions and workshops, celebrations and actions, from July 5 – October 1, 2017. Events are curated and offered by Writ Large Press and friends, at Cielo Galleries, venues in Little Tokyo and Downtown LA, and other locations around Los Angeles.

It all begins with our opening event celebrating The Wandering Song, published by Tia Chucha Press, an anthology of Central American Writers living in the United States, and featuring its own unique narrative. Featuring:

Susana Aguilar-Marcelo (work focusing on liminality, displacement, intergenerational trauma);

Iris de Anda (Codeswitch: Fires From Mi Corazon);

William A. Gonzalez (Black Bubblegum and Blue Bubblegum);

Cynthia Guardado (Endeavor);

GusTavo Adolfo Guerra Vasquez (artist and educator, Revista Mujeres);

Adolfo Hernandez (Los Brainiacs Poetry website, Coiled Serpent);

Rosana Perez (Central American Studies Program at CSUN);

William Archila (The Art of Exile and The Grave Digger’s Archaeology).

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Wednesday the 5th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website:   http://90x90la.com/

William Daniels at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear William Daniels discuss and sign There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny,  John Adams, Dr. Craig, Kitt, and Many Others, an entertaining memoir about his career and many iconic acting roles, and how he backed into stardom. With his wife Bonnie Bartlett by his side, he wound up exactly where he was supposed to be: on the screen and stage

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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


MEZCLA Electric Nights at Art Share LA

Join us to hear MEZCLA Electric Nights at Art Share LA, featuring original local music, poetry and performance every first Thursday night of the month. Doors open at 730 pm with our first performers going on at 8:00 pm. Beer and wine served throughout the night with proceeds going to Art Share LA.

Free show! Free parking!

Where: Art Share LA

Date: Thursday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013


90X90: Welcome to Little Tokyo at Union Center for the Arts

Please join us for a proper welcome and introduction to the historic neighborhood and some of the artists living, working, and thriving in it. Produced and curated by: Tuesday Night Project.

Where: Union Center for the Arts

Date: Thursday the 6th                 

Time: 8 pm

Address: 120 Judge John Aliso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://90x90la.com/

Mic & Dim Light at dA Center for the Arts

Don’t miss our monthly Open Mic and Dim Lights on the first Thursday of the month.

Where: dA Center for the Arts

Date: Thursday the 6th

Time: 9 pm – 11 pm

Address: 252 S. Main St., Ste. D, Pomona, CA 91766

Website: http://www.dacenter.org/calendar/435/

Las Lunas Locas at Fullerton Museum Center

Las Lunas Locas, a community of self-identified womyn who write, right and rite will feature at Fullerton Museum’s Open Mc Night, from 8 pm – 9 pm. You are all invited to come and witness the magic that are these incredibly talented womyn. This particular evening will be all about the lucky seven, and seven Lunas will read for seven minutes each, including: Alexandria Marie, Jamie Smerdel, Mala Villa, Mariana Sanchez, Rosa Elizabeth Navarrete, Rosa Maria Rodriguez.

There will be an Open Mic and we would love to hear from you too!

Event curated and hosted  by Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Fullerton Museum Center

Date: Friday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

Website:       https://www.facebook.com/events/456615521360024/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%7D

Michelle Tea at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Michelle Tea, author of Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards, discuss and sing her book. The beloved literary iconoclast delivers a fresh primer on tarot that can be used with any deck. Inviting pop sensibility and wicked humor, Modern Tarot is a fascinating journey through the cards that teaches how to use this tradition to connect with our higher selves, whether you’re a seeker or a skeptic.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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


Open Mic Reading Series at Tia Chucha’s Bookstore

Please join us for Tia Chucha’s Night of Music & Spoken Word, a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their feelings and talents through various syles of expression: a poem, a story, a song, a joke, or freestyle. Everyone is welcome to be themselves. Sign-ups upon arrival, and held every 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday of the month. Donations are accepted.

Event is hosted by Jeffrey Martin.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore

Date: Friday the 7th                 

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone St., Sylmar, CA 91342

Website: https://www.tiachucha.org/programming  

90X90: The Writing on the Wall at Cielo Galleries


Poems will adorn the walls of Cielo Galleries in various creative fashions as poets transform written verse into spoken words. This is a visual poetry exhibit and collection of poems written by Los Angeles poets on display in creative unique forms and all for sale!

Featured poets: TBA.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Friday the 7th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90011

Website: http://90x90la.com/    

90X90: INTENT: A Symposium at Cielo Galleries


Celebrate a day dedicated to honoring and learning from artists working in community, especially in South Central and Little Tokyo, and setting our own intentions for the summer.

11 am Featured speakers:

Ben Caldwell, KAOS Network

Others TBD

12:00 pm Cook Out/Pot Luck

We’ll fire up the grill if you bring a side dish/salad/dessert/beverage to share.

1:30 pm Art & Community Panel

Ashaki Jackson (Women Who Submit), Sean Miura (Tuesday Night Project), Kyle “Verbs” Guy (Bananas), Teresa Mei Chuc.

3:00 pm Community Discussion

4:00 pm Close

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Saturday the 7th

Time: 11 am

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90011

Website: http://90x90la.com/

YA Author Event at Gatsby’s Bookstore–Teen Event


Join us for a launch party to meet Julia Walton, who will discuss and sign, Words on Bathroom Walls, the story of Adam, who has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there. Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the unreal, but Adam can’t.

Still there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, until the drug begins to fail.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/book-signings/2017/7/8/ya-author-julia-walton

Literary Pachanga at Tia Chucha’s Bookstore


Join us as we host a menagerie of artists to celebrate Mexican American Literature with a Literary Pachanga for the community.

Michael Sedano, founder of La Bloga, which showcases Latino arts, will serve as Master of Ceremonies to Chicano writers:

Jesus Salvador Trevino, is a writer/director whose TV credits include Criminal Minds, Law & Order Criminal Intent and many others. He has written/directed/produced several PBS documentaries about Latinos. He will read from his short story collection, Return to Arroyo Grande (2015), which won the 2016 American Book Award.

Alicia Gaspar de Alba has published eleven books, and since 1994 she has been a professor of Chicano Studies, English, and Gender Studies at UCLA, and is currently Chair of the LGBTQ Studies program. She will read from Calligraphy of the Witch (2007).

Andrea Gutierrez is a writer, editor and educator in Los Angeles, whose work has been widely published. She is on the editorial staff at make/shift magazine, and will read from her works published in Huizache magazine.

Christina Ganados received the Sandra Cisneros literary prize for her first book of fiction, Brides and Sinners in El Chuco, and her stories have bene in many anthologies. She will read and discuss her second book, a novella and short stories titled Fight Like a Man.

Alyssa Granados, singer/songwriter from Northern California, will also perform.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

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

Sisters in Crime at Vroman’s Bookstore


Join us as Sisters in Crime presents LAst Resort, the 10th anthology from the award winning crime writers’ organization, featuring sixteen short stories about the misdeeds and downfalls of characters drawn to the cultural panoply that is Los Angeles.

Editors in attendance: Matt Coyle and Patricia Smiley.

Authors in attendance: Avril Adams, GB Pool, Paula Bernstein, Lynn Bronstein, Stephen Buehler, Sarah M. Chen. Anne David, Gay Degani, LH Dillman, Wrona Gall, Cyndra Gernet, Georgia Jeffries, Melinda Loomis, Laurie Atevens, Wendall Thomas, Mae Woods.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/sisters-crimelos-angeles-presents-last-resort

Randall Mann, Miguel Murphy & Aaron Smith at Book Soup


Join us to hear Cruel Summer, featuring poets Randall Mann, Miguel Murphy, and Aaron Smith, in a special presentation of their works.

Randall Mann has been hailed as one of Contemporary American poetry’s most daring formalists, using craft as a way of expertly exploring racy subjects with trenchant aplomb and wit. His Proprietary: Poems depicts the culture of corporate America, including gay life in the wildly disparate worlds of San Francisco and northern Florida.

Miguel Murphy’s Detainee becomes eerily familiar as each poem explores “what is love without arrows?” and tells us “you don’t even know / the beast you are.”

Aaron Smith’s collection, Primer, grapples with the ugly realities of the private self, in which desire feels more like a trap than fulfillment. Morality is at the center of our relationship with others, and to our own sense of self.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/cruel-summer-poets-randall-mann-miguel-murphy-and-aaron-smith

Jeff Solomon at Skylight Bookstore


Join us as Jeff Solomon , Assistant Professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Wake Forest University, discusses his book, So Famous and so Gay: the Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein, which asks the question: How and why, in a time of homophobia and closeted sexuality, did two openly gay writers become mass-market celebrities?  This is addressed in the context of the fact that other gay writers such as Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, and James Baldwin could not manage the same feats at the time. This book reveals what Capote’s and Stein’s debuts, Other Times, Other Voices, Other Rooms and Three Lives, held for queer readers in terms of gay identity and psychology—and for gay authors who wrote in their wake.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jeff-solomon-discusses-his-book-so-famous-and-so-gay

Dara Jean Fischetti at Pages Bookstore

Please join us for a mini-seminar with Dara Jena Fischetti who has created You, Happy Ever After, the ultimate guide to creating the life you truly desire. As a Certified Health & Fitness Expert and Life strategy Coach, Fischetti is passionate about helping women at the point of transition, and ready for a change because they know life can’t go on as it used to be.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 6 pm

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


90X90: Community Design Jam at Cielo Galleries/Studios

Our 90X90 community is one that is emergent and organic and yet, requires design and planning to flourish. This is a planning and working meeting for all organizers, curators, designers, media aficionados and volunteers (all are welcome!). This is a chance for us to discuss practical ways to implement our projects, plans, and make our intentions concrete.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011


Drag Queen Story Hour at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Drag Queen Story Hour is a storytime event for children of all ages! Los Angeles’ most glittering, magical drag queens read quirky and progressive children’s books, followed by a simple craft. Featuring Valora von Tease and hosted by Michelle Tea.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 3 pm

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


Bethany Ball at Book Soup  


Join us to welcome author Bethany Ball to discuss and sign What to Do About the Solomons, a novel about an ex-Navy commando now living in L.A., who is falsely accused of money-laundering through his asset managing firm. As the Solomon’ Santa Monica home is raided, his American wife’s dark past comes out, he makes hopeless attempts to hold his family together, and learns secrets of his extended family on the kibbutz in the Jordan River Valley.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/eventbethany-ball-discusses-and-signs-what-do-about-solomons /

Poetry & Performance at the Broad Stage-The Edye

Music and literature come together to create a breathtaking performance of poetry from Red Hen Press poets Brendon Constantine and t’ai freedom ford, as well as the Los Angeles premiere of IMAGINATION DEAD IMAGINE  a setting of Samuel Beckett’s text composed by Michael Roth, featuring Quartet Nouveau.

Where: The Broad Stage-The Edye

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: https://www.pw.org/calendar?metroarea[hidden_longitude]=-118.25067055601606&metroarea[hidden_latitude]=34.05216127966009&metroarea[city_autocomplete]=Los+Angeles%2C+CA

Roar Shack Reading Series at Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Roar Shack Reading Series presents Take the Long Way Home” at 826 LA in Echo Park! Join us for an incredible lineup of talent, hosted by David Rocklin, and a Live Write!

Featured artists include: Marnie Goodfriend, Jess Cutrone, Laura Warrell, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Trista Hurley-Waxall, and Antonia Crane.

Where: Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 1714 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/316636965437512/?acontext=%7B”ref”%3A”44″%2C”unit_ref”%3A”related_events”%2C”action_history”%3A”[%7B%5C”surface%5C”%3A%5C”permalink%5C”%2C%5C”mechanism%5C”%3A%5C”RHC%5C”%2C%5C”extra_data%5C”%3A[]%7D]”%7D

Rattle Poets at Flintridge Bookstore  

Please join us to hear Rattle Press poets Katherine Lo and Aaron Poochigian read and discuss their work.

Katherine Lo is a teacher, traveler, and author of The Cellar (2014), and her poem “The Headline Reads Processed Meat Causes Cancer, Says WHO” appeared in Rattle Poets Respond series in November 2015.

Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. He is the author of two books orattle.com/readings/f translations. His first book of original poetry, The Cosmic Purr, won the 2016 Able Muse Poetry Prize, and his second book Manhattanite will be out in the Fall of 2017.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 5 pm

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


Second Sunday Poetry Series & Open Mic at the Studio Theatre 

Please join us for the Second Sunday Poetry Series and Open Mic hosted by Alex M. Frankel, this month featuring Gail Gauldin Moore.

Gail Gauldin Moore’s book Nancy of the Silences is a very centering book, written with an awareness of abandonment, yet truthfulness Moore experiences the world through her five senses, pulling the reader into her space and nurturing the reader.

Where: The Studio Theatre at St. Denis Building

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 3433 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles, CA 90068



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