Long Beach’s Grassroots Poetry And Literary Scene Is Underground No More

By Mary Anne Perez
From: Long Beach Press-Telegram

LPT-L-WRITERS-0802-TR03.jpgThe Friday night crowd clapped, hooted and snapped their fingers for each poet who stood up to read their work at Fox Coffee House. The poets read from their phones, mostly, expressing loss, frustration with societal expectations and anger at injustice.

One fantasized about dealing with a mechanical friend.

“Time does not stop simply because your friend is a robot,” one man read.

It was just another night of literary love in Long Beach that has grown into an effort to establish the Long Beach Literary Arts Center. Writers, poets and teachers are behind the work aimed at providing a hub to grow the literary scene and support writers of all stripes in the city.

Friends Nancy Lynée Woo, Rachael Rifkin and Desiree Kannel conceived of the idea a couple of years ago when they realized they were all thinking about how to bring together the growing literary activity that they were witnessing in the city.

“We’re not really expanding the scene, the scene is already there,” said Woo, a writing teacher who co-hosts Poetry on the Rocks quarterly at DiPiazza.

The group will hold its free Summer Literary Mixer Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Burnett Neighborhood Library in Long Beach.

The quarterly mixers are held to bring writers together to learn about workshops, public readings and other events in which writers can become involved. Read Rest of Article Here

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