Los Angeles Literature Events 8/20/18 –8/26/18

p72Conchas y Café Zine: Adult Creative Writing Workshop at Vernon Branch Library – Adults & Seniors Event

Please join us for Conchas y Café, a program offered by the nonprofit, DSTL Arts, a 10-week creative writing class, offered in English and Spanish for adults of all ages. Participants learn new techniques in poetry, storytelling, and zine-making throughout the 10-week series, and also have the opportunity to publish and present their work in the Conchas y Café Zine, a quarterly anthology of writing produced through this program. A public reading and release party celebrates the culmination of each series

Where: Vernon – Leon H. Washington Jr Memorial – Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 20th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 4504 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/conchas-y-café-adult-writing-class

Anya Yurchyshyn & My Dead Parents at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Anya Yurchyshyn, in conversation with author Glen David Gold, discuss and sign her book, My Dead Parents: A Memoir.

In this unflinching memoir the author examines the histories of her parents, who she believed to be a brittle manipulative alcoholic and a short-tempered disciplinarian, and discovers a trove of letters and documents telling a different story of: forbidden romance, a loving marriage, and the loss of a child. This book helps us see why sometimes those who love us best hurt us most.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/anya-yurchyshyn-conversation-glen-david-gold-discusses-and-signs-my-dead-parents-memoir

New Poetry Book Club at the Last Bookstore

Please join us for the New Poetry Book Club, led by Armine Iknadossian. At this meeting we will discuss National Book Award-winning Terrance Hayes’ book, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin. This book is one of the first and biggest takes on the harrowing Trump era.

NOTE: All of our book clubs require a ticket and include a copy of the book, so see website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Red Hen Press Poetry Readings at Annenberg Beach House

Please join us as Red Hen Press presents a poetry reading with featured poets:

Maurya Simon’s tenth volume of poetry, The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016, was recently published by RHP. Her third book, Speaking in Tongues, was a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and her seventh book, Ghost Orchid, was 2004 National Book Award nominee. She is Professor Emerita at UC Riverside, where she taught for nearly thirty years.

Eloise Klein Healy was the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and the author of six books of poetry and three spoken word recordings. She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and is founding editor of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press.

Debbie Clarke Moderow met her husband in Alaska, and ran the Iditarod in 2003 and 2005. In 2013 she graduated from Pacific Lutheran’s Ranier Writing Workshop with an MFA in creative writing.

Amber Flora Thomas is the author of two collections of poems: Eye of Water, the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner, and The Rabbits Could Sing, selected for the Alaska Literary Series in 2011.

Dance will be performed by Sheetal Gandhi.

NOTE: Please RSVP at website link for this FREE event.

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://eventbrite.com/e/red-hen-press-maurya-simon-eloise-k-healy-debbie-c-moderow-amber-f-thomas-registration-47601742092?aff=efbeventtix

David McGlynn & One Day You’ll Thank Me at Book Soup

Please join us to hear David McGlynn discuss and sign his book, One Day You’ll Thank Me: Lessons from an Unexpected Fatherhood.

In this book the author translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into life lessons about fatherhood—many of the chapters of which have previously appeared in prominent publications.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/david-mcglynn-discusses-and-signs-one-day-you’ll-thank-me-lessons-unexpected-fatherhood

John Larson & Whiskey When We’re Dry at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Author John Larson joins us to present, discuss and sign his new book, Whiskey When We’re Dry.  This is the story of seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney, who finds herself orphaned and alone on her family’s homestead in the spring of 1885.  Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she sets off to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. This is a stunning epic that deals with the myths entwined in our history.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/john-larison-discusses-and-signs-whiskey-when-we’re-dry

Tuesday Night Café & Open Mic at Tuesday Night Project, Little Tokyo 

Join us for the Keep Cool Show at Tuesday Night Café and Open Mic, hosted by Sean Miura, and featuring: Grace Chikui, Maria Tuadi, Rocio Carlos, Goh Nakamura, and Rogue Pinay.

Where: Tuesday Night Project

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm- 10:30 pm (sign-ups and lottery at 7 pm; three 5-min slots are available)

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2136120370047818/

Genevieve Hudson & Pretend We Live Here at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Genevieve Hudson, in conversation with authors Henry Hoke and Myriam Gurba, present and sign her debut collection of stories, Pretend We Live Here.

This is debut collection of stories, the author explores the idea of home and what it means to find one: in the body, in the world, in other people. Her characters are seekers, whose actions are influenced by their slippery identities and by the strange landscapes that surround them.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/genevieve-hudson-reads-her-debut-collection-stories-pretend-we-live-here-henry-hoke-and-myriam

True Crime Tuesdays Book Club at the Last Bookstore

Please join us for our True Crime Tuesdays Book Club, led by journalist/author James T. Bartlett. At this meeting we will discuss The Girl on the Velvet Swing, by Simon Baatz . This book is a turn-of-the-century love triangle of epic proportions.

NOTE: All of our book clubs require a ticket and include a copy of the book, so see website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

PEN Presents Reporting Across Borders at Hollywood Forever

Please join us for Reporting Across Borders as award-winning journalists, John Carlos Frey, Massoud Hayoun, and Jenni Monet, join moderator Kat Chow of NPR’s Code Switch, in conversation on today’s politicized headlines. This event will be followed by a reception.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event so see website for details.

Where: The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Website: http://pen.org/event/pen-presents-reporting-across-borders/

Drinks with Author John Larson at the 900 Club

Please join us at The 900 club in Manhattan Beach for whiskey sipping and conversation with author John Larson, who will discuss and sign, Whiskey When We’re Dry. Please note that The 900 Club is a private club and only those with a ticket will be admitted to the event.

In the spring of 1885, orphaned and alone on her family homestead, Jessilyn Harney sets off to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. As a talented sharpshooter, her quest lands her in the employ of the territory’s violent, capricious Governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah—dead or alive. She must outwit those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so see website for details.

Where: The 900 Club (Pages Bookstore—off-site)

Date: Wednesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 900 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/drinks-author-john-larison

JM Holmes & How Are You Going to Save Yourself at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author JM Holmes, in conversation with author Dana Johnson, present and sign his debut collection of stories, How Are You going to Save Yourself.

This is debut collection of stories, four young men struggle to liberate themselves form the burden of being black and male in America. Bound together by shared experience but pulled apart by their changing fortunes, they come of age in the postindustrial enclave of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and grapple with family histories, sex and drugs, and the ferocity of their desires over the course of a decade.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jm-holmes-discusses-his-debut-collection-stories-how-are-you-going-save-yourself-natashia-deon

Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable Meeting at West Hollywood Library

Please join us for the next Poets & Writers West Hollywood Literary Roundtable Meeting, a free and informal meeting to connect with fellow presenters, presses, teachers, and writers to exchange ideas, news, and resources.

We are pleased to have West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Kim Dower as our guest speaker on Thursday, to speak about her experience as both a poet and professional book publicist. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.

Where: West Hollywood Library, Community Meeting Room

Date: Thursday the 23rd

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/507731552988549/

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. & Aware at Diesel’s Bookstore 

Author Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. joins us to present, discuss and sign his book, Aware: the Science and Practice of Presence—The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice.  This book will introduce readers to the authors’ pioneering, science-based meditation practice.

Where: Diesel’s Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 23rd

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.thursday-august-23rd-630pm-daniel-j-siegel-md-discusses-and-signs-aware

Juliet McDaniel & Mr. & Mrs. American Pie at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Juliet McDaniel, discuss and sign her book, Mr. & Mrs. American Pie.

In the vein of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, this whip-smart romantic comedy is as incisive as it is funny. After getting dumped by her husband, a woman sets out to prove her worth by entering a “best housewife” pageant in 1970 Palm Springs.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/juliet-mcdaniel-discusses-and-signs-mr-mrs-american-pie

Vince Beiser & The World in a Grain at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author/journalist Vince Beiser, moderated by Joe Donnelly, discuss and sign his book, The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization.

This book tells the story of sand, the natural resource that we consume more than any other—even more than oil. It’s the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives—and our future. And, incredibly, we’re running out of it.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/vince-beiser

Lisa Hanawalt & Coyote Doggirl at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Lisa Hanawalt, in conversation with Molly Lambert, discuss her graphic novel, Coyote Doggirl, a playful homage to and send-up of classic Westerns. This book presents the goofy, dramatic, and fiercely independent Coyote as she journeys through the desert on horseback.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/lisa-hanawalt-discusses-her-new-graphic-novel-coyote-doggirl-molly-lambert

Music & Performance Event at the Hammer Museum

Please join artist Sune Woods, award-winning poet Fred Moten, and pianist & composer James Gordon Williams, as they present a multimedia evening of wordplay, found imagery, improvised music, and moving images: You are mine. I see now, I’m a have to let you go.

This is part of the Made in L.A. Program Series.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/08/sune-woods-fred-moten-james-gordon-williams-you-are-mine-i-see-now-im-a-have-to-let-you-go/

Long Beach Small Presses — 4th Fridays on 4th Street, at Past & Present

Please join us for Long Beach Small Presses, when Sadie Girl Press will be hanging out at 4th Fridays on 4th Street. Authors and press runners Bill Friday, Ra Avis, and Sarah Thursday will be in front of Past & Present /retroda. Buy a book, get it signed, or just say hello!

Sadie Girl Press was founded in 2014 by Sarah Thursday in order to publish local poets and artists, and has since then released 23 titles, plus two projects in the works.

Where: Past & Present /retroda

Date: Friday the 24th

Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 2001 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2167209053289396/

Jo Piazza & Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Jo Piazza, discuss and sign her book, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win.

Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. This is a searing, suspenseful story of political ambition, marriage, class, sexual politics, and infidelity, and an insightful portrait of what it takes for a woman to run for national office in America today.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jo-piazza-discusses-and-signs-charlotte-walsh-likes-win

Skylight Staff Showcase at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear your favorite gentle-souled book sellers perform as musicians, writers and photographers.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-staff-showcase-1

Rob King & Open Mic at Tia Chucha’s Bookstore

Please join us for a special TC’s Open Mic with special guest host Doren Damico, featuring the music of Rob King aka Sweet Friday!

Plus, we have our Open Mic for all artists, with a limit of 7 minutes per performer.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 24th

Time: 8 pm – 10:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/192941498243447/

The Difficult to Name Reading Series at Stories Books & Café  

Please join host Ryan Sartor for the Difficult to Name Reading Series—August Edition, which features readings and performances by:

Hallie Cantor (Arrested Development)

Helen Donahue (Super Deluxe)

Seth Fischer (Guernica)

Jean Chen Ho (McSweney’s Internet Tendency)

Ben Loory (Tales of Flying and Falling)

Nathaniel Stein (Angie Tribeca)

Yezmin Villarreal (Hello Mr.)

NOTE: this is a ticketed event, so see website for details.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Friday the 24th

Time: 8 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-difficult-to-name-reading-series-august-edition-tickets-48307470946

SMPL at the Beach at Dorothy Green Park

Please join us as we pack up the books and head back to the shore for more fun in the sun with SMPL at the beach, our seaside pop-up library.

Where: Dorothy Green Park

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 10 am – 3:30 pm

Address: Where Ocean Park Blvd. ends at the beach, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Websitehttp://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=26725

12th Annual Book Fair at Leimert Park

Please join the 12th Annual Leimert Park Book Fair, with readings from dozens of authors, exhibits, five stages, cooking demos, kids crafts, and storytelling, plus live music. The Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair attracts over 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, performers, and literary/educational exhibitor participants. Since its inception the Leimert Park Village Book Fair has grown in popularity and prestige becoming a cultural tradition and premier summer literary event. Featured Authors include: Eric Jerome Dickey and Alison Rose Jefferson.

Where: Leimert Park

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 10 am – 3:30 pm

Address: At Crenshaw & 43rd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Websitehttp://leimertparkbookfair.com

Screenwriting Workshop at Long Beach Main Library

Please join Long Beach filmmaker and author Steven Deeble, who will conduct an introductory-level workshop on screenwriting, a joint presentation by the library and LB Literary Arts Center. This workshop will cover the basics of screenwriting, including format, production terminology, and structure.
As LBLAC Programming Director Nancy Lynee Woo stated, “Our mission is to help writers connect, create and collaborate.”

Where: Long Beach Main Library, Miller Special Collections Room

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

Websitehttp://www.ocweekly.com/events/long-beach-public-library-presents-introduction-to-screenwriting-workshop-with-steven-deeble/

Author Talk on Jimmie Omura at JANM

Please join us for a discussion of Nisei Naysayer: The Memoir of Militant Japanese American Journalist Jimmie Omura, by James Matsumoto Omura; edited by Arthur A. Hansen. Jimmie Omura was one of the fiercest opponents of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, but paid dearly for his bravery. This is an account of his early years, and features contributions from many activists and writers.

Where: Japanese American National Museum

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.janm.org/events/books/

Santa Monica Rep Play Reading: Uncle Vanya at SMPL

Please come to a staged reading of Uncle Vanya, by Anton Checkhov. Early arrival is recommended.

Where: Santa Monica Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 2 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=26733

Author Talk with Stephen Gee at Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us for a discussion and book signing with the author of the book, Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon, by Stephen Gee.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 2:30 pm

Address: 5027 Caspar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/stephen-ghee

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Please join us for a Print & Internet Publishing Workshop led by Lois P. Jones, author of Night Ladder.

Curated by: Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Katie Ford & If You Have to Go at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Katie Ford, in conversation with David St. John, discuss and sign her poetry collection, If You Have to Go.

These poems implore their audience—the divine and the human—for attention, for revelation, and for companionship. This collection taps into the radical power of the sonnet form, and inhabits rooms of anguish and redemption with scouring exactness.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/katie-ford-reads-her-new-collection-poetry-if-you-have-go-david-st-john

KPCC’s Unheard Stories LA – in Lawndale at Centinela Valley Center for the Arts

The “Unheard LA Stories” Season (episode 8) continues in Lawndale, the heart of the South Bay, and features a diverse set of stories and storytellers reflecting a range of Southern California experiences.

Join KPCC host Bruce Lemon, Jr for the live show and stick around afterward for a mixer with the participants and your fellow attendees.

Where: Centinela Valley Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Address: 14901 S. Inglewood Ave., Lawndale, CA 90260

Website: http://www.scpr.org/events/2018/08/25/2596/unheard-la–live-in-lawndale-ep8/

One Mic Collective Open Mic at Vinyl Saurs Record Store–New Location

Join us for the first One Mic Collective Open Mic night held at Vinyl Saurs Record Store, where we will have an Open Mic and feature:

Eric Extli of Alivio

German Gallardo from Street Poets and Critical Resistance

Marisol Jordan N/A

Where: Vinyl Saurs Record Store

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 6:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 15815 Main St., La Puente, CA 91744

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/230916447569159/

San Gabriel Valley Poetry Reading/Launch & Open Mic at the dA Center for the Arts

The dA Center for the Arts and the Valley Poets present two book launches in one day form two of our favorite poets: Andrew Turner and Susan Vannatta. Come on out and join us, and read in our Open Mic.

Where: The dA Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1869177489805401/

Three Poetry Readings at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us for three readings by poets who will present and discuss their work:

Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons, which was a finalist for the L.A. Time Book Prize. She is a professor in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago and co-edits Canarium Books.

Joshua Edwards is the author of several books of poetry: Imperial Nostalgia, Architecture for Travelers, and Castles and Islands.

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Sheep Machine, Umbilical Hospital, the story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture, the novel Fish in Exile, and The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Book Prize for Poetry in 2014.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm; readings at 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/955685707965557/

RD Armstrong, with Brendan Constantine, at Beyond Baroque

Poet RD Armstrong’s new book carries the sub-title ‘Forgotten Poems from a Haphazard Life.’ Come hear what he’s talking about. Poet Brendan Constantine will also read new work. Light reception and signing to follow this event.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/788597204864460/

California Poets for Resistance at LA Trade Tech College

Formed in June 2018 by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Irene Sanchez, and Matt Sedillo, California Poets for Resistance is a collective of California poets seeking revolutionary change in this time of political crisis. We are deeply honored to be joined on this panel by legendary investigative journalist and poet in his own right, Greg Palast.

In this panel the participants will discuss the role of poetry and the arts in general in political resistance. This is art made with political purpose, words said with goals in mind, writing as fighting.

Matt Sedillo writes from the vantage point of a second generation Chicano born in an era of diminishing opportunities and a crumbling economy. His writing is fearless, challenging, and at times even a confrontational blend of humor, history and political theory. His artistry is a clarion call for those who know a new world order is not only possible, but inevitable.

Irene Sanchez is an educator, poet, writer, and public scholar, and her work for social justice is reflected in her writing, teaching, speaking, and workshops. She is co-founder of The Southwest Political Report, and founder of Xicana Ph.D. blog. She is co-host of the Poetry Pan Open Mic in Pomona, and is a 2018 VONA alum.

Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet whose latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again,” has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book, Someone’s Dead Already, was nominated for a California Book Award, and his latest book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, was published by City Lights Pocket Poet series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award.

Greg Palast has been called the “most important investigative reporter of our time—up there with Woodward and Bernstein” by The Guardian. He has broken front-page stories for BBC Television Newsnight, The Guardian, Nation Magazine, and Rolling Stone Magazine.

Where: Room TE-111, LA Trade Tech College

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 10 am

Address: 400 W. Washington, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Website: http://www.leftcoastforum.org/california-poets-for-resistance/

826LA Poetry on Location Workshop for Kids at the Hammer Museum – Kids Event

Please join us for Poetry on Location, led by Mike “the Poet” Sonksen, and write poems about your own life using your location in the world. This workshop is recommended for children ages 8 to 14.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/08/826lahammer-poetry-on-location/

Visualizing Language Closing Event at Central Library

Join us in the Central Library Rotunda to say a final goodbye to the murals by artist collective Tiacolulokos, as part of Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in Los Angeles. This open house celebration will include docent tours, in Spanish and in English, family crafts, giveaways, and more.

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 1 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/2092644411052333/

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for our monthly Nebraska Girl Open Reading, hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Sign-ups begin at 1:30 pm.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

La Palabra Reading & Open Mic at Avenue 50 Studio

Join us for our monthly La Palabra Reading, hosted by Angelina Saenz, and featuring:

Ron Baca

Melinda Palacio

Irene Monica Sanchez

Matt Sedillo

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1483591541742403/

Black Writers at The Table Reading Series at the Hollywood Hotel

Please join us for Black Writers at the Table Reading Series, produced by Natashia Deon and hosted by Bridgette Bianca and Sanura Williams of My Lit Box, and featuring:

Jessic “Yellawoman” Gallion

Alyesha Wise

B.A. Williams

Imani Tolliver

Jaha Zainabu

Asia Bryant-Wilkerson

Aleah Bradshaw

Admission is free, but we suggest a $5 contribution.

Where: The Hollywood Hotel

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1160 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1814557988630968/

Jan Dee Gordon & Women of Steel at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to welcome Jan Dee Gordon to discuss her book, Women of Steel, in conversation with some women from the book: Beverlye Fead, Joyce Sharman, Phoebe Beasley, and Clarie Rotheman.

Through photography, the author celebrates a group of women who bravely and without hesitation overcame unimaginable obstacles that threatened to hold them back, block their path, and completely destroy their lives. These images capture each woman’s emotional reaction to her life and the identity she has forged for herself.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.sunday-august-26th-300-pm-jan-dee-gordon-discusses-and-signs-women-steel

Village Poetry in Tujunga at Bolton Hall

Please join the Village Poets Monthly Reading Series , where poet Kathabela Wilson and friends will present the Art of Tanka.

$3 donation appreciated.

Where: Bolton Hall

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA

Websitehttp://www.villagepoets.blogspot.com

Kate Gavino & Sanpaku at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Kate Gavino, in conversation with Sara Kuhn, to discuss her book, Sanpaku.

Marcine is fascinated with the Japanese idea of Sanpaku, which says that seeing the white around the iris of your eyes is a bad omen. Inspired by the author’s childhood in the Houston suburbs, where she was surrounded by classmates at a small Catholic school and a religious immigrant family, Marcine is at the point in adolescence when she is constantly questioning what she is taught, in an effort to find something of her own to believe in.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/kate-gavino

Horror Book Club at The Last Bookstore

Please join us for That Thing in the Labyrinth Horror Book Club, led by Kathryn E. McGee, to discuss the book, Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado.

NOTE: All our book clubs require a ticket, so see website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 9:30 pm

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

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

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