Los Angeles Literature Events 3/11/19 –3/17/19

51795531_2158608094159972_5802175387223982080_nMoon Tide Press Reading Event at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

Join us for a Moon Tide Press Reading by three authors:

Alexis Rhone Fancher, is the author of: How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen, State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, Enter Here and Junkie Wife. Her photographs are published worldwide, and she is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She is also poetry editor of Cultural Weekly.

Ron Koertge taught English and Creative Writing at Pasadena City College for 37 years. He has published more than 25 books of poetry and fiction, most recently: Vampire Planet, Yellow Moving Van, and Coaltown Jesus. He is also 2018 Poet Laureate of South Pasadena, California.

Lee Rossi is the author of four books of poetry: Darwin’s Garden, Wheelchair Samurai, Ghost Diary, and Beyond Rescue.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/moon-tide-press

Elias Castillo & A Cross of Thorns at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear author Elias Castillo discuss and sign his book, A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions..

In this book, the author explores how the mission friars enslaved the California Indians and treated them with deliberate cruelty while enduring 60 years of forced labor and daily beatings, beginning in 1769. This history is based on little-known church and Spanish government archives and letters, and published first-hand accounts of 18th and 19th century travelers.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/elias-castillo-discusses-and-signs-cross-thorns

Leslie Scarborough & Tishi at Book Soup

Join us to hear Leslie Scarborough discuss and sign her book, Tishi: Refugee, Mother, Immigrant.

This is the story of how a daughter find’s her mother’s story, dating back to hidden truths during World War II. A Classic mother-daughter tale one can picture on the big screen, from war in Europe to America in the ‘60s and’70s and life as an immigrant wife and mother during that iconic time.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/leslie-scarborough-discusses-and-signs-tishi-refugee-mother-immigrant

April Wahlin & Pandora Syndrome at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author April Wahlin read and discuss her book Pandora Syndrome.

NOTE: All of our book clubs require a ticket, which includes copies of the book, refreshments, etc. See website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

National Humanities Day at Cal State LA

Please join us the college of Arts & Letters to experience what Humanities at CSULA can offer. There will be…golden eagles reading poetry, unicorns debating, prints to be inked, cool cats playing chords, scavenger hunts, and so much more!

We have a full day of fun and activities, starting with the Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Robin Coste Lewis at 11 am. So check the link to the full schedule, and see what’s offered at locations across campus.

Where: State Playhouse, Cal State LA

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 11 am – 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/263886241175136/

Westwood Branch Library Open Mic

An evening to have your voice heard. Come share your masterpiece! Everyone welcome. Experience diverse voices. Come join everyone at the Westwood Branch Library. Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

Where: Westwood Branch Library

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 6 pm 7:30 pm

Address: 1246 Glendon Ave., Westwood, CA 90024

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-open-mic-1

Chris Kraus in Conversation with Reynaldo Rivera at Scripps College

Please join us to hear Chris Kraus, Mary Routt Chair of Writing 2019, in conversation with photographer Reynaldo Rivera. They will talk about his arresting images of a subculture—and a city—that has long since disappeared: a trio of Latino gay bars that ruled the art scene.

Where: Balch Auditorium, Scripps College

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 6 pm – 7:15 pm

Address: 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.scrippscollege.edu/events/calendar/disappearing-los-angeles-photographer-reynaldo-rivera

Elisa Callow & The Urban Forager at Vroman’s Bookstore   

Join us to hear author Elisa Callow discuss and sign her book, That Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside.

This book is a cookbook, guide, and irresistible invitation to both the novice and adventurous food lover to explore the rich, diverse culinary cultures of Los Angeles’ eastside. This is a hands-on, stunningly photographed collection of inspiring recipes, profiles, and references for both cooks and the curious. Joining the author will be guest chefs, and moderator Val Zavalas, award-winning KCET journalist.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/elisa-callow-discusses-and-signs-urban-forager-culinary-exploring-cooking-laas-eastside

Sara Bliss & Take the Leap at Book Soup

Join us to hear Sara Bliss discuss and sign her book, Take the Leap: Change Your Career, Change Your Life.

This is a compilation of more than 65 people who transformed their lives by being willing to plan and strive for that next chapter.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/sara-bliss-conversation-lauryn-kahn-and-jason-carden-discusses-and-signs-take-leap-change-your

Afrofuturism Book Club & The Fifth Season at the Last Bookstore

Join the Afrofuturism Book Club and our host Tyree Boyd-Pates to read and discuss the book, The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin.

This bo0k is first in the Broken Earth trilogy, and covers a collapsing empire and a planet that is violently unstable, a mother’s search for her kidnapped daughter, an epic that never loses touch with the human experience.

NOTE: All of our events require a ticket, which includes copies of the book, etc. See website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Ali Liebgott & The Summer of Dead Birds at Skylight Bookstore  

Please join us to hear author Ali Liebgott, in conversation with Michele Tea, present and discuss her novel-in-verse poetry collection, The Summer of Dead Birds. This book is about wallowing in grief following a painful divorce, a chronicle of mourning and survival, documenting depression and picking apart failed intimacy.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www. skylightbooks.com/event/ali-liebegott-reads-her-new-poetry-collection-summer-dead-birds-michelle-tea

Ottessa Moshfegh & My Year of Rest and Relaxation at ALOUD Reading Series, Central Library, LAPL 

Please join us to hear author Ottessa Moshfegh, in conversation with Amanda Stern, present and discuss her book, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and the new edition of her debut novella, McGlue. Set in 1851, the same year as the publication of Moby Dick, McGlue follows the recollections of a hard-drinking seafarer who may or may not have killed his best friend.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join us for Redondo Poets, to welcome our featured poet, Walter Graham, and participate in our weekly Open Mic.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1820 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Website: http://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets

WeHo Reads Jacob Tobia & Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story at WeHo City Council Chambers 

Join us to hear author Jacob Tobia, in conversation with actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), discuss and sign his book, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story, about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above. This is the story of Jacob’s twenty year search through gender labelling and stereotyping, and offers a vision of a healed world free from gender-based traumas, with fierce honestly and humor.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so check website for costs and details.

Where:  West Hollywood City Council Chambers, West Hollywood Library

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/book-soup-one-archives-and-city-west-hollywood’s-weho-reads-present-jacob-tobia-discussing-and

Michelle Brittan Rosado at Pasadena City College

Please join PCC’s Creative Writing Department for their Visiting Writers Series, and to welcome Michelle Brittan Rosado, author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, winner of the Felix Pollak Award, who will read and discuss her work.

Michelle Brittan Rosado is also the author of the chapbook, Theory on Falling into a Reef, which won the inaugural Rick Campbell Prize in 2016. Born in San Francisco, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State, and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at USC.

Where: Pasadena City College, Circadian Room

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

Website: http://www.pasadena.edu/news-and-events/index.php

Group Event & Yes, She Can at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome authors and young staffers of the Obama White House to present and sign their book, Yes, She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Staffers of the Obama White House.

Contributors joining us include: Andrea Flores, Molly Dillon, Noemie Levy, Nita Contreras, Elle Celeste, Jaimie Woo, and Vivian Graubard.

Where: Vroman’s Main Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/group-event-presenting-and-signing-yes-she-can-10-stories-hope-change-young-female-staffers    

Deconstructing Scenes Workshop Series at LA Writers Group Headquarters

Join Please join us for a series of Scene Writing Workshops, or attend only the topics that interest you. This is the third workshop in the series, POV & Narrators, in which you learn how to execute POV for each narrator choice properly, and it is led by Nicole Criona.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event with a cost of $97, so see website for details.

Where: LA Writers Group Headquarters

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1728 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046                                                    Website: http://www.lawritersgroup.com/scene-writing-workshop-los-angeles/

Don Winslow & The Border #3 at Skylight Bookstore 

Please join us to hear author Don Winslow present and discuss his final book in his Cartel Trilogy, The Border: A Novel (Power of the Dog #3). In this book the war comes home, and Ari’s obsession to defeat the war on drugs has elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA. In a heroin epidemic scourging America, we find a shattering tale of vengeance, violence, corruption and justice.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Daniel Olivas at Otis Visiting Writers Series

Join us to hear Daniel Olivas, attorney, and author of nine books, most recently, The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories, and Crossing the Border: Collected Poems. He is editor of the anthology, Latinos in Lotus Land: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, and co-editor of Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising in the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles. He is also a contributing writer to more than a dozen anthologies and his writing has appeared in many literary journals. He regularly contributes to La Bloga, which is dedicated to Chicanx and Latinx literature.

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

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Recess Open Mic

A Filipino open mic hosted by Lady Baso.

Where: Search to Involve Philipino Americans (SIPA)

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 8:00pm

Address: 3200 W. Temple St., Filipinotown, CA 90012

Note: $10 entrance

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ariannaladybasco/

Paul Cummins & The Collected Poems at Diesel Bookstore  

Join us to welcome back educator and author Paul Cummins to discuss and sign his book, Paul Cummins: The Collected Poems.

Cummins is a renowned educator and social justice advocate who entered the world of poetry in 1966, and this book is a collection from the nearly 600 poems he has written, from 1966 – 2017.

Where:  Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/thursday-march-14th-630-pm-paul-cummins-discusses-and-signs-paul-cummins-collected-poems

Viet Thanh Nguyen & David Mura at Central Library, LAPL

Join us to hear award-winning authors Viet Thanh Nguyen and David Mura discuss how writers of color are changing the landscape of American literature and challenging the ways the craft of creative writing has been taught.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Vietnamese American novelist and writer, and the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, and the author of the nonfiction books Nothing Ever Dies and Race and Resistance, as well as the story collection The Refugees. He is Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

David Mura is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist. A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei (Anchor-Random), which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity (1996, Anchor). He teaches at Hamline University, VONA (Voices of the Nation Association), and the Stonecoast MFA program.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/events/strangers-journey

Erik Tartikoff & The Woman in Black at Book Soup

Join us to hear Erik Tartikoff discuss and sign his book, The Woman in Black, which spans America in the 1950s in its exploration of film, fame, and how well we really know each other.

Narratively inventive and always engaging, this is the story of an oral history of a charismatic fictitious film star which uncovers the secrets life of a premiere talent, as well as the mystery of the woman who watches over his grave.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/omanerik-tarloff-discusses-and-signs-w-black  

Poets Jazz House

A Spoken Word and Music Lounge where spilling your heart is art and searching your soul is mandatory to get in the door. They are a beatnik Tea House where there’s snapping instead of clapping. The atmosphere is lax but it Sssizzles. They invite you to come touch, be touched, hear the answer and heed the call. They’re just a cozy little house where everyone feels at home.

Where: Irie Vibes ArtSpace

When: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 6563 Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044

Website: Poets Jazz House

Don Winslow & The Border: A Novel at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Don Winslow present and discuss his book, The Border: A Novel (Power of the Dog #3). This book is the third in a trilogy, and follows the forty years Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: The War on Drugs. Now the war has come home, and the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel has left him bloody and scarred, cost him the people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now when there is a heroin epidemic scourging  America, he learns a final lesson—there are no borders.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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


SHOUT! The Open Mic Poetry Night

Please join us for SHOUT! The Open Mic Poetry Night at Half Off Book’s Fullerton location. We would love to see a huge turn out of old and new faces alike–our regular readers and audience members, folks we haven’t seen in a while, anyone who has ever thought of coming to read or watch. Well, the time is NOW!

You know the drill: bring your poems, your music, your comedy, your magic, your stories, and your voices. Bring your ears and hearts. Bring your friends, family, neighbors, hell, even bring your enemies.

Where: Half Off Books

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm-10 pm

Address: 141 W. Wilshire Ave. Ste. A, Fullerton, CA 92832

Website: https://www.facebook.com/HOBRF/

Richard Chiem & King of Joy at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Richard Chiem, in discussion with Amina Cain, present and discuss his novel, King of Joy.

Corvus has always had an overactive imagination, and growing up he developed unique coping mechanisms for almost any situation. After a tragic loss, he endures a sadness so great he cannot imagine it away. Instead, he finds Tim, a pornographer with unconventional methods, who offers a new way to escape into movies. But soon he must fight a sinister plot to regain independence.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Saidiya Hartman & 32nd Annual Sojourner Truth Event at Pomona College

Join us for the 32nd Annual Sojourner Truth lecture, by Saidiya Hartman, author of Scenes of Subjugation: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford, 1997), and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Strauss,& Giroux, 2007).

A professor in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, author Saidiya Hartman has published articles on slavery, the archive, and the city, and is completing Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments (forthcoming, Norton), which examines the social upheaval and radical transformation of everyday life that took place in the emergent black ghetto in the early decades of the 20th century.

Where: Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 170 East 6th St., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://events.cmc.edu/events/32nd-annual-sojourner-truth-lecture-saidiya-hartman

Gary Keyes and Mike Lawler & Wicked Crescenta Valley at Deukmejian Wilderness Park

Every community has a dark side, and Crescenta Valley is no exception. Authors Gary Keyes and Mike Lawler have explored the seamy underside of this quiet valley and found some shocking scandals. Wicked Crescenta Valley is their book which tells these generally unknown stories.

NOTE: Although this event is FREE, seating is limited. So please RSVP at (818) 548-3795.

Where: Deukmejian Wilderness Park

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 3429 Markridge Rd., Glendale, CA 91214

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=49808

Mesha Maren & Sugar Run at Book Soup

Join us to hear Mesha Maen, in conversation with essayist Randal O’Wain, discuss and sign her book, Sugar Run: A Novel, which tells the tale of Jodi McCarty, who is seventeen years old in 1989 when she’s sentenced to life in prison. When she is released eighteen years later she heads south in search of someone she left behind, to finally make amends.

Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, this is a searing and gritty debut. Special guest Sam Maren will open the event with a few traditional themed songs.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/mesha-maren-conversation-essayist-randal-o’wain-discusses-and-signs-sugar-run

Mitchell Jackson & Survival Math at Vroman’s Books

Join us to hear award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson discuss and sign his new book, Survival Math: Note on an All American Family.

The author takes us inside the drug-ravaged neighb0rhood and struggling family of his youth, while examining the cultural forces– large and small—that led him and his family to this place. The title takes its name from the calculations he and his family made to keep safe—to stay alive—in their community in Portland, Oregon.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/mitchell-jackson-discusses-and-signs-survival-math-notes-all-american-family

Don Cummings & Bent But Not Broken at Skylight Bookstore  

Please join us to hear author Don Cummngs discuss his memoir, Bent But Not Broken, a story of the body, the self, and the ways in which illness traumatizes and transforms. It is about Peyronie’s Disease, a disfiguring but potentially treatable penile condition that afflicts 5% of the male population.

Don Cummings writes openly, fearlessly, and often hilariously about the emotional and collateral damage caused by his bent penis, its effect on his partner and his own sense of self and sexuality.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Dakarai Akil Book Signing at Sideshow Books

Join us to welcome Dakarai Akil, a collage artist/designer/muralist form Cleveland, Ohio, to discuss his second self-published art book since 2016, We Live in Purgatory/ Change My Mind. Each piece features a candid conversation with a friend about the theory put forth in the book’s title.

Where: Sideshow Books

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1639 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 900


Jeff McMahon & Six Monologues at Beyond Baroque

Six of Jeff McMahon’s works that span across socio-, political, queer and historical frames of discourse: Discontents, Scatter, City of God, Heel, Honorable Discharge, Failure to Thrive. Provocative, witty, daring, and compassionate, these works are a testament to McMahon’s singular vision.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

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


VOX & Voices at Stories Books & Café

Join us for VOX & Voices: An Evening of Readings & Music, our second event of the season, featuring:

Music by Bloody Death Skull, which will be musically interpreting pieces from DUM DUM Zine history.

Readings by:

Rous Quez N/A

Zachary Jensen is a writer, journalist, and conceptual artist, currently teaching at CSUN. He is a contributing writer for LA Record and the managing editor of Angel City Review.

Anahita Safarzadeh is a writer and author and has 72 books on Goodreads.

Ask an editor about Issue No. 6 submissions IRL, and learn all about our return to print.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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


Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words

Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words is a FREE Open Mic in Highland Park, CA every Third Friday of the month. Host Ingrid Calderon has created community and is excited for everyone to come share their powerful words.

Where: Book Show Books

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 8:00 pm – 10 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, California 90042

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2280321615548253/

Third Friday Salon & Open Mic Celebrates Lawrence Ferlinghetti at Rapp Saloon

Join host Elena Secota for Third Fridays Salon & Open Mic at Rapp Saloon, for a birthday celebration for Lawrence Ferlinghetti, featuring:

Bren Petrakos is a poet and writer, and the author of Alternative Lanes, From the Four-Chambered Heart, and Near Kin, among others.

Evan Saks N/A

Greg Bell is a writer and poet, and author of Looking for Will, as well as the plays Aims for Oblivion and Polestar. He facilitates Green Poets Workshop at Beyond Baroque.

Steve McCormick is a singer and songwriter, and card carrying member of the Hollywood Local 47 Musician’s Union. He is a producer and has a recording studio, which has led to many custom audio projects.

Heather Donovan is a Pro Session Vocalist to Grammy artists, Voice Coach and an award-winning song writer. Her vocals have been featured on many albums, and her songs have been nominated for various awards.

Cynthia Alessandra Briano is the host and curator of First Fridays at Rapp Saloon, operates a Poetry business, and has a debut collection forthcoming.

Laurie Buckley is a poet and co-author of a tribute to beat generation icon Lord Buckley, part English royalty, part Dizzy Gillespie.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Address: 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401


California Fabulation: Women’s Writing Intensive Workshop at Cal State LA Downtown

Please join Women Writers and Artists Matrix-West for California Fabulation, a Women’s Writing Intensive workshop, led by:

Linda Bergman – Screenplay Study Series (Emmy nominated screenwriter)

Jessica Wilson Cardenas – Humument Poetry (LA Poets Society founder)

Dorothy Randall Gray – Storytelling: Excavating the Senses of the Soul (bestselling nonfiction author)

Sherri L. Smith – The Little Engine That Should: Using Character Wants to Drive the Story (award-winning YA fiction writer)

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, and costs $99, so see website for details and schedule. All skill levels are welcome.

Where: Cal State LA Downtown

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 8:30 am – 4 pm

Address: 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., #3-454, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Rhett Miller and Dan Santat & Storytime Takeover at Vroman’s Books – Kids Event

Join us to hear authors Rhett Miller & Dan Santat present and sign their children’s book, No More Poems!: A book in Verse That just Gets Worse. In the tradition of Shel Silverstein, these poems bring a fresh new twist to the classic dilemmas of childhood as well as a perceptive eye to the foibles of modern family life.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 10 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/storytime-takeover-featuring-rhett-miller-and-dan-santat

La Libreria Pop-Up Celebrarion & 123 Andres at The Last Bookstore – Kids Event

Please join us to celebrate the opening of LA Libreria’s pop-up book display at the Last Bookstore! LA Libreria: Books for Children in Espanol invites families with children ages 0-10 to join us for story time, followed by alive musical performance from Latin Grammy Award winning duo, 123 Andres!

NOTE: This is a FREE event, open to the public.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 11 am

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


DSTL Arts: Poet/Artist-in-Residence Program presents: Home in the City Workshop at Patria Coffee

Resident Poet/Artist Jenise Miller will be leading a poetry writing workshop centered around the idea of home and patria, using list poetry and other poetic devices for portraying what it means to find home.

Where: Patria Coffee

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 108 N. Alameda St. East, Compton, CA90021

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2139464769699338/

Larissa Theule & Born to Ride at Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Kids Event

Please join us for a special story time and book signing with local children’s book author Larissa Theule.as she reads her newest book, Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face. This story is about Louisa Belinda Bellflower, who defied convention in 1896 by learning to ride a bicycle, and includes a history of bicycling and its connection to the women’s rights movement.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020


ZZyZx WriterZ: March Word Around @ DTLA Central Library

Zzyzx Writerz stops in at the DTLA central library for words, more words, and ohmygod a building overflowing with words. Meet us in the ground floor cafe for the word around. Parking is free for library patrons with validated ticket.

Where: Downtown Central Library

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 2 pm – 5pm

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


Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell and featuring three poets and an Open Mic, including:

Marvin Louis Dorsey writes of the dichotomies of city and desert, noise and quietude, and the confines of a cage vs. the expansive freedom of the night’s universe of stars. In his poetry a deep interior life shares the page with the wide exterior landscape.

Jerry Garcia (Grateful, Not Dead) is a poet, photographer and filmmaker, naïve of L.A. and author of On Summer Solstice Road.

Kevin Patrick writes for therapy, not really for art, and writes to communicate and express himself in a form that promotes communication between parties who wish to share their lives, beliefs and stories.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104


Beyond Spanish Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for poetry in Basque, Catalan, Galician, and Spanish, with: Josu Baque, Monica Comas Rodriguez, Jennifer Holmes, Unai Nafarrate, Jurgio Valinhas and Mariano Zaro. This event is sponsored by the Education Office of the Consulate General of Spain.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Michael Murray & Writing Naked at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Michael Murray discuss and sign, Writing Naked. In this book the author delivers raw, skin-scratched emotion from his lifetime of struggles to look himself in the mirror and say “Michael, I love you.” In this debut essay collection eh invites you to follow his meandering journey to a place of solace and heart.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/michael-murray-discusses-and-signs-writing-naked

Aaron Schulman & The Age of Disenchantments at Skylight Bookstore

Please join author and journalist Aaron Schulman, in conversation with Katya Apekina (The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish), to discuss his new book, The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War.

Paneros is Spain’s most compelling and eccentric literary family, and it reflects the lives, losses, loves, and literature of: Leopoldo Panero, Fleicidad Blanc, Leopoldo Maria Panero, Juan Louis Panero, and Michi Panero. Weaving cultural history and sweeping, novelistic biography, this book sheds new light on the ferment of the pre-war era, while revealing the enduring devastation of the war and the Franco dictatorship, followed by the country’s transition to democracy.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 5 pm

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


Shades of Afrika: Griot Café Open Mic

Each week join hosts Slim Da Reazon, Shy But Flyy and Subject Matter as they welcome the community to share their important words and music. Note: $5; Bring friends $3 

Where: Shades of Afrika

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 8pm – 10pm

Address: 1001 E. 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90820
Website: https://shadesofafrika.com/events/griot-cafe/

Overpopulation & Art Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join S.A. Griffin, family and friends, as he celebrates his 85th birthday with a performance of Overpopulation & Art by American composer, music theorist, conceptual artist, poet and performance artist John Cage.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Zine Fest: Valley Girl Redefined at Brand Library, Glendale

Join us for the Valley Girl Redefined  Zine Fest Pop Up event, in partnership with SFV Zine Fest, featuring artists who create female-centric, valley-centric and intersectional content, presented in a small, self-published work of independent artists. Over two dozen local zine-sters will set up to exhibit, sell, and promote their zines, artwork, stickers, pins and more!

Where: Brand Library & Art Center

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/44975/125?selcat=68&curm=3&cury=2019

Authors on Architecture at Santa Monica Library, SMPL

Join us to hear author Kathryn Smith discuss her book, Wright on Exhibit, and explores a fascinating aspect of Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy. This event is co-sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Where: MLK Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time:  2 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=29410

John Allen & Time Shadow Woman at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author John Allen present and sign his book, Shadow Woman: The Real Creator of Sherlock Holmes. This book is the startling result of a thirty year investigation into the origin of Sherlock Holmes, one of the most compelling and mysterious figures in all literature. ere you will meet the modest, incredibly brilliant woman who defied Victorian sensibilities and customs to create Sherlock Holmes.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 3 pm

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


My Lit Box Book Club & Little Fires Everywhere at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Please join us as we discuss author Celeste Ng’s novel, Little Fires Everywhere.

This story follows the Richardson family and their community in a small Ohio town comprised of husbands, wives, single mothers, and secrets. Space is limited, so RSVP ASAP at website link.

Where: Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 4427 Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043


A Century of Ferlinghetti Reading & Open Mic at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us to hear a Poetry Reading in Honor of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 100th Birthday, featuring:

Bill Cushing has traveled and lived in many places, but has been in Los Angeles since 1996. He has published in several literary journals, and his work can be found at PoemHunter.com.

Gobind Tanaka is a poet and writer, and you can find his work at gobindtanaka.com.

Don Kingfisher Campbell is a performing poet, teacher, and writer, and the host and curator of Saturday Afternoon Poetry Reading Series in Pasadena and organizer of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, as well as the Spectrum book series.

Marcielle Brandler is a college English teacher, film producer, photographer, poetry judge, host volunteer, etc. She is the author of the collection titled The Breathing House.

Kitty Kroger is a poet and writer. Her work appears in Spectrum 16 (2018) and also appears at hellopoetry.com.

Half-hour Open Mic prior to featured readers; come early to sign up!

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2019/3/24/a-century-of-ferlinghetti   

Storytelling Through Movement Workshop at Sunday Jump

Please join us at our brand new workshop series, every third Sunday of the month. This first workshop is centered on dance and choreography, and is open to all levels. Please look for our next artistic offerings soon.

Where: Pilipino Workers Center

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 153 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026


Put Your Suicide on Hold Event at Coagula Curatorial

Join us for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of Literary Life with readers:

Jack Grisham is the author of An American Demon: A Memoir, as tory of depravity and redemption, terror and spiritual deliverance. Best known as the front man of punk band TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty), his writing and experiences are more complex.

Dennis Cruz is and LA poet and artist who inhabits the voice of the perpetual outsider and the purely American dissident. He is the author of No One: Poems 2009.

Allen McDonnell is a book reviewer at GoodReads, and the  author of My Year in Books,

Iris Berry is a musician, writer and poet, LA pop culture historian and actress. She is one of the minds behind Punk Hostage Press, and the author of The Daughters of Bastards.

Michael Marcus is an author, poet and writer at Punk Hostage Press.

Danielle Liebowitz is the author of The Last Expedition.

Where: Coagula Curatorial

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 974 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/648246558948566 /



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