Los Angeles Literature Events 4/01/19 –4/07/19

downloadChris Van Dusen & A Piglet Named Mercy! at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join us to meet author Chris Van Dusen and celebrate the joy of a new arrival in a reading and signing of A Piglet Named Mercy! This is a delightful origin story for the star of the enormously popular Mercy Watson Series (kids ages 3-8).

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time:  4 pm

Address: 10580 ½ W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/    

Steven Rowley & The Editor at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear author Steven Rowley, in conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid, discuss his book, The Editor.

From the author of Lily and the Octopus comes the story of writer James Smale, who finally sells his novel to none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who has fallen in love with his autobiographical novel about his dysfunctional family. When a long-held family secret is revealed, he realizes the editor might have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page…

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd                                              

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/steven-rowley

Carter Higgins & Bikes for Sale at Vroman’s Bookstore – YA Event

Join us to hear author Carter Higgins discuss and sign her book, Bikes for Sale.

This book is about two people who go about their daily routines, unaware of the friendship that awaits them just a few blocks away. What happens in this falling-in-like story celebrates the power of coincidence to lead us to the friends we’re meant to meet all along.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd                                             

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/carter-higgins-discusses-and-signs-bikes-sale   

Evan James & Cheer Up,  Mr. Widdicombe at Book Soup

Please join us to welcome Evan James to present and sign his book, Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe. This book is written in a witty, satirical style, perfect for fans of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette, Andre Sean Greer’s Less, and Jess Walters’ Beautiful Ruins. Frank Widdicombe is suffering from a deep depression and his wife Carol thinks their new island home is just the thing to cheer him up. But it becomes the epicenter of multiple family dramas, and transforms into a circus of uncovered secrets, preposterous misunderstandings, and irrepressible passions.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup/events/evan-james-discusses-and-signs-cheer-mr-widdicombe

Collage & Cry Event at Book Show

Please join us every first Tuesday of the month for a community collage night. Plenty of materials will be provided (magazines, scissors, paper, glue), but contributors are always welcome. You can cry if you want to, but you don’t have to.

Light snacks and refreshments. BYOB if that is your thing.

$5 donation.

Hosted by book and print artist Rachel Curry!

Where: Book Show

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website:  http://bookshowla.com/event/collage-cry-25/

Iain S. Thomas & Every Word You Cannot Say at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to welcome poet Iain S. Thomas, and hear him read his latest collection of poetry, Every Word You Cannot Say. Moving away from his previous themes of love and heartbreak, this work explores loss, growth, and self-love, and is the first wholly original book of poetry Thomas has written in several years, since the I Wrote This for You series.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Lydia Fitzpatrick & Lights All Night Long at Skylight Bookstore  

Join us to hear author Lydia Fitzpatrick, in conversation with Aja Gabel, discuss and sign her new novel, Lights All Night Long.

This is a gripping and deftly plotted narrative of family and belonging, a dazzling debut from an acclaimed young writer. Fifteen-year –old Ilya arrives in Louisiana from his native Russia for a year in America as an exchange student, and the daughter of his host parents has taken an interest in him. But back in his hometown, his older brother Vladimir has disappeared into the seedy underworld, plagued by addiction and unsolved murders. This is a spellbinding story of the fierce bond between brothers.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/lydia-fitzpatrick-reads-her-debut-novel-lights-all-night-long-aja-gabel

Redondo Poets Open Mic & Sara Borjas at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, Sara Borjas, author of Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff, and participate in the weekly Open Mic. Redondo Poets is recommended by Mike “The Poet” Sonksen, and has been a mainstay of the Los Angeles Poetry scene for 20 years.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Soapbox Sessions Open Mic at Maui Sugar Saloon

Soapbox Nation’s adventure began in 2006 when founder, Jason Brain, started an open mic at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Encino, CA. This event for musicians, poets, and comedians began slowly building a word-of-mouth following and really hit its stride in 2008. Now Soapbox is at a different location, but still in the Valley.

Where: Maui Sugar Saloon

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 12 pm

Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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

Da Poetry Lounge-Open Mic

About: All you have to do is put your name on the signup list. The first half signup happens outside before doors open (around 8ish). Signing up for first half does not guarantee entry, so stay in line! For the second half signup, line up next to the microphone on stage during the five minute break in between halves and wait for the list to get to you. Keep in mind that each half has its own signup list. So if you don’t get called during the 1st half, you need to re-signup for the 2nd half. Sorry, you can only perform at one half per night. They usually call up about 12-15 people each half at an Open Mic, depending if they have a special feature or not. Sadly, they cannot guarantee that all who signup will read. So, remember: arrive early. There is a TIME LIMIT. You have 3 minutes at the mic to do your poem. Please be respectful of time as we try to accommodate as many people as possible.

When: Every Tuesday: 9pm-12pm

Where: Greenway Court Theatre

Address: 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District, CA 90036

Cost: $10 ($5 for under 12)

Website: http://dapoetrylounge.com/visiting-dpl/open-mic/

Chris Van Dusen & A Piglet Named Mercy! at Diesel Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to hear and see illustrator Chris Van Dusen present an illustration demo and sign A Piglet Named Mercy!, a children’s book by Kate Di Camillo. Celebrate the joy of a new arrival with this endearing picture-book prequel to the Mercy Watson series.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http:// www.dieselbookstore.com/event/wednesday-april-3rd-600pm-chris-van-dusen-illustration-demo-and-signing-piglet-named-mercy

Wednesday Night Vibe & Alien at Rob Morrow Poetry Online Site

Join us and feel the vibe as we welcomes dope-azz phenomenal artist from Chi-town, Diedre DeVane aka Alien!

Where: Call In at: 714-364-4315

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 6 pm

Address:  Call In Radio Show in Lancaster, CA        (www.bogtalkradio.com/thevibe2 )

Website: http:// www.facebook.com/events/435736397162244/

Platica Reading: Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from L.A.’s Cultural Quakes & Shifts at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Please join Tia Chucha Press and us to hear authors read from the anthology, Coiled Serpent: Poems Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts. Kick off National Poetry Month with the Los Angeles Poetry Society for a reading of selections from an anthology of 160 established and emerging poets whose diverse voices capture the vitality and eloquence of Los Angeles.

Featuring poets:

Rosie Angelica Alonso

Jessica M. Wilson Cardenas
Jessica Ceballos
Rafa Cruz
Sharif Dumani
Christian  Elder
Nicolai Garcia (R.N. Fuentes)
Peter J Harris
Adolfo Y. Hernandez
Boris Salvador Ingles
Gerda Govine Ituarte
Mark Lipman
Jaime Lopez
Alejandro Molina
Melinda Palacio
Erika Reyes
Jeff Rogers
Abel Salas
Mike Sonksen
Tezozomoc
Gustavo Adolfo Vasquez
Antonieta Villamil

Where: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://lapca.org/content/la-plaza-public-programs-2019 or  http://www.facebook.com/335444229974983/photos/gm.2351721918485089/1035984966587569/?type=3&theater

Chris Salewicz & Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography at Book Soup

Please join us to hear journalist Chris Salewicz, in conversation with “Native” Wayne Jobson, discuss and sign, Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography. The original enigmatic rock star, Jimmy Page is a mass of contradictions. A towering presence in the guitar world, in private he is reclusive, retiring, and given to esoteric interests. Who is the fascinating man who dwells within the rock legend?

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 3rd  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/chris-salewicz-conversation-“native”-wayne-jobson-discusses-and-signs-jimmy-page-definitive       

Louis Perez & Good Morning Aztlan at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author, master musician and innovative visual artist Louis Perez present and sign Good Morning Aztlan: The Words, Pictures and Songs of Louie Perez. Working with his songwriting partner in Los Lobos, David Hidlago, Perez has written more than 400 songs, and this book is a different kind of memoir, one including essays by other artists, artwork, and more.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 3rd  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbooks.com/events/louie-pérez-discusses-and-signs-good-morning-aztlán- words-pictures-and-songs-louie-pérez    

Nathan Englander & KADDISH.COM at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Please join us to welcome author Nathan Englander, in conversation with David Ulin (The Lost Art of Reading), and hear him read and discuss his latest novel, KADDISH.COM. This is a brilliant, streamlined comic novel, reminiscent of early Philip Roth, about a son’s failure to say Kaddish for this father. This is a satire on the hypocrisies that run through the religious and secular worlds; a novel about atonement, spiritual redemption, and the soul-sickening temptations of the internet, which, like God, is everywhere.

This event is presented with Chevalier’s Bookstore.

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

Where: Piness Auditorium, Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address:  3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nathan-englander-signs-new-book-kaddishcom-tickets-55431908330  or  https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/nathanenglander

Kira Madden & Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author T Kira Madden, with Allie Rowbottom (Jello Girls),, and hear her read and discuss her debut memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls. This is a raw and redemptive memoir about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight.

The author is founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. She lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence University.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/t-kira-madden-discusses-her-memoir-long-live-tribe-fatherless-girls-allie-rowbottom

Anansi Writers Workshop & Open Mic at the World Stage       

The Anansi Writers Workshop was founded in 1990 by Kamau Daáood, Akilah Oliver, Nafis Nabawi and Anthony Lyons. In 1993, Michael Datcher initiated the development of a three-part format for the workshop. Their tradition of a community workshop began in the late 1960s at the Watts Writers’ Workshop, where World Stage co-founder Kamau Daáood started his writing career. The Anansi Writers Workshop is coordinated by V. Kali and Conney Williams.

The reading will be by Lynn Thompson, winner of the 2018 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize, selected by Jane Hirshfield, who will read from her winning collection, Fretwork.

NOTE: Admission is $5

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm –10 pm; Reading at 8:30– 9:30 pm

Address: 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.theworldstage.org/anansi-writers-workshop/   or   https://www.facebook.com/events/260480174837689/

Creatin’ After Hours: National Poetry Month Edition at the World Stage

Calling all night owl creatives! We are back with another Creatin’ After Hours session created by the amazing Jessica Gallion. This month’s theme is National Poetry Month and is facilitated by special guest and World Stage Griot, Peter J. Harris. Along with special guests, he will conjure “Voice Music”—poetry and music, workshop an spell casting, sounds and silence, improvisation and history.

NOTE: Admission is $5

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 11 pm –1 am

Address: 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/304601916888642/

Chris Van Dusen & A Piglet Named Mercy! at Manhattan Beach Library – Kids Event

Please join us to welcome author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen to discuss her book, Daisy Jones & The Six. Daisy is a girl coming of age in the 1960s in L.A., and is beautiful as well as a talented singer. When she meets Billy, lead singer of The Six, they begin to live a life that becomes the stuff of legend.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so see Pages Bookstore website for costs and details.

Where: Manhattan Beach Public Library

Date: Thursday the 4th                 

Time: 4:30 pm

Address:  1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/meet-author-illustrator-chris-van-dusen

One Hundred Vibrant Artists at Dulce Stein Presents at The Neutra

Please join us for the Architect’s Room, with Carl Shubs, Pascaline David Dahike, Johnny Naked, Darlyn Susan Yee.

Where: Dulce Stein Presents at The Neutra

Date: Thursday the 4th                 

Time: 6 pm

Address:  2379 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/816942908683174/

Being Free: A National Poetry Month Event at Junior High

Please join Spoken Literature Art Movement and Ms. Alyesha Wise for National Poetry Month, and hear poets as they share a wide range of work that uplifts and celebrates the marginalized identities they proudly represent. Our participating poets include: Mila Cuda, Matthew Cuban Hernandez, B.A. Williams, Fei Hernandez, and Vanessa Tahay.

NOTE: See website for costs and details.

Where: Junior High

Date: Thursday the 4th                 

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address:  5656 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/324535278407942/

Tayor Jenkins Reid & Daisy Jones & The Six at Pages Bookstore – Kids Event

Please join us to welcome author Taylor Jenkins Reid  to discuss her next book in the popular early reader series, A Piglet Named Mercy! The author has written many books for young children, including The Circus Ship and Hattie & Hudson.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 4th           

Time: 7 pm

Address:  904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach CA 90266

Website: http://wwwpagesabookstore.com/event/meet-author-taylor-jenkins-reid

Pedram Navab & This Will Destroy You at Book Soup

Please join us to hear author Pedram Navab discuss and sign, This Will Destroy You. The original enigmatic rock star, Jimmy Page is a mass of contradictions. The unanticipated collision between disparate characters in 1885 and 1975 propels a compellingly original and gripping psychological thriller, revealing a destructive force that lives within each of us.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 4th   

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/pedram-navab-discusses-and-signs-will-destroy-you     

Corky Hale & Corky Hale: Uncorked at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear the irrepressible jazz harpist/pianist/vocalist, pioneering social activist, and philanthropist, Corky Hale present and sign Corky Hale: Uncorked! A Life of Music, Marriage, and Making a Difference. Working with her husband, Mike Stoller, of Leiber & Stoller, she is a multi-talented musician and activist.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 4th   

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbooks.com/events/corky-hale-discusses-and-signs-corky-hale-uncorked-life-music-marriage-and-making-difference

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 Sizzles. They invite you to come touch, be touched, hear the answer and heed the call. We’re just a cozy little house where everyone feels at home.

Where: Irie Vibes Art Space

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 6563 Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 9o044

Websitehttps://breezevz.wixsite.com/poetsjazzhouse?fbclid=IwAR16YKOhnWGK-123naGFDD4pKMD2kkekRsUEUMKO5-dNiB0HB9PqH53RYLg

Celebrating Six Years of Unnamed Press at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to celebrate Unnamed Press, featuring their two most recent releases by Rheea Mukherjee and Adam Nemett.

The Body Myth, by author Rheea Mukherjee, is a story about Mira, a teacher living in the heart of Suryam who becomes friends with a young woman she encounters when she has a seizure in the park. She quickly becomes friends with the woman and her husband. This is an intense and modern love story that reconciles reality with desire in a riveting debut novel.

We Can Save Us All, by author Adam Nemett, is a story focused on The Egg, an off-campus geodesic dome, where a crew of alienated Princeton students are training for the end of days. This is a sprawling, ambitious debut, inspired by American superheroes.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/six-years-unnamed-press-new-books-rheea-mukherjee-and-adam-nemett-conversation-josephine

A Mic & Dim Lights Open Mic at dA Center for the Arts, Pomona Arts District

The warm vibrations at this open mic make this a favorite of not only locals in Pomona, but poets from all across Southern California. DJ JB spins records between poets. Hip hop lives here, but the lineup also includes political poets, spoken word artists, and page poets. Besskepp is open to all, and he is also known for mentoring hundreds of teen poets from high schools across the San Gabriel ValleyMike “The Poet” Sonsken calls this open mic “one of the crown jewels in the Pomona Arts District.”

Where: dA Center for the Arts

Date: Thursday the 4th (first Thursday of each month)

Time: 9:15 pm

Address:  300 2nd St., in Pomona’s Art Colony., Pomona, CA

Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Mic-And-Dim-Lights/134971316564113

One-Day Writers Festival at Moorpark College

Join us for the Moorpark College One-Day Writers Festival, where award-winning writers and performers will conduct a series of writing workshops that will teach participants to generate, develop, and edit new work. The last workshop of the day will be an Open Mic session.

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

Fiction Writers:
Mark Savras
is an American novelist and critic, whose second novel, Memento Park, was published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux in 2018. His debut novel, Harry, Revised, was published in more than a dozen countries and won numerous awards in 2008.

Davis Rocklin is the author of The Luminist and The Night Language, He is the founder/curator of Roar Shack, a monthly reading series in Los Angeles. His next novel is titled The Electric Love Song of Fleischl Berger.

Poets:

Meliza Banales is an award-winning writer, performer, and slam poet, and was the first Latina on the West Coast to win a poetry slam championship in 2002. She has nonfiction articles on poetry and politics in various encyclopedias, and her film, Do the Math, with Mary Guzman was a prize-winner in 2007.

Crystal Salas is best known for her poem, “Basket,” part of the Ventura Artist Union exhibit.

Stand-Up Comedy:

Christina Morgenroth

Intro to Zines:

Liska Jacobs is the author of Catalina, her debut novel, and has written for several literary magazines. She was also events coordinator for The Last Bookstore.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event. See website for costs and details.

Where: Moorpark College

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8 am – 5 pm

Address: 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark, California 93021

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/moorpark-college-writers-festival-tickets-53921768461

Christie Aschwanden & Good to Go at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author and science writer Christie Aschwanden, and hear her read and discuss her book, Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Lear from the Strange Science of Recovery. This book takes readers on a tour through the strange world of sports medicine and investigates what recovery products and services actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/christie-aschwanden-discusses-and-signs-good-go-what-athlete-all-us-can-learn-strange-science

Jeffrey Fleishman & My Detective at Book Soup

Please join us to welcome author Jeffrey Fleishman, in discussion with LA Times columnist Carolina Miranda, and hear him discuss his new book, My Detective. This is a story of obsession set against vengeance and prayers of forgiveness in a city that is as cruel as it is fantastical: Los Angeles. It captures the city in real tiem, an eerie glide through the imagination, and speaks to the demons we rouse when we dare create a new metropolis.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 5th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://vromansbook.com/events/jeffrey-fleishman-and-la-times-columnist-carolina-miranda-discuss-my-detective   

Julie Albright & Left to Their Own Devices at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Julie Albright present and discuss Left to Their Own Device: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream, the story of the many ways  digital natives, young people brought up with the internet and social media, are quickly rendering old habits, values and behaviors a distant memory.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 29th  

Time: 7 pm

Address:  693 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/julie-albright-discusses-and-signs-left-their-own-devices-how-digital-natives-are-reshaping

The Definitive Open Mic at Fox Coffee House

Join us for the Definitive Open Mic at Fox Coffee House, a FREE Open Mic in Long Beach, California on every last Friday of the month. They’ve created community and engaged hope around poetry in Long Beach for over a decade. Celebrate expression and the written word.

Where: Fox Coffee House

Date: Friday the 29th  

Time: 7 pm

Address:  437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90806

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

Poetry Month Celebration & Hannah Dow, Mike Sonksen, F. Douglas Brown, and Poets at Work at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to welcome some wonderful poets for a reading celebrating Poetry Month:

Hannah Dow is the author of the debut poetry collection, Rosarium, a series of beautiful interrogations. In precise, luminous language she engages the mysteries of faith as a catalyst for meditations on the contradictory human condition.

Mike Sonksen is a scholar and performer, well published poet and mentor to young writers, and the author most recently of Letters to My City and Poetics of Location.

F. Douglas Brown is the author of Icon, a new collection from Writ Large Press, and of 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner, Zero to Three. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able-The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., CA 90027

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/eaturingw-mike-sonksen-f-dpoetry-month-celebrationouglas-brown-and-poets-work

Rocio Carlos, Bridgette Bianca & TK Le Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

Join us to hear Rocio Carlos present and discuss her work and her new book, the other house, with guest poets Bridgette Bianca and TK Le.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://http://www.poeticresearch.com/ or  https://www.facebook.com/events/276249949936113/

House Open Mic at Book Show LA

A safe space for people who need a safe space, the HOUSE Open Mic is a free monthly event dedicated to amplifying under-heard voices. Previously known as EAT Art, this event invites writers and performers to share their work in an intimate gathering on every first Friday of the month.

Sign-ups start at 8 pm; show starts at 8:30 pm; ends whenever we feel like it!

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8 pm –9:30 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/house-open-mic/

Rapp Saloon Poetry Reading & Open Mic at Rapp Saloon

Since 2000 Rapp Saloon has offered a Santa Monica open mic presenting three featured speakers and a night of Poetry, Prose, Music, Theater, Dance, and Comedy, in the oldest historical building in Santa Monica–the Rapp Saloon. The first Friday of the month’s event is hosted by Cynthia Alessandra Briano.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8:30 pm

Address: 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90402

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

Poetry vs. Hip Hop Reading by L.A. Get Down at Greenway Court Theatre

Headlining Viral Hip-Hop Sensation G Yamazawa, Live Music by Kevin Sandbloom

+ featured Poet Christopher Michael from ATX!

Then a friendly “battle” of poet vs mc in a 1:1 duo of wits and stage presence
& the audience chooses the winner of each round! Someone goes home with cash
and Poetry vs. Hip-Hop swag and prizes!

Doors 8:30 pm
$15 online | $20 at the door

Follow:
@poetryvshiphop
@thequeensheba
@djknodat
@kevinsandbloom
@gyamazawa
@mrmichael310

#poetryvshiphop #poetryvshiphopla
#lagetdownfestival #poetryvshiphoplive
#teampoetry #teamhiphop #chooseaside

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

Where: Greenway Court Theatre

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Address: 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/273968630186583/

Fourth Sundays Poetry: a Garden of Verses at Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden

Please join us to welcome the season and National Poetry Month by sharing poems that celebrate our garden, all gardens nature and the environment, of this fragile earth and out into limitless space. Our readers are:

Ellen Livingston, Chloe Martinez, Carol V. Davis, Genevieve Kaplan, George Hammons, Georgette Unis, Andrea Carter Brown, Lucia Galloway & Frances McConnel, Micah Chatterton, Romaine Washington, Judy Kronenfeld, Tim Hatch, Dennis (Mickey) Spiker, Cindy Bousquet Harris, John Brantingham.

Where: Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, Upper Pond Deck

Date: Saturday the 6th       

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Address:  1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/498662490540067/

Antoinette Portis & Hey, Water! at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Please join us to welcome author Antoinette Portis, and hear her read and discuss her new book, Hey, Water!, for kids ages 3-7. Join a spunky young girl as she explores her surroundings and discovers that water is everywhere. But water does not always, look the same, or feel the same, and it shows up in a lot of different shapes. This is a gloriously illustrated nonfiction picture book, with accessible information on the water cycle, water conservation, and more.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 6th       

Time: 10:30 am

Address:  10580 ½ West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/

Hope Anita Smith & Women’s History Poetry Slam at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Please join us to welcome author Hope Anita Smith, who will host a Women’s History Month Slam Poetry Event (#7) for kids ages 7-14. We are looking for poets alone or in a group, to recite their original poem, rap, lyric, haiku, verse, sonnet, or other word collection, and each will get 3 minutes to perform.

NOTE: See website for details and guidelines.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 6th       

Time: 2:30 am

Address:  10580 ½ West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/

Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series & Open Mic at Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Join us for our Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series. You can sign up for 4-6 minute readings at our Open Mic, and there is a featured poet every week.

Where: Studio City Branch Library

Date: Saturday the 6th  

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address:  12511 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/expressions-la-poetry-reading-series-0     

Wide Open Reading & Open Mic at Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, LAPL

Bring poems, narratives, art, performance and music to share. new members are welcome.

Where: Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 6th  

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address:  7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042

Website:  https://www..lapl.org/whats-on/events/wide-open-reading-5

2019 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Big Open at Santa Catalina Library

Join Saturday Afternoon Poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month with the 2019 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, featuring three poetry contests, with an entry deadline of April 9, 2019.

See details and full schedule at website link.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

Eve Brandstein & Poetry in Motion at Beyond Baroque

Join us to hear Eve Brandstein present an eclectic array of writers from the literary and Hollywood communities, with Special Guests.

NOTE: Advance tickets available through website link.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://beyondbaroque.com/calendar

Jordan Davis & Justin Jamail Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

Join us to hear poets Jordan Davis and Justin Jamail read and discuss their work.

Jordan Davis is the author most recently of Shell Game (2018). He is former Poetry Editor of The Nation, and his poems and essays have been widely published.

Justin Jamail is the author of Exchangeable Bonds (2018), and he is General Counsel of The New York Botanical Garden.

Where: Poetic Research Brueau

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com or   https://www.facebook.com/events/571629553342264/

Meredith May & The Honey Bus at Chevalier’s Bookstore – Kids/Family Event 

Join us to hear journalist and author Meredith May discuss her book, The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees. This is an extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature’s most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee.

The author turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality, and the bees became a guiding force in her life, teaching her about family and community, loyalty and survival, and the unique relationship between a mother and her child.

Please note: There will also be a honey tasting!

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 7th                                              

Time: 10 am

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/meredith-may

Soulful Sundays Open Mic at Comfort LA 

Join us for the Best Open Mic + Jam Session in the city still going strong, with more space, more vendors, FREE with RSVP. This is southern hospitality with West Coast weather.

NOTE: See website for details, and Open Mic rules or visit: www.soulfulofnoise.com

Where: Comfort LA

Date: Sunday the 7th                                              

Time: 2 pm – 6 pm

Address: 1110 East 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2090119851031999/

Michael Gungor & This: Becoming Free at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to hear Micheal Gungor discuss and sign This: Becoming Free, an inspirational book through his deconstruction of faith in God, his religious background, and current fame as a spiritual leader and Grammy-nominated musician. He will play some of his songs, and there will be coffee provided by Caffe-Luxxe, next door.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http:// www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-april-7th-3-pm-michael-gungor-discusses-and-signs-becoming-free     

Moonday Poetry Series & Suzanne Lummis  at Flintridge Bookstore

Please join us for a special appearance by acclaimed local poet and author Suzanne Lummis, as part of our Moonday Poetry Series.

Suzanne Lummis is the 2018/19 COLA (City of Los Angeles) award winner and fellow. The honor comes with an endowment to create a new body of work, which she will debut at an event in Grand Performances downtown in June. She is an acclaimed author and poet, taught for over 25 years for UCLA Extension Writers Program, is a founding member of the Nearly Fatal Women performance troupe, and series editor for The Pacific Coast Poetry Series/Beyond Baroque Books. Her works and anthologies are widely published, and her piece “We Have Got to Get Out of LA” appears in the current New Ohio Review. However, she’s not goin’anywhere.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

Website: www.flintridgebooks.com/in-store/2019/4/7/moonday-poetry-series  or  https://www.facebook.com/events/2349694545260252/

First Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for our popular monthly Open Reading, hosted by Steve Goldman.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Duende Nights Open Mic at Beyond Baroque

Join us for a multimedia poetry performance experience for the multicultural, underground poets and artists of today. Bring original songs, poems and music. Organized by Antonieta Villamil.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Johanna Fateman & Amy Scholder & Last Days at Hot Slit at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Johanna Fateman & Amy Scholder present and sign Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin, with readings from the book by: Ryka Aoki, Christina Catherine Martinez, Pratibha Parmar, Anna Joy Springer, and Nao Bustamante.

Andrea Dworkin, famous for her anti-pornography stance and role in the feminist sex wars of the 1980s, was a polarizing figure in the woman’s movement. This book brings together selections from her writings, both fiction and nonfiction.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/johanna-fateman-and-amy-scholder-launch-last-days-hot-slit-readings-book

Word Choice Open Mic at Sunday Jump

Our word choice is an act of self-determination. In honor of National Poetry Month, this Open Mic explores what it means to have ownership over the words we use to express ourselves and our actions afterwards.

We are featuring:

Edwin Bodney, Poet & Educator

Kat Magill, Mother & Poet

Lillian Safarian, Poet

Not a Cult, Community Spotlight

Isa Fabro, Chef & Food Vendor

Where: Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/thesundayjump/?__tn__=kC-R0.g&eid=ARBHpYxgR1dYnZhFrDSRX7lr0QLww6nf96dXKguhUIahXszSlYIXNrQrQOMFxhtlbb3-986A87IX9inH&hc_ref=ARSfBXIdDZBUi37_BWjdmUriUH-NQ-PLg3Zj36rhnVO1iaqM5gEsIeTPUpXQqUa2C2E&fref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARB-mwQMs71bGle-UVUv6cuiW-nt6Ntd-JHVmWY9hcr77PHFQRvt-z2xMLw1_ZYnGBgta7s2CEgCLfKBcZZXDyyS9a1zgdM1zFpJeY84tcdRbdQMT9inH41JCPsprARsYEB_Rdd-QKtmTn5h3v1mP4L9Ov-GbZQ848Jd2_Rg0e9XhkTRc3rskGw7jvyYWg8sL53I8-Y3TbkvtEz_EuDK0eA13Fg4x064OFdUyFJludpoj2nMcUbLmTcr8GovGC90odrqQXjzii-pKpJMsb3quk5PzeKFFlPYEOZF2jf7Eb7z9lHguvNGUbT0S3FT5R_ktTi6

 

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