Los Angeles Literature Events 7/08/19 – 7/14/19

Author_Page_HeaderYour Author Series: Robin Benway at El Sereno Branch Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Please join us as Your Author Series welcomes YA author Robin Benway, as part of our Summer Author Program and Summer Reading challenge. The author will be speaking about her YA novel, Far from the Tree, which received the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her work has won many awards and her novels have been published in more than twenty countries.

Where: El Sereno Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 8th

Time:  3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 5226 S. Huntington Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-robin-benway

Empathy & Heroism Book Club at Central Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Please join us for the Empathy & Heroism Book Club, as this month we will hand out the memoir Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School by Adam Fortunate Eagle, and holding a pre-activity. Supplies are limited!

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 8th

Time:  4 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/empathy-heroism-book-club

Weiko Lin & Crazy Screenwriting Secrets at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author, writer/producer, and college professor Weiko Lin discuss and sign his book, Crazy Screenwriting Secrets.

Not only do the “crazy” secrets unveil what it takes to launch successful global movies that reflect the modern world, Lin helps readers understand narratives in feature films and tap into their own creativity to craft meaningful stories for the screen. The first half guides readers through the development process, and the second half explores how to work with international countries to produce works that resonate with a universal audience. This book is truly a roadmap for the writer to create their own unique stories.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/weiko-lin-discusses-and-signs-crazy-screenwriting-secrets-how-to-capture-global-audience

Rob Zabrecky & Strange Cures at Stories Books & Cafe

Join us for an evening with author Rob Zarecky, who will discuss and read from his new memoir, Strange Cures.

This is a turbulent, against-all-odds memoir of self-discovery, success, failure, and reinvention, told by one of LA’s most interesting natives. He recalls his quest to find his place in the arts –and the world. He had many subversive role models, struggled with addiction, and takes readers on a roller coaster ride through the nascent days of Silver Lake’s music and arts community, as seen through the lens of his band, Possum Dixon, and the early talents of artist such as Nirvana and Beck. This is a look back at pre-internet days in the ‘80s and the underground music world of the ‘90s, as seen through the alleys and doorways of an insider.

Where: StoriesLA Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.storiesla.com/?q=h.calevents

Ficción en Espanol Book Club with Dan Lopez at The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is pleased to offer a book club that reads fiction in Spanish. Here’s your chance to read great contemporary writers in their native language. Discussion will be in both English and Spanish.

This month we will read and discuss Kentuckis, by Samantha Schweblin. This author stormed onto the scene with Fever Dream, and her second novel, Kentuckis, is straight out of Black Mirror, with strangers who connect intimately across continents via their high tech pets. Community has a strange future.

NOTE: All of the bookstore’s book clubs and programs are ticketed events, so see website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Michael Horovitz & Friends at Beyond Baroque

British jazz troubadour Michael Horovitz, fellow wordsmith, musician and artist, Vanessa Vie, and Adam Horovitz, bard of Britain’s farmlands, will present their poetry, songs, and music. In 1959 Horovitz founded the periodical New Departures, publishing William S. Burroughs, Samuel Beckett, and Stevie Smith. He continued to edit New Departures for 50 years, coordinating many “live” events and festivals along the way.

NOTE: Regular admission, but Members are free.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 8 pm10 pm

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

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

Your Author Series: Antonio Sacre at Venice-Abbot-Kinney Memorial Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Join us to hear children’s author Antonio Sacre present his bilingual picture book, A Mango in the Hand: A Story Told Through Proverbs. He uses stories, folktales, and myths from his Cuban and Irish American upbringing to encourage listeners of all ages to find their own cultural stories through the magic of books.

Where: Venice-Abbot-Kinney Memorial Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 11 am – 12pm

Address: 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice CA 90291

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whatson/events/your-author-series-starring-antonio-sacre

Take One: Storytelling & Filmmaking Workshops for Youth at St. John’s Episcopal Church, San Bernardino – Kids Event

Arts Connection and KayJo Creatives offers Take One: Storytelling & Filmmaking Workshops for Youth, for FREE, During these two workshops school-aged youth will have a chance to collaborate, learn the basics of storytelling, and co-create a documentary short film centered on who they are and who they want to be. Light refreshments are provided.

When you reserve your spot, message to tell us your favorite movie!

Message or contact 352-871-8500 for more information!

NOTE: Registration is available at Eventbrite link at website.

Date: Tuesday the 9th & Thursday the 11th

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address: 1407 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92405

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/325449808375856/

Your Author Series: Kasie West at North Hollywood-Amelia Earhart Regional Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Please join us to meet and hear author Kasie West present her book, Maybe This Time. Her other books include The Distance Between Us and P.S. I Like You. A semi-professional Junior Mint eater, Katie lived with her family in Central California, and escapes to the beach in scorching summers.

Where: North Hollywood -Amelia Earhart Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 9th            

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Address:  5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-kasie-west

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us for our monthly Open Mic hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Come share your masterpiece, or just listen and enjoy!

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 9th            

Time: 6 pm

Address:  1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-open-mic-2     

Abbi Waxman & The Bookish Life of Nina Hill at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Abbi Waxman, in conversation with Hilary Liftin, discuss and sign, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill…who happens to work at Knights—AKA Chevalier’s Books!

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell. The only child of a single mother, she has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner, and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. When the father she never knew existed suddenly dies, her life changes.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/abbi-waxman-0709

Michael Werner & Peter Eisenhardt & More Things in the Heavens at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear authors Michael Werner & Peter Eisenhadt discuss and sign their book, More Things in the Heavens: How Infrared Astronomy Is Expanding Our View of the Universe..

This is the inside story of how the authors brought the infrared universe into focus as never before with the launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope. Featuring many of the spectacular images from the Spitzer, this is a thrilling look at the search for exoplanets and extraterrestrial life, and transforms our understanding of the history and evolution of our universe.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/michael-werner-peter-eisenhardt-discuss-and-sign-more-things-heavens-how-infrared-astronomy

Afrofuturism Books Club with Tyree Boyd-Pates & The Stone Sky at the Last Bookstore

Please join host Tyree Boyd-Pates to discuss the wrap up of author N.K. Jemison’s Broken Earth trilogy, The Stone Sky. This is a powerful finish to a triple Hugo-winning series.

NOTE: All of the bookstore’s book clubs and programs are ticketed events, so see website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Claudia Hernandez & Knitting the Fog at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Claudia Hernandez, in discussion with Josie Mendez Negrete, discuss her debut memoir, Knitting the Fog, which won the Feminist press’s second annual Louise Meriwether First Book Prize—an award dedicated to publishing a debut work by a woman or non-binary author of color. The author is a poet, editor, translator, and bilingual educator based in Los Angeles.

Weaving together narrative essay and bilingual poetry, this book is the complex self-portrait of a young Chapina girl who wakes up to find her mother gone. When her mother returns three years later, they begin a month-long journey to El Norte.

Once settled in California, Claudia has trouble assimilating. But when back in Guatemala, she is startled to find she no longer belongs there either. This is told in unforgettable vignettes, and is a vivid portrait of immigration, both specific and timely.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th            

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/claudia-d-hernández-reads-her-debut-memoir-knitting-fog-josie-méndez-negrete

Book Soup Presents Linda Holmes & Evvie Drake Starts Over at the Skirball Cultural Center 

Join us to hear author Linda Holmes, in conversation with Sam Sanders, discuss and sign, Evvie Drake Starts Over.

From the host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast comes a heartfelt debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game.

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

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/book-soup-skirball-presents-linda-holmes-conversation-sam-sanders-discussing-and-signing-evvie

J.S. Breukelaar & Ben Loory Reading at StoriesLA 

Join us to hear authors J.S. Breukelaar & Ben Loory read and discuss their work.

S. Breukelaar is the author of the Aurealis-nominated novel Aletheia, and American Monster, a Wonderland Award finalist. She is a columnist and regular instructor at LitReactor.com.

Ben Loory is the author of the collections Tales of Falling and Flying (2017) and Stories of Nighttime and Some for the Day (2011). He has been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://storiesla.com/?q=h.calevents

Redondo Poets with Daniel Romo & Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, Daniel Romo, author of When Kerosene’s Involved, 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 9th

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 9th

Time: 8 pm – 12 pm

Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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

Da Poetry Lounge Open Mic at Greenway Court Theatre

About: All you have to do is put your name on the sign-up list. The first half sign-ups occur before the doors open, and sign-ups for the second half do not guarantee entry, so stay in line! Keep in line that each half has its own sign-up list so check details at website or at event.  Sorry, you can only perform at one half per night, and 12-15 people are typically called up for each half’s open mic, depending on whether there is a feature that night. There is a time limit of three minutes at the mic to do your poem, as we try to accommodate as many people as possible. So please, arrive early!

Where: The Greenway Court Theater

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

Website: http://dapoetrylounge.com/visiting-dpl/slam/

Your Author Series: Ashlyn Anstee at Porter Ranch Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

From writing children’s picture books to drawing television cartoons to filmmaking, Ashlyn Anstee has done it all. Join the talented animator, author and illustrator as she presents her latest book, Are We There Yet? She currently lives in L. A. with her husband and three cats.

Where: Porter Ranch Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 10:30 am11:30 am

Address: 11371 Tampa Ave., Porter Ranch, CA 91326

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/clone-your-author-series-starring-ashlyn-anstee

Persian Summer Author Program: Dr. Nasser Engheta at West L.A. Library, LAPL

Please join us to welcome prominent Persian author Dr. Nasser Engheta to our Farsi Reading Club as we discuss his recently published book, Mussadiq Mardi Faratar az Saddih-ha. This session will be presented in Persian (Farsi).

Where: West L.A. Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 2:30 pm5 pm

Address: 11360 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/persian-summer-author-program-dr-nasser-engheta-west-la-library-farsi-reading-club

Storytime with Mr. Steve at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 am for Storytime with Mr. Steve at our Main Store.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 10 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/storytime-mr-steve-309

Obi Kaufman & The State of Water at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to meet and hear author Obi Kaufmann discuss and sign his new book, The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource. Following his best-selling California Field Atlas, the author now turns his artful yet analytical attention to our most controversial resource: water.

In this new book, full-color maps unravel the braided knot of California’s water infrastructure and ecosystems, exposing a history of unlimited growth in spite of finite resources—a history that has led to its current precarious circumstances. He argues that environmental conservation and restoration efforts are necessary not only for ethical reasons but also as a matter of human survival. Offering nine perspectives to illustrate our most pressing challenges, he reveals pragmatic yet inspiring solutions.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 10th     

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/obi-kaufmann

Brian Knappenberger & Joseph Menn in Conversation at the Hammer Museum

Investigative journalist Joseph Menn’s new book, Cult of the Dead Cow, is the story of one of the oldest and most famous hacking groups of all time. The group released tools that forced corporate giants to work harder to protect consumers, and their actions continue to inspire the fight against surveillance and oppression. Menn is joined by filmmaker Brian Knappenberger, known for documentaries such as The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz and We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists.

Where: The Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/07/brian-knappenberger-joseph-menn/

An Evening of Poetry with Red Hen Press at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear an evening of poetry with Red Hen Press, featuring:

Eloise Klein Healy is the author of eight books of poetry, including A Wild Surmise. She was appointed first Los Angeles City Poet laureate in 2012, and awarded the Publishing Triangle Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Her imprint with RHP, Arktoi Books, specializes in publishing high quality literary work by lesbian authors.

Ron Koertge is a prolific writer, and his first book, The Father Poems, was published in 1973, which was followed by poetry, prose, novels-in-verse, and fiction for teens. His most recent book, Vampire Planet (2016) was released by RHP, and he taught for 37 years at Pasadena City College. He now teaches in the Hamline University low-residency MFA program.

Kim Dower is former Poet Laureate of West Hollywood and has published four collections of poetry, all with RHP, the most recent being Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave. She is founder of Kim-from-L.A., a literary marketing and publicity company that helps writers get their words out into the world.

Francesca Bell has been widely published and is former poetry editor of River Styx. She is the translator of a collection of poems by Palestinian poet Shatha Abu Hnaish (Dar Fadaat, 2017), and the author of the collection Bright Stain (Red Hen Press, 2019).

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 10th     

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/evening-poetry-red-hen-press

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.

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 10th

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   OR  https://www.facebook.com/events/

Lizzie Wann at the Ugly Mug Café

Join us to hear Lizzie Wann present and discuss her work. Lizzie Wann received a BA in Literature/Writing from UC San Diego, and was inspired by poet Patricia Smith to mix performance with power in the written word. She became the San Diego Scene reporter for Next…magazine, created her own readings and produced original shows featuring poets & musicians. She also founded Meeting Grace House concert series. She just released a poetry collection titled The Hospice Bubble & Other Devastating Affirmations (Puna Press).

NOTE: $3 cover fee, cash only.

Where: The Ugly Mug Café

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 261 N. Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/662682707491937/

Your Author Series: Nilah Magruder at Platt Branch Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Please join us to welcome writer and artist Nilah Magruder who will be discussing her novel, MFK. Nilah has worked as a writer and storyboard artist for Dreamworks, Disney, and other major studios, and has contributed to Fireside Magazine and Marvel comics. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, roller-skating, and sparring with her cats over chairs.

Where: Platt Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 4 pm5 pm

Address: 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/clone-your-author-series-starring-nilah-magruder

Your Author Series: Rudolfo Montalvo at Wilmington Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to welcome illustrator Rudolfo Montalvo who will be discussing a story about the unlikeliest of friendships in his book, Dear Dragon. He lives near the ocean with his two drawing companions, his wife Rene, and his dog Wooky.

Where: Wilmington & Pico Union Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 4 pm5 pm

Address: 1300 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/clone-your-author-series-starring-rudolfo-montalvo

Your Author Series: Marie Miranda Cruz at Mid-Valley Regional Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Please join us to welcome author Marie Miranda Cruz who will discuss her debut novel, Everlasting Nora. A military brat, she moved between the U.S. and the Cavite City in the Philippines during her childhood. She and her family now live, with a tank of lightening fish, in Los Angeles.

Where: Mid-Valley Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 4 pm5 pm

Address: 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills, CA 91343

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/clone-your-author-series-starring-marie-miranda-cruz-0   

Vroman’s Ed – Storytelling Techniques with Laurie Viera Rigler at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us for a six-week writing workshop course led by Laurie Viera Rigler on Storytelling Techniques.

Writing a compelling story is about revealing the world of your protagonist in a way that keeps the reader engaged and eager to know what happens next. In this class we will explore how to “show, don’t tell” and breathe life into a page. There will be writing exercises as well as the opportunity to have the instructor read and comment on your work.

In this six-week course, you will be enrolling in all six weeks. Laurie Viera Rigler is a best-selling novelist and nonfiction author whose work has been translated into six languages. See website for details on class and the author’s bio.

NOTE: See website for costs and details for this writing workshop.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Meeting Room in the Atrium

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 709 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 120, Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromans-ed-storytelling-techniques-laurie-viera-rigler-3

Scott Miller & From Management Mess to Leadership Success at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to hear author Scott Miller discuss and sign his book, From Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow.

Based on the author’s real-life experiences, he presents in this book 30 leadership challenges you can apply to your own life and learn how to lead yourself and others to get the results you seek.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 6:30 pm  

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/thursday-july-11th-630-pm-scott-miller-discusses-and-signs-management-mess-leadership-success

Amanda Gorman: Youth Poet Laureate Reading at MOCA

Amanda Gorman was named the first Youth Poet laureate of the United States in 2017. A native Angeleno, Gorman previously served as Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. She has performed at the Library of Congress and spoken at the United Nations. Her poems are a call to consciousness. She is the founder and executive director of One Pen One Page, an organization providing free creative writing programs for underserved youth.

This young artist brings her powerful words and exuberance to MOCA for an evening of poetry. This event is FREE, but priority tickets are available to MOCA members on the day of the program, and 30 minutes before the program begins tickets will be released to non-members.

NOTE: Early arrival is recommended. To become a MOCA member please call 213-621-1794 or membership@moca.org.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7 pm  

Address: 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.moca.org/program/poet-amanda-gorman

SHOUT! The Open Mic Poetry Mic at Half-Off Bookstore

Join us for our monthly Open Mic of poetry readings every 2nd Thursday of the month.

Bring your poems, your music, your comedy, your magic, your stories, and your voices. Bring your ears and hearts. Bring your friends, family, neighbors –and even your enemies.

Sign-ups will go no later than 6:30 pm and we will try to squeeze everyone in who wants to read!

Where: Half Off Books

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7 pm  

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2265163453725391/?active_tab=about

Gregg Segal & Daily Bread at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to meet and hear author Gregg Segal discuss and sign his book, Daily Bread: What Kids Eat Around The World.

Daily Bread presents regions and communities where slow food will never be replaced by junk food, where home-cooked meals are the bedrock of the family, and are expressed with pride. This book serves as a catalyst for consideration of our status quo, and suggests Big Food is now stirring the pot for children all over the world, reminding us of the old adage, “The hand that stirs the pot rules the world.”

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/gregg-segal-presents-and-signs-daily-bread-what-kids-eat-around-world

Poets Jazz House Open Mic at Irie Vibes Art Space

About: 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 Art Space

When: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7pm – 10pm

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

Website: Poets Jazz House

McSweeny’s Quarterly 56 Launch Event at Skylight Bookstore

Issue 56 from McSweeny’s delivers new work from Michelle Tea, Jose Antonio Vargas, T.C. Boyle, Daniel W. Moniz, Genevieve Hudson, Jincy Willett, to name a few, and a section of staggering fiction from emerging Nigerian writers soon to be household names, with an introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

This opulent hardcover also includes a captivating ten-page illustrated story by Rui Tenreiro that begins right on the cover, and poems by Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Ferris.

Cancel your plans and join us!

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/mcsweeneys-quarterly-56-launch-event-featuring-emerson-whitney-jose-antonio-vargas-and-dantiel

Santa Monica Reads: Blackout Poetry at Santa Monica Main Library    

Unleash your inner poet by bringing new life to old book pages. Create a new poem by selecting certain words on a page and covering the rest with a permanent marker. When only those words are visible, a brand new story is created. For: adults and teens.

Where: Santa Monica Main Library

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

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

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=30328

Dryland Issue 9 Release Party at Patria Coffee in Compton    

Founding Editor Viva Padilla and Assistant Editor Nikolai Garcia invite the community to come out and celebrate the literary arts and independent publishing with readings form Issue 9 of Dryland. We will be joined by a wonderful mix of first-time and veteran readers:

Megan Dorame is a Tongva womxn, Indigenous to the Los Angeles basin. She is active in the revitalization of the Tongva language. her poetry has appeared in The Ear and Dryland L.A.

Harry Gamoboa Jr. co-founded ASCO, a conceptual performance art group in East Los Angeles, where he collaborated with Gronk, Patssi Valdez, and Willie Heron. More recently he founded Virtual Verite, an ensemble performance group. His books include Aztlangst: La La Fotonovela (2011) and Rider (2009). He is a faculty member at California Institute of the arts and lectures at CSUN.

Daniel Morales Leon is a poet and writer, and former administrator at United Farm Workers and former union organizer.

Jenise Miller is the daughter of Panamanian immigrants and great-granddaughter of workers who built the Panama Canal. She is inspired to write poetry about growing up in Watts and Compton, and has participated in the South Central L.A.-based DSTL Arts community writing workshops.

Natalie Smith Parra is a native of Los Angeles, where she is at work on a book of creative nonfiction. She has been awarded numerous residencies and grants. and until she was disabled from cancer, taught English and Spanish in Los Angeles high schools.

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Karo Ska is a mixed PoC, queer poet, trying to shift narratives. See more of Ska’s work on IG@river.of.ragepoetry, or at the blog riverofrage.wordpress.com.

Vickie Vertiz is the author of the collection Palm Frond With Its Throat Cut.

Matthew Woodman teaches writing at CSU Bakersfield and is founding editor of Rabid Oak. His work has been widely published, and more of it can be found at www.matthewwoodman.com.

We will have some great food vendors available, from 213 Ramen and Pocho Pops, and delicious coffee and tea from Patria. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Where: Patria Coffee

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address: 108 N. Alameda St., E, Compton, CA 90221

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/615544928957455/

Tony Maietta & Jerry Torre & The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet Tony Maietta & Jerry Torre, who will read and discuss their book, The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens: A Memoir of the Beatles, the Maysles Brothers, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

This book is the touching and at times haunting memoir from Jerry Torre about his teenage days as caretaker of Grey Gardens, the now-celebrated mansion chronicled in the documentary and two feature length films. Co-written with historian Tony Maietta, it is a behind-the-scenes look at “Big Edie” and “little Edie” and their bizarre and reclusive life of squalor amidst the tremendous wealth of East Hampton, and the family bond they developed with Jerry.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/tony-maietta-jerry-torre-discuss-and-sign-marble-faun-grey-gardens

David Marlett & American Red at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author David Marlet present and launch his new novel, American Red, which follows his debut novel, Fortunate Son.

As the great American Century begins, and the modern world roars to life, Capitalists flaunt their greed and seize power. Socialists and labor unions flex their violent will, and an extraordinary true story of love and sacrifice unfolds. In his debut novel, Fortunate Son, the author introduced readers to a fresh historical fiction—the historical legal thriller—bringing alive people and events leading to and surrounding some of the most momentous trials in history. At the dawn of the 20th century the Idaho governor is assassinated and “Big Bill” Haywood, boss of the American Federation of Miners, is blamed. Close by, his family life is in a shambles. New technologies accelerate American life, but justice lags behind and corruption is rampant. Two idealists risk all, for justice, honor, and for love.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 7 pm  

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

Website: http://www.sklightbooks,com/event/david-marlett-launches-his-new-novel-american-red     

Pelekinesis Press at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear author and writers Tim Kirk, Tim Davis, and Rob Zabrecky present and discuss their work.

The Feral Boy Who Lives in Griffith Park is an anthology of stories set in Los Angeles where the stories exist.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Beverly Collins & Open Mic at Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Please join us at our Friday night Open Mic for an evening of free speech and art sharing. All arts are welcome to participate in our Open Mic. Everyone gets up to 7 minutes to read/speak/perform.

We are honored to welcome our featured poet, Beverly M. Collins. She is the author of the books: Quiet Observations: Diary Thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic. Her poems have appeared widely, and she has won numerous prizes for her work, including a 2019 Naji Naaman Literary Prize for Creativity, and a California State Poetry Society Prize, She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, and once for Best Independent American Poetry.

Event hosted by: Los Angeles Poet Society Founder, Jessica M. Wilson.

Where: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/456132148282241/

Santa Monica Library at Santa Monica Beach!

Celebrate fun in the sun with Santa Monica Library at the Beach, Southern California’s only seaside pop-up library at the beach. Join us at Dorothy Green Park (where Ocean Park Blvd. ends at the beach) for a fun-filled day of family friendly activities, like seaside crafts, and sign out books and games from our curated collection, or kick back and relax in our shaded Surfside Lounge.

Where: Dorothy Green Park (where Ocean Park Blvd. ends at the beach)

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Address: Dorothy Green Park, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=29605&rts

Teacher Davis & Music Day Hooray! Show at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Please join us to hear Teacher Davis from Music Day Hooray! play songs on his guitar that are cool for learning and great for moving. A former music therapist now teaching music at over 15 preschools in Los Angeles, he likes to perform on many instruments in this interactive, educational show. Come enjoy some tunes from his award-winning CDs, Special Songs for Special Kids and FUNdamentals!

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 10:30 am

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

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

Brigette Barrager & Vlad the Rad at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to meet and hear author Brigette Barrager discuss and sign her new children’s book, Vlad the Rad.

Vlad is always getting into trouble at Miss Fussbucket’s School for Aspiring Spooks, because he loves to skateboard! How can he think about being a good spook when all he wants to do is practice his latest gnarly trick? Maybe he can find a way to do both!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/brigette-barrager-presents-and-signs-vlad-rad

Cindy Lin & The Twelve at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to meet and hear author Cindy Lin discuss and sign her new debut novel, The Twelve.

The Zodiac Legacy meets Spirit Animals in this epic, heartwarming own-voices adventure!

Usagi can hear a squirrel’s heartbeat from a mile away, and soar over treetops in one giant leap. She was born in the year of the wood rabbit, and it’s given her extraordinary zodiac gifts. But she can never use them, not while the mysterious, vicious Dragonlord hunts down all those in her land with zodiac powers. As new mysteries unfold, she must decide who she stands with, and who she trusts, as she takes on deadly foes on her path to the elusive, dangerous Dragonlord himself.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/cindy-lin-discusses-and-signs-twelve

Summer Garden Festival at Beyond Baroque

Celebrate the launch of the Venice-Mar Vista Arts district with a day of music, poetry, books and food! From 2 pm and throughout the day, we’ll have music in the garden and an outdoor book sale. From 5 pm – 9 pm our garden partners Safe Place for Youth to host a farm-to-table community dinner, while we feature special readings and musical performances.

Music by: Lush Agave, Patrick Shiroishi, Sonoda, Takako Minekawa and more. FREE!

NOTE: You may obtain advance tickets for this free event at website.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 2 pm – 10 pm

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

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

James Berkowitz & The Get Around at Pacific Resident Theatre

James Berkowitz will read and perform a set of original and published work, as part of a 3.5 mile Summer Music & Arts Festival from Venice through Mar Vista. The Get Around is a joint Mar Vista Art Walk / Venice Art Crawl, and it’s FREE!

Where: Pacific Resident Theatre, Main Stage Outdoors in Back of Theatre

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 2 pm – 2:30 pm

Address:  703 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/464145341062173/

The Get Around Poetry Party at the Venice Library, LAPL

As part of The Get Around Celebration of the Venice to Mar Vista Arts District, join host Keith Martin to hear poetry from:

Armine Iknodossian is the author of the collection, All That Wasted Fruit: Poems. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1978 to escape the civil war.

Natalie J. Graham is a poet and college professor, and her book, Begin with a Failed Body, won the 2016 Cave Canem Book Prize, selected by Kwame Dawes.

Bernadette McComish is a fortuneteller and a medium, and when she writes, all people are johns…especially if they’re the president. She performs and tours with the Poetry Brothel and Poetry Society of New York, and also teaches high school in Los Angeles. She is the author of The Book of Johns.

Pam Ward is a poet and writer and graphic designer very active in Los Angeles since the 1980s. She grew up in the Crenshaw District, and is equally adept at poetry and fiction, and is a stalwart of the Word Stage in Leimert Park. She is the author of two novels, and has published several books with her imprint, Short Dress Press.

Iris De Anda is a writer, activist, and practitioner of the healing arts. A womyn of color of Mexican and Salvadoran descent, she is a leader at the Eastside Café, and author of CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon.

Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book award in Poetry (2014), and Blood Ties and Brown Liquor, named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read in 2015 by the Georgia Center for the Book (2008). He is a consulting editor at Broadsided Press, and served as the director of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University since 2012.

Kat Magill is one of the most powerful and distinct voices in poetry. She found community at an Open Mic in Pomona at age 17, and has captivated audiences around the country since then. She took the poetry slam world by storm, produced two stage plays prior to publishing her first book, Lay my bones under spilled milk. She founded Say Word, a non-profit focused on youth development through spoken word, in 2012, and authored its curriculum, which has been taught to hundreds.

NOTE: For more information check out: http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Where: Venice Library, Auditorium

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address:  501 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/362134307823694/

Deep Poetry Critique Workshop at Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry for a Deep Poetry Critique Workshop led by G.T. Foster. Bring 15 copies of your poem-in-progress.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

C.M. Kushins & Nothing’s Bad Luck at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet author C.M. Kushins, who will read and discuss Nothing’s Bad Luck: The Lives of Warren Zevon.

As is the case with so many musicians, the life of Warren Zevon was blessed with talent and opportunity, yet beset by tragedy and setbacks. Drawing on interviews with those closest to Zevon, author/journalist Kushins examines his troubled personal life and sophisticated, ever-changing musical style, and ultimately paints him as a hot-headed, literary, compelling, musical genius worthy of the same tier as that of Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/c-kushins-discusses-and-signs-nothing’s-bad-luck-lives-warren-zevon   

THE POETRY CIRCUS at Merry Go Round Carousel at Griffith Park

Please join Nicelle Davis and many participating poets and writers for Circus Noir at this year’s Poetry Circus at the Merry Go Round Carousel at Griffith Park. Celebrate the season! Bring a blanket and a picnic and be ready for non-stop poetry and written word performances from many voices in our community in a summer celebration.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so check website link for details, schedule of performers, and information.

Where: Merry Go Round Carousel at Griffith Park

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 5 pm – 10 pm

Address:  Merry-Go-Round Carousel, Griffith Park, CA 90026

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/22832954852205/

Larry Burns Signing at Cellar Bookstore, Riverside

Please join us in welcoming local author Larry Burns for a signing promoting his new book, Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure! This book is perfect for locals and travelers alike, bringing an insider’s perspective to unlocking the secrets of all the wackiest, wildest, and most wonderful places and people that comprise the eclectic and innovative region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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

Where: Cellar Bookstore, Riverside

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address:  5225 Canyon Crest Dr, #30A, Riverside, CA 92507

Website: http://www.cellardoorbookstore.com/event/signing-larry-burns   

Obsidian Tongues Open Mic at Café con Libros, Pomona

Please join us for Obsidian Tongues Open Mic every second Saturday of the month, led by William Gonzales and Ceaser K. Avelar. Bring your poems, stories, music, opinions, and especially yourselves. All are welcome.

Where: Café con Libros, Pomona

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 280W. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766

Website: https://www.facebook,com/cafeconlibrospress/

Askew Reading Series at Pasadena Highlands, Pasadena

Please join us for the Askew Reading Series, presented every second Saturday of the month. Bring your poems, stories, music, opinions, and especially yourselves. All are welcome.

Features TBA.

Where: Pasadena Highlands, Community Room

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1575 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

Website: https://www.wellquesstph.com/calendar  or https://askewlit.blogspot.com

Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner Book Release Event at Book Show LA

Come celebrate the latest book launch by local author Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner!

A Live Thing Clinging With Many Teeth is a collection comprised of found poetry using Stephen King’s Geradi’s Game as a source.      

Where: BookShowLA

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/events

Bottomless Brunch Event at Book Show LA

Please join Leche Co. for a vegan brunch fundraiser for Book Show. Support two women owned businesses while enjoying delicious gourmet dishes and handcrafted drinks!

NOTE: See website for costs & further details.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2485265545035017/

Mini Master Workshop with Douglas Manuel at Beyond Baroque

This is an intensive four-hour writing workshop with Douglas Manuel titled “Diving into the Wreck,” As guidance for methods of grappling with the family narrative as a resource for creative writing, we will consider poetry, creative non-fiction, and hybrid works of Ai, Anne Carson Sharon Olds, and Ocean Vuong.

NOTE: See website for costs and details of this ticketed event.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 11 am – 3 pm

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

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

Patric Kuh & Becoming a Restauranteur at Pages Bookstore

Please join us for a reception and signing with The Arthur J’s Patric Kuh.  Award-winning journalist and food writer Patric Kuh, author of Becoming a Restauranteur (Masters at Work), explores the restaurant industry—based on the experiences of Lien Ta and Jonathan Whitener’s Here’s Looking at You restaurant in Los Angeles—and reveals essential details for anyone considering a path to this risky business.

NOTE: See website for further details.

Where: Cellar Books, Riverside CA

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 12 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/pages-welcomes-patric-kuh

IntersectionALLIES Childrens’s Book Launch at Allmost Studio & Gallery

Please join your host, The Free Black Women’s Library, for a special launching of a new children’s book launch of IntersectionALLIES, by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi, with a forward by Kimberle Crenshaw.

NOTE: Please see website for further details.

Where: Allmost Studio & Gallery

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address:  1288 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019

Website: http://facebook.com/events/646863025781422/

Soap Box Poets Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join your host, Jessica Wilson Cardenas, for this monthly Open Reading. This is your home. Bring your words. The  mic is yours. Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm, and there is a five minute limit.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

Ed Rucker & Justice Makes a Killing at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to hear author Ed Rucker at his publication party, who will discuss and sign his book, Justice Makes a Killing. This is the second book in his Bobby Earl legal thriller series.

When Bobby Earl meets the beautiful but vulnerable Kate Carlson, a powerful L.A. lawyer who awaits trial in a small town jail for a murder during a prison break, he thinks he knows what’s at stake. But Kate insists she’s been set up. To find the truth, Bobby must risk his own life, career, and everything he loves by digging up secrets of the billion-dollar prison industry and the California prison guards union, in a desperate battle against a powerful and expanding conspiracy.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 3 pm  

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-july-14th-300-pm-publication-party-ed-rucker-discusses-and-signs-justice-makes-killing

Celebrate Bastille Day with Poetry & Open Mic at Gatsby’s Bookstore, Long Beach

Celebrate Bastille Day with Poetry and an Open Mic, featuring poets:

Suzanne Allen is an interior designer turned writer and teacher of creative writing at CSULB. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and the author of a chapbook, verisimilitude. She is co-editor of The Bastille: The Literary Magazine of Spoken Word Paris, and the founder of Small Fish Big Pond.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems (2014) and State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (2015). She is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly.

Tamara Madison is the author of the collection Wild Domestic (2011) and the chapbook The Belly Remembers (2005). She is a blog writer (of TamTalk!!!), poet, performer and editor.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore, Long Beach

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/bastille-day  :

Roar Shack “Gathering Sky” Reading at 826LA 

Join us for an incredible summer show, “Gathering Sky,” hosted by David Rocklin & featuring:

Carla Sameth, Angela Bullock, Suhasini Devi Yeeda, Cassandra Lane, and Jennifer Genest.

Where: 826LA Echo Park

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

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

Website: https://m.facebook.com/events/826la-echo-park-/roar-shack-presents-gathering-sky-on-sunday-july-14/2264483753627166/

Second Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic at The Studio Theatre

Please join your host, Alex M. Frankel, to hear our Open Mic plus features:

Lynne  Bronstein is the author of four poetry collections: Astray from Normalcy, Roughage, Thirsty in the Ocean, and Border Crossings.

Alexandra Umlas is the author of At the Table of the Unknowns: Poems.

Where: The Studio Theatre at St. Denis Building

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 5 pm -7 pm

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

Website: http://secondsundaypoetry.com

Words Uncaged Reading by Tobias Tubbs, George Sanchez & Johana Diaz at Skylight Bookstore

Join us for Words Uncaged, a creative platform created by the men of A-Yard California State Prison, Lancaster and Cal State LA professor Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Its purpose is for incarcerated artists, writers, students and poets to dialogue and critically engage with you. We invite you to experience our voices –uncaged from prison walls. We invite you to rethink who incarcerated men are and to explore our humanity together. We invite you to imagine alternatives to our system of mass incarceration in the U.S.

We will feature readings by Words Uncaged authors, and our host Jose Cubias,  CSULA graduate student and community organizer and editor for Words Uncaged.

Tobias Tubbs is the Chief Ambassador of the Insight Gardening Project, Catalyst program, and Words Uncaged of Lancaster Programming Faculty. He also co-authored Human (2017), a book aiming to break the criminal stigma and dehumanization of people incarcerated. He was released by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2018, and is currently facilitator of Narrative Therapy Based Reentry Healing and Collaboration Circles.

George Sanchez is an Angeleno from the Pico-Union District, and author of two books of poetry, Aztec Slave and Words from the Deep Core of My Brown Corazon, both published during incarceration. His new book of poetry is titled Bumping Slow Oldies with Sad Eyes.

Johana Diaz is a poet who spent most of her teenage life in and out of the juvenile (in)justice system, and was released for the last time in 2017. Her book of poetry, Break Free (2018), depicted her life experience before, during, and after her incarceration. She now focuses on trying to impact other teens with her story in a positive way.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 5 pm  

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

Website: http://www.sklightbooks,com/event/words-uncaged-reading-tobias-tubbs-george-sanchezand-johana-diaz

Voice in the Well: Summer Delight at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for our Voice in the Well event, an evening of variety arts programming hosted by Eric Vollmer. This month’s theme is Summer Delight.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

 

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