Los Angeles Literature Events: 05/31/21 – 06/06/21

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

Monday Night Fiction Workshop at Beyond Baroque – Zoom Online   

The free Monday Night Fiction Workshop led by Raquel Baker is a community writing workshop in which participants are asked to bring copies of 2-3 pages of fiction to read, and for critique and discussion. Registration is required.

Raquel Baker earned a PhD in English Literary Studies from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing form Mills College. She is currently Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Studies and Transnational Literatures at CSU Channel Islands. She also has published poetry and non-fiction, and done readings with the Ventura Poetry Project.

Where: Beyond Baroque online (tickets at Eventbrite)

Date: Monday the 31st              

Time: 7:30pm – 10 pm

Address: Zoom Online

Website: https://beyondbaroque.org/free_workshops.html

Walking Amongst the Rubble: Undocuqueer Pride Podcast – Online  Event

The Influx Collective Queer Reading Series and Cori-Bratby-Rudd & Diana Gutierrez invite you to Influx Collective: The Podcast to all streaming platforms near you!

Season one: Walking amongst the Rubble: Undocuqeer Pride will include poetry performances and interviews by LA-based award-winning undocuqueer poets Roxana Preciado, Fei Hernandez, Yessica Avila, Diana Gutierrez, Marinna Venzon & Sonia Guinansaca.

Where: Online Event (see site for details)

Date: Tuesday the 1st (through  Tuesday, June 15th)           

Time: 11 am

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/571568047579521

Writing Workshop at Pacific Asian Museum via USC-PAM – Online Event   

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, USC PAM and creative collective Narrated Objects invite you to contribute to the 50 Years of PAM Story Collection!

During a one-hour workshop, authors Teena Apeles and Andrea Richards of Narrated Objects will lead in writing about an experience they’ve had at the museum through storytelling exercises. The collection will debut on the PAM website in the fall.

NOTE: See site for details, and to register for this FREE event.     

Where: USC-PAM – Online event

Date: Tuesday the 1st    

Time: 12 pm – 1 pm PDT 

Address: Online event

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/534328394406671

Suzanne Park & Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous via Skylight Books – Online YA Event

Join us to hear YA author Suzanne Park in conversation with a discussion and launch of her book, Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous.

This book is about a social media influencer who is shipped off to a digital detox summer camp in this funny coming-of-age story. She finds that between some unexpected friendships and an alarmingly cute farm boy, Sunny might be surprised by the connections she makes when she’s forced to disconnect.

NOTE: See site for tickets and event details.         

Where: Skylight Books &LAPL – Online

Date: Tuesday the 1st            

Time: 2 pm 

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-treehouse-and-la-public-library-present-suzanne-park-author-sunny-song-will-never-be

Lammy Awards Ceremony: Lambda Literary Awards for 2021 – Online Zoom Event   

Join Lambda Literary for the 2021 Lammy Awards, presented FREE and offered via Zoom!

Come to the 2021 Lammys and reserve your seat for the virtual ceremony. Created over 30 years ago to recognize the crucial role writers paly in shaping the world, the Lammys celebrate the very best in LGBTQ literature.

This event is hosted by Rakesh Satyal and features a performance from Meshell Ndegeocello.

See site for list of nominees and details.

NOTE: See site for details, and to register for this FREE event.     

Where: Lambda Literary Awards – Online event

Date: Tuesday the 1st    

Time: 4 pm PDT 

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/

NAWBO June Book Club: Books + Coffee & Pleasure Activism via NAWBO – Orange County Online Zoom Event   

Join NAWBO-OC for our monthly Book Club. This month we will be reviewing and discussing Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, by Adrienne Marie Brown. To check out our past reads check out link at site.

NOTE: See site for details.    

Where: National Association of Women Business Owners – Online event

Date: Tuesday the 1st    

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm PDT 

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1435234223326355

Brave on a Page: An Introduction to Writing Personal Essays with Dr. Kerry Neville – Online Zoom Event   

Personal essays focus on writers’ first-person experiences, what has been called “true stories told well.” In this workshop we will learn how to be brave on the page, risking revelation in hopes of transformation. How do we expand an anecdote or moment into a longer meaningful narrative; how do we navigate memory and emotional honesty; hos can elements of craft help us to tell our stories well and with integrity?

Instructor Kerry Neville is coordinator of the MFA program and assistant professor of Creative Writing at Georgia College, and author of Remember to Forget Me and Necessary Lies.

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

Where: Lounge Writers – Online event

Date: Tuesday the 1st    

Time: 4 pm – 6:30 pm PDT 

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/3804220986355240 

In Conversation: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Historical Context via Hammer Museum – Online Zoom Event   

Professor Brenda E. Stevenson moderates an online conversation with Karlos K. Hill and Hannibal Johnson, both authors and experts on the 1921 Tulsa Race massacre, in which a white mob assaulted residents, looted, and destroyed their homes, churches, schools, and businesses in the predominantly Black neighborhood and business district of Greenwood in Tulsa. Oklahoma.

Karlos K. Hill is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma and chair of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Commission. His most recent book is The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History.

Hannibal Johnson is an attorney, author, and highly regarded public historian. He is the author of Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples with its Historical Racial Trauma.

NOTE: See site to RSVP and for details of this free event.    

Where: Hammer Museum – Online event

Date: Tuesday the 1st    

Time: 5 pm PDT 

Address: Online event

Website: https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2021/1921-tulsa-race-massacre-historical-context

Nicola Yoon, with David Yoon, & Instructions for Dancing via Book Soup – Online Event

Nicola Yoon, in conversation with David Yoon, will present and discuss her third novel, Instructions for Dancing..

Author Nicola Yoon’s new novel is an utterly unique romance. Evie Thomas does not believe in love anymore. But she finds herself at the La Brea Dance Studio learning to dance with a boy named X, who is everything she is not. Falling for X is not what Evie had in mind, but soon she is forced to question everything she thought she knew about life and love.

NOTE: See site for details, and to register for this free event.     

Where: Book Soup – Online Crowdcast event

Date: Tuesday the 1st                        

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/nicola-yoon-discusses-instructions-dancing

Taylor Jenkins Reid & Malibu Rising via Pages Bookstore – Online Event

Pages Bookstore presents the virtual launch for Malibu Rising, by author Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Set in Malibu in August, 1983, at the party of the year,the only person not looking forward to it is the host, Nina Riva, who has abandoned her tennis player husband.  This is the story of an annual epic party that celebrates the end of summer, but over the course of twenty-four hours, the lives of four famous siblings will change forever. In one unforgettable night in a family, they learn what they are prepared to leave behind.

NOTE: Reservations and details to obtain a signed copy of the book are at site.

Where: Pages Bookstore – Online (see site)

Date: Tuesday the 1st            

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website:  https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/pages-bookstore-presents-virtual-launch-malibu-rising-author-taylor-jenkins-reid

Christopher Buehlman & The Blacktongue Thief via Vroman’s – Online Event       

Join us to hear author Christopher Buehlman present and discuss his new book,The Blacktongue Thief.

Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, and his debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveler who crosses his path. But after he picks the wrong mark Galva the knight, he finds his fate entangled with Galva’s as they are forced on an epic journey to escape common enemies and uncommon dangers.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore – Online Crowdcast event

Date: Tuesday the 1st            

Time: 6 pm PT

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vromans-live-christopher-buehlman-discusses-and-signs-blacktongue-thief   

Kristen Bedford & Cruise Night via Skylight Books – Online Event

Join us to hear author and photographer Kristen Bedford present and discuss her book of photographs, Cruise Night.

Known for her quiet portraits of American cultural movements, the author’s new work, Cruise Night, is an intimate and un-staged exploration of Mexican American lowrider car culture in Los Angeles. From 2014 to 2019 she attended hundreds of lowrider cruise nights, car shows, and other events to capture and create a visual narrative of the lowrider tradition and question prevalent societal stereotypes. This is an original look at a prolific American movement set against the Los Angeles cityscape.

NOTE: See site for RSVP and event details.         

Where: Skylight Books – Online Event

Date: Tuesday the 1st            

Time: 6:30 pm 

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-kristin-bedford-discusses-her-book-photographs-cruise-night

Tuesdays at the Virtual Cobalt: Poets Series Presents: Katerina Canyon & Open Reading – Virtual Zoom Event  

The Virtual Cobalt Poets Series, presented by Rick Lupert via Zoom, will feature poet Katerina Canyon, plus an open reading.

Katerina Canyon is a poet and spoken word artist who grew up in Los Angeles. From 2000 to 2004 she served two terms as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, and started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings in the area. She is the author of the poetry collection, Changing the Lines (2017). She currently lives in Seattle.

NOTE: Details and Zoom link at event link.

Where: Cobalt Poets – Online Zoom Event 

Date: Tuesday the 1st                                                

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm     

Address: Online event (see site)       

Website: http://poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html     

Da Poetry Lounge Open Mic at Greenway Court Theatre Is Now Virtual – Online

DPL events at the Greenway Court Theatre are postponed until further notice.

But some events are offered via livestream, so check the calendar for information on events offered via the wonderly app link.

We have an open mic every Tuesday night except for the third Tuesday, when we have a poetry slam. There is a sign-up procedure and a three-minute time limit per performer. The event is open to all ages.

Where: Online event

Date: Tuesday the 1st        

Time: 9 pm

Address: Online event

Website: https://dapoetrylounge.com/calendar (Check site to confirm date)

ALOUD Reading Series: Sinaed O’Connor & Rememberings via LAPL – Online Event

In a revelatory new memoir, singer-songwriter Sinaed O’Connor traces her journey through a highly acclaimed, highly controversial, career. In her book, Rememberings, she recounts her painful tale of growing up in Dublin in a dysfunctional, abusive household and how she escaped into music. She became an icon by the time she was twenty, and with her trademark shaved head, she gained even greater fame when she appeared on SNL in 1992 and tore up Pope John Paul II’s photograph.

In a conversation with former Rolling Stone editor and MTV News Anchor Kurt Loder, O’Connor will discuss the highs and lows of living a rock star life out loud.

NOTE: See site for registration and event details.         

Where: ALOUD Reading Series – Online

Date: Wednesday the 1st            

Time: 1 pm 

Address: Online Event

Website: https://lfla.org/event/rememberings/

Young Adult Book Club & What’s Not to Love via Pages Bookstore – Online Event

Pages Bookstore presents the second meeting of the Young Adult Book Club & What’s Not to Love, by authors Emiily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund Broka.

This is an enemies-to-lovers YA rom-com filled with perfect banter, nerdy drama, and heart-pounding romance. It tells the tale of two competitive seniors assigned the task of co-planning a previous class’s ten- year reunion, and the prize that is offered by the principal and the challenges involved.

NOTE: See details at site.

Where: Pages Bookstore – Online (see site)

Date: Wednesday the 2nd             

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website:  https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/young-adult-book-club-1   

P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast, with Allison Saft, & Spells Trouble via Vroman’s Books – Online Event       

Authors P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast, in conversation with Allison Saft, will present and discuss their book, Spells Trouble: Sister of Salem. 

This story is about Hunter and Mercy Goode, twin witches, and direct descendants of the founder of the town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers—the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.  But when their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death, and now must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore – Online Crowdcast event

Date: Wednesday the 2nd             

Time: 6 pm PT

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/pc-kristin-cast

Muriel Leung, with Jen Chen Ho, & Imagine Us, The Swarm via Skylight Books – Online Event

Join us to hear author Muriel Leung, in conversation with Jen Chen Ho,present and discuss her book, Imagine Us, the Swarm.

Winner of the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, this book offers seven powerful texts that form a constellation of voices, forms, and approaches to loneliness, silence, and death. In this collection of essays in verse, Leung reconciles a family history of violence and generational trauma across intersections of Asian American, queer, and gendered experiences. Moving between the past and present she imbues memories with something new to alter time and design a different future.

NOTE: See site for RSVP and event details.         

Where: Skylight Books – Online Event

Date: Wednesday the 2nd            

Time: 6:30 pm 

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-kristin-bedford-discusses-her-book-photographs-cruise-night  

Book Release: Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh & Womxn via World Stage Press – Online Event

Join us to hear author Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh present and discuss her book, Womxn.

This book is a spoken word compilation reflecting multiple layers of experience and identity that embody who the WOMXN is and can be. The X is in protest and resistance to the term’s patriarchal roots that remain relevant today. The author’s shared histories are presented in the for of chapters. There will always be a dominant story –this book is a way to make room for the othered story== the counter-story—in poetry.

NOTE: See site for RSVP, pre-order, and event details.         

Where: World Stage Press – Online Event

Date: Wednesday the 2nd            

Time: 6:30 pm 

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/499287101111856/

Anansi Virtual Writers Workshop via The World Stage – Online Event

Join this weekly community workshop founded in 1990, and following a three-part format, by joining in via Zoom every Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.

In its 30th year, the Anansi Writers Workshop is a workshop and open mic performance featuring L.A.’s freshest, most inspiring voices speaking their truth in poetry and prose.

Suggested: $5.00 Donation via PayPal: The World Stage Gallery. Check website for Zoom link.

NOTE: See site for further details, and any change in the schedule due to holidays. Contact kaliflowers@gmial.com or call (323) 293-2451      

Where: Online event (Eventbrite)     

Date: Wednesday the 2nd                               

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm                                               

Address: Online event                                            

Website: https://www.theworldstage.org/ 

Wednesday Night Poetry Workshop via Beyond Baroque – Zoom Online         

Join Beyond Baroque’s longest running free poetry workshop via Zoom online as we welcome new and seasoned poets to share their work and provide feedback. Facilitators are rotated quarterly, and the current facilitator is Luivette Resto.

Luivettte Resto is a mother, teacher, and poet, and the author of two collections: Unfinished Portrait and Ascension, both published by Tia Chucha Press. Her third book is forthcoming from FlowerSong Press.

NOTE: See site for further details, tickets and information.       

Where: Online event (Eventbrite)     

Date: Wednesday the 2nd                               

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm                                                          

Address: Online event                                            

Website: https://www.beyondbaroque.org/free_workshops.html

The Ugly Mug Open Mic & Poetry Reading via Two Idiots Peddling Poetry – Zoom Online        

Two Idiots Peddling Poetry and host Ben Trigg presents weekly poetry readings at the Ugly Mug and the events are now virtual.

This week’s feature is TBA.

You can join in at the Zoom event via link provided, and sign up to read via Google Sheets at site.

NOTE: See site for further details. 

Where: Online Zoom event (see site)           

Date: Wednesday the 2nd                               

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm 

Address: Online event                                    

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/two-idiots-peddling-poetry

Writers Bloc Presents: Edward St. Aubyn & Double Blind via Skylight Books – Online Event

Author Edward St. Aubyn will present and discuss his book, Double Blind.

Moderator, TBA.

This book follows three close friends and their circle through a year of extraordinary transformation. Set between London, Cap d’Antibes, Big Sur, and a re-wilded corner of Sussex, this thrilling, ambitious novel is about the headlong pursuit of knowledge—for the purposes of pleasure, revelation, money, sanity, or survival—and the consequences of fleeing form what we know about others and ourselves.

NOTE: See site for Eventbrite registration and event details.         

Where: Skylight Bookstore & Writers Bloc– Online

Date: Thursday the 3rd             

Time: 12 pm 

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/writers-bloc-presents-edward-st-aubyn-author-double-blind  

Elizabeth Letts, with Matthew Goodman, & The Ride of Her Life via Pages Bookstore – Online Event

Pages Bookstore presents a discussion between author Elizabeth Letts, and Matthew Goodman, about her new book, The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America.

In 1954, sixty-three-year-old Maine farmer Annie Wilkins embarked on an impossible journey, with only two years to live. She was determined to see the Pacific Ocean before she died and ignoring her doctor’s advice she bought a cast-off gelding named Tarzan, donned men’s dungarees, and headed south form Maine in mid-November, hoping to beat the snow. She had little idea what to expect, but took her horse and dog on a trip believing that Americans would treat a stranger with kindness. The details and adventures of this miraculous story takes place in a rapidly changing world and make it Hard to put down.

NOTE: See details at site.

Where: Pages Bookstore – Online (see site)

Date: Thursday the 3rd             

Time: 5 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website:  https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/elizabeth-letts-discussion-matthew-goodman-thursday-june-3rd-5pm 

LARB Presents: Kiese Laymon in Conversation & Long Division via Skylight Books – Online Event

Kiese Laymon, in conversation with Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Brandon Taylor &Dana Johnson, will discuss his new book, Long Division.

Written in a voice that is alternately hilarious, lacerating, and wise, this book features two interwoven stories, set in 2013 and 1985. Ultimately, however, the teens in this story venture back to 1964, to help another time traveler they meet to protect him from the Ku Klux Klan. This complex novel shows what Black Americans must do, while living under the shadow of a history they don’t fully understand.

NOTE: See site for tickets and event details.         

Where: Skylight Bookstore & LARB – Online

Date: Thursday the 3rd            

Time: 5 pm 

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/larb-and-skylight-present-kiese-laymon-conversation    

Jonathan Taplin, with Marc Weingarten, & The Magic Years via Book Soup – Online Event

Jonathan Taplin, in conversation with Marc Weingarten, will present and discuss his book, The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-And-Roll Life.

Author and tour manager Jonathan Taplin’s extraordinary journey has put him at the crest of every major cultural wave of the past half-century. This book is both a rock memoir and a work of cultural criticism, and the author makes a convincing case for art’s power to deliver us from “passionless detachment” and rekindle our humanism.

NOTE: See site for details, and to register for this free event.     

Where: Book Soup – Online Crowdcast event

Date: Thursday the 3rd                        

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/jonathan-taplin-conversation-marc-weingarten-discusses-magic-years-scenes-rock-and-roll-life    

Virtual Talk: Jake Cohen in Conversation with Michael Twitty & Jew-ish via Skirball Cultural Center – Online Event

Jake Cohen, in conversation with food writer and historian Michael Twitty(The Cooking Gene),will present and discuss his cookbook, Jew-ish.

Described as the “creative, youthful future of Jewish food,” Jake Cohen introduces usto his hot new cookbook, Jew-ish, reinventing the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and drawing inspiration from his husband’s Persian-Iraqi traditions.

NOTE: See site for details, and to register for this free event.     

Where: Skirball Cutural Center – Online event

Date: Thursday the 3rd                        

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/462772151606663    

Mark A. Thompson & Sinatra’s Tailor via The Adventurers Club – Online Event

Author Mark A. Thompsons book, Sinatra’s Tailor, will be featured at the Adventurers Club as a special event.

NOTE: See site for details.     

Where: LAPL – Online event

Date: Thursday the 3rd                        

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/466128394580318

Smashing Stereotypes in YA, with Suzanne Park & Aminah Mae Safi,via Studio City Branch Library, LAPL – Online YA Event

Authors Suzanne Park & Aminah Mae Safi will discuss the topic Smashing Stereotypes in Young Adult Literature, and will present and discuss their new books.

Suzanne Park is a Korean American author, and the author most recently of Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous.

Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim American author, and the author most recently of This Is All Your Fault.

NOTE: See site for details.     

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL – Online event

Date: Thursday the 3rd                        

Time: 6:30 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/smashing-stereotypes-ya

Ly Tran, with Said Sayrafiezadeh, & House of Sticks via Chevalier’s Books – Online Event        

Author Ly Tran, in conversation with Said Sayrafiezadeh, will present and discuss her new book, House of Sticks.

Author Ly Tran’s new book is an intimate, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir recounting a young girl’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to Ridgewood, Queens, and her struggle to find her voice amid clashing cultural expectations.

NOTE: See site for details, and to register for this free event.     

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore – Online Zoom event

Date: Thursday the 3rd             

Time: 7 pm 

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/june-03-ly-tran

Future Now: A Black & Brown Open Mic & Reading Seriesvia Dryland LA Online

Join us for this month’s meeting of the Future Now Black & Brown Open Mic & Reading Series, held every first Thursday of the month, and hosted by Viva Padilla, Nikolai Garcia, and the Dryland team.

Featured readers are drawn from our Dryland contributors, and this month they include:

Karo Ska (Issue 9, 2019) (she/they) is a South Asian & Eastern European gender-fluid poet, living on occupied Tongva land. Their first chapbook, Gathering Grandmothers’ Bones was released on February 29, 2020.

Haolun Xu (Issue 10, 2021) was born in Nanning China, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1999 as a child. He was raised in central New Jersey, and his chapbook, Ultimate Sun Cell, is forthcoming with New Delta Review.

Timothy Gomez (Issue 10, 2021) teaches high school English and Ethnic Studies in Huntington Park, CA, and his writing has most recently appeared in Dryland, No Tokens, and Black Rabbit Review. His current project is a You Tube show called If You’re in a Place.

Please sign-up for the Open Mic at the site link on the google form.

NOTE: See site for details.  

Where: Dryland LA – Online Zoom event

Date: Thursday the 3rd                       

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                

Address: Online event

Website: https://drylandla.org/2021/05/24/june-3rd-future-now-reading-karo-ska-haolun-xu-timothy-gomez/   

Sabor y Cultura: fos_thursdays Open Mic– Instagram Event 

Please enjoy the Sabor y Cultura Open Mic on Instagram Live on Thursdays at 8pm PST.

This is an Instagram online event.      

NOTE: Sign-ups open on Wednesday at 3 pm.

Where: Online event (see site)                                

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 8 pm                                              

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.instagram.com/fos_thursdays/  

Story Time with a Museum Educator via Natural History Museum of L.A. County – Facebook Online Kids Event 

Please enjoy a family event from the L.A. County Natural History, which hosts a Museum Educator reading event for the little ones, to share a brand new story in a live reading of favorite books, every Friday morning!

This is a Facebook online event.       

NOTE: See website link for details.

Where: Online event (see site)        

Time: 11 am – 11:30 am                                      

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/151310073551177

One Caribbean Story: Melissa Noel, Alex Lee, Lisa McGooden, Dr. Chaderton & Others via CARICON – Online Event 

Time: 11 am – 12 pm                                           

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/168849278511347

Author’s Spotlight: Laverne Caines via CARICON – Online Event 

Please join us for CARICON 2021, based in Los Angeles, and featuring a weekend celebration of Caribbean Literature with thought-provoking conversations, panels, workshops, poetry readings and more!

Author’s Spotlight is a panel discussion where authors and readers connect, and it will be moderated by Laverne Caines. Participants include: Shelleyann Patrick, Meilo Ayo, Yvonne Rodney, Dylan Constantine, Dr. Nadine Collins & Dr. Denise J. Charles.     

NOTE: See website link for details.

Where: Caribbean Literary Conference (CARICON) – (see site)  

Date: Friday the 4th 

Time: 12 pm – 1 pm PDT                                    

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/928472564655421

Herbs, Healing and Obeah: Sharon Martini via CARICON – Online Event 

Please join us for CARICON 2021, based in Los Angeles, and featuring a weekend celebration of Caribbean Literature with thought-provoking conversations, panels, workshops, poetry readings and more!

Author’s Spotlight is a panel discussion where authors and readers connect, and this event will be moderated by Sharon Martini. Participants include: Dr. Milton Whittaker & Kukuwa Abba. 

NOTE: See website link for details.

Where: Caribbean Literary Conference (CARICON) – (see site)  

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 1 pm – 2 pm PDT                                      

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1450558608611631  

Author’s Spotlight: Melissa Shepard-Williams via CARICON – Online Event 

Please join us for CARICON 2021, based in Los Angeles, and featuring a weekend celebration of Caribbean Literature with thought-provoking conversations, panels, workshops, poetry readings and more!

Author’s Spotlight is a panel discussion where authors and readers connect, and this event will be moderated by Melissa Shepard-Williams. Participants include: Dr. Horace Alexander, Lorna Little, Kayla Williams, Aka Ali-Kerr & Samantha V. Williams.      

NOTE: See website link for details.

Where: Caribbean Literary Conference (CARICON) – (see site)  

Date: Friday the 4th 

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm PDT                                      

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/327612968858611  

Your Author Series: Mike Curato & Little Elliot – Online LAPL Kids Event 

Please join us to hang out with author and illustrator Mike Curato, who has won several awards for his Little Elliot series, which has been translated into more than ten languages.

Those participating will have an opportunity to win a free book.     

NOTE: See website link for details.

Where: LAPL event (see site)        

Date: Friday the 4th 

Time: 4 pm                                                          

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-cozbi-cabrera-0

Grace Perry, with Tien Tran, & The 2000’s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture via Book Soup – Online Event

Grace Perry, in conversation with Tien Tran, will discuss a collection of essays that’s hilarious and nostalgic trip through the 2000s media to examine how a very straight decade forges a very queer woman. For better or worse they touch points shaped her adult identity.

NOTE: See site for details, and to register for this free event.     

Where: Book Soup – Online Crowdcast event

Date: Friday the 4th                         

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/grace-perry-discusses-2000’s-made-me-gay-essays-pop-culture

Neal Allen, with Anne Lamott, & Shapes of Truth via Vroman’s Books – Online Event       

Author, writer, and coach Neal Allen, in conversation with author and wife Anne Lamott, will present and discuss his book, Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside You. 

This author is joined in discussion by his wife, author Anne Lamott, in a freewheeling romp through their divergent spiritual paths, ways of writing, and approaches to Covid Pademic times as newlyweds.

Hidden in your body is a set of 35 divine objects that represent aspects of God. They can grant immediate and sustained relief form everyday suffering. This book provides strep-by-step instructions for encountering them yourself. They have parallels in Platonism philosophy and Sufi mysticism.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore – Online event

Date: Friday the 4th              

Time: 6 pm PT

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/anne-lamott-discusses-shapes-truth-discover-god-inside

Live on Crowdcast: Wave Books Group Poetry Reading via Skylight Books – Online Event

Join us to hear four authors present their work in the Wave Books Poetry Reading. Wave Books is an independent publisher based in Seattle, Washington, was founded in 2005, and merged with Versus Press.

Joshua Beckman is the author of many books, including Animal Days (Wave, 2021) and The Lives of Poems and Three Talks (Wave Books, 2018). He is editor-in-chief at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, and co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (2015).

Lisa Fishman’s seventh book was recently released: Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition (Wave Books, 2020). She is also the author of 24 Pages and other poems (Wave, 2015), among others.

Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, and translation – separately and in various combinations.  She translates form the Japanese, and her books include Some Girls Walk into the Country They Are From (Wave, 2020), among others. She teaches at Brown University and she is co-author, with Eric Selland, of a forthcoming anthology of 20th Century Japanese Poetry.

Srikanth Reddy is the author of Underworld Lit (Wave Books, 2020), among many other literary endeavors. He is a graduate of Iowa Writers Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, and is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

NOTE: See site for RSVP and event details.         

Where: Skylight Books – Online Event

Date: Friday the 4th           

Time: 6 pm 

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-wave-books-group-poetry-reading

First Fridays Rapp Saloon Poetry Open Mic with Cynthia Alessandra Briano – Virtual Event

The First Fridays Rapp Saloon Open Mic events have been offered virtually recently. Check posts for updates and details. In February, In February, Cynthia Alessandra Briano celebrated 5 years as host.

NOTE: See website link for details. (TBA)

Where: First Fridays Rapp Saloon (online)  

Date: Friday the 4th                                         

Time: 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm                

Address: Virtual event

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

Creative Writing Workshop via LAwritersgroup.com – Online Event

Get words on the page and meet other writers in this online creative writing workshop.

NOTE: See website for online link and further details. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Where: Online event (see details at website link)

Date: Saturday the 5th                 

Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm

Address: Online event (see website)                            

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1256929651349141/

Get Lit Saturday Class via Get Lit – Words Ignite – Online Teen Event

Join the Get Lit Saturday Class, a weekly poetry workshop that is free and open to all teens!       

Learn writing techniques, performance training, and confidence-building every Saturday morning, via Zoom. This is a FREE writing technique, performance training and confidence building workshop for poets of all experience levels, ages 13-19.

NOTE: See website for online link and further details.   

Where: Get Lit – Words Ignite – Online event (see details at website link)

Date: Saturday the 5th                      

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Address: Online event (see website) 

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/670785643795184/ (Check and Verify)

Western Edge Writers Workshop via Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL – Online Event

Join writers and aspiring writers for a Zoom group discussion that supports writing endeavors of all genres: fiction, poetry, non-fiction and memoirs. Share your work and receive  constructive criticism.

Email Shannon@lapl.org for Zoom participation details.

NOTE: See website for online link and details.   

Where: LAPL – Online event (see details at website link)

Date: Saturday the 5th                      

Time: 10 am

Address: Online event (see website) 

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/western-edge-writers-1

Special Story Time with Lucky Diaz & Micah Player & Paletero Man via Vroman’s Books – Online Kids Event       

Musician Lucky Diaz and artist Micah Player, will present Paletero Man. 

This vibrant picture book celebrates the strength of community and the tastes of summer, from Latin Grammy winning musician Lucky Diaz and celebrated artist Micah Player.

What’s the best way to cool off on a summer day? Run quick and find Paletero Jose! Follow along with our narrator as he passes through his busy neighborhood to catch up with the Paletero Man. But when he does catch up to him, the narrator’s pockets are empty. Oh no! It will take the help of the entire community to get the tasty treat now.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore – Online event

Date: Saturday the 5th              

Time: 11 am PT

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vromans-live-presents-special-story-time-lucky-diaz-micah-player-presenting-paletero-man

Dreambraid & EcoEros Workshop with Sarah Maclayvia Beyond Baroque – Online Event       

Beyond Baroque is offering Dreambraid & EcoEros, an intensive writing workshop with poet Sarah Maclay.

After burrowing into some of the ties between poetry and nocturnal states, we will generate and share one new piece and look at different ways to write another one later.

Bring at least ten sentences from at least two distinct dreams form different nights.

NOTE: See site for costs, details and registration.

Where: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center – Online event

Date: Saturday the 5th              

Time: 11 am 

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dreambraid-ecoeros-a-workshop-with-sarah-maclay-tickets-154462454359

The Art of Perspective in YA Literature: Desmond Hall via CARICON – Online Event 

Please join us for CARICON 2021, based in Los Angeles, and featuring a weekend celebration of Caribbean Literature with thought-provoking conversations, panels, workshops, poetry readings and more!

The Art of Perspective in Young Adult Literature is an event where authors and readers connect. This event will be presented by Desmond Hall, author of Your Corner Dark.

NOTE: See website link for details.

Where: Caribbean Literary Conference (CARICON) – (see site)  

Date: Saturday the 5th 

Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm PDT                            

Address:  Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/160233015974713

Lummis Day Event: Poetry Reading and Conversation with Ron Kortege, Jeremy Ra & Conney Williamsvia Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL – Online Event       

Join LAPL for a Lummis Day event: poetry readings and conversations with South Pasadena Poet Laureate Ron Kortege, Chinese-Korean-American poet Jeremy Ra, and poet, actor, community activist, and performance artist Conney Williams.

They will be joined by members of the Western Edge Writers Group.

Ron Kortege is the current Poet Laureate of South Pasadena and the recipient of grants from the NEA and the California Arts Council. He is the author most recently of a comic for smart people,  Olympusville (Red Hen Press) and is also author of Negative Space, nominated for Animated Short Films (2018).

Jeremy Ra was born in Hawaii, grew up in South Korea, and has lived in Los Angeles for the past fifteen years. He was a finalist for the PEN Emerging Voices program, and featured as Poet of the Month with Moontide Press. He studied poetry at the UCLA Extension Writers Program.

Conney Williams is the author of two collections of poetry: Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet (2002) and Blues Red Soul Falsetto (2012). in 2015 he released two critically acclaimed CDs of his poetry. He is the Artistic Director of the Anansi Writers Workshop.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL – Online event

Date: Saturday the 5th              

Time: 3 pm 

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-reading-and-conversation-lummis-day-series

Saturday Afternoon Poetry & Poetry Writing Workshop via Zoom Onlline

Join Saturday Afternoon Poetry for a Poetry Writing Workshop led by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 150 lines for Spectrum online edition: Summer Sounds, by following instructions at site.

All events are curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Zoom Online event

Date: Saturday the 5th              

Time: 3 pm– 5 pm

Address: Online event         

Website: https://www.saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com

Confronting Climate Change in the Caribbean: Inside a Dry-Weather House via CARICON – Online Event 

Please join us for CARICON 2021, based in Los Angeles, and featuring a weekend celebration of Caribbean Literature with thought-provoking conversations, panels, workshops, poetry readings and more!

Confronting Climate Change in the Caribbean: Inside a Dry-Weather House is a panel discussion, where authors and readers connect. This event will be moderated by Judith Falloon-Reid. Participants include: Diane McCaulay, Dainalyn Swaby & Ayanna Young Marshall, Esq.

NOTE: See website link for details.

Where: Caribbean Literary Conference (CARICON) – (see site)  

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 11 am – 12 pm PDT                                  

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/784503465602963

Editing Techniques Workshop via The Poetry Salon – Online Event

Join us for a writing workshop titled “Editing Techniques,” led by a guest facilitator, Cameron Moser.

NOTE: See site for registration and event details.         

Where: The Poetry Salon – Online

Date: Sunday the 6th            

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm   PST

Address: Online Event

Website: https://thepoetrysalon.com

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