Los Angeles Literature Events: 06/28/21 – 07/04/21

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

Howard Paar, with Denice Hamilton, & Top Rankin’: A Punk/Ska Noir Novel via Book Soup – Online Event

Author Howard Paar, in conversation with author Denise Hamilton, will present and discuss his book, Top Rankin’: A Punk/Ska Noir Novel.

Top Rankin’ captures the spirit of LA in 1980, and is populated with real-life characters from the music world in Los Angeles, New York and London, when everything’s changing, from the decadent, diverse punk rock scene to the violent, hard-core scene. Although club owner James Dual wants no part of that, his efforts are thwarted from every direction.

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

Where: Book Soup – Online Crowdcast event

Date: Monday the 28th                       

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/howard-parr-conversation-denise-hamilton-discusses-top-rankin%E2%80%99-punkska-noir-novel

Cookbook Book Club & Tables & Spreads via Pages Bookstore – In-Person Event

Host Danielle Anderson, will present and discuss the monthly Cookbook Book Club, and will make two recipes form this month’s selection, Tables and Spreads, by Shelly Westerhausen & Wyatt Worcel. The meeting will also be a potluck and will be held in the outdoor courtyard of the store where we can share what we’ve made and discuss the book.

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

Where: Pages Bookstore – In-Person event

Date: Monday the 28th                       

Time: 6 pm 

Where: 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/cookbook-book-club-0

Maria Hummel, with Jessica Goldberg, & Lesson in Red via Skylight Books – Online Event

Author Maria Hummel, in conversation with Jessica Goldberg, will discuss her book, Lesson in Red.

This thriller exposes dark questions about power and the art world and reveals the fatal mistakes that can befall those who threaten its status quo. the plot concerns the death of the rising star at the prestigious Los Angeles Art College, who is found dead on campus just after completing a provocative documentary on female bodies, coercion, and self-defense.

NOTE: See site for RSVP and event details.

Where: Skylight Books – Online Event

Date: Monday the 28th              

Time: 6:30 pm                                                                     

Address: Online Event

 Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-maria-hummel-discusses-lesson-red-jessica-goldberg  

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 28th               

Time: 7:30pm – 10 pm

Address: Zoom Online

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

Native Voices: New Play by Jaisey Bate & When We Breathe via The Autry – Online Event   

Native Voices at the Autry presents new plays and works remotely to stream the work of communities we don’t have access to, including Jaisey Bates’ playWhen We Breathe.

Four paths cross in a sacred, storied land where every breath is a riot of beauty— a revolutionary act of courage, grit, grace, faith, fire. Join this virtual theatre space event!

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

Where: The Autry – Online event

Date: Tuesday the 29th    

Time: 5 pm

Address: Online event

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/638102284257338   

Pride Month Author Talk: Liz Brown & Twilight Man via Edendale Branch Library, LAPL – Online Event

Join us For a Pride Month series event, to hear author Liz Brown, via Zoom, for a discussion and Q&A about her book, Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire.

The author’s fascinating new research uncovers the story of her great grand-uncle William Clark, Jr., heir to a mining fortune in 1920s Los Angeles, and his lover Harrison Post, whose portrait Brown discovered by chance. Clark helped establish the LA Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Clark Library at UCLA, but his homosexuality brought the ire of his employees and persecution from the district attorney. When Clark died suddenly, Post inherited a fortune, along with a nest of troubles and backlash from his own family, and a battle over the estate.

Where: Online Zoom Event (see site for details)

Date: Tuesday the 29th            

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/liz-brown-author-twilight-man-love-and-ruin-shadows-hollywood-and-clark-empire

Lost & Found at the Movies: Los Angeles, Symphonies of a City via ALOUD Reading Series, LAPL – Online Event

Join us as the ALOUD series presents John Nein, for a discussion and Q&A with Carlos Lopez Estrada about his film and accompanying book, Summertime, a formally free-styling ode to every corner of Los Angeles through the vibrant, evocative spoken-word poetry of its young cast, with Tyris Winter and Mila Cuda.

Although the tradition of the ‘city symphony’ film is generally tied to the silent films of the 1920s, filmmakers never really stopped making them or reimagining the form. As a result, we have countless ways to think of movies as an ‘ode’ to the city, exploring the city as a character. We will take a closer look at film’s cinematic odes to Los Angeles, from the silent films, to the  musicals, through the roc doc, and others.

Where: Online LFLA Event (see site for details)

Date: Tuesday the 29th            

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online Event

Website: https://lfla.org/event/lost-found-at-the-movies-los-angeles-symphonies-of-a-city/   

Book Launch for Suzanne & Max Lane’s Grumpy Monkey: Freshly Squeezed via Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Online Kids Event

Celebrate the Book Launch of Suzanne & Max Lang’s series book Grumpy Monkey Fresh Squeezed. In this first children’s book in the new young graphic novel series, Jim Panzee, star of Grumpy monkey, searches for the perfect orange stress ball.

NOTE: See site for Zoom details and book purchase for this free event.     

Where: Once Upon a Time Book Club – Online event

Date: Tuesday the 29th     

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.shoponceuponatime.com/event/freshly-squeezed

Emma Brodie, with Lauren Fox, & Songs in Ursa Major via Book Soup – Online Event

Author Emma Brodie, in conversation with Lauren Fox, will present and discuss her novel, Songs in Ursa Najor.

The year is 1969, and the Bayleen Island Folk Festival is abuzz with one name:  Jesse Reid. That is, until his motorcycle crashes on the way to the show. Shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, and the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, this story pulses with romantic longing and the question of what we are willing to sacrifice for our dreams.

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

Where: Book Soup – Online Crowdcast event

Date: Tuesday the 29th                       

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/emma-brodie-conversation-lauren-fox-discusses-songs-ursa-major

Local Author Laurie James & Sandwiched via Pages Bookstore – In-Person Event

Local author Laurie James, in conversation with Kathy Winterhalder, will present and discuss her memoir, Sandwiched: A Memoir of Holding On and Letting Go.

Sandwiched is about the author’s journey to create a new life, while dealing with multiple tragedies and demands in her current life— caring for aging parents, managing unruly caregivers, raising four teens, and trying to understand her husband’s new choices — all while watching her own life and needs crumble beneath her.

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

Where: Pages Bookstore – In-Person event

Date: Tuesday the 29th                       

Time: 6 pm 

Where: 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/author-laurie-james-launches-new-memoir  

Nobuko Miyamoto & Not Yo’ Butterfly via Vroman’s Bookstore– Online Event

Nobuko Miyamoto will present and discuss her mold-breaking memoir, Not Yo’ Butterfly: My Long Song of Relocation, Race, Love, and Revolution.

In this memoir we learn the unflinching life story of artist, activist, and mother Miyamoto, as she leads readers into the landscapes of twentieth century America and also foregrounds the struggles of people of color who reclaimed their identities, and power through activism and art.

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

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore – Online event

Date: Tuesday the 29th                       

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vromans-live-nobuko-miyamoto-discusses-not-yo’-butterfly-my-long-song-relocation-race-love-and

Michele Harper & The Beauty in Breaking via LA Times Book Club – Online Event

LA Times Book Club Presents: bestselling author and physician Michele Harper, to present and discuss her memoir, The Beauty in Breaking, in conversation with LA Times reporter Marissa Evans

The author chronicles her experiences as a Black emergency room doctor navigating the chaos and drama on medicine’s front lines. And she explains how the scars of her own childhood growing up in Washington DC led to her career choices. She believes a life in service teaches her how to heal herself.

NOTE: See costs, RSVP and details at site.

Where: LA Times Book Club– Online (see site)

Date: Tuesday the 29th               

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/los-angeles-times-book-club  or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-book-club-with-author-michele-harper-tickets-156115899859     

Ottessa Moshfegh, with Mona Awad, & Death in Her Hands via Diesel Bookstore – Online Event

Author Ottessa Moshfegh, in conversation with Mona Awad, will discuss her book. Death in Her Hands

This book opens with 72-year-old Vesta Gul, on her daily walk with her dog in the nearby forest woods, when she comes across a note carefully pinned to the ground which a spot where someone was killed. Her brooding about this event grows into an obsession, and the fog of mystery starts to form into a concrete and menacing shape.

NOTE: See site for RSVP and event details.         

Where: Diesel Bookstore – Online Event

Date: Tuesday the 29th             

Time: 6:30 pm                                                                     

Address: Online Event

Website:  https://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/ottessa-moshfegh-conversation-mona-awad-discusses-death-her-hands

Special 60th Anniversary Screening of “West Side Story” & George Chakiris Book Signing via TCI Chinese 6 Theatres – In-Person Event

Author and performer George Chakiris, will present and discuss his new memoir, My Westside Story, prior to a screening of the original film.

This memoir and book signing will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by a Q&A at 7:30 pm, and the screening of the film at 8:00 pm.

NOTE: See site for tickets and event details.         

Where: TCI /Chinese Theatres – In-Person Event

Date: Tuesday the 29th             

Time: 6:30 pm                                                                     

Address: In-Person Event (see site)

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/492511721963449

Rima Fujita, with Dr. Carole McGranaham, & The Extraordinary Life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama via Chevalier’s Bookstore – Online Event

Author Rima Fujita’s text and art, The Extraordinary Life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, will be presented and discussed in a conversation with Dr. Carole McGranahan.

In this book His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama tells the story of his life, and the book contains stunning illustrations by artist Rima Fujita. The book contains never before-shared details and its presentation will take readers on a mystical journey they won’t soon forget.

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

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore – Online Zoom Event

Date: Tuesday the 29th                       

Time: 7 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/rima-fujita-062921

Ravina Wadhwani & Yellow via CLI & Sims Library of Poetry – Online & In-Person Event

Author Ravina Wadhwani’s book release and reading of her debut, Yellow, will be presented and discussed both live at the the Sims Library (tickets required for limited seating) and virtually.

Yellow is a collection of poetry and prose on the blooming and the wilting, the healing and the growing, the rebirth of seeds in different soil scattered but never lost. It’s among many things a survival story, a testament, and an honoring of still breathing, and still thriving on the journey.

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

Where: Sims Library of Poetry – Online & In-Person Event

Date: Tuesday the 29th                       

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Where: Online and at: 2700 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043

Website: https://www.simslibraryofpoetry.org/event-details/ravinas-book-release-yellow or  https://www.facebook.com/events/748448049156792

Tuesdays at the Virtual Cobalt: Poets Series Presents: Open Reading with Guest Host Jon Wesick– Virtual Zoom Event  

The Virtual Cobalt Poets Series, presented by Rick Lupert via Zoom, will feature an Open Reading with guest host Jon Wesick.

NOTE: Details and Zoom link at event link.

Where: Cobalt Poets – Online Zoom Event 

Date: Tuesday the 29th                                                 

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm     

Address: Online event (see site)       

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

Gothic Book Club & Swamplandia via The Last Bookstore– Virtual Zoom Event  

The Gothic Book Club is led by John Palisano via Zoom, and focuses on all gothic genres from horror to architecture, and has a taste for the everlasting.

This month’s selection is author Karen Russell’s 2011 first novel. Swamplandia, set in the Ten Thousand Islands off the southwest coast of Florida. It tells the story of The Bigtree family of alligator wrestlers who live in an alligator-wrestling theme park, Swamplandia.

NOTE: All bookstore events are ticketed so check site for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore – Online Zoom Event 

Date: Tuesday the 29th                                                 

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm     

Address: Online event (see site)       

Website: https://www.lastbookstorela.com/event-details/gothic-book-club-with-john-palisano-2  

An Evening of Poetry via Orange Book Club– Virtual Event  

The Orange Club will present an Evening of Poetry, via Zoom, and this event will focus on a poetry reading, writing exposition, and book reviews.

NOTE: Check site for details.

Where: Orange Book Club – Online Event 

Date: Tuesday the 29th                                                 

Time: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm     

Address: Online event (see site)       

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/964692540961025

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 29th        

Time: 9 pm

Address: Online event

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

NEH Reading & Conversation Series: Douglas Manuel and Ron Kortege via Red Hen Press – Online Event

Authors Douglas Manuel & Ron Kortege will read and discuss their work, and discuss teaching formalism, with moderator Jason Schneiderman.

With the support of the NEA, Red Hen Press is proud to bring a unique lecture and conversation series to the public, focusing on the history and future of formalism in poetry. The unifying thread in this series is exploring formalist poetry and the role it plays in our culture as poetry continues to evolve.

NOTE: See site for  details.

Where: Red Hen Press – Online (see site)

Date: Wednesday the 30th            

Time: 4 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/297589712102342

Maggie Chang, with Erin Entrada Kelly, & Geraldine Pu via Vroman’s Bookstore – Online Kids Event

Author Maggie Chang, in conversation with Erin Entrada Kelly, discusses her children’s book, Geraldine Pu and Her Lunch Box, Too!

Author Maggie Chang’s book tells of a young girl who ignores a classmate’s teasing with encouragement from her supportive lunch box, and heartily enjoys tasty lunches prepared by her Taiwanese grandmother.

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

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore – Online (see site)

Date: Wednesday the 30th            

Time: 5 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/vromans-live-maggie-chang-conversation-erin-entrada-kelly-presents-geraldine-pu-and-her-l

Poetry & Environmental Justice Reading via Beyond Baroque – Zoom Online         

Beyond Baroque presents The Healing of Circuitous Lesions: Poetry & Environmental Justice, a reading and discussion with Will Alexander, Brenda Iijima, and Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, via Zoom online. The work of all three poets explores questions of ecology and environmental justice.

Will Alexander is a poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, visual artist, and pianist. He has been published in nearly 40 books, most recently, The Combustable Cycle (2021). He is poet-in-residence at Beyond Baroque.

Brenda Iijima is a poet, playwright, choreographer, and visual artist. She is the author of nine books, most recently Bionic Communality. Her current work engages submerged and occluded histories and other-than-human modes of expression. She is founding editor and publisher of Portable Press.

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves writes ethnobotanical literary criticism, and collages detritus into heraldic devices. Her work has been published, anthologized, exhibited, and reviewed widely. Formerly a Monday Night Reading Series curator at the Poetry Project, she lives in New York and will enter the Literary Arts Program at Brown University in fall, 2021 as a candidate for the MFA in Poetry.

NOTE: See site for further details and information on this free event.       

Where: Online event (Eventbrite)     

Date: Wednesday the 30th                                

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm                                                          

Address: Online event                                            

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-healing-of-circuitous-lesions-poetry-environmental-justice-tickets-160906079415

Claire Sestanovich, with Hilton Als, & Objects of Desire: Stories via Book Soup – Online Event

Author Claire Sestanovich, in conversation with acclaimed author and writer Hilton Als, will discuss her new book, Objects of Desire: Stories.

In these eleven stories the author lays bare the beauties and ironies of contemporary life. This is a debut of a sly and disarming power that announces an extraordinary new literary voice. It is a book of pulsing drama, each moment of recognition more startling than the last.

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

Where: Book Soup – Online Crowdcast event

Date: Wednesday the 30th                         

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/clare-sestanovich-discusses-objects-desire-stories

Joshua Henkin & Rachel Beanland Present: Morningside Heights & Florence Adler Swims Forever via Pages Bookstore – Online Event

Author Joshua Henkin, in conversation with author Rachel Beanland, will discuss their new books: Morningside Heights & Florence Adler Swims Forever, respectively.

Joshua Henkin’s Morningside Heights is a sweeping and compassionate novel about a marriage surviving hardship, and must overcome career, health and family challenges and changes.

Rachel Beanland’s Florence Adler Swims Forever is set in Atlantic City in 1934, when a family and guests sharing small living space must come to grips when tragedy strikes. It’s based on a true story and reveals how quickly the act of protecting those we love can turn into betrayal.

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

Where: Pages Bookstore – Online event

Date: Wednesday the 30th                         

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/joshua-henkin-indie-next

ZYZZYVA Issue Launch & 4 Authors via Skylight Bookstore – Online Event

Authors form the ZYZZYVA Issue Launchwill read from their work in The Technology Issue: Stories, Dreams & Nightmares.

This newest issue reading features readers and guests:

Sheryl Luna is the author of the collections Pity the Drowned Horses Seven, and the forthcoming Magnificent Hours, winner of the 2020 Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize.

Dave McClinton is a visual artist living and working in Austin Texas. His artwork seeks to illustrate the journey of a Black person’s inner life.

Kate Reed Petty is the author of the novel True Story. Her fiction and essays have been published in Electric Literature, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere.

Hector Tobar is the award-winning author of the novels The Tattooed Soldier, The Barbarian Nurseries, and most recently The Last Great Road Bum. He is also the author of Deep Down Dark: The untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free.

NOTE: See details at site.

Where: Skylight Bookstore – Online Crowdcast event (see site)

Date: Wednesday the 30th            

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-zyzzyva-technology-issue-launch   

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. Contact kaliflowers@gmial.com or call (323) 293-2451      

Where: Online event (Eventbrite)     

Date: Wednesday the 30th                                 

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm                                               

Address: Online event                                            

Website: https://www.theworldstage.org/ (Check site to confirm)

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 30th                                

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 event 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 30th                               

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm 

Address: Online event                                    

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

Jacob Soboroff, with Alicia Menendez, & Separated via Book Soup – Online Event

Author Jacob Soboroff, in conversation with Alicia Menendez, discusses his book, Separated: Inside an American Tragedy.

Author Jacob Soboroff’s book,Separated: Inside an American Tragedy, received the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Broadcast Journalism, among other awards. This is the multilayered story of how such a humanitarian tragedy—now deemed “torture” by physicians—happened here, and how the separation of children from their parents became policy and how it eventually ignited public scrutiny and then reversal in the last administration.

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

Where: Book Soup – Online (see site)

Date: Thursday the 1st            

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/jacob-soboroff-conversation-alicia-menendez-discusses-separated-inside-american-tragedy

“Where Is your Fire” Workshop & bridgette bianca via The Poetry Lab – Online Event

“Where Is Your Fire?” Poetry Writing Workshop is an on-going 5-week course, led by poet and educator bridgette bianca. She is the author of the debut collection, be/trouble, and her work seeks to serve the people and moments most forget or ignore.

This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels, and includes four weeks of live lecture, discussion, and guided writing, plus a final live online show on July 29th where participants can show their work and celebrate each other.

NOTE: Reservations, cost schedule, and details are at site.

Where: The Poetry Lab – Online (see site)

Date: Thursday the 1st   (through July 29th)          

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.thepoetrylab.com/upcoming-events/2021/fire-workshop  

Jessamyn Stanley & Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance via Vroman’s Bookstore– Online Event

Jessamyn Stanley will present and discuss her book, Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance.

In Sanskrit, yoga means to “yoke.” To yoke: mind and body, movement and breath, light and dark, the good and the bad. This larger idea of “yoke” is what Stanley calls the yoga of the everyday—about applying the hard lessons learned on the mat to the even harder daily project of living. In a series of autobiographical essays the author explores everything from imposter syndrome to cannabis, and why it’s a full time job loving yourself, all through the lens of yoga/

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

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore – Online event

Date: Thursday the 1st                        

Time: 6 pm 

Where: Online event

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vromans-live-%E2%80%93%C2%A0jessamyn-stanley-discusses-yoke-my-yoga-self-acceptance

Future Now: Reading & Open Mic Series #4 via Dryland LA – Hybrid Event (Zoom & IRL)

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

This month our featured readers are drawn from our Issue 10 Dryland contributors:

Jessica Ceballos y Campbell (Issue 10, 2021) is a literary program curator, a writer, poet, teaching artist, publisher, and community and arts advocate, etc. She explores the intersections of art and personal narrative, and how they are impacted by the spaces we inhabit. She is curator and founder of the Bluebird Reading Series at Avenue 50 Studio, was a partner in Writ Large Press from 2014-2017, and has founded many literary an artistic projects, and published her work in numerous journals. She has two collections of poetry in-process, “womanhood” and “Happiest Place on Earth.”

Tricia Lopez (Issue 10, 2021) is a former editor-in-chief of MOIRA Literary Magazine, and her work has been published in Dryland, The Acentos Review, and Rabid Oak, among others. She received her BA in Professional Writing from Woodbury University and is now getting her MFA in Creative Writing at Mt. Saint Mary’s University.

Lituo Huang (Issue 10, 2021) lives in Los Angeles with her dogs. Her fiction and poety have appeared in triQuarter, The McNeese Review, Dryland, and elsewhere. She is presently working on a novel.

This will be our first hybrid open mic event as it’s happening both in-person at Re/Arte Literario located in Boyle Heights, as well as virtually via Zoom.

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

NOTE: See site for details and guidelines.  

Where: Dryland LA at RE/Arte – In-Person event & Online event (Zoom ID: 878 8950 0444)

Date: Thursday the 1st                       

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 2014 ½ E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 900333

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/394003251904700/ or https://drylandla.org/2021/06/22/july-1st-future-now-reading/  

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 1st

Time: 8 pm                                              

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.instagram.com/fos_thursdays/ (Confirm at site)

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)   

Date: Friday the 2nd    

Time: 11 am – 11:30 am                                      

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1913181095502485   

Heidi Seaborn, with Kelli Russell, & An Insomniac’s Slumber Party via Skylight Books – Online Event

Join us to hear author Heidi Seaborn, in conversation with Kelli Russell Agodon, present and discuss her book, An Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe.

This astonishing collection of poems is a middle-of-the-night poetic conversation with Marilyn Monroe that explores obsessions, addictions, abuse, objectification, marriage, work, children, childlessness, and death. It’s a sequined meditation on what keeps us up at night and what fills our dreams.

NOTE: See site for RSVP and event locations & details.         

Where: Skylight Books – Online Event

Date: Friday the 2nd            

Time: 6:30 pm 

Address: Online Event

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-heidi-seaborn-discusses-insomniacs-slumber-party-marilyn-monroe-kelli-russell

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!

Features TBA.

NOTE: See website link for details. (TBA)

Where: First Fridays Rapp Saloon (online)

Date: Friday the 2nd               

Time: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm                

Address: Virtual event

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

Virtual Book Signing with Nicole Thomas via W.E. Bookstore & Miss Winn – Online Event

Join a virtual book signing event with author Nicole Thomas. Her books Tales of Elhaanai: Book One and The Prophecy are available for purchase at webookstoreonline.com.

Tales of Elhaanai – Book One (December 2020 Literary Titan Award winner) is about Alric, who learns his mother died for him, his sister isn’t his sister, his cousin is possessed, and his aunt wants him dead. Destined for a birthright  he never knew was his, but gifted in ways he doesn’t understand, he is in for betrayal, magic, and maybe… a crown.

The Prophecy (Tales of Elhaanai Book 2) is the sequel. Their mothers died believing in it, Devona paid the price trying to stop it, Alric loses his soul if he does not surrender to it. But when murder is the first option, Death isn’t always the end, The Prophecy is not what they have been led to believe. Nothing is.

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

Where: Online IG event (see details at website link)

Date: Saturday the 3rd                

Time: 8 am – 9 am

Address: Online event (see website)                            

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1198885137199162

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 3rd                

Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm

Address: Online event (see website)                            

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1256929581349148/

Saturday Afternoon Poetry & Poetry Writing Workshop via Zoom Online

Join Saturday Afternoon Poetry for a Poetry Writing Workshop, led by writer Don Kingfisher Campbell. (Submit up to 3 poems totaling no more than 150 lines for Spectrum 28: Create! by emailing donkingfishercampbell@gmail.com by 11:59pm, July 10th)

All events are curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Zoom Online event

Date: Saturday the 3rd              

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: Online event         

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

SoulfulofNoise Presents: Soulful Sundays Open Mic (90s Edition) via Comfort LA DTLA – Online Event

The best Open Mic in the nation is BACK! Calling all singers, rappers, poets, and musicians to come and showcase their talents. This event takes place the first Sunday of every month at Comfort LA DTLA at 2pm.

See site for Open Mic rules and details.

NOTE: See site for registration and event details.         

Where: See site

Date: Sunday the 4th           

Time: 2 pm – 6 pm

Address: See site

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/3890047864427430

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