by Astrid
From: L.A. Taco

matt-sedillo-poetMatt Sedillo is a Chicano poet, writer, creative director, and public intellectual called “the poet laureate of the struggle” by Dr. Paul Ortiz and “the best political poet in America” by investigative journalist Greg Palast. He has been featured in over 80 colleges and universities and various media outlets including All Def Digital, Los Angeles Times, and C-SPAN.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 12/10/18 –12/16/18  

WORKSHOP-Writing-From-Experience (1)Workshop: Writing From Experience at 1888 Center for the Arts

Please join us for the Creative Writing Workshop: Writing From Experience, which will give participants tips on how to write novels loosely based on their own experience, and turn real life events into compelling fictional narratives.

Helene is an Orange County novelist and the author of Diary of a 99%-er, and its sequel Back in OC: Almost Homeless.

NOTE: This workshop costs $30, and tickets can be purchased at website.

Where: 1888 Center for the Arts

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address: 115 N. Orange St., Orange, CA 92866

Website: http://1888.center/calendar/workshop-writing-from-experience/

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Living Room Floricanto: liz gonzález Dancing In the Santa Ana Winds

by Michael Sedano
From: La Bloga

lrmvsliz_gonzales_at_casa_sedanoxcuLiving room floricantos fill a home with gente and arte for a few memorable hours, the perfect way to celebrate friends, community, culture, a whole lot of good things. For liz gonzález, Saturday afternoon celebrated the publication of her recent collection, Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos  New and Selected.

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Accolades for Long Beach Poet Michelle Brittan Rosado

by Brian Dunlap


Michelle Brittan Rosado is a poet from Vacaville, CA who now lives in Long Beach. Her first full-length collection of poetry Why Can’t It Be Tenderness was published last month by the University of Wisconsin Press. In this collection she explores the themes of coming-of-age, mixed-race identity, diaspora, and cultural inheritance. However, Brittan Rosado has also recently received good news about her next collection of poetry.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 12/03/18 –12/09/18  

41TujTkRe5L._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Joshua Rivkin & Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly at Book Soup

Join us to hear Joshua Rivkin present his book, Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly. Upon first seeing Twombly’s remarkable room-size paintings, the author became obsessed with this mysterious artist and has now reconstructed his life based upon years of archival research and interviews. From his time at legendary Black Mountain College, to his canonization in a 1994 MoMA retrospective, this book presents a more personal and searching type of biography, and brings to life the story of a more complex artist than we’ve known.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/joshua-rivkin-discusses-and-signs-chalk-art-and-erasure-cy-twombly

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Literary History: Playwright Wakako Yamauchi, Remembered For ‘And the Soul Shall Dance’

By Rafu Shimpo
From: Rafu Shimpo

Los Angeles Literature Note: This obituary of Wakako Yamauchi was published in August in L.A.’s Japanese newspaper Rafu Shimpo. Yamauchi was an important writer in the Nisei Literary community and beyond, especially in Los Ángeles, breaking out after WW II and Japanese internment. Related to the article published earlier this month titled “Literary History: Los Ángeles’ Nisei Literary Community Before WWII.”

wakako-207x300@2xGARDENA — Wakako Yamauchi, a renowned Nisei writer best known for her play “And the Soul Shall Dance,” passed away on Aug. 16 at her home in Gardena. She was 93.

She is remembered for depicting the struggles of Japanese immigrants and their children during the Great Depression and World War II, which she personally experienced.

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