Los Angeles Literature Events 7/06/20 – 7/12/20

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

1200px-Robert_Louis_Stevenson_Branch_Library,_Los_AngelesBilingual Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingue via Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library Instagram Online – Kids Event

Join us on Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library’s Instagram for Bilingual Storytime for children, to enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs in Spanish and English.  

Where: Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library, LAPL Instagram online

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 3 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/bilingual=storytimela-hora-de-cuentas-binlingue   

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Los Angeles Literature Events 6/29/20 – 7/05/20

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

101824415_2938018659584926_7961281379935715328_oDig Deeper Virtual Storytime via South Pasadena Library Online – Kids Event

Our Children’s Librarians read stories, share finger-plays, songs and flannel-board stories, weekly through July 27th. Each week’s event will be available for viewing starting at 10:30 am Monday, and will be available to view through Thursday of that week. For more information about the Summer Reading Program, visit the library website.

Where: South Pasadena Library Online (see event site)

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 10:30 am – 11 am

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/697708884358392/

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Contemporary Poetry Interview: Michelle Brittan Rosado in conversation with Genevieve Kaplan

FROM: Prism Review

pr-22-cover-661x992Genevieve Kaplan: I met Michelle Brittan Rosado’s poems when she read from her just-released chapbook, Theory on Falling into a Reef (Anhinga Press, 2016), and I remember being so captivated by her work, which is precise, narrative, and moving as well as inventive and musical. Michelle’s poems tend to feel very located in our shared landscape of California, they make keen observations, and they speak to directly readers. When her full-length book, Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, was selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil for the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and published by University of Wisconsin Press, of course I wanted to talk with her more about it! Happily, Michelle, the PR poetry judge this year, agreed to offer insights into her poetic process and attentions. Read on:

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Los Angeles Literature Events 6/22/20 – 6/28/20

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

UCLA-Writing-Project-logoUCLA WP Writers Project Teachers Event – Online

UCLA Writing Project presents: Launching Writer’s Workshop (Grades Pre-K – 6th), and online event held for five “packed” days, June 22 – June 26.

We’ll immerse ourselves in the nitty-gritty of Writer’s Workshop: helping students generate topics, constructing pointed and powerful mini-lessons, incorporating mentor texts, responding to young writers, and dabbling in publishing and celebration options, too. All will learn the experience being a writer in a workshop classroom. (May be eligible for LAUSD PD hours)

NOTE: RSVP at website link, to see costs and details.

Where: Online event (Register in advance)

Dates: Monday the 22nd at 9am – Friday the 26th at 2pm

Time: 9 am – 2 pm

Address: Online event

Website: https://facebook.com/event/546825142692698/

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The Novel That Shows Us How to Face Our Past to Change Our Future

Lessons for current activists and allies from Nina Revoyr’s 2003 literary crime novel “Southland”

By Vallarie Wallace
FROM: Electrict Literature

3788114656_0ada14285f_k-e1591824424154After several grueling hours of protesting against systemic injustice (no one can prepare you for long hours on your feet, long hours screaming for recognition of your humanity), we stood with our signs tucked safely under our arms as the organizer introduced some parting words. The speaker was an older Black man, the weariness of the movement evident in his face and in the way he leaned against a streetlamp for support. But his passion was clear in his speech as he declared that we were not the first to fight for our rights, and we will not be the last: he was protesting in the streets back in his early adulthood, the same way we were today. It was then that I looked at the faces of the people around me; some couldn’t be older than sixteen, and some as old as the speaker, or older. It was in the aftermath of being surrounded by these people, all aligned in our goal for the abolishment of the systemic injustices that cause Black oppression, that Nina Revoyr’s literary crime novel Southland came to mind.

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The Need For Racial Equality Hits the L.Á. Literary Community

By Brian Dunlap

20200615_194431The United States is now in the midst of its strongest push for racial equality since the Civil Rights era. Civil unity and protests sprung up instantly after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police last month in Minneapolis. The calls for police reform have been loud and wide, including calls for justice for Breonna Taylor who was killed by Louisville police as she slept.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 6/15/20 – 6/21/20

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

20200614_154528Free Online Writing Class for All Ages with Writer Eric Kaplan

Join us for a free online writing event with writer Eric Kalan (Futurama, Big Bang Theory, etc.) for a “Learn to Write” class online. When this six-week class ends you will know how to tell a story and write a short script. It’s free to download and free to join.

Where: Online

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

Address: ZOOM

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1223428574716573/

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Like Bullets For Fascists: Q+A with Political Poet Matt Sedillo

By Viva Padilla
FROM: Dryland

20200613_171648Chicano revolutionary poet Matt Sedillo met up with Viva Padilla (proper masks were worn) in El Sereno this past weekend to catch up and talk about his newest poetry collection Mowing Leaves of Grass (published by FlowerSong Press). During this interview they drove around the Eastside. They came upon a squeaky clean Black Lives Matter/Defund the Police protest in Pasadena, boarded up and tagged “R.I.P. George Floyd” storefronts in the belly of high gentrification in Highland Park, and the homeless encampment at the Veteran’s Monument in El Sereno–a proper backdrop for the political insight Sedillo delivers like a gun-slinger in his book where American institutions rooted in white supremacy are dragged out by the hair and left on the side of the road to rot.

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