Los Angeles Literature Events 4/23/18 –4/29/18

The Italian Party & Christina Lynch at Vroman’s Bookstore 

lynchPlease join us as Christina Lynch presents and signs The Italian Party. One of the Wall Street Journal’s “Six Books to Read This Winter,” this is a delicious and sharply funny page-turner about “innocent” Americans abroad in 1950s Siena. This novel is half-glamorous fun, half an examination of America’s role in the world, and a smart pleasure.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/christina-lynch-discusses-and-signs-italian-party

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/16/18 –4/22/18

Chiwan Choi & Open Mic at Woodbury University  

downloadFirst Press Reading series and Moira Literary Magazine, welcome author Chiwan Choi, who will present his recent book-length poem, The Yellow House. Choi is also a partner at Writ Large Press, a Los Angeles-based indie publisher, focused on using literary arts to resist, disrupt, and transgress.

This second event in the series will also feature an Open Mic (one short piece and/or two minutes of reading time). Please join us and share some of your work. Also, please RSVP if you can at website link.

Where: Woodbury University, Enkeboll Library Courtyard

Date: Monday the 16th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504

Website: http://moriaonline.com/reading-series/

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/09/18 –4/15/18

The Big Read of Citizen & Blackout Party at Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library, LAPL

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In celebration of The Big Read of Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, please join us by creating blackout poetry and displaying your poem on our branch’s wall. Event continues during normal branch hours.

See website for directions and details.

Where: Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 9th

Time: 12 pm

Address: 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/big-read-blackout-poetry

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/2/18 –4/8/18

LiveTalksLA presents: Sean Penn, with Jane Smiley, at New Roads School – Santa Monica

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LiveTalksLA presents a series of literary events (and podcasts) to meet and hear cultural and business leaders present and discuss their work. Tonight, actor and debut author Sean Penn discusses his novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. He has been nominated five times for an Academy Award as Best Actor, and won the 2003 award for Mystic River and the 2009 award for Milk. He has also garnered awards for his directing and writing, and has written about political issues for various journals.  This book is a darkly humorous novel, a revised and expanded work based on an audiobook he released in 2016.

Jane Smiley is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Thousand Acres, and the author of The Last Hundred Years Trilogy, five works of nonfiction, and a series of YA books.

NOTE: LiveTalksLA readings are ticketed events. Tickets may be purchased at various prices, with or without a book purchase, and details are available at website link.

Where: New Roads School – Santa Monica, Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre

Date: Monday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Websitehttp://livetalksla.org/events/sean-penn/

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/26/18 –4/01/18

Poets Reading on Oscar “Zeta” Acosta at Redwood Bar & Grill

downloadPlease join us for, Hunting the Brown Buffalo: Poets Read and Reflect on Oscar “Zeta” Acosta. Chicano Movement icon Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s novels, Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo and Revolt of the Cockroach People, are testaments to the movement’s focus on criminal justice, civil rights, cultural identity and affirmation, and discrimination.

Six writers read new work that reflects on his legacy and ask what his life and writing can teach us today. The reading will be followed by a screening of Phillip Rodriguez’s documentary, The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, at Civic Center Studio, 207 S. Broadway, Suite One, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Featured readers include:

Adrian Arancibia is a co-founder of Taco Shop Poets, authored the collections, Atacama Poems and The Keeper/El guardador, and will release Poems of Exhaustion in 2018. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Miramar Community College.

Darren J. de Leon, is an award-winning poet, playwright, performance artist, radio journalist, taquero, DJ, teacher, and community activist. In 1995 he founded Los Delicados: Poetas del Sol, San Francisco’s avant garde leaders of the Latino Spoken Word scene.  

Carribean Fragoza has published fiction and poetry, as well as arts/culture reviews and essays. Her chapbook, K-12 was published by Eohippus Labs, and she is co-director of the South El Monte art Posse (SEMAP).

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is a poet and journalist. In 1994 he co-founded Taco Shop Poets. He’s been a reporter at NPR-affiliate KPCC 89.3FM in  Los Angeles since 2000.

Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn). He is a VONA alumnus and a Macondo Fellow, and was named one of the notable Debut Poets by Poets & Writers Magazine for 2017.

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, culture, and brown body. She is co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire and is an internationally recognized body positivity activist. Her first book, Corazon, was published with Not a Cult in fall of 2017.

FREE event! Register at Eventbrite link.

Where: Redwood Bar & Grill

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 6:30 pm: Meet for sidewalk performance on sidewalk on east side of Hill St, between 2nd and 3rd at 252 Hill St.

7 pm: Poetry Reading at Redwood Bar & Grill.

8:15 pm: Screening of documentary at Civic Center Studio.

Address: 316 West 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hunting-for-the-brown-buffalo-poets-read-reflect-on-oscar-zeta-acosta-tickets-43869941175?aff=efbneb

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Lamplight Poetry Reading Series Says Farewell

The following letter was posted to Lamplight’s Facebook page:

downloadDear poets and friends,

It is not without a sense of heaviness that we wish to announce that April 22nd, 2018 is the last session of the Lamplight Poetry Reading series. We have had the tremendous pleasure of servicing the Los Angeles poetry community for nearly 4 years and we both believe that it is now time for us to move on to newer horizons and projects for ourselves.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/19/18 –3/25/18

Presumed Incompetent Poetry Reading at Cal Lutheran University

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Please join us for a poetry reading with Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, author and first editor of the revolutionary volume, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. She has written articles, poetry, collections, and encyclopedia entries. Her book, How Many Indians Can We Be, is forthcoming from Mango Press. She recently published The Runaway Poems with Finishing Line Press, and edited a collection of Chicana and Chicano literary criticism for the University of Arizona Press.

Where: Swenson Center 101, Cal Lutheran

Date: Monday the 19th

Time: 3:30 pm – 5 pm

Address: 60 West Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Website: http://www.callutheran.edu/calendar/event/4160#event

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