L.A. Poetry History – Mike the PoeT Sonksen

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Untranslatable Voices: Vickie Vértiz Writes Los Ángeles in “Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut”

by Isabel Gómez

From: LARB

41CpYKt5dSL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_“IT’S THE BROKEN PARTS that matter” claims Vickie Vértiz, in a note to her poem “Nahuatl — A Revenge,” which features what she calls “imperfect” translations from the indigenous Nahuatl language into English. Vértiz’s imperfect translations recall what theorists Emily Apter and Jacques Lezra, following Walter Benjamin, call “untranslatables”: philosophical concepts that both invite and prevent transfer between languages, words that call out to be reinvented in their new language context precisely by resisting translation. In Vértiz’s poems, Latinxs living in California share “untranslatable” experiences that take place between English and Spanish. Her poems transform displacement and a polluted cityscape into sources of resistance and aesthetic restructuring. The visually and sonically rich setting of these poems may be polluted — by toxic air, water, and soil; toxic masculinity and white supremacy — but Vértiz celebrates what her community grows in this toxic ground and voices their untranslatable experiences.

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L.A. Poet Vickie Vértiz in New York Times Magazine

IMG_5607Congratulations goes out to Los Ángeles poet Vickie Vértiz. Her poem “Already My Lips Were Luminous” has been published in the New York Times Magazine. The poem opens her new collection of poems Palm Frond With Its Throat Cut and sets the entire collection in motion. As Vickie Vértiz said in an Instagram post: “Aquí nomas, my poem from Palm Frond in the @tmagazine. Thank you so, so much Terrance Hayes, and to @MatthewZapruder for the encouragement.”

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New Writers Retreat: The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts and Writing Retreat

downloadLos Angeles poet Ariel Fintushel has founded the The Joshua Tree Experiential ARTS and WRITING Retreat. It kicks off this year.
Get out of LA for a 3-day arts and writing retreat featuring bonfire readings by desert dwellers Ruth Nolan and L.I. Henley. Curated workshops like Altered States and Psycho-Spiritual Legacies of the Desert and High Noon Ceremony lead participants through the natural landscape to generate new work in their chosen medium. Work is considered for inclusion in a commemorative anthology. Rather than seek an exact definition of the desert, this retreat is designed to inspire questions about what the desert is and what it may represent for you.
The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts and Writing Retreat happens November 17-19, 2017.
Where: Mojave Stars Ranch, 4815 Meriwether Road, Twentynine Palms CA 92277
Cost: Tickets: $125 or $75 for students. Purchase through Eventbrite.
Contact: Email retreatjoshuatree@gmail.com or visit http://joshuatree.transpoiesis.com/ for more details.


From: EUR/Electronic Urban Report

Elias-Wondimu-Elana-M1Los Angeles – Several hundred people gathering in Leimert Park Village in front of the iconic Vision Theater, Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The diverse crowd gathered on this beautiful day in Southern California to celebrate the first book launch from TSEHAI’s imprint, the Harriet Tubman Press: Voices from Leimert Park Redux: a Los Angeles Poetry Anthology.

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Los Angeles Literature Publishing News

Kelly+Grace+Thomas+HeadshotLos Angeles poet Kelly Grace Thomas announced today that her manuscript BOAT/BURNED has been accepted by YesYes Books.

As she said in her face book post, “My DREAM press!!!! So excited for this new chapter.” Los Angeles Literature couldn’t be happier either.” She is the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Kelly also works to bring poetry to unserved youth as the Manager of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit: Words Ignite.  She is the co-author of Words Ignite: How to Explore, Write, and Perform Classic and Spoken Word Poetry and helped develop Get Lit’s UC approved year-long curriculum.

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