Los Angeles and its environs have a plethora of reading series where one can see their favorite writers talk about their craft and writing process and the big, though provoking and important ideas their writing explores. Check out reading series that range from the biggest and most successful creative writing minds around today in [Aloud] to Libros Schmibros at the Hammer Book Club to L.A. writer Natasha Deón’s The Table Reading Series, that brings the creative writing minds of the city and the world together for a good conversation, where readers can meet writers they love.
About: [ALOUD] brings together today’s brightest cultural, scientific, and political luminaries with the curious minds of Los Angeles to L.A.’s Central Library. Past events have featured Reza Aslan, Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Denis Johnson, Dinaw Mengestu, Marilynne Robinson and Marisa Silver.
Where: Central Library–Mark Taper Auditorium
Time: 7:15 pm
Address: 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Angels Flight • literary west salons following our 11/20 debut will be held on the first Sunday of each month at Clifton’s, 4-6 p.m. (Holidays and other exceptions adjust the schedule a bit.)
Angels Fight Literary Salon
About: Angels Flight • literary west salons happen once a month in Downtown Los Angeles featuring Los Angeles writers and celebrates Los Angeles Literature.
Where: Clifton’s Cafateria
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
Address: 648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90014
Cost: Reading Free; Parking available on the street and in the St. Vincent Jewelry lot for $6 across from Clifton’s.
Antioch University Literary Uprising Reading Series
About: Come to Antioch University Los Angeles’ Literary Uprising quarterly reading series and hear Faculty and students share their latest work! They will be joined by a student from Jim Krusoe’s SMC Advanced Fiction Class.
Where: Antioch University Los Angeles
Time: 6 pm reception; 6:30 pm readings
Address: 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, California 90230
Beyond Baroque/Three Generations On A Stage
About: Join MIKE “THE POET” SONKSEN for a multi-generational reading, primarily of poets. He will be featuring three generations on the same stage and all the ancestors on the same page. This quarterly reading series features a democratic balance of thoughtful page poets and charismatic performance poets.
Where: Beyond Baroque LiteraryǀArts Center Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Address: 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
CalArts/The Writing Now Reading Series
About: The Writing Now Reading Series is a year-long graduate course offered to MFA Creative Writing students. This seminar will introduce first year students both to each other and our program via workshops, discussion, and the hosting of four visiting writers over the course of the term (one of whom will be the Kate Jacobson Writer-in-Residence). All Visiting Writers events are open to the public.
Where: CalArt campus–Butler Building #4
Time: 7 pm
Address: 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
About: HITCHED is a quarterly reading series that features writer couplings as a way of celebrating the relationships we build as writers that are integral to our success and the successes of those around us. It began at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center in December 2010 as a monthly reading. It continues today by featuring mentors and mentees, teachers and students, collaborators and colleagues, and friends and cheerleaders. Past readings have featured L.A.’s own Terry Wolverton and Jerry Garica and other authors including Heidi W. Durrow and Iris De Anda.
Where: Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
Address: 5371 Alhambra Ave, El Sereno, Los Angeles, California 90032
Libros Schmibros at the Hammer Book Club
About: Libros Schimbros at the Hammer Museum gatherings focus on books related to the museum’s exhibitions and programs. The free monthly book club is led by co-directors David Kipen and Colleen Jaurretche.
Where: The Hammer Museum at UCLA–Annex
Time: Roughly 1 pm – 3 pm
Address: 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, CA 90024
Cost: Free; Parking $3
Otis: Visiting Writers Series
About: Otis College of Art and Design’s M.F.A. program in Creative Writing hosts the Visiting Writers Series to bring poets and writers of national renown sharing their work and expertise with the students and the wider literary community of Los Angeles. Past writers have included: Ron Carlson, Bernard Cooper, D.J. Waldie, Sesshu Foster, Percival Everett, Jane Smiley, Jonathan Lethem and Cristina Garcia.
Where: Goldsmith Campus–Ahmanson Fall Forum
Time: 7:30 pm
Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester, CA 9004
The Rattle Reading Series
About: Every second Sunday Rattle presents a reading featuring poets from the current issue at the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse. Admission is free. Scheduled poets are subject to change.
Where: Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Time: 5 pm
Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada-Flintridge, CA 91011
Red Hen Press Reading Series at the Annenberg Beach House
About: Pasadena’s own Red Hen Press celebrates poetry and culture at the historic Annenberg Beach House. Past readers include Camille T. Dungy, winner of a 2011 American Book Award for “Suck on the Marrow,” Riverside’s own Susan Straight, National Book Award Finalist for “Highwire Moon,” Los Angeles Poet Amy Uyematsu, author of “The Yellow Door,” and Ilya Kaminsky, recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award.
Where: Annenberg Beach House
Time: 6:30 pm
Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Cost: Free (reading), but Parking is $3/hour ($5 after 5PM) & $12/day.
Red Hen Press at Boston Court
About: Red Hen Press partners with Boston Court Performing Arts Center, a venue dedicated to presenting works that are creative, bold, and daring. It strives to challenge the audiences of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley with diverse programs in an intimate setting. Past readers include Yusef Komunyakaa, recipient of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, B.H. Fairchild, and Garrett Hongo, whose The River of Heaven (Knopf, 1988) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. and whose honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National
Where: Boston Court
Time: 6:30 pm
Address: 70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106 Cost: General: $10; Seniors $5
Red Hen Press at the Armory Center for the Arts
About: Red Hen Press hosts events at the Armory Center for the Arts, whose mission is to build on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching and presenting the arts. Past readers include Ron Koertge, Douglas Kearney and Brendan Constantine.
Where: Armory Center for the Arts
Time: 7 pm
Address: 145 N Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91103
Cost: Free, but suggested $5 donation
The Table Reading Series
About: Created by L.A. writer Natasha Deón, The Table Reading Series is a collection of twelve reading events. Held once per month, for twelve months, each event will be as diverse as the writers who host and imagine them.
Series’ hosts will be invited to create and curate a reading event that will consists of no more than six readers and will be as diverse in subject matter as it is in contributors. The hosts will be given an event space and will create a theme for their assigned evening.
The goal of The Table is to help raise up the next generation of writers and readers to be actively engaged in the writing community; to invest in them, give them a space to begin, to reach new or estranged writers in Los Angeles, and to provide fresh outlets for writers and fans to engage and contribute to the vibrancy of the Los Angeles literary community.
Where: Hollywood Hotel
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm
Address: 1160 N. Vermont, Hollywood, CA 90029
Tongue & Groove
About: Tongue & Groove presents: an monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. The spirit of Tongue and Groove is the fostering of community and the potential for discovery through the shared listening experience of short stories, poetry, personal essays, story telling and spoken word and music. Some of those who have graced the stage include: Dagoberto Gilb, Janet Fitch, Luis Rodriguez, Derrick Brown, Wanda Coleman, Aimee Bender, Mayda Del Valle, Stephen Elliott, Marisa Silver, Taylor Negron, Luis Alfaro.
WCCW Reading Series