WORDS ON A WIRE: Vickie Vértiz

by Brian Dunlap

author-photo_06-vickie-headshot-2017This past Sunday L.A. poet Vickie Vértiz was interviewed on KETP’s literary program “Words On A Wire.”

Vértiz is the oldest child of an immigrant Mexican family and was born and raised in Bell Gardens, a southeast Los Angeles city. Her writing is featured in the New York Times magazine, Spiral Orb, Huizache, NepantlaOmniverse, the Los Angeles Review of Books,  KCET Departures, and the anthologies: Open the Door (from McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation), and The Coiled Serpent (from Tia Chucha Press), among many others. Vértiz’s first full collection of poetry, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, was published in the Camino del Sol Series by The University of Arizona Press in September of 2017.

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Cafe con Libros Thrives in Creative Community

A bookstore oasis in the heart of the Pomona Arts District

by Joseph Harvey
From: SAC Media

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“As part of the community, our mission is to provide a space for everyone to embrace art, literature, cultural expression; in all its forms, to enlighten the future of our community.”

For founders Adelaida Bautista and Patricia DeRobles, Cafe con Libros is a project and business endeavor that means a great deal to members of the community and inevitably, the City of Pomona.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 9/24/18 –9/30/18

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Patt Morrison & Don’t Stop the Presses at Central Library, LAPL

Join celebrated journalist Patt Morrison as she talks about her new book, Don’t Stop the Presses: Truth, Justice and the American Newspaper. A book signing will follow the event.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, Downtown L.A.

Date: Monday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/patt-morrison

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Douglass by Day / Douglass by Night: Reading F. Douglas Brown’s ICON

by Mike Corrao
From: Empty Mirror

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Icon is an ekphrasis of the place where personal and global histories coalesce. F. Douglas Brown examines the prominent images of those who have shaped his past. Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass (the poet’s namesake) take center stage. Prominent icons are transformed into art. They become walls, housing the projections of a reflective poet. Brown stands at the base of these beautiful panels (created by Jacob Lawrence back in the 1930s) and sees himself contained within them.

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L.A. Poet Announced as New Executive Editor of The Offing

by Brian Dunlap

header_offing_logoEarlier this month, Mimi Wong’s The Offing letter to the editor, she revealed all the new changes happening at the literary journal. This includes her own announcement as the new editor of the literary magazine, which is dedicated “to amplify[ing], [promoting], and support[ing] these voices often missing from mainstream spaces.” However, the change of most note to the Los Ángeles literary community is the hiring of poet Ashaki M. Jackson as The Offing’s new Executive Editor. Jackson is a champion of “women’s and nonbinary writers” as seen “through her endeavors at VIDA and Women Who Submit.”

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More than 800 sign petition questioning ALOUD changes

From: Los Angeles Times

la-1536797560-znoy97tit1-snap-imageMore than 800 authors, readers and other literary Angelenos have signed a petition sent to the board of directors of the Library Foundation, along with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, raising concerns about the future of its ALOUD reading series following the dismissal of ALOUD’s founder Louise Steinman and associate director Maureen Moore.

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