From: L.A. Taco

IMG_9023“Los Angeles is not Baywatch or the Beach Boys, it is getting carne asada tacos from a taco truck and bacon wrapped hot dogs at two in the morning.”

These are the words of Mike Sonksen, a poet, historian, activist, teacher, husband, and father better known as Mike the Poet. The nickname was given to Mike at the age of 23, by a friend who noticed he always carried a notebook. “You know Mike, you’re not Mike Sonksen, you’re Mike the Poet.”

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/05/18 –3/11/18

Evening Book Club & How to Stop Time at Pages Bookstore

downloadPlease join us for our Evening Book Club Discussion of How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig. Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. He has lived history, with many famous people, but now he just wants an ordinary life. This book tells a love story across the ages, about a man lost in time who ties to find himself and try to find happiness.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


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Antigona_FrontCover_GalleryAnna: Can you tell me a little bit about Antígona González?

Xochitl: Antígona González is a book of poetry from Mexican poet Sara Uribe and translated by John Pluecher that uses the classic Greek tragedy, Antigone by Sophocles, as a container to speak about the disappeared of Mexico. In the classic, Antigone is a princess that breaks her uncle’s edict in order to bury her brother Polynices after he has been declared a traitor and his dead body abandoned in the desert. In Antígona González, “Polynices is identified with the marginalized and disappeared,” while Antígona represents the sisters searching for their disappeared brothers: “I didn’t want to be Antigone / but it happened to me.”

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A Night In Conversation With Peter J. Harris

By Brian Dunlap

downloadLaughter spilled from the crowd as stories and memories rose from the stage.

It was a Saturday night at the nearly full theater at Beyond Baroque. Peter J. Harris answered journalist Rex Weiner questions, recounting reading with Lucille Clifton as a young writer, writing The Black Man of Happiness as he faced foreclosure, his time spent attending the Anansi Writers Workshop at the World Stage after moving to L.A. in the early ‘90s. It was gripping, informative, accidently instructive, but most of all the talk revealed one versions of a writer’s life. It revealed a happy black man.

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Cynthia Guardado Interview Podcast with Ever Velasquez and Todd Taylor


cynthia_guardado_takashi_matsumoto_razorcakeCynthia Guardado is a fierce and unapologetically brown Salvadorian American female punk rockera, poeta, activista, y profe straight from Inglewooooood, California. Her poems have been published in PALABRA, A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art; The Packing House Review; and Razorcake’s very own Puro Pinche Poetry: Gritos Del Barrio.

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Santa Monica Review To Celebrate 30th Anniversary

by Grace Singh Smith

From: SMC In Focus

LEADThis year—fall 2018—marks the 30th anniversary of Santa Monica Review (SMR). The national literary arts journal published by Santa Monica College (SMC) showcases the work of established authors alongside emerging writers, with a focus on West Coast fiction and nonfiction; it happens to be the only nationally-distributed literary journal at a community college.

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