Los Angeles Literature Events 10/15/18 –10/21/18

download“Listen to This” Open Mic Poetry Night at Pico Branch Library, SMPL

Share your own poems, or read from your favorite writer. “Listen to This” allows you to listen or to take turns at the microphone, reading, reciting, or performing one poem at a time.

Where: Pico Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=27978     Continue reading

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Los Angeles Literature Events 9/17/18 –9/23/18

downloadCourtenay Hameister & Okay Fine Whatever at Book Soup

Join us to hear Courtenay Hameister discuss and sign her book, Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things.

In this book the author has written a refreshing, relatable, and funny account of her adventures of fighting chronic dread and anxiety. It’s possible to fight complacency and become bold, or at least bold-ish, a little at a time.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/courtenay-hameister-discusses-and-signs-okay-fine-whatever-year-i-went-being-afraid-everything

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Los Angeles Literature Events 9/10/18 –9/16/18

downloadConchas y Café Adult Writing Class at Vernon-Washington Memorial Branch Library, LAPL

This writing program for adults, seniors, and Spanish speakers is a 10-week creative writing class offered by the nonprofit DSTL Arts and results in a quarterly anthology of the writing produced in this program. A public reading and release party celebrates the culmination of each 10-week series.

Where: Vernon – Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 4504 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/conchas-y-cafe-adult-writing-class

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/27/18 –9/02/18

40131372_781253112044894_5709637525102919680_nA Gathering of Tribes Poetry Reading at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us for A Gathering of Tribes, presented by Brendan Constantine, the author most recently of Dementia My Darling, and featuring:

Derek D. Brown is an author, poet and venture expressionist, and a graduate of CLI’s author training program at USC. He is author of the collection, Articulate Scars.

Mike Sonksen, aka Mike the Poet, is a scholar, author and performance artist, acclaimed for his articles, essays and poems, and for mentoring teen writers. He is the author of Poetics of Location.

Ra Avis is sometimes-poet, a once-upon-a-time inmate, a reluctantly optimistic widow, and an exponential storyteller. She blogs regularly at Rarasaur.com, and is the author of Sack Nasty: Prison Poetry and Dinosaur-Hearted.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/gathering-of-tribes

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Los Angeles Literature Events 7/30/18 –8/05/18

downloadMary McCoy & Camp So-and-So at El Sereno Branch Library – Teen Event

Please join us for our Summer Author series and meet author Mary McCoy, who will present Camp So-and-So. She is a talented writer of stories about Los Angeles’s notorious past, AND a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. You can meet her this summer at this event, and might be the lucky winner of a free copy of the book.

Where: El Sereno Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 30th

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 5226 S. Huntington Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/summer-author-meet-mary-mccoy

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There is a New Host for Avenue 50’s La Palabra’s Open Mic Poetry Reading Series

by Brian Dunlap

26992437_10157041638868989_7897940542334418098_nThe last time La Palabra was held at Avenue 50 Studios in December, host Karineh Mahdessian couldn’t hold back tears that spoke to the deep connections she’s made during her time as host of the long running open mic reading series. Karineh’s time was coming to a close. The community she helped nurture packed the back room to help send her off.

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