Los Angeles Literature Events 6/18/19 – 6/23/19

cahuenga-01Your Author Series & Ashlyn Anstee at Cahuenga Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Join us for a discussion with author Ashlyn Anstee as she presents her latest children’s book, Are We There Yet? Ashlyn has done it all: animator, author and illustrator. .She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.

Where: Cahuenga Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time:  3 pm – 4 pm

Address: 4591 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-ashlyn-anstee

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/29/19 – 5/05/19

Mar VistaCelebrate National Poetry Month with Poets Reading at Mar Vista Library, LAPL

Join L.A. writer and host Brian Dunlap at the Mar Vista Library as he welcomes three powerful local poets of color to Send off National Poetry Month in style.

Bridgette Bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. She has performed her poetry in venues all around Southern California, and is one half of the literary curating team, Making Room for Black Women, with Sanunra Williams of My lit Box. Her first book of poetry will be released by Writ Large Press in 2020.

Nikolai Garcia grew up in South Central Los Angeles; currently works with homeless youth in East Hollywood; and has been sleeping in Compton for the last fifteen years. He is an Associate Editor for Dryland, a literary arts journal based in South Central. His first chapbook, “Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees,” will be released this summer through DSTL Arts.

Irene Sanchez, Ph.D, Poet, Teacher was born in South East Los Angeles and raised in LA and later the Inland Empire (Jurupa Valley, CA). She is a Xicana and mama, award winning poet, and writer. She is co-founder of the Southwest Political Report and founder of Xicana Ph.D. where you can find some of her writings.

Irene is the co-host of a monthly poetry open mic in Pomona, CA called Poetry y Pan at Cafe con Libros Press. In 2017 she received a fellowship to attend The Pink Door writers retreat. She is a VONA 2018 alum for the poetry workshop with Willie Perdomo. She is the 2018 winner of the Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award. Her work has been featured in/by Zócalo Public Square, KPCC, Remezcla, Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed and more. Irene has spoken/presented at over 50 colleges/universities.

Now based out of the San Gabriel Valley in LA County, Irene teaches high school Latinx Studies and can often be found at a community/cultural event with her family. For more information: www.irenesanchezphd.com

Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño who still lives in Los Ángeles. He explores and captures the city’s stories that are hidden in plain sight. He is the author of the chapbook Concrete Paradise (2018) from Finishing Line Press. Dunlap is the winner of the 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize from december magazine judged by former Los Ángeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. His poems and book reviews have been published in Angel City Review, CCM-Entropy, California Quarterly and Dryland, among others. He has an article forthcoming in the June issue of L.A. Parent. He runs the blog site www.losangelesliterature.wordpress.com, a resource to explore L.A.’s vast literary culture.

Where: Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 6 pm – 7:300 pm           

Address: 12006 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90066

Website: https://www.lapl.org.whats-on/events/poetry-reading

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/16/19 – 4/21/19

downloadRed Hen Press 25th Anniversary Poetry Reading at the Annenberg Beach House

Please join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Red Hen Press with a poetry reading event featuring four Red Hen Press poets:

Katherine Coles is a poet and educator who served from 2006-2012 as Utah’s third poet laureate, and currently serves as inaugural director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute and the co-director of the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature.

Matty Layne Glasgow is the author of the poetry collection, deciduous queen, selected by Richard Blanco as the winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award and forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2019.

Kim Dower is the author of four poetry collections, all from Red Hen Press: Air Kissing on Mars (2010), Slice of Moon (2013), Last Train to the Missing Planet (2016), and her new book, Sunbathing on Tyrone Powers’ Grave (2019).

Jessy Randall is the author of the poetry collections: Suicide Hotline Hold (2016), There Was an Old Woman (2015), Injecting Dreams into Cows (2012), A Day in Boyland (2007).

The readings will be accompanied by jeweler Nicole Foos’ talk on “Stories from Stones.”

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time:  6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, at Beach House Way, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-hen-press-katherine=coles-matty-layne-glasgow-jessy-randall-kim-dower-registration-56671131881

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/08/19 – 4/14/19

_DSC7461Maria Ure & Story Time in Spanish at Pages Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to hear Maria Ure, founder and director of Spanish in Action, for a Story Time in Spanish. Her approach is radically different from teaching methods commonly seen in school settings, as she personally sits down with the kids and delivers her lessons through song. It’s her innate gift for teaching and ability to create beautiful songs for each lesson that set her apart as a teacher and as a school.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th                                                

Time: 10:30 am

Address: 904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, California 90266

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/story-time-spanish-april-8th

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/01/19 –4/07/19

downloadChris Van Dusen & A Piglet Named Mercy! at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join us to meet author Chris Van Dusen and celebrate the joy of a new arrival in a reading and signing of A Piglet Named Mercy! This is a delightful origin story for the star of the enormously popular Mercy Watson Series (kids ages 3-8).

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time:  4 pm

Address: 10580 ½ W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/    

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/18/19 –3/24/19

52457308_2198477393546820_8264162323325779968_oPoesia Narrativa: Write Narrative Poetry

Join California Poets in the Schools, teachers, Juan Cardenas and Jessica Wilson on a journey through narrative poetry. Write in your own voice and learn new ways to express yourself.

This 6 series workshop will include food, so get ready for some delicious learning, and connection building through creative writing.

Remember the smell of sizzling carne asada, the taste of calabasas con queso, the first time you made arroz, or papas.
Our senses deliver us into memory, and our memories will fuel our poems and our palates.

This workshop series is FREE and made possible by the Los Angeles Poet Society. www.lapoetsociety.org Register by emailing: losangelespoetsociety@gmail.com with your name, email, and phone number.

Where: Tía Chucha Central Cultural

Date: Monday the 18th                                             

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Unit A, Sylmar, California 91342

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/788178538206800/

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Voices From Leimert Park and Voices From Leimert Park Redux

By Brian Dunlap

downloadNOTE: This is the third book in Los Angeles Literature’s Black History Month series highlighting the L.A. literature written by black authors.

There are two poetry anthologies that capture the black literary talent from the headquarters of black creativity in Los Ángeles, The World Stage in Leimert Park. The anthologies, Voices from Leimert Park and Voices from Leimert Park Redux, were published 11 years apart in 2006 and in 2017. They both capture the stories, ideas and perspectives of black Los Ángeles and beyond in a myriad of poetic forms and angles.

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