Los Angeles Literature Events 10/08/18 –10/14/18

42703940_908071792717626_4145631390492262400_oThe Displaced Children of Displaced Children at UCLA

Please join host Neelanjana Banerjee to welcome and hear writer and activist Tanzila Ahmed (Luskin MPP ’07) and award winning poet Faisal Mohyuddin, for a reading and conversation about writing, loss, politics, and more. Refreshments provided!

Faisal Mohyuddin’s poetry, fiction and visual art have appeared widely, and his poetry is also anthologized. His chapbook The Riddle of Longing of was published by Backbone Press in 2017, and his first full length collection, The Displaced Children of Displaced Children was the winner of the Sexton Prize and came out in 2018.

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed plays at the intersection of pop and politics through a variety of mediums and actions. She is co-host of the Good Muslin Bad Muslim Podcast, among other pursuits.

Where: Powell Library, UCLA

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: Powell Library, UCLA Campus, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/581882458919768/?active_tab=about

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Behind The Editor’s Desk: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

by Women Who Submit

From: Women Who Submit

GLP_Header2222Vanessa Angélica Villarreal just signed on as nonfiction editor at LA’s own Gold Line Press. She’s an innovative poet who isn’t constrained by genre; her work is electrifying, form-melting, challenging.  I asked her about Gold Line’s upcoming chapbook contest and her work as an editor.

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My 12-Year Love Affair

by Erika Ayón

From: Women Who Submit

29262014_10155343381871127_4963239867677933568_nIt began 12 years ago, the concept for my poetry collection Orange Lady. It was 2006, that summer I had gone to VONA (Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation) in San Francisco, where I had taken a writing workshop with Chris Abani. At VONA, I connected with writers who also lived in Los Angeles, and upon my return, through them, I learned about Ruth Forman’s poetry workshops. It was in these workshops held at Ruth’s home in Los Angeles surrounded by willow trees and included Tai Chi lessons taught by her that the poetry collection came to me. Ruth always showed immense compassion toward our writing process and lovingly gave us permission to just write. That permission to just write sparked this emotional surge in me, and I wrote without care or judgment, with pure reckless abandonment. It was in these workshops that I began compiling the poems that would ultimately become part of my first poetry collection Orange Lady.

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