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20 October, Thursday - 8:00 PM
Hotel Erwin: The Poetry Posse Rides Again!
Spend an evening of poetry at Larry’s Loft in the stylish HOTEL ERWIN near Venice Beach, where poets Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough,
Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, and Mariano Zaro will read new and selected work.
$5.00 donation requested. At the Hotel Erwin, 1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291
21 October, Friday - 8:00 PM
Phoebe MacAdams and Mark Rhodes
Phoebe MacAdams will read new and unpublished work. She has published in The World,
Peninsula, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pearl, Attaboy Magazine, The Ojai Review and other journals. Phoebe MacAdams has published six books
of poetry: Sunday, Ever, Ordinary Snake Dance, Livelihood, Strange Grace, and Touching Stone. And Mark Edward Rhodes will read
from his book: Approaching Darkness: Selected Poems – 1978-2015. Regular admission.
22 October, Saturday - 4:00 PM
David Steiner: Burning Desire
jackson joad (David Steiner) will be reading from The Burning of Desire, his ongoing 8 volume epic journey through U.S. History,
1943-2023. Book Four, Death: 1980-1992, his latest published volume, finds our fool still reeling from the events of 1968, twisting
and turning and bending toward meaning and dying all the little deaths along the way. Regular admission.
22 October, Saturday - 8:00 PM
Fiction Showcase: Rough Magic
In Rough Magick, editors Francesca Lia Block (award winning Los Angeles author of the Dangerous Angels series and over
twenty-five other titles) and Jessa Marie Mendez (“Jessa is somewhat damaged;” HellaWella contributor) have gathered together
a collection of haunting, sometimes chilling, short stories and poetry in which the writers face love’s shadows in unique and
gripping ways. Come join Francesca, Denise Hamilton (Damage Control), Laura Lee Bahr (Haunt, Long-Form Religious Porn),
Tracy DeBrincat (Hollywood Buckaroo, Troglodyte), Amanda Yates Garcia (The Oracle of Los Angeles), Sarah Herrington
(an Oprah poet to watch), Ashley Inguanta (For The Woman Alone) Logan Brendt and Manuel Chavarria for an evening of tales about
the darker side of love and sex. Regular admission.
23 October, Sunday - 2:00 PM
The Nebraska Girl Open Reading
Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Free
23 October, Sunday - 6:00 PM
La Poesia Festival – IN THE SCOTT WANNBERG BOOKSTORE
POESÍA FÉSTIVAL open mic and anthology edited by Antonieta Villamil celebrates Colombian Poetry for Peace with Latin-American
poets from LA: Marina Moncada, Joaquín López, Raul Arredondo, Emilia Chuquin, Carolina Rivera, Ricardo Ventura, Marcela Urrutia,
and more. Potluck party. Hosted by Antonieta Villamil. Suggested donation $5.
23 October, Sunday - 7:00 PM
7 Dudely Cinema
Hosted by Gerry Fialka. Free but donations gratefully accepted.
28 October, Friday - 8:00 PM
A Night of Dark Fantasy With Dennis Etchison & Peter Atkins
Get ready for Halloween with master story tellers and genre maestros Dennis Etchison and Peter Atkins! Stephen King has called
Dennis Etchison "one hell of a fiction writer" and he has been called "the most original living horror in America" (The Viking-Penguin
Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural).
Peter Atkins is the author of the novels Morningstar, Big Thunder and Moontown, and the screenplays Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III,
Hellraiser IV, and Wishmaster. His short fiction has appeared in such best-selling anthologies as The Museum of Horrors, Dark
Delicacies II, and Hellbound Hearts. Regular admission.
29 October, Saturday - 8:00 PM
What Books Press Fall Publication Reading: The "She" Series
The "She" Series: A Venice Correspondence" a collaboration between poets Holaday Mason and Sarah Maclay- seven years
in the making. With special guests Karen Kavorkian and Carolie Parker. Regular admission.
30 October, Sunday - 2:00 PM
Poet and Lana Turner editor David Lau will debut his second book, Still Dirty. Published by Commune Editions, this collection finds
its bearings in the political struggles after the economic crisis. Lau will read with Jeanine Webb, Brian Ang, Sesshu Foster, Victor Valle
and Mike Sonksen.
4 November Friday, 8:00 PM
Russell Steinberg: Blue Pool Concert
Composer and classical guitarist Russell Steinberg performs his Hawaiian Slack Key-inspired preludes accompanied by slideshows
featuring special places on the island of Maui. The pieces are from Steinberg’s new Blue Pool CD that Hawaiian slack key master
George Kahumoku Jr. calls a “magical classical twist in Slack key guitar tunnings.” The program also includes guitar works by Tárrega,
Turina, and Villa-Lobos. Regular admission.
5 November Saturday, 4:00 PM
An Afternoon of Music and Stories With Alicia Bay Laurel
While best-known as the internationally-lauded author/illustrator/designer of the best-selling encyclopedia of primitive living skills Living
on the Earth (1970) and nine other illustrated bohemian books, Alicia Bay Laurel is a vocalist/guitarist/songwriter and storyteller. She
orbits between Arizona, California, Hawaii, Japan and other places, touring in support of her four self-produced music CDs, illustrating
clothing and paper items, making folk art from recycled objects, and promoting sustainability, creativity and compassion wherever
she goes. Special admission $20.00, $10.00 members, students and seniors.
For more information click HERE
5 November, Saturday - 8:00 PM
Jackson Prize Winner & Beyond Baroque Poet in Residence Will Alexander and Rae Armentrout
Beyond Baroque Writer-in-Residence Will Alexander has been awarded one of the most significant honors given to an
American poet: Poets & Writers’ Jackson Prize for Poetry. Please join Beyond Baroque, Poets & Writers, and the poetry community
of Los Angeles for a reading and reception to celebrate one of America’s most original poets. Alexander will be joined by Pulitzer
Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout. More information about the awarding of the prize can be found here.
You Can Purchase Tickets HERE.
An author dialogue and reception will follow the reading, sponsored by Poets & Writers
6 November Sunday, 2:00 PM
The Baggage Review
The Baggage Review presents the collision of music and words as the all improvisational band Baggage plays host to a revolving cast
of bands whose singers and songwriters have the opportunity not only to play their songs but to read their poetry or song lyrics, or
otherwise incorporate spoken word into their music performance. $5.00 donation requested but no one turned away for lack of funds.
6 November Sunday, 7:30 PM
Spillway Publication Reading
This event, hosted by editor Susan Terris and publisher Mifanwy Kaiser, will feature Southern California poets from 2 issues of
Spillway -- #23 & #24. Poets reading will be Dorothy Barresi, David St. John, Lynne Thompson, Jim Natal, Holaday Mason, and
surprise guests! www.spillway.org . Regular admission
11 November Friday, 8:00 PM
The Revlon Slough
Ray DiZazzo says of his new book of poems The Revlon Slough, "The material that goes on the poetic “canvas” is not paint, charcoal
or some other colored material, it is the written word. In the case memorable poems, the images materialize in our minds as intangible
but intense visions created by the poet." Regular admission.
12 November Saturday, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Ccelebrate Thomas McGrath's 100th Birthday With A Reading Of The Magnificent American Epic Letter To An Imaginary Friend
Join 40 distinguished readers as they recite Letter to an Imaginary Friend, which has been called one of the few "really outstanding
book-length poems published by an American." Letter to an Imaginary Friend is a long autobiographical poem that integrates personal
experience with political concerns and represents "a contrast between what I thought of as the old community and what I saw when I
came back to North Dakota . . . to live in my family's old farmhouse," recalled McGrath in North Dakota Quarterly. Hosted by Harry Northup.
Free but donations gratefully accepted.
13 November Sunday, 4:00 PM
The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker
Celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA's latest exhilarating anthology, The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker, with poets
Chanel Brenner, Alejandro Escudé, Alexis Rhone Fancher, John J. Trause, Richard Loranger, AJ Urquidi, plus editors David Lawton and
Jane Ormerod. Great weather for MEDIA is an independent press, based in New York City, focusing on unpredictable poetry and prose from
writers across the world. Jane Omerod host. Regular Admission
Submissions for the next collection are open until January 2017.
13 November Sunday 7:30 PM
Wanda Coleman 70th Birthday!
Join a stellar group of poets and writers to celebrate the life and work of Wanda Coleman! Born on November 13, 1946, Wanda Coleman
grew up in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her poetry collection Bathwater Wine received the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.
Her books of poetry include Mercurochrome: New Poems, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; Native in a Strange
Land: Trials & Tremors; Hand Dance; African Sleeping Sickness; A War of Eyes & Other Stories; Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems & Stories
1968-1986; and Imagoes. She also wrote Mambo Hips & Make Believe: A Novel, Jazz and Twelve O’Clock Tales: New Stories and
The Love Project with Austin Straus. Hosted by Austin Straus. Regular admission.
Mason's Noise Parlour
Young adult spoken word & music
Poetry of the Spanish Civil War 80th Anniversary
Jeanne Field reading from her ‘60s memoir, joined by Russ Tamblyn and Bonnie Tamblyn (w/her Blue Heaven western swing band)
and John Densmore. Hosted by Michael C Ford.
Pandemonium! Punk! & Panic!
The Poetry Posse