Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Night with a NoHo Beat -- it's Lit Crawl LA: NoHo!


​Hello Writers and Friends!

This week the NoHo Arts District welcomes thousands of literary lovers to Lankershim Blvd where all the magic will unfold for the 2nd ANNUAL Lit Crawl LA: NoHo!

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The show is broken up into 3 Rounds...each round holding over a dozen events to choose from or hop around on your trek through the Crawl!



The complete schedule of events can be found here: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/schedule/
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​There are a variety of shows that measure literature through means of horror, erotica, humor, spoken word and mind tricks...and so much more! Definitely take a look at the schedule and mark your favorites for each round!



The Los Angeles Poet Society is so proud to be a part of the show for the 2nd year in a row as a Community Sponsor. We are also hosting our own event, A Night with a NoHo Beat!  This show features Julio the Conga Poet Rodriguez laying down the conga rhythms as the movers and shakers of the "Valley" literary scene throw their own spoken word into the mix! Celebrating: Jason Brain, Wyatt Underwood, Maja Trochimczyk! PLUS guest Flutist, Juan Cardenas!


Enter a 1957 Beatnik literary parlour fusing live jazz and spoken word. It’s a show honoring the movers and shakers of San Fernando Valley, “The Valley,” Literature with the accompaniment of Julio “The Conga Poet” Rodriguez! Guests include Wyatt Underwood (Last Saturday of the Month Open Mic in Encino – Tarzana), Jason Brain (Soapbox Sessions / Soapbox International), Maja Trochimczyk (former Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga and of the Village Poets of Sunland Tujunga), and host/ poet Jessica Wilson (Writer Wednesdays and the Salon @NoHo).




​Many Los Angeles Poet Society members are also involved in the show hosting and featuring in other segments around the Crawl!



​Including:



Jessica Ceballos with Poesia para la Gente/Avenue 50: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/avenue-50-studios-poesia-para-la-gente/
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Conney Williams with World Stage presents: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/the-world-stage-2/
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Don Kingfisher Campbell with San Gabriel Valley Poets presents: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/san-gabriel-valley-poets-quarterly/
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​Member Teresa Mei Chuc with Goddard College: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/goddard-college-mfa-in-creative-writing/


​Alexis Fancher with Cultural Weekly presents: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/cultural-weekly/
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​Susan Hayden, Rick Lupert, and G. Murray Thomas hosted by Carlye Archibeque with Beyond Baroque: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/beyond-baroque-2/


Mike the Poet Sonksen features with Heyday Books (along with my UCR alum, Keenan Norris!!! such a small world :) ):  
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/heyday-books/​​

Billy Burgos  features in the Black Man of Happiness Project: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/the-black-man-of-happiness-project/
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Cheryl Klein and Bronwyn Mauldin  feature in the The LA Word: Exploded Guns: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/the-l-a-word-ii/
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Terry Wolverton  with Writers at Work presents: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/events/writers-at-work-unforgettable-characters/
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           PLUS an AFTER PARTY at the Federal Bar! 
Enter The Federal Bar at its Weddington St. side entrance.
Join your fellow “crawlers” as we unwind and celebrate our second amazing crawl! Featuring:
* Piano Jazz by Michael Ligon.
* Guerrilla Reads L.A. Lit Videos.
* North Hollywood’s Poet Laureate, Radomir Luza.
* Benefit raffle with great prizes!
* Late night appetizers!
* No host bar.
Admission is free, but prior reservation is required. Your donations benefit Lit Crawl L.A.: NoHo.


For the full Lit Crawl LA: NoHo Program Booklet, click here: 
http://litcrawl.org/la/files/2013/08/Lit-Crawl-LA-NoHo-Program-2014.pdf
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WRITE ON and enjoy the show! Be sure to tell the Los Angeles Poet Society about your Crawl experience! We'd like to publish different stories from Crawlers! 
See you there!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Prayers to the heavens for Poetic Lives!

I've had the most amazing poetic journey...soul hours...hours of growth -- delivering the word and living up to it I feel so blessed and so happy to live the life that I have.
In a whirlwind of travel Juan and I have truly unleashed truth -- in magnitudes we'd never imagine reachable... all in the name of POETRY

From the beautiful open hills of Petaluma -- for the California Poets in the Schools retreat at IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) which was the rebirth long needed, and in meeting new friends and soul mates of the same spirit and passion to teach our youth and aid them in their paths to positivity & creativity!!! To all the Poet Teachers -- I am HONORED to breathe beside you!





























From this wonderful experience, we made it back to our creative home, our ROCK, Beyond Baroque -- to the arms of a FULL CROWD of SoapBox Poets celebrating the work of the beautiful and FIERCE Poet Alexis Fancher... and it doesn't stop there.




 What a homecoming. What a beautiful community of risk takers and truth tellers who will NEVER be silenced! I am proud to live in your space... and then, an epic CLIMAX of literary celebration: Library Girl's 5th Year Anniversary, the vision of Susan Hayden selflessness and joy! A healing journey that has healed WORLDS of people -- thank you, Susan!

I just can't fathom all the intense details: sitting in the pews, alongside Richard Modiano and S.A. Griffin -- both pioneers and literary troublemakers whom I respect and look up to... being adopted by Punk Hostage Press with all the POETRY BADASSES hand-picked by our sexy ringleader Iris Berry and A. Razor -- the holiest of holies couldn't be any holier. Yes, this is life. A happy one.


Thank you to this universe -- Pacha Mamma... my partner in crime... I am satisfied.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

And the Winner is...

We are so proud to announce the WINNER of the 2014 Los Angeles Poet Society SUMMER POETRY CONTEST:

Photo of Alexis Fancher, DTLA, (c)2014 
Alexis Fancher
for her winning poem

Tonight We Will Bloom for One Night Only

Alexis will be awarded and give a reading of her poem at the SoapBox Poets Open Mic on October 12th, 2-4 pm, at
Beyond Baroque!
Address: 681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA
Free show with OPEN MIC!
7 minutes is yours for the taking!




Alexis wins a $75 cash prize, publication of her poem on our LAPS website, and a LAPS event/reading of her poem!

Runners up: Karen Vande Bossche's poem July Musings and Don Kingfisher Campbell'Joshua Tree Trip - both of these poems will also be published on the LAPS website.

We received many amazing submissions and want to THANK YOU for submitting your work to the Los Angeles Poet Society!
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