Sunday, September 16, 2012

100 Thousand Poets for Change/Musicians for Change, Los Angeles!

Performers on Schedule:
  • Alicia Winski
    Alicia Winski, born and raised in Los Angeles is a fierce poetic voice, spreading her wings across the west coast. With an impressive following in both L.A. & Seattle, Winski is a poetic & provocative figure on page, online and on stage. She is Author of "Running On Fumes" and is an enthusiastic and dedicated addition to Edgar And Lenore's Publishing House as Editor of the Seattle division. 

    Alicia Winski possesses a craft that is melodic, brutally honest and oftentimes, quite sultry. Her words encompass strength, courage and a passionate perspective on life and love as seen through the eyes of a poet. She is currently working on her next collection of poetry, "Naughty Girls Dream In Color", which is anticipated to be released in 2012.

  • Amanda LaPera
    Because of her family’s experience with mental illness, Amanda LaPera is a vocal advocate for individuals and families affected by mental illnesses. With her first work of nonfiction, LOSING DAD, she hopes to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and offer hope.

    Amanda's short stories and poetry have been published in various anthologies and websites. She maintains a blog where the topics range from writing to mental health to life in general.
    You can find her on Facebook at and at  In addition to reading and writing, she finds joy in music, art, and nature, which she learned from her father.
    Painters interpret life, writers paint life with words.

  • Apryl Skies
    Apryl Skies, a Los Angeles native is author of A Song Beneath SilenceSkye the Troll & Other Fairy Tales For Children; voted best poetrybook of 2010 by Muses Review. She is writer whose creativity is not exclusive to her passion for literary composition and expresses a natural talent with poetry, photography and canvas. Skies expresses her devotion to the written word with a quiet intensity. She is a superbly visual and telling writer, whose work holds merit among authors both classic and new. Creating her own greeting card line in May 2010, this poet proves she has few limitations.
    Inspired by a wide range of writers, Apryl has established a modest following of her own and has impressed readers worldwide, as well as by her performances throughout Los Angeles. Skies has performed as a Featured Guest for The Cobalt Café - June 2011, Writer’s Row - August 2011 & April 18, 2012, Beyond Baroque’s 100 Thousand Poets For Change - September 2011, Soapbox Poets - October 2011, Urban Desert Cabaret - March 2012, NoHo UnBuckled - April 2012, Poetrypalooza August 2012 & 100 Thousand Poets for Change September 2012.
    Skies poetry, essays, reviews, journalism and photography have been published internationally by H Style Magazine, Carty’s Poetry Journal Of Ireland - December 2010-January 2011 Edition, her poem The Empty Bellows was included, as well as, her photograph We All Move Through, which appeared on the cover. She was also chosen Poet of the Week in December 2010 by Poetry Super Highway. Skies jazz-inspired poem, That Whiskey Blue Sway was nominated for the 2010 Poem of the Year by Muses Review and was the featured guest on the Lit Chick Show of Australia.
    Other credits include the current or forthcoming publications; The Examiner, Tremendously Two, Beyond The Bookshelf, H.O.P.E, The Woulds & Shoulds of Editing, The Juice Bar, Botticelli Literary Magazine Issue: 3 Fall 2011, Poetry Corner, Noho Arts District Magazine,  Red Fez Issue #44, Marbella Marbella Adelante, In The Company of Women: An Anthology of Wit & Wisdom Sass & Class, Meleleuca Austrailia, Poetic Diversity, Alternate Lanes by Sybaritic Press, The Abnormal Alphabet, Elements & Angels & The Panty Drawer, Chocolate Trees & Honey Wine, Immortal Kyn: The Poetic Chronicles, The Unrelenting Sun.
  • Charles Davis
    Charles L. Davis is a native Angelino, threading the geographies, bodies, and histories of this conflictual space called Los Angeles into his abstract, yet firmly politically located poetic artform. Writing his first poem at age six, he has always been well aware of the contradictions of being a poet in Los Angeles, and black in the world. He earned his B.A. in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and went on to study Poetry at Otis College, earning his M.F.A. in 2008. His art is greatly influenced by the work of Jimi Hendrix, Charles Bukowski,  Cesar Vallejo, and Jean Michel Basquiat, to name a few, as well as current thematics in Hip-Hop and spoken word. His work is both relevant and acute, Mr. Davis is a Poet that warrants attention and while difficult to digest he is not easily forgotten.

  • Cklara Moradian
    Cklara Moradian is a Kurdish-American activist, writer, spoken-word artist, poet and columnist. Conceived and raised by human rights activists and survivors of the notorious prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Cklara's commitment to human rights was developed at an early age. She spent most of her childhood as a refugee in several countries before arriving in the United States. Cklara pulls from her rich history as a refugee to weave passionate stories of labor and resistance. She uses poetry, and artistic expression as a form of creative response to the atrocities in the world. She has been writing and performing spoken word at national and international conferences/events since she was fourteen. 

    Currently she is a community organizer, an active member of Amnesty International, and on the board of several NGOs. She is studying Philosophy and working on a book.

  • James Berkowitz
    James Berkowitz - Poet, writer, and multi-media artist. Living as a human camera of observation embracing the magnificence of nature, stimulation of city streets, and all that encompasses the journey.

  • Jayson Pida
    Jayson Pida is a born and raised Los Angeles native. Through the years, he has accumulated a background as varied and eclectic as anyone else who calls Southern California home – from veteran and pilot to public school teacher and college instructor with doses of exploration among the unique denizens of Angel City.
    Jayson’s love of poetry began when he was a young, impressionable boy living the American Dream in the San Fernando Valley. Upon hearing a reading of the masters of 19th century American free-verse and gothic rhyme one star-lit night, he knew life, for him, had changed. Currently you can find him participating in, and assisting, numerous poetry events across Southern California – most recently earning an MFA from Otis College of Fine Arts in Los Angeles. He has recently completed two books of verse and prose, Sabot and Phantom Memories.
    Edgar &Lenore’s Publishing House is proud to welcome Jayson as a contributor to the soon to be released Men In the Company of Women: A Men’s Anthology of Praise & Persuasion.
  • Jessica Ceballos
    Jessica Ceballos has been writing for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in Centre Review and Hinchas de Poesia Issue #6, among others. A member of the Hollywood Institute of Poetics, she has been featured at numerous venues around the L.A area such as The Cobalt Cafe, Beyond Baroque and The Paloma Room. She helps facilitate the 20th Century Latin American Poetry Workshop held at Beyond Baroque every Thursday. She hosts the Bluebird Reading series at Avenue 50 Studios and The Great Beyond open mic at Beyond Baroque. Her studies have varied from English to Religion at Occidental College to Interior Design at the IDI and FIDM. Her varied passions along with her extensive traveling have been the inspiration behind her poetry and photography. Though she was born and raised in Los Angeles, you will always find her trying to figure out more reasons for why it is she stays. She is currently working on her first chapbook, to be out very very soon! In the meantime, samples of her work can be found at:

  • Julio the Conga Poet
    60 year old revolutionary, raised in Buffalo, New York. He's been in Los Angeles for over 40 years, in particular, Highland Park. He's played the congas off and on for many years, and has been writing poetry for over 2 years. He's been performing as the Conga Poet for a year and has found that it has fused his 2 passions.
  • Lee Boek
    Lee Boek, performance artist/storyteller/Artistic Director of Public Works Improvisational Theatre.

  • Mike ThePoet Sonksen
    Mike Sonksen, also known as, Mike the Poet, is a 3rd-generation LA native acclaimed for poetry performances, published articles & legendary city tours. Poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, teacher. He graduated from U.C.L.A. 

    Mike's book I AM ALIVE IN LOS ANGeLES! has been added to the curriculum of several universities. Mike's performed his poetry coast to coast at college campuses, museums, bookstores, nightclubs & just about any venue you can imagine. 

    His Los Angeles city tours combine poetry and history and have been written up in the New York Times, THE UK Guardian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Straight No Chaser.
  • Radomir V. Luza
    Radomir Vojtech Luza’s love of politics an art comes from his parents who escaped Communism in their beloved Czechoslovakia in 1948. Radomir has averaged about a book a year. He has been widely-published in literary journals, anthologies and on websites, and has organized poetry readings across the country, including UNBUCKLED: NOHO POETRY, which he co-organizes and hosts in North Hollywood. Luza has also recorded three spoken word CDs: STRAIGHT OUTTA NOHO: INCOMPLETE, NOTHING WATER and IN THE DARK OF MORN: A JOURNEY TOWARDS LOVE.

  • Rich FergusonRich Ferguson has performed across the country and has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Wanda Coleman, Exene Cervenka, T.C. Boyle, Loudon Wainwright, Bob Holman, and many other esteemed poets and musicians. He has performed on The Tonight Show, at the Redcat Theater in Disney Hall, the New York City International Fringe Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, the South by Southwest Music Festival, the Santa Cruz Poetry Festival, the DocMiami International Film Festival, the Topanga Film Festival, and Stephen Elliott’s “Rumpus.” He is also a featured performer in the film, What About Me? (the sequel to the double Grammy-nominated film 1 Giant Leap), featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, Krishna Das, and others. He has been published in the LA TIMES, has been anthologized by Uphook Press (gape-seed), Smith Magazine (The Moment), TNB Books (The Beautiful Anthology), spotlighted on PBS (Egg: The Art Show), and was a winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, LA. Ferguson is a Pushcart-nominated poet, and also a regular contributor and poetry editor to the online literary journal, The Nervous Breakdown.

Music from The Rooftop Revolutionaries!
Rooftop Revolutionaries are a 4 piece hard rock/alternative metal band that has a heavy message. Do Something. 

With socially conscious lyrics, memorable melodies, driving guitars and pounding drums the music entertains and educates.

Featuring the Revolutionary Poets Brigade:
  • Dee Allen
    African-Italian poetry writer & Spoken Word performer currently based in San Francisco.

    Since the early 1990s, Allen's writtenwork had appeared in mostly underground 'zines, newspapers, newsletters and webzines, from Flipside to Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal to the San Francisco Bay View.

    Similarly, Allen has done Spoken Word performances at various coffeeshops, open mic nights at taverns, houseparties and nightclubs as an opening act for local & touring national underground musical groups, from False Sacrament to The Cro-Mags to Resistant Culture. Allen is currently active in 2 San Francisco-based Spoken Word performance troupes: Poor Magazine's Po' Poets Project and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade.

    Dee Allen's writtenwork appeared in the anthologies "Revolutionary Poets Brigade: Volume 1" [ Caza De Poesia ], "Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts: Volume 2, Number 1" [ Santa Cruz-based poetry/science fiction writer & photographer Daniel Yaryan ], "Living In The Land Of The Dead: Volume 4" [ Faithful Fools Street Ministry ] and "Decolonizer's Guide To A Humble Revolution" [ Poor Press ], as well as his first 2 books "Boneyard" and "Unwritten Law" [ also published by Poor Press ].

  • Rex Butters
    Longtime SoCal resident Rex Butters has had journalism published by sites and magazines including BAM, Rapport, All About Jazz, Folk Works, and the Free Venice Beachhead. His poetry has appeared for over 25 years in such diverse journals as the Cost of Freedom, Caffeine, Brain Vomit, The Journal of Interdimensional Poetry, and Bad Haircut Quarterly. He performs with the improvised music/funk/spoken word ensemble, Black Shoe Polish, and sings with various projects.
  • & many more!


  • Luivette Resto
    Luivette Resto was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. In 2003, she completed her MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her first book of poetry Unfinished Portrait was published in 2008 by Tia Chucha Press and later named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. She is also a contributing poetry editor for Kweli Journal, a CantoMundo fellow, and the hostess of a monthly poetry reading series called La Palabra located at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles.

  • Jessica Wilson
    A Poet from Los Angeles, CA, Jessica holds her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Otis College, and a BA in both Creative Writing and Art History from UC Riverside. She is the founder of the Los Angles Poet Society, Writers’ Row (a showcase of Writers during the downtown Art Walk), and SoapBox Poets which is a collaborative group of artists delivering their work to masses. She is newly published in anthology In the Company of Women: An Anthology of Wit &Wisdom, Sass & Class by Edgar & Lenore's Publishing
    House, 2012.

  • Abel Salas
    Abel Salas publishes and edits Brooklyn & Boyle, an arts, literature and community journal based in historic Boyle Heights, on LA's Eastside. A poet and journalist, he also co-founded Corazón del Pueblo, a Los Angeles community cultural arts center and collective. He has taught creative writing in LA County juvenile halls and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Artillery Magazine, New Angeles Monthly, Latina Magazine, LA Weekly, The Austin Chronicle, The Brownsville Herald, and Zyzzyva-The Last Word: West Coast Writers & Artists, among many others. Born in Houston and raised in the cities of El Paso, Los Angeles and Austin, Salas has read poetry across the Southwest, in Washington D.C., Havana, Cuba as well as Toluca, Mexico and Mexico City. He is the author of chapbook Lone Oak in December/El Encino Invernal (1998) and the monograph Hija de Guadalupe/Child of Guadalupe (2007).

  • Melissa Alvarado
    Melissa grew up in Nebraska (barefoot with chickens in the yard and everything.) She first started writing in the fifth grade, where she got in trouble for writing a "scary" story about a girl drowning in a high school she received the "Spindrift Poet's Award" as a Junior. At the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) she graduated with her Bachelor's in English and Biology, but for some reason was told to "pick one or the other," which never made sense to her. While at UNK, Melissa received the "Christine Pappas" award for best Nebraska undergraduate writing which was awarded to her by William Kloefkorn, the Nebraska state poet.

    After UNK she applied to only one Pharmacy school, Creighton University. She says she completed her Doctorate's of Pharmacy in 2006 to "punish" herself because she didn't get in to the writing school of her choice. She considers herself a non-fiction narrative poet. Publications include poems published in Chum, Suisun Valley Review, The Toronto Quarterly, The Poetry Warrior, Secret Press USA, Plains Song Review, "The World According to Goldfish - Looking Past," by Goldfish Press," "Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace," by Backwaters Press, and a few more. She is also a Nebraska Center for Writer's author. Recently, Melissa realized that she traveled from coast to coast within six months (including Hawaii and Alaska), but continues to focus her writing on her experiences in Nebraska.

  • Jason Brain
    Lifelong native Angeleno, Jason Brain’s favorite hobby is breathing.
    When he’s not breathing, Jason is an up-and-coming Spoken Word Poet with a few self-published digital chapbooks, including 2011’s ouR Evolution and his Mix Tape Series, available to the public through his website.

    Jason is also a burgeoning Visual Artist of photography and geometry; a One-Act playwright who recently began revision on the fifth draft of his “365 Day, 365 One Act” collection, Amerikana:365; the creator and host of Soapbox Sessions, an established weekly Open Mic night in the San Fernando Valley for musicians, poets, comedians, and all; and is a guy who likes to make time to play sports, meditate, and enjoy the little things in life (like beautiful sunsets, good friends, and delicious coffee) in between it all.

  • Billy Burgos
    Billy Burgos is a 38 year old Poet/Portrait Painter from Los Angeles Ca. He has served as a curator/workshop facilitator on staff at for over 6 years. He is the host of Blogtalk Radio's poetry show Word Ballast where he has interviewed such poets as Nikkey Finney, Nikky Giovanni and Thomas Sayers Ellis. Billy is also the co-editor of the poetry Broadsheet Sic 3. Billy is the host of the popular First Sunday Reading at Beyond Baroque and has been featured at numerous venues around the L.A. area such as Beyond Baroque, The World Stage and The Cobalt Cafe. In 2009 Billy was chosen as an up-and-coming poet by the L.A. Poetry Festival. At present he is working on his first full length collection of poems titled Eulogy To An Unknown Tree to be published by Lady Lazarus Press in the summer of 2012. Billy has completed his first one man gallery show tentatively titled "Angeleno Poets- A 20 Year Retrospective" , which has showcased all over Southern California.

  • Jeffrey Alan Rochlin
    Poet, Speech Writer, Lyricist Spoken Word Artist

    Member of ASCAP Published Song “BLOOD IN THE CITY”

    Published Song “88 KEYS’ on CD “A BETTER PLACE
    by New Orleans Piano Player Jeff Naideau(Nay-dough) 
    recorded in New Orleans

    Wrote and Produced CD with my band N’DANGERED SPECIES
    Recorded at Keith Lynch Studio, El Segundo, Ca.

    Member of Artist Salon that worked with downtown city council
    to help develop downtown artists community

    Hosts readings at Stories Book Store in Echo Park
    and various venues around the city.
    Guest Host at 100,000 Thousand Poets for Change this year at Beyond Baroque
    Director of Valley Contemporary Poets for the past 5 years
    Works with Richard Modiano doing promotions and volunteer work at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice California.

  • Mark Lipman presents the Revolutionary Poet's Brigade
    Mark Lipman is a writer, poet, multi-media artist and activist, who began his career as a professional ballet dancer.  In 2002, he became writer in residence at the world famous Shakespeare and Company, under the guidance of its founder George Whitman.  In that year he worked with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman and the Italian poet, Igor Costanzo, in Back to Beat, a Fluxus art and poetry event in Breccia, Italy.

    Co-founder of both the Berkeley Stop the War Coalition (USA) andAgir Contre la Guerre (France), Lipman has been an outspoken critic of war and occupation since 2001. 
    Lipman’s first novel, Impermanence (Sophia Press, 2001) was nominated for the Bard Literary Prize in 2003.  His works include: 60 original paintings; the books Love and Politics (poetry, 2003); Fire in the Desert (novella, 2003); Tumbleweed (novel, 2004); A Smuggler’s Tale (novel, 2006); Because They Were Happy and Free(Caza de Poesía, 2009); I Found the Clitoris (short stories, M Press, 2009); The Dirt of Despair (Caza de Poesía, 2010) and A Stirring Underfoot (Caza de Poesía, 2011). He is also a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade (RPB).

  • Gia Scott Heron
    Miss Gia Louise Mitsuko Scott-Heron, who has come to be known as “Miss Gia” among friends and fans, has been writing songs and poetry since the age of 10.  She began pursuing poetry full time after graduating with honors from Pitzer college in 2002.  Her major, not surprisingly was in English World Literature and Creative Writing.  She has performed at various venues such as: Spreadin’ Love N Spoken Word, The World Stage, The Regent, ‘Da Poetry Lounge, Remedy, Reflections, Shades of Afrika, Green, and Natural High to name a few.  In 2005, she was chosen to host A Night of Spoken Word and Jazz for KJLH.  In 2006, she hosted a weekly open mic called BARRA (a Yoruban word meaning, speak it and it shall be).
  • Antonieta Villamil presents La Poesia

    ANTONIETA VILLAMIL (Bogotá, Colombia 1962) is an internationally recognized award winning bilingual poet, editor, translator and cultural promoter, inspired in Hölderlin’s axiom: “THE POETS FOUND THAT WHICH PERSISTS”. She focuses her writing on the forgotten ones and honors them with a persistence that compels us to hear their voices. Villamil brings a cross-cultural experience presenting poetry with a mixture of readings and brief stanzas in an eclectic style using voice and deep song. She speaks poetry as if it were a musical score and the result is an alchemical mixture of rhythms.

    BOOKS: Sea Cliffs of Dream, Dialogue of Insignificant Things, Sunmoon Inside Forest (Conjures to Invoke Love), Monologues of the Transgressor, Brew of the Invincible (Potions to Scare off Bad Love), Country Into the Wind, Malinche’s Trade, One Wound for Another.

    Antonieta Villamil was chosen next to the poets Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman,among others; for the film “Voices In Wartime”:

    HONORS: The 14th International Latino Book Award 2012, for best book of poetry in Spanish: “SunMoon Inside Forest: Conjures to invoke love”. The 13th International Latino Book Award 2011, for “Sea Cliffs of Dream”.In June 2001 “Los Acantilados del Sueño” won the “International Poetry Prize Gaston Baquero” in Madrid, Spain. ANTHOLOGIES: “Revolutionary Poets Brigade, “One Wound For Another”, with an introduction by Elena Poniatowska, “Pinceladas Literarias Hispanoamericanas” edited by Gloria Bautista Gutierrez, “Women Looking South,” South American poets in the USA, edited by Zulema Moret, published by Torremozas in Spain. She is the director and organizer of “LA Poesía Festival” at Beyond Baroque in Venice California that brings poetry to Spanish speakers. She is available for book presentations, workshops and poetry festivals.

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