Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reading this Saturday with The Chief, Michael Rothenberg!

This Saturday, I am honored to read with "The Chief", the Co-Founders of100 Thousand Poets for Change (Official) - Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion!
They are in town with a new book out by Shabda Press!
The reading will be at Beyond Baroque, 8pm
Come check it out!

All the details:

Shabda Press publisher and editor Teresa Mei Chuc will host a celebration of the publication of MICHAEL ROTHENBERG’s new book of poems, Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story. Guest readers include Terri Carrion, Iris De Anda, Youssef Alaoui, Jessica Wilson, Antonieta Villamil, Juan Cardenas, Mark Lipman and Yvonne De La Vega.

General Admission Policy applies to all events, unless noted otherwise:
Admission $10
Students/Seniors/Children $6
Members FREE. 
*This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

Monday, November 10, 2014

On location

In lala land.

Some photos along the way of a wonderful journey about town.

7th Street, DTLA

Just a stroll down the avenue...

and then the night falls...and all the lights come out to play to your twinkling eye...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Your invitation

Welcome to hippie school!
Let the words saturate your skin
until you are let into the field
to unlock your chastity
and sprinkle the sky with your smiles.

- Jessica M. Wilson

Los Angeles Poet Society presents 100 Thousand Poets/ Musicians/ Voices for Change!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Photo Spectacular!

Sharing the photos from the 2nd Annual Lit Crawl LA: NoHo!
Just a whole lotta lovin and livin!

Post by Los Angeles Poet Society.

Here are the photos from the 1st Annual Lit Crawl LA: NoHo!
Enjoy, shine your light, and rock on!

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!


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: 
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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!


Jessica Ceballos with Poesia para la Gente/Avenue 50: 
​​ (includes members Karineh Mahdessian, Gloria Alvarez, Iris De Anda, Crystal Salas, Nikita Egar)

Conney Williams with World Stage presents: 

Don Kingfisher Campbell with San Gabriel Valley Poets presents: 
​​ (includes members CaLokie, Emily Fernandez)

​Member Teresa Mei Chuc with Goddard College: 

​Alexis Fancher with Cultural Weekly presents: 
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​Susan Hayden, Rick Lupert, and G. Murray Thomas hosted by Carlye Archibeque with Beyond Baroque: 

Mike the Poet Sonksen features with Heyday Books (along with my UCR alum, Keenan Norris!!! such a small world :) ):  

Billy Burgos  features in the Black Man of Happiness Project: 

Cheryl Klein and Bronwyn Mauldin  feature in the The LA Word: Exploded Guns: 

Terry Wolverton  with Writers at Work presents: 

           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: 

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!

Friday, September 26, 2014

On being adopted...

It's an extraordinary feeling, as an artist or creative of any sort, to be backed by a BAND of artists! This type of nurturing is what I am experiencing having been newly added as the baby of the Punk Hostage Press publishing unit!


Wow -- I dig that name... let the bad-asses of literature LIVE, and let their words breathe to the people of the world.

I am so honored and so glad to have been adopted by Iris Berry and A. Razor -- I hope I make them proud and ignite passion from my words! It's like having everything to gain and everything to lose on one coin...the gambler in me extends a hand to those dice. I'm all in baby!

One of the 1st events I get to join the PHP with is 100 Thousand Poets for Change! I'll be reading as one of the L.A. Women of Punk Hostage Press! What an honor! You know I'm all about LA and being a woman! Hells yes!

Plus, 100 TPC is an event I hold dearly since its conception in 2010!

September 27, 2014

All the magic unfolds at Beyond Baroque -- 681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA!
7-8 pm, hosted by our Fearless Femme, Iris Berry!!!

Reading are:


Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/345505825625345/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

The LA Women of Punk Hostage Press reading at 100 Thousand Poets for Change - 2014 (Sept. 27) at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA

I'm also feeling the love by reading with the group in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of  LIBRARY GIRL -- which is a literary series founded by my Punk Hostage sister, SUSAN HAYDEN!

I am so excited to be reading at the Ruskin Theater in Santa Monica...and with all these firey Poets!!! Holy moly! I am so blessed to have found a family that loves me! hehe

Rock it out -- October 12th at the Ruskin -- Showtime at 6:30pm
Tickets are $10!

Thanks be to Spicer! Too Beat!

"Halloween in 1954, Spicer and five painter friends opened the “6” Gallery. Spicer soon left this position and moved east. In his absence, the “6” Gallery became the scene of the famous reading in October 1955 that featured the first public performance by Allen "Ginsberg of "Howl" and helped launch the Beat movement."

That's right!
My Beat grand-daddy never liked the title...never believed in the collective movement...but was such an influence on the Beat Generation. He was counter-culture to the counter-culture.

Truly Beat.
No accommodation.

You dig?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What is Beat?

On "Beat":

"It never meant juvenile delinquents, it meant characters of a special spirituality who didn't gang up but were solitary Bartlebies staring out the dead wall window of our civilization..."
- Jack Kerouac


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Celebrating newly published Erotica!

I am so excited that my submission to Cliterature -- a journal dedicated to the sexuality of women, has been accepted to join their latest collection called DESIRE!

Woohoo! To enjoy the selection, please http://cliteraturejournal.com/desire/jessicawilson.html 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Come to Writer Wednesdays!

The Los Angeles Poet Society presents
Writer Wednesdays!

an open mic to all creative genres in the midst of the North Hollywood Arts District!

Video by Annabel Romanos

Writer Wednesday - each Weds at Bob's Espresso Bar
5251 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91604

Sign up at 6:30pm
Show starts at 7pm

All genres of creative art -- original work/no cover songs
5 minutes is given at the mic (or as time allows when there is a full house!)

Friday, September 19, 2014

2014: 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Los Angeles


100 Thousand Poets and Musicians for Change – 2014, Los Angeles, CA
September 27 – 28, 2014 (and all over the world!)
Hosted by the Los Angeles Poet Society

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd. Venice CA – Sept. 27th 2pm-11pm
Bob’s Espresso Bar, 5251 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91604 – Sept. 28th 2pm-5pm

The world movement started in 2010 by Poets and Editors of Big Bridge magazine, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion in Santa Rosa, CA, has sprouted fully to its 4th year – with over 700 events in 103 countries, from Cairo to Paris, Nigeria to Alaska! Artists are coming together, using their creative energies to stand in solidarity and encourage change. They are, as Mahatma Ghandhi stated, being the change they “wish to see in the world”. Artists are standing firm to be the agents of change in their communities, reaching out and expanding the efforts to unify and encourage a positive platform to achieve their collective goals.

Los Angeles has been a landmark for action and reaction, and often sets the precedent for other communities. The Los Angeles Poet Society takes reigns on hosting 100 Thousand Poets for Change, (100 TPC),  for year 4 in partnership with Beyond Baroque and Bob’s Espresso Bar.

9/27: 2pm Beyond Baroque, holds events and informative sessions from a social standpoint to include gender relations, climate change, peace and liberty, homelessness, stop police brutality, economic struggle, Occupy, and more! Organizations: Occupy Venice, the IWW, The Revolutionary Poets Brigade – Los Angeles, and the Socialist Party USA, Los Angeles Chapter, will be present in the Mike Kelley Gallery for Q/A and more, to extend change from the 100 TPC event to our own lives.

3pm commences with readings from the community to include: Women of Change with Poets Gloria E. Alvarez, Amy Uyematsu, and Iris De Anda, Men of Change including Julio “the Conga Poet” Rodriguez, Stosh Machek, and Jeffery Martin, a Youth Open Mic led by young Singer/Songwriter, Mason Summit, The Women of Punk Hostage Press led by Poet Iris Berry to include: Carlye Archibeque, Jessica Wilson, Pleasant Gehman, Susan Hayden, and Yvonne De La Vega. Beyond Baroque hosts a tribute to Poet Wanda Coleman with Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Jan Beatty, and William Harry Harding.  Charlotte Innes hosts Poets Timothy Steele, Catherine Chandler, and Kevin Durkin. La Poesia Festival, a MulitLingual reading will be led by Poet, Antonieta Villamil, plus a reading from the Revolutionary Poets Brigade – Los Angeles, led by Mark Lipman. There will also be an OPEN MIC FOR THE PEOPLE, all day long in the theater.

9/28: 2pm Bob’s Espresso Bar, in the midst of the North Hollywood Arts District, Bob’s joins 100TPC for its 2nd year in a row! The #2 literary hub in LA, according to Poets & Writers, owned by Robert Romanus Singer/Songwriter and Actor from the cult classic, Fast Times in Ridgemont High, has open doors to all forms of artistic expression each week with Writer Wednesday. A community landmark in itself, the Creative Community of “Bob’s” will bring together an eclectic show celebrating art and freedom, and encouraging solidarity to change: Senior Advocacy, Creative Aging, Religious freedom, liberty, Occupy, LGBT, Women’s independence, Peace keeping, End of Genocide, countering political scoundrels, Immigration reform, and more.
Hosted by Jessica Wilson and Radomir Luza, the show will include: Norman Molesko, the “Young Oldie”, The Whale, Zach Zephyr the Song Poet, Juan Cardenas, Pogo Saito, Mary Mann, Veronica Reyes, Radomir Luza, Tony Bates, Gary Sugarman, and James Gautier. There will also be an OPEN MIC FOR THE PEOPLE.

The above mentioned events are free of charge, but appreciate a $5 donation to support the venues.

Contact: Jessica Wilson, venicesoapboxpoets@gmail.com / (310) 895-3304
Event pages can be found at www.facebook.com/LosAngelesPoetSoicety 

The Los Angeles Poet Society is a network. LAPS organizes and promotes events, pulling from within its own community, to create and sustain Los Angeles’ literary anchor.


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