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:

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 

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, / (310) 895-3304
Event pages can be found at 

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.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I'm gonna have a book!

I am chirpy today because Punk Hostage Press is going to be publishing my book, No Apologies! AHHHHHHHHHHHH-hooooooooooooo! I will have my 1st official book out in the zone of the world! I am so excited! I can't believe it! I am so proud to join the family of Los Angeles Rebels, Beatniks, and Punk Rocker Poets! Holy moly!

I am so grateful and in love with this! xoxo
Thank you, Punk Hostage, A Razor, Iris Berry! You have me ever more!


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