Sunday, December 6, 2015

Holiday Poems 4 the People!

So I had this idea... because I want to help
and i want to write poetry.

Then I think of the Los Angeles Poet Society.

I really want to see us stand up and help people...
be there for people, and I would love it if we would all write poetry!

So I thought further: it's Christmas time and who doesn't love getting a card in the snail mail. 

USPS. Thank you.

Yes, so the idea sprouted from the ground:

The Los Angeles Poet Society announces


Email LAPS (, your holiday poem, and LAPS will write it in a holiday card and mail it for you. 

These cards will go to the people that reside in prisons, detention centers, orphanages'. We must.

Write we must. 
Give we must.
Love we must.

So there you go.

Be in on this! Send us your holiday poems:

Bring light and shine on! 



de Reina

Roaring in the tide of change, she waits,
Eyes focusing on the light centered above her heart. Each
Inch pouring out of her like a liquid that spells your
Name in mighty ink. She cannot be removed from her path
Art aches in the name of liberty; and she is free.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I'm featuring at UNBUCKLED NOHO POETRY this Saturday!

The Metaphors, 2015
Photo by Alison Masson

This Saturday, I'll be joining my friends, Radomir V. Luza (the unofficial Poet Laureate of North Hollywood), and Dr. Mary A. Mann, at UNBUCKLED -- this is the longest serving Literary Series in NoHo!
I am super happy to be featured and embraced by these wonderful poets and friends!
There will also be an open mic to all creative genres! 7 mins at the mic!

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5th
TIME: 3:45-5:45pm
ADDRESS: 10943 Camarillo Street   North Hollywood, California 91602

Bring your money for my book, Serious Longing! I'll be selling preorders for $10!
That saves you about $4 from shipping and handling. 

Or, purchase SERIOUS LONGING online:

I'll be joined on stage with my love, Juan Cardenas! Together, we are THE METAPHORS!
We have a wonderful show planned, with song, poetry, and beautiful music!
Peace and love!

Rocking with The Metaphors
Photo by Alison Masson

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wow, the moment has come! I am Otis' Alumna Spotlight!

Hi amigos!
Something amazing has happened! This is a day that I have imagined many years past... from the time I was addicted to reading UC Riverside's Fiat Lux, and Otis College of Art & Design's Alumni's finally my turn! I am the December Otis Alumna Spotlight!

That's right! In 2007, I graduated from Otis with my MFA in Poetry! I had such a wonderful experience at Otis. I felt that I found a writing program that nourished the poet that was inside of me, and was not full of it... It was a great partnership! I am so proud to be featured by Otis!

Here is the direct link:

Woohooooooooooo! It's all thanks to Serious Longing and Swan World Press -- a beautiful partnership!

This interview contains references to 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Big Bridge, Swan World Press, Editions du Cygne, Juan Cardenas, Los Angeles Poet Society, Edgar Allan Poet, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Michael Rothenberg, EAP Journal #3, The Beat Generation! Share this article! Share the love!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Metaphors feature at Stories Books and Cafe!

Hola amigos... I am so happy to let you all know that Juan and I will be rocking tomorrow afternoon at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park! We are THE METAPHORS! That's right! We are rocking at A RRose in a Prose - a Literary Salon with DM Collins, Rick Lupert, and a many fierce cats!

Photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Sunday, Nov. 29th, 2pm - 5pm

Here's the address: 
Stories BooksandCafe
1716 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
Facebook RSVP:

THE METAPHORS on Facebook:

A collaboration of sound and words from the Flute of Juan Cardenas and the word sounds of Poet Jessica Wilson. Juan is a classically trained Flautist and Poet Teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Jessica is also a Poet Teacher for CPITS, and is celebrating the launch of her first book of poetry, Serious Longing, by Swan World Press, Paris, France. Together, they build literary bridges with the Los Angeles Poet

Order my new book, Serious Longing today! If you pre-order with me tomorrow, I'll be sure to autograph your copy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fresh off the Press! "Power" is published in DryLand Lit!

I am super happy... and Juan gave me the great news, that the latest edition of DryLand Lit is live, and our poems are in it!

A poem written over the driest summer I can recall... Power, was published in the Fall 2015 edition.

I am very thankful to the editors for choosing this piece. It's also so amazing to be published alongside my beloved gentle word shark, Juan Cardenas! His poem of truth telling through immigrant eyes lay down the educational toxicity and belittlement shed on foreign children. Parthenia St Elementary takes us into the uncertain shoes of elementary school.

It is such an honor to be a part of the phenomenal literary richness of LA!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

6 years later... Los Angeles Poet Society is no longer a baby!

WOW! Happiness is burgeoning and ever so present!

Today marks 6 years from the dream of taking action.
I stepped onto the Venice Beach boardwalk with my good friend, Christina Granados, and took a stand on a crate, and read poetry.

We took turns reading our poetry, standing up on the box, or passing out mardi gras beads with our info on it. That was the first SoapBox Poets Open Mic event! We invited others to join us... We felt that the box was a symbol of the people, coming together to hear truths.

This was the step that brought Los Angeles Poet Society to the people of LA!

I am so proud of this vision of ours, she is a beautiful 6 year old mama!
We are still here and doing it!!! Today we are having our monthly SoapBox Poets Open Mic gathering at Beyond Baroque! It's going to be fun!

We're throwing a anniversary/birthday party today, an annibirthday...and i have no idea what I will wear, read, or say... but I know I am ready! haha

See you there, hermanos!!Los-Angeles-Poet-Society-6th-Birthday/cu6k/563e55e90cf23796cd91ae9e

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween came this year and it wore a different costume.

I was just thinking how great it is to live every year and really live. What I mean by this is that we can all experience different variations of the same day. We have all these opportunities ahead of us and things are mapped out differently each time. We we can't assume that our days will look the same, and we can't assume that each year, a certain holiday will be celebrated the same.We have a traditions and this is great; this is our culture and our heritage. This is the way we teach our children. But it is OK for variations to exist, and it's OK to embrace them. 

What an amazing life! I feel like I'm learning every day, and that's good! I should be learning; there should always be newness to discover. 😍
Happy Halloween, everybody! 
Happy Day of the Dead!
Embrace your loved ones and enjoy breath. 
Peace and love! 

Here are some pictures from my Halloween and holiday fun!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lit Crawl #3 and Los Angeles Poet Society is part of the Action!

OCTOBER 21, 2015

The LAPS will be there and rocking congas during ROUND 1, 7pm at the Metro Station.
This is going to be so fun!

We are happy to be a part of this annual celebration of Los Angeles literature!
There are more than 30 events in this 3 hour celebration, plus a speakeasy event after all the shenanigans take place.

For our line up, we have Julio the Conga Poet and Juan Cardenas, the Flutist of LA, making beautiful beats for us to enjoy with words from our featured Poets: Brenda Petrakos, Jessica Wilson, Norman Molesko, James Berkowitz

We are kicking off the fun!

Poetry inspired by The Doors

I am so excited to bring my friends and fellow Los Angeles Poets to the Hotel Erwin to present poetry inspired by The Doors. More specifically, we will be sharing poetry inspired by the photographs of Jim Coke!

Jim captured The Doors performing in 1967 at Devonshire Downs in Northridge, CA!

It's going to be a fun show filled with guests who knew Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, and it's such an honor to live this history with poets like Joan Jobe Smith, Fred Voss, Brenda Petrakos, Michael C. Ford, Stevie Kalinich, Juan Cardenas, and more!

We are going to have an amazing time!

Hotel Erwin
1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, California 90291
$5 entry

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jessica M. Wilson and Juan Cardenas guest Poets at Phoenix House!

Dear friends,

Juan and I had the opportunity to join the beautiful Poet, Maja Trochimczyk in Venice, California, at the Phoenix House. We were so happy to meet her by the ocean and visit the residents.
We read from the No Se Habla Espanol anthology, Edgar Allan Poet Journal #3, and my book, Serious Longing.

We connected with so many people during that time. Many came to thank us afterwards.

I wanted to share the blog article that Maja wrote on the event; capturing that great time, where we spread love and peace to many.


Jessica M. Wilson in studio with Swan World Press and Sayed Sabrina!

Jessica M. Wilson guests on FULL SPECTRUM, a literary variety show covering the spectrum of imagination and arts!

Show Date: October 5, 2015 from 10pm - midnightTune in online:

Wilson celebrates her new book of poetry, Serious Longing, published by Swan World Press from Paris, France!

In studio are special guests: Patrice Kanozai, Editor -in- Chief of Swan World Press and it's sister French press, Editions du Cygne! 

The Los Angeles Blues sensation, Sayed Sabrina, will be in the studio! Sayed Sabrina will be sure to shake things up! 

Listen and call in! 213.252.0998Brought to you by the Los Angeles Poet Society,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

5 years of 100 Thousand Poets for Change! LAPS Organizes at Tia Chucha's and Beyond Baroque!


Celebrating 5 years of change...  The moment we stepped together to decide that change was indeed important and it starts within ourselves and expands out into our communities. We are the protectors of the Earth. LAPS is so excited to bring you 2 shows this year - Friday in the San Fernando Valley city of Sylmar at Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, and on Saturday, 100TPC Day, at our home in Venice Beach, CA, the literary arts mecca, Beyond Baroque 
Literary Art Center.

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  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th at Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural! 8pm featuring Luis J. Rodriguez!


All events will be live streamed and broadcast from the POET'S SOAPBOX:  

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center! 11am to 9pm

September 26: 11 to 9pm 11: Open MIC 11:30 - 1pm: SoapBox Poets presents: The Whale, Yvonne De La Vega, Rob Morrow, Norman Molesko, Jessica Wilson, Julio the Conga Poet Rodriguez, Michael Ian Churchman 1 - 2: Antonieta Villamil's Poesia Festival presents... featuring Antonieta Villamil 2 - 3: Beyond Baroque Fiction Writers presents 3 - 4: Beyond Baroque Green Poets presents 4 - 5: Beyond Baroque Wednesday night workshop presents 5 - 6: Beyond Baroque Saturday Poets presents 6 - closing: Beyond Baroque presents WIDE AWAKE, featuring Charles Harper Webb

  Plus guests from: Occupy Venice, the Venice Beachhead, & more!

  All events will be live streamed and broadcast from the POET'S SOAPBOX:      


Luis J. Rodriguez luisjrodriguez Luis J. Rodriguez--the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. For Luis poetry is soul talk, a prophetic act, a powerful means to enlarge one's presence in the world. Luis is also a novelist/memoirist/short story writer/children's book writer as well as a community & urban peace activist, mentor, healer, youth & arts advocate, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He has 15 books in all genres, including the best-selling memoir, "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." His latest book is the sequel, "It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing." He is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, now in its 25th year, and co-founder/president of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. And he's co-convener of the Network for Revolutionary Change. Luis is dedicated to a clean, balanced, abundant, cooperative, healing world. No more capitalist private property relations, exploitation, war, or inequities. "In essential things, unity; in nonessential things, liberty. In all things compassion." The Whale the whale   “As a child I was told to always tell the truth. I’ve been in trouble ever since.” The Whale The Whale is a refugee from the industrial wasteland. Early influences include a broken home, The Kennedy Assassinations, Martin Luther King Jr., The Vietnam War, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Public School System, The Castle Gardens Gang and Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD. While still a teenager, Whale split that scene and began a quest of self discovery hitch hiking over 100,000 miles criss crossing 35 of the lower 48 states. Searching our great nation for the freedom and liberty that are said to be the promise of America. What he found may surprise you. Later in life, while being crushed beneath the boot heels of the corporate global hegemony, songs began to poor out of him like new wine pressed from the grapes of wrath. The inspiration was so overwhelming that it lifted him from the downward spiral into the darkness of the abyss and placed him firmly on a new path with six strings and a message. The Whale’s CD “Here In America.” Is available now. “Give it a listen. I made it just for you.” The Whale hereinamerica Like the Americans of myth and legend, I endeavor to stand for what I believe is right and true. Challenging the Status Quo with wit and a six string.This album is made Here In America, mostly by Americans. It is inspired by what I see as the American Dream. My Country Tis of Thee. Of Thee I sing.   Rob Morrow morrow Norman Molesko norman molesko At 85, Normie is a creative, active “L.A. Young Oldie” poet. He has been featured nationally on the SENIOR JOURNAL site, as helping older adults find a new beat in their lives with his poetry show.  Normie partners enthusiastically with the Los Angeles Poet Society in “Senior Advocacy”.   Yvonne De La Vega yvonne Poet Yvonne de la Vega was born and raised in Los Angeles and her works embody the very spirit of the city. Her book “Tomorrow Yvonne – Poetry & Prose For Suicidal Egotists” on Punk Hostage Press is epic with poetry written from the 1980’s to 2012. A large book of a unique structure, it’s layout, illustrations and cover designed by de la Vega and finetuned by award winning layout master Chris Yeseta with it’s Foreword written by Ray Manzarek of The Doors who writes, “Read her and delight in a new, strong voice. Let her tell you of the golden days and diamond nights of Los Angeles.”, and, “Yvonne is the lucky little lady in the city of lights.” and, “And let us all warm ourselves with her word, her perceptions, her visions and her knowledge. I promise you one hell of a good time.”   Jessica M. Wilson [caption id="attachment_36864" align="aligncenter" width="225"]photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher (c)2014 photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher (c)2014[/caption]  
Jessica M. Wilson is Navajo Indian Poet from East Los Angeles, CA. She has an MFA in Writing from Otis College of Art and Design and a BA in Creative Writing and Art History from University of California, Riverside. She began the Los Angeles Poet Society as an answer to bring the LA literary 'scene' into light -- so there would be transparency between Poets and Poetry Venues, Publishers, Musicians and Artists and all creatives. To bring the community together, she is Founder and Host of the Literary Series: Writers' Row, Writer Wednesday, SoapBox Poets Open Mic, and the Salon @ NoHo. Jessica is a Poet Teacher with California Poets in the Schools, and believes in the power of the word! She is 100 Thousand Poets for Change and Revolutionary Poets Brigade in Los Angeles! She is a Beat Poet and dedicates her words to the freedom of Mohammad ibn Al Ajami and other humans being repressed and denied the right to speak their truth.
Antonieta Villamil [caption id="attachment_36857" align="aligncenter" width="231"]Antonieta Villamil Antonieta Villamil[/caption] ANTONIETA VILLAMIL, international award winning bilingual poet and writer, her writing Focuses on the forgotten ones, and honors them with a persistence That compels us to hear Their voices, presents in the end version Arcana DOMAINS Imaginantes personal anthology of poetry, poetic prose and poiesis written from 1972 to 2001 and published Between 1980 and 2012 in limited editions. Poetry and contents Copyright © 2001 Antonieta Villamil.   Michael Ian Churchman churchman   Julio the Conga Poet Rodriguez julio

I play my own poetry(social and or political) to different Afro-latino conga rhythms i.e.,guaguanco,merengue,marcha/tumbao,songo,samba and timba rhythms. As a progressive thinker and poet, my job is to entertain and provoke critical thinking. Julio is part of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade - Los Angeles

  No Se Habla Espanol anthology nosehablaespanol
 Get your copy today: $10  

My poem, "The Children" is published in YAY! LA Magazine!


My poem about the colonization and displacement of all of our ancestors... pulled away from their roots and thrown into a hodge podge of madness, is captured with sentiment in The Children.

I am thankful to  YAY! LA's Editor, Jessica Ceballos, for selecting my work to be featured, along with an appropriate companion piece of artwork by Alberto Alvarez, titled "Blue bird", shown below.

Please do leave a comment, I am happy to hear your words. 
Much love, Los Angeles and YAY! LA!

Thank you, Jessica C.!


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