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!



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