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WATER IN THE DESERT:    Poetry in Our Times


Funded by

The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
Playa Vista

If no contact information use Festival number: 323/ 255-5223, or check
our schedule at, or e-mail:

Tuesday, April 8   7:30 p.m.
Brand New – Poetry 2003
. Dorothy Barresi (Rouge Pulp, U. of Pittsburgh Press)
. Carol Lem (Shadow of the Plum, Cedar Hill Publications)
. Jim Natal (Talking Back to the Rocks, Archer Books)
SKLYLIGHT BOOKS  1818 North Vermont, East Hollywood

Thursday, April 10   7:30 p.m.
Just Us Chickens (A Salute to Red Hen Press)
(Hosted by Laurel Ann Bogen)
. Chris Abani . Terry Wolverton . Jason Wooi-Chin
Farmer’s Market, 3rd & Fairfax, Los Angeles

Friday, April 11  7:30 p.m.
Poetas En Contra de la Violencia a la Mujer
(Poets Against Violence to Women)
.  Elsa Frausto . Cecilia Martinez  . Antonieta Villamil
(and others)
131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park
(323) 258-1435
Friday, April 11, 8 p.m.
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon
A first for the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, poets celebrate
a novel ­ Tom Spanbauer’s harrowing descent into a core
of light and darkness in the years following the end of
the Old West.
(hosted by Suzanne Lummis)
. Charles Webb . Lori Bedikian . Dinah Berland .
. Kaaren Kitchel . Ricardo Means Ybarra . and others
9045 Lincoln Blvd. (near LAX) Los Angeles

Friday, April 11th   8 p.m.
The Rapp Saloon
(Open Mic/Spoken Word)
. Pete Justus . Mani Suri . Dave Wheeler . Terry McCarty
The Rapp Saloon
(in the Hostelling International Bldg.)
1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica
(818) 785- 8363

Play Ball! (the CD)
Poets take on the all-American sport
(hosted by Michael C Ford)
. Fred Voss . Joan Jobe Smith . Joel Lipman .
and others
Fridays at 8 p.m. at the following BORDERS BOOKS
April 11th, Santa Monica
April 18th, Northridge
April 25th, Pasadena
Info: Lita Weisman (818) 886-5657

Saturday, April 12th   2-4 p.m.
The Venice Library Poetry Series Presents
in conjunction with the Los Angeles Public Library
Jump into the POOL!
Introducing a new Los Angeles magazine
(Hosted by eds. Judith Taylor and Amy Schroeder)
with special guest host Sarah Maclay
.  Amy Gerstler . Charles Webb .
The Jon David Waldron Community Room
VENICE LIBRARY 501 South Venice Boulevard
Saturday, April 12th   4 ­ 6 p.m.
Poetry From the Picket Line (In Spanish):
Janitors from Local 1877 read their favorite
National poets and host an open reading
1247 West 7th Street (Witner & 7th)
(818) 783-1878
in Spanish: (626) 918-0440

Saturday, April 12  7:30 p.m.
Poetas en Contra de la Guena
(Poets Against the War)
. Felicia Montes . Olga Garcia . (and others)
Centro Cultural La Culebra
511 Echandia Street, Boyle Heights
323/ 221-4000

Sunday, April 13  2 p.m.
Earthy, Fresh, Hot, Wet:
The Four Malibu Elements
. Ellen .  Florence Weinberger .
. Jackson Wheeler . Ricardo Means Ybarra
29500 Heathercliff Road, Malibu
310/ 457-5511

Sunday, April 13  2 – 4 p.m.
Water in the Desert
Los Angeles area poet: . Naomi Quinonez .
visiting poet, essayist  and fiction writer: . Ray Gonzalez .
12737 Glenoaks Blvd. #22, Sylmar
818/ 362-7060

Sunday, April 13,  3 p.m.
Poetry and the Unbroken Line
poets:  . William Archila . Jan Wesley .
Fiction writer:.  Paul Mandelbaum .
Fiction and non-fiction:  . David Ulin .
SKYLIGHT BOOKS  1818 North Vermont
East Hollywood

Sunday, April 13, 3 – 5 p.m.  Donation: $5
I Do, I Do: Poems of Love and Marriage
(Open Reading Sign-Ups – 2:30 p.m.)
. Kaaren Kitchel . Lee Rossi . Joel B. Tan . Carine Topal
(and others)
1525 South Robertson Blvd.,
West Los Angeles
Contact: Sherman Pearl
(310) 453-0183 or

Monday, April 14 ­ 7 p.m.
Images from the Country of the Morning Calm
(All poems in both English & Korean)
. Hye Ryung Kim .  Young Kyo Kim . Sung Y. Yi .
. Liz Gonzalez . William Archila .
(with reception)
5507 Wilshire, Los Angeles
English or Korean: (323) 931-0111
Tuesday, April 15
Newer Poets VIII
(The reading that has, over the years, introduced
the poets who put the “L” and the “A” in L.A)
Co-Sponsored by The Los Angeles Public Library

from The Los Angeles Poetry Festival:
. Olivia Friedman . Sholeh Wolpe .
with special guest, former Newer
now Seasoned poet . Brendan Constantiine .

From Beyond Baroque: . Marjorie Becker . Van Truong .
. Jawanza Dumisani .
630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles

Thursday, April 17  7 p.m.
World Changers
Meet and hear new work from the Poet-Directors
of some of the region’s long-running literary series
– with Reception –
Elena Karina Byrne: PSA in L.A.
Jeanette Clough: Poem.X
Fred Dewey: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Larry Jaffe: New Voices at the Autry Museum
Richard Mondrian: Valley Contemporary Poets
Bruce Williams: DA Center for the Arts, Pomona
Griffith Park, Los Feliz District, L.A.
Friday, April 18 – 8 p.m.
Best of the Urban Poets
(Hosted by Carlye Archibeque)
. Eric Brown . Jack Brewer. Pam Ward .
. Blakslee Stevens .
3525 Sunset, Silverlake
310/ 745-3145

Friday, April 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Closing Party and Anniversary Celebration
for Poetry Flash – 30 Years
with special guest editor Joyce Jenkins
From Southern California
. Jack Grapes (ed. Onthebus)
. Lisa Glatt (poet, fiction writer and humorist)
. David Hernandez (Tupelo Publication prize)
. Peter Harris (Inspiration House, KPFK f.m.
. Paul Lieber (Why Poetry?, KPFK f.m.)
. Leslie Monsour (poems in the anthology
A Formal Feeling Comes)
From The Bay Area,
Poets of The California Poetry Series/Heyday Books:
. Forest Hamer (Middle Ear)
. Pricilla Lee (Wishbone)
. Richard Silberg (Doubleness)
ADMISSION $9, (Members and Non-Members)
681 Venice Boulevard, Venice
* This event is made possible by Poets & Writers, Inc., with support
it has received from the James Irvine Foundation

Saturday, April 19 12 Noon – Midnight
Maraton de Poesia
(Viene todos!)
Casa de Poesia Moradalsur
2122 West 7th Street, Macarther Park
213/ 387-4187 or moradalsur!

Saturday, April 19 12-6
Freshwater Marsh Eco-Poetry Celebration
(and post-closing party)
Sponsored by Playa Vista in conjunction with Playa Poets
Visiting poets include: . Willis Barnstone .
. Jack Gilbert .  Carolyn Kizer . Linda Hogan .
. Pattiann Rogers . Richard Shelton .
Los Angeles area poets: . Richard Beban .
. Harryette Mullen . Louis MacAdams .
Aram Saroyan . and many others
12555 West Jefferson Boulevard #300
Near Corner of Lincoln and Jefferson
(310) 821-8455
Where are the poetry & spoken word readings in L.A.?

° Look for listings of Los Angeles area readings under “Readings”in The L.A. Weekly,
and, for a partial listing of poetry and prose readings, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review.

Also, a little newsletter called NEXT publishes nearly all the poetry readings in L.A. each month,
along with information on the venues that feature poetry. There is a small charge to subscribe: Contact;
G. Murray Thomas
Next Magazine
Orange Ocean Press
P.O. Box 13019
Long Beach, CA 90803

How can I get readings/get published?

° We suggest you go around to support a particular series you’re interested in reading for, become
acquainted with the series directors and the styles of poetry they present.

In regards to publication, Festival organizers have received a number of queries from poets whose work
reveals they are still in an early stage of their development. The publishing world is as competitive as
any other field of endeavor, and editors select for publication a small percentage of the enormous volume
of submissions they receive. For those whose ambitious lie in this direction we suggest a serious craft
workshop, and also that aspiring poets familiarize themselves with a range of contemporary poetry, as well
as the poetry of earlier eras.

WORKSHOPS: In Los Angeles Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd., Venice) offers an excellent free
workshop led by Jessica Goodheart. Beyond Baroque #: 310/ 822-3006. An annual membership, about
$35, provides a discount on readings, bookstore purchases, and a bi-monthly brochure of events.

More advanced poets should look into the offerings of The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program whose
students are often recommended for Festival readings — including the important annual Newer Poets
event. UCLA Extension Writers Program: #: 310/ 825-9415 or 825-0107.

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