If you’re in the L.A. area this weekend, check out Tongue & Groove, a monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word and music produced by Conrad Romo — spreading the word for 10 years!

WHEN: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA, 90028

ENTRY: $6.00

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Come early! Seating is limited and the event starts on time! For more info visit

NOTE: There is usually ample street parking, but meters need to be fed util 8 p.m. Read the signs carefully, but don’t park on Cahuenga. There is a parking lot right behind the club for six bucks or so or, and there are other lots on Selma between Cahuenga and Cole for 5-6 dollars.



Ann Gelder‘s work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, Flavorwire, The Millions, The Rumpus, Tin House, and other publications. She has taught literature at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked as an online producer and marketing consultant. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her novel Bigfoot and the Baby, available at Bona Fide Books and Amazon, is both a love song and a Molotov cocktail to the American myth of self-reinvention. Follow Ann Gelder on twitter.


Chris Wells is an award-winning writer/performer who divides his time between New York and Los Angeles. As host of The Secret City, an Obie-award winning gathering for artists and art lovers, Wells curates, produces, and emcees a monthly event that is part salon, part cabaret, and part ceremony. As a writer, Wells creates original solo work and first person stories about his life. He lives in Woodstock with his boyfriend, Bobby Lucy, where he is at work on his first book, The Bermuda Triangle Inn, a Memoir in 29 Stories. Visit Chris Wells at and follow on twitter.


Adrian Todd Zuniga is the host/creator/CCO of Literary Death Match — a literary event now featured in 53 cities worldwide — and founding editor of Opium Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Readux, Gopher Illustrated, and Stymie, and online at Lost Magazine and McSweeney’s. He lives between Los Angeles and guest rooms all over Europe. He longs for a Chicago Cubs World Series and an EU passport. Follow him on twitter and Literary Death Match on facebook.

montellAmanda Montell is an East Coast-born writer, blogger, and pizza enthusiast living in Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude from NYU in December 2013. Her work has been published in Thought Catalog, Underwater New York, and Trop magazine. One day she’ll have an MFA and a book, but until then, you can find her at


Xavier Cavazosa former Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Champion, is the author of Barbarian at the Gate and Diamond Grove Slave Tree. He received the inaugural Ice Cube Press Prairie Seed Poetry Prize, and his book Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the Heartland will be available July 1, 2014. He currently teaches in the Writing Specialization Program at Central Washington University. Follow Xavier Cavazos at his website or on twitter.


Josephine Johnson  grew up in Greentown, Indiana, a small farming community where she learned to work hard and follow through with things. She first sang to trees and listened for the melodies in the nature around her to tell the stories of the things she’d heard and seen. Follow Josephine Johnson at her website or on twitter.