If you’re in Orange County, California, on Sunday, Jan. 25th, head on over to the Tongue & Groove OC event, produced by Conrad Romo and Cynthia Romanowski, with a pop-up bookstore courtesy of Gatsby Books.

WHAT: Tongue & Groove OC

WHO: Featuring poetry and prose by Jim Ruland, Steve Westbrook, William Hillyard, Sheila J Sadr, and Michael McBride, music by Linda Douglass, and hosted by comedian Caitlin Cutt.

WHERE: The Continental Room, 115 W. Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton, CA, 92832.

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 7 p.m.



Jim Ruland is the author of the short story collection Big Lonesome and co-author with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch of Giving the Finger. His debut novel is Forest of Fortune by Tyrus Press. And on occasion you can read a book review of his with the LA Times or attend his popular reading series called Vermin.


Steve Westbrook is an associate professor of English at California State University Fullerton, where he teaches courses in rhetoric, poetics, and cultural studies, and where he serves as faculty advisor for DASH Literary Journal. His poetry, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has appeared most recently in Slab, Rattle, Pank, The Los Angeles Review, Literal Latte, The Great American Literary Magazine, Good Foot, and Clementine. Westbrook’s chapbook, Vox Americana is forthcoming from Orange Monkey Publishing.

William Hillyard photo

For approximately 48 hours, William Hillyard was executive producer of Wonder Valley, a documentary TV project inspired by his essays set in California’s desert fringe. Prior to that and since, he’s been unemployed.


Sheila J Sadr is a member of the Slam Poetry Team at Cal State Long Beach. She’s featured at the Definitive Soapbox and CSULB’s Poets lounge. She happily facilitates an open poetry workshop at Long Beach State. J. Sadr is currently pursuing her B.A. in Creative Writing and Comparative World Literature with an emphasis in cultural studies. Find her work at hellopoetry and youtube.


Michael McBride is a novelist, actor, and security guard. Michael grew up in scenic Northern California but now lives with his wife and two sons in the parched Los Angeles neighborhood of Mt. Washington. He enjoys the view from his deck, meals with family and friends, and rooting against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael is currently studying fiction at University of California, Riverside’s low res MFA in Palm Springs. He graduated with a BA in from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he studied acting and playwriting.


Caitlin Cutt is from Long Beach, and she’s currently putting her degree in Comparative World Literature to good use by embarking on a career in stand-up comedy. She got her start at Flapper’s Burbank, and is gaining steam performing all over the Los Angeles comedy scene. Currently, Caitlin´s career goals are simple: hosting The Tonight Show and getting the opportunity to finally hug Steve Martin who, unbeknownst to him, basically raised her via airwaves . . . and, of course, she loves working on story-based material.


Lisa Douglass is influenced by bad boys and tragedy, alcohol, and fine literature. She is also an actress and a writer with an MFA in fiction from UC Irvine.