Tongue & Groove

If you’re in the L.A. area on Sunday, May 22, 2016, check out Tongue & Groove — a monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo with an impressive roster of featured performers.

Sunday, May 22, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, California 90028

meredith allingMeredith Alling is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her debut full-length collection, SING THE SONG, will be out on Future Tense Books November 2016. She is on Twitter @meremyth.


Iris De Anda is a writer, activist, and practitioner of the healing arts. A womyn of color of Mexican and Salvadorean descent. A native of Los Angeles she believes in the power of spoken word, poetry, storytelling, and dreams. She has been published in Poetry of Resistance Anthology, Mujeres de Maiz Zine, Loudmouth Zine: Cal State LA, OCCUPY SF poems from the movement, The Border Crossed Us Anthology, Seeds of Resistance, In the Words of Women, Twenty: In Memoriam, Revolutionary Poets Brigade Los Angeles Anthology, Frontera Esquina, Brooklyn & Boyle, and online at La Bloga & La Tolteca. She is a moderator for Poets Responding to SB 1070.  She currently hosts The Writers Underground Open Mic every Third Thursday of the month at the Eastside Cafe. Author of CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon. Visit her at

vanessa diaz

Vanessa Diaz is from Huntington Park, California. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, she has been published in Huizache magazine and The Acentos Review.


Robert Kerbeck was selected for mentorship by the managing editor of Tin House, Cheston Knapp. Robert’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Cortland Review, Gargoyle, and Word Riot. He is the recipient of the upstreet short fiction scholarship to work with Steve Almond at this summer’s VCFA writer’s conference. His first play, Putin And The Snowman, opens Off-Broadway in July. Visit him at

jessica garrison

Jessica Garrison is the author of a short story collection called One Dollar Stories. The collection emerged from a popular zine series which she sold at LA house parties and bars with the tagline, “Do you want to buy a story for a dollar?” Her work has appeared in The Rattling Wall, Flaunt MagazineDark Sky MagazinePenny-Ante Three,  Love is the Law, and various places online. To find out more, visit her website.


Christopher Leopold Hackman is a songwriter and performer best known for his work with the LA-Based psychedelic rock ensemble The Fuzzy Crystals. His music has also been heard in films such as The Choice (Lionsgate, 2016) and The Lesson (UrbanFox, 2016), as well as on Saturday Night Live, The Real World, and Road Rules. For music and information, visit