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Fans of The Doors and the band’s beyond-charismatic lead singer/songwriter Jim Morrison are in for a treat on Sunday, August 9, 2015 in Venice, California. Photographer Jim Coke will display the photos he shot of the band on July 15, 1967 at L.A.’s first rock music festival — just two weeks before “Light My Fire” hit number on on the Billboard charts.

To celebrate the occasion, some of L.A.’s most renowned poets will present a Doors Ekphrastic Poetry Set inspired by Jim Coke’s photographs of The Doors. Participants include Laurel Ann Bogen, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Juan Cardenas, Charles L. Davis, Iris De Anda, S.A. Griffin, Stevie Kalinich, Gerald Locklin, Brenda Petrakos, Kristin Sharp, Shy But Flyy, Joan Jobe Smith, Carl Stillwell, Fred Voss, Pam Ward, and Jessica Wilson Cardenas. The afternoon will also feature music from Juan Cardenas and his friends, sending listeners on a journey of Doors-influenced sound.

WHERE: Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

WHEN: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2 p.m. (reception), with a poetry reading at 2:30 and open mic at 3:30 (one poem per reader).

PRICE: $5 suggested donation for the poetry reading and open mic (photography reception is free).

PHOTOGRAPH: Jim Morrison by Jim Coke (July 15, 1967), all rights reserved by the photographer.

tonguegroove Conrad Romo and his crew at “Tongue & Groove” promise a literary event extraordinaire on Sunday, July 26th, in Hollywood (details at the end of this post).

Tongue & Groove has been spreading the word in Los Angeles and surrounding areas for 11 years — with a  monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music. The upcoming event features Melissa Chadburn, Seth Fischer, Kita Shantiris, Kym Ghee, Keith Niles, Craig McLaughlin, and musical guest Tawny Ellis.


Melissa Chadburn has written for Guernica, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, Salon, McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Rumpus, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Al Jazeera America, and dozens other places. Her essay, “The Throwaways,” received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her first novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Seth Fischer is a writer and editor whose writing has appeared in Best Sex Writing, PANK, The Rumpus, Guernica, and elsewhere, and his essay “Notes from a Unicorn” has been listed as notable in The Best American Essays. He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary’s Emerging Voices Program, Jentel, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe, and he teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find out more at


Kita Shantirisʼ poetry has appeared in Ambit, Crannóg, Poetry, Quarterly West, The Fish Anthology, The Moth, Slipstream, Wisconsin Review, and other journals. One of three poets featured in The Border (Bombshelter Press, 1984), she also had two poems anthologized in The Faber Book of Movie Verse (Faber & Faber 1993). In 2012, Kita received 2nd Prize in the Ballymaloe International Poetry Contest judged by Leontia Flynn. She twice has been runner-up in Fish Publishingʼs contest judged by Brian Turner (2011) and Ruth Padel (2014). In her other life, psychologist Dr. Kita S. Curry runs a nonprofit mental health center in Los Angeles, where she has been honored for erasing stigma and bringing services to communities of color. Her website is


Kym Ghee is a Los Angeles based writer and photographer. Formerly a music journalist, Kym has recently been working on a collection of short stories in the genre of personal narrative that explore life in L.A.’s Koreatown. Titled Tawdry Tales on the Road to Sanity the often humorous and raw collection explores themes of loss, addiction, sex, love, and personal triumph.


Keith Niles is a widely published Los Angeles poet. He honed his craft during a potent stretch writing, performing, and hosting shows in dive bars in East Hollywood. His most recent book, The Thousand Poems (Vol. 1), is a product of those wild years. A second volume is slated to be released in 2015. Most recently, Niles has recorded a full-length album of genre-defying music with his band The Knownothings.


Tawny Ellis has a distinctive quality rooted in sweet Southern folk. A Savannah, Georgia, native, Ellis traveled extensively before meeting collaborator Gio Loria, who brings lush melodies and lyrical storytelling their music. Ellis is also an accomplished sculptor with an ancestral connection to one of the world’s most famous sculptors/painters, Edgar Degas. She creates for private collectors and can be contacted for commissions. See more at


Craig McLaughlin is a teacher and author of creative nonfiction, an award-winning journalist, and a nationally recognized storyteller. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA in Journalism from UC Berkeley, and taught creative nonfiction at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. A former editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, he received numerous awards as a reporter and memoirist. He performs his essays as a storyteller at venues throughout the country, most often in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives. For details, visit (Note: Craig McLaughlin has been rescheduled for August 30th.)

WHAT: Tongue & Groove Literary Event

WHEN: Sunday, July 26, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, 90028


On Sunday, July 27, 2014, Tongue & Groove — a monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, and music  founded and hosted by Conrad Romo — features a stellar lineup:  Jervey Tervalon, Dan Fante, Laura House, Mike O’Connell, and Cynthia Romanowski.


Jervey Tervalon, born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles, received his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine. He is the author of six books, including Understanding This, for which he won the Quality Paper Book Club’s New Voices Award. Currently, he’s the Executive Director of “Literature for Life,” an educational advocacy organization, and Creative Director of The Pasadena LitFest. His latest novel is Monster’s Chef.


Dan Fante was born and raised in Los Angeles and lives in West. L.A. An author, poet, playwright, and screenwriter, his work is published in eight languages. Son of acclaimed Los Angeles author John Fante, Dan’s latest book is a detective thriller Point Doom. Check him out at

Laura-House-150x150 Laura House is a comic, writer, and meditation teacher.  You can hear her regularly on The David Feldman podcast and radio show. She performs stand-up & writes for TV & film. Her essays appear in several books, including Anna David’s True Tales of Lust and Love. Learn more at

FILE0570-150x150 Cynthia Romanowski holds an MFA in fiction from UC Riverside’s low residency program in Palm Desert. She is a former prose editor of The Coachella Review and a regular contributor to Lit Central OC. Her short stories have appeared in The Weekly Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, MARY: A Journal Of New Writing and The Whistling Fire. She has been a featured reader with Dirty Laundry Lit the New Short Fiction Series. Visit her at


Mike O’Connell is a comedian, musician, poet, actor, writer, and host of the Drunken Tales of Glory and Shame at Monty Bar on 7th near downtown. Visit him at


WHEN: Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.

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

TAB: $7.00 at the door


ETC.: Come early! Seating is limited and the event starts on time! There are parking lots on Selma as well as Cahuenga. Meters need to be fed until 8 p.m. Avoid Cahuenga street parking. The signs are deceptive.



Poets Suzanne Lummis, Laurel Ann Bogen, and Linda Albertano (shown left to right in the photo above taken at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles) will perform on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California. There will be poetry slung. There will be dancing. There will be props and costumes! One night only!

WHAT: Nearly Fatal Women (Linda Albertano, Laurel Ann Bogen, and Suzanne Lummis).

WHEN: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

TICKETS: $12 ($7 for seniors) at

For more about this performance poetry troupe, visit

Photo by Penelope Torribio. Visit the photographer at


Diane Wakoski, described as an “important and moving poet” by Paul Zweig in the New York Times Book Review, is  frequently named among the foremost contemporary American poets by virtue of her experiential vision and her unique  voice. She has invented and incorporated personae from mythology and archetype as a liberation from what she has  called the “obsessive muse” that spurs writers to face their personal terrors and turn them into art. On May 9, 2014, Wakoski makes a rare not-to-be-missed appearance in Los Angeles, hosted by Harry Northrup.

WHAT: Diane Wakoski reading and discussion

WHEN: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA, 90291, phone: 310-822-3006

ADMISSION:  $10 general admission tickets available at EVENTBRITE. Students & Seniors $6, tickets available at the door on show night. Beyond Baroque members free.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Diane Wakoski has published more than forty collections of poems, including the four books that constitute her series “The Archaeology of Movies and Books”—Argonaut Rose (1998), The Emerald City of Las Vegas (1995), Jason the Sailor (1993), and Medea the Sorceress (1991)—all published by Black Sparrow Press; Emerald Ice: Selected Poems 1962-1987 (1988), which won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award; and The Collected Greed, Parts 1-13 (1984). She has also published four books of essays: Toward a New Poetry (1979), Variations on a Theme (1976), Creating a Personal Mythology (1975), and Form Is an Extension of Content (1972). Her honors include a Fulbright fellowship, a Michigan Arts Foundation award, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Michigan Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Author photo by Robert Turney


The Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) will host a POEM NOIR reading at the historic Bradbury Building on Sunday, November 24, 2013.  Poem Noir performers include: Carl WeintraubBrendan Constantine and Suzanne Lummis (pictured above). The reading is part of a FREE walking tour called “Flaneur & the City: Broadway on My Mind.”

WHAT: Flaneur & the City…Broadway on my Mind walking tour

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Los Angeles. Details here.

Listen to a September 2013 interview with Suzanne Lummis on NPR’s “All Things Considered” at this link.







will read (and sign) their works

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Church in Ocean Park

235 Hill St.

Santa Monica, California, 90405

Admission by donation

but no one turned away for lack of funds.


Thank you to S.A. Griffin, Joan Jobe Smith, and Fred Voss for reading their poetry as well as other selections from the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology at the launch event on Sept. 22nd at Skylight Books in Los Angeles. Despite the Emmy Awards taking place nearby in Hollywood, we attracted an enthusiastic crowd of Bukowski fans and a good time was had by all!

Thanks, too, to Richard Schave of the Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) for telling us about the Esotouric Bukowski tour. Find out more at (And read our post about the terrific tour at this link.)

And, finally, thank you to Jessica Wilson who tried to live stream the event — but,  for various reasons, the best laid plans often go astray (as they say). Our apologies to all those who tried to tune in. The good news is that Jessica recorded the audio and will post it soon — link to come (we hope — but we live in hope…).

We thank Skylight Books for hosting the event — and appreciate the bookstore’s efforts on behalf of Silver Birch Press.

Photos: S.A. Griffin, Joan Jobe Smith, Fred Voss


Thanks to Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology contributors Harry Calhoun (who suggested the idea) and S.A. Griffin (who found a way to make it happen), and Jessica Wilson (who is making it happen), the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology launch party at Skylight Books in Los Angeles will be available for radio listeners at this link:

Tune in at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 (Pacific Daylight Time) or tune in later and access the recording.

We are honored that the launch party at Skylight Books will feature readings from the collection by S.A. Griffin, Joan Jobe Smith, and Fred Voss.  For mini bios of our esteemed performers, visit Skylight Books.

WHAT: Silver Birch Press BUKOWSKI ANTHOLOGY launch party and readings from the collection

WHO: S.A. Griffin, Joan Jobe Smith, and Fred Voss

WHERE: Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027, 323-660-1175

WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2013, 5 p.m.

If you live in the area, we hope to see you there! If you live outside the area, we hope you’ll tune in here.

Cover art by Mark Erickson and Katy Zartl