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National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
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Dec 14 2018
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: The Other Side of Sadness - A Night of Poetry and Conversation with Donika Kelly and J. Jennifer Espinoza
The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California, is pleased to present, The Other Side of Sadness - A Night of Poetry and Conversation, an otherwise reading series event with J. Jennifer Espinoza and Donika Kelly, on Friday, December 14, 7 p.m. The conversation following the reading will be moderated by F. Douglas Brown.
Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook Aviarium (fivehundred places, 2017), and the full-length collection Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for poetry, and the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Bestiary was long listed for the National Book Award in 2016 and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Publishing Triangle Award in 2017. A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, she received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. She is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, where she teaches creative writing.
Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is a trans woman poet living in California. Her work has been featured in Denver Quarterly, the American Poetry Review, Lambda Literary, The Offing, and elsewhere. She is the author of i’m alive / it hurts / i love it (boost house, 2014), There Should Be Flowers (CCM, 2016), and Outside Of The Body There Is Something Like Hope (Big Lucks, 2018).
F. Douglas Brown is the author of ICON, a new collection of poetry from Writ Large Press in 2018, and Zero to Three (University of Georgia Press, 2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by U. S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. He also co-authored with poet Geffrey Davis, Begotten (URB Books, 2016), a chapbook of poetry. Brown, an educator for over 20 years, currently teaches English and African American Poetry at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, an all-boys Jesuit school. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow and was selected by Poets & Writers magazine as one of their ten notable Debut Poets of 2014. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines such as the Academy of American Poets, The PBS News Hour, The Virginia Quarterly (VQR), Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review (CQR), and the Southern Humanities Review. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able – The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. When he is not teaching, writing or with his children (Isaiah, Olivia, and Simone), he is busy DJing in the greater Los Angeles area.
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The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St90013 Los Angeles, California
Dec 15 2018
Climb to the top of Mt Hollywood, enjoy poems, watch the sunset, then come down a different way, past the Observatory. Return to Red Line station about three or four hours later.
Participants will meet at the Vermont/Sunset Metro Station, where we’ll board the Observatory DASH (fare $.50 or use Metro Card)
Please bring water, hat, snack/dinner, comfortable hiking boots or trail shoes,and a warm jacket. Poetry provided or bring your own. A flashlight or headlamp, and hiking stick or trekking poles, are optional.
1500 North Vermont Avenue90027 Los Angeles, California
Vermont/Sunset Metro Station
Jan 01 2019
There are three things to consider when the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon sweeps you into its gracefully uncouth embrace – what it is, what it was, and who you will be when it’s over. An untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility – over 140 poets together revealing not just that a better life could exist, but that it already does, sexy and wise, rancorous and sweet, big hearted and mad as hell. An avenging engine of resistance and eager vehicle of the nascent year. The Marathon measures its success through insurrectionist reframings of the universe, an in-it-together courage that crafts a community out of the riot of lineages and traditions we all emerge from. This collective effort also helps fund as many as 65 additional events every year. It’s our largest fundraiser, and arguably the most inspired ongoing literary event in the city.
This year’s performers include: Andrea Abi-Karam, Ammiel Alcalay, Justin Allen, Julie Alsop, Ed Askew, J. Mae Barizo, Jim Behrle, Anselm Berrigan, Lee Ann Brown & Janice Lowe, Yoshiko Chuma, Lauren Clark, Todd Colby, John Coletti, Lydia Cortes, Brenda Coultas, Alex Cuff, r. erica doyle, Marcella Durand, Mel Elberg, Betsy Fagin, Avram Fefer, Jennifer Firestone, Kay Gabriel, Marwa Helal, Barbara Henning, Bob Holman, Sophia Hussain, Paolo Javier, Pierre Joris, Millie Kapp & Matt Shalzi, Vincent Katz, erica kaufman, Amy King, Sue Landers, Denizé Lauture, Rachel Levitsky, Matt Longabucco, Filip Marinovich, Douglas A. Martin, Andriniki Mattis, Caits Meissner, Carley Moore, Dave Morse, Sahar Muradi, Uche Nduka, Precious Okoyomon, Laura Ortman, Trace Peterson, Nicole Peyrafitte, Lorelei Ramirez, El Roy Red, Bob Rosenthal, Judah Rubin, John Rufo, Tom Savage, Purvi Shah, Jayson Smith, Sean D. Henry Smith, Pamela Sneed, Patricia Spears Jones, Max Steele, Sara Jane Stoner, Bridget Talone, Susie Timmons, Edwin Torres, Tony Towle, Cat Tyc, Aldrin Valdez, Anna Vitale, Morgan Vo, Asiya Wadud, Anne Waldman with Fast Speaking Music, Lewis Warsh, Jacqueline Waters, Candace Williams, Rachael Wilson, Matvei Yankelevich, The Double Yews, Don Yorty, Sparrow / Foamola, and more TBA.
Admission fee: $20.00
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street10003 New York, New York