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[ALOUD] Newer Poets XVII

7:00 PM - Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

The seventeenth annual newer poets program is guest-curated by three acclaimed poets: Eloise Klein Healy, Arktoi Press; Suzanne Lummis, Los Angeles Poetry Festival; and Gail Wronsky, professor, Loyola Marymount University and member, Glass Table Collective.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is a poet, high school teacher, and native Angelino.native Angelino. She is creator and host of Beyond Baroque’s reading series Hitched, co-founder of The Splinter Generation, and was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Award. Her work has been published in The Los Angeles Review, PALABRA, and Writers at Work's Poem of the Month.

Mia Carli was born in Corona, CA. She studied English and Political Science at Loyola Marymount University and is now getting her M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Iowa.


Paul Lieber produces and hosts Why Poetry on KPFK radio in L.A. and Santa Barbara. His poetry collection, Chemical Tendencies, published by Tebot Bach, was a finalist in the MSR poetry contest and received an honorable mention in the Allen Ginsberg Contest. His poems have appeared in the Patterson Review, Askew, Alimentum, New York Quarterly, Solo and many other journals. Paul works as an actor and has performed on and off-Broadway and in numerous films and TV shows.

Angela Peñaredondo was born in the Philippines and grew up in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is a recipient of a UCLA Community Access Scholarship in Poetry and a Fishtrap Fellowship. She has been featured in various literary venues such as The World Stage, Avenue 50, West Hollywood Book Fair and The Los Angeles Poetry Festival’s Night and the City. Currently, she is working on a collection of poetry and will soon start a graduate program in creative writing this year.

Verónica Reyes is a Chicana jota from East LA. Her poems give voice to her Mexican-American communities. She was a resident at Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and a NEA fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poetry has been published in Calyx, Feminist Studies, ZYZZYVA, North American Review and The New York Quarterly.

Rolland Vasin, third-generation American writer (pen name Vachine) is published in the journals Open Minds Quarterly, Gnome, and Found and Lost and is an active open-mic-reader at venues from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Big Sur, California. He has featured at Los Angeles’ World Stage, The Rapp Saloon, and Cobalt Cafe, among others, and dabbles in improvisational theater and stand-up comedy for which we was recognized as the Laugh Factory’s 1992 3rd Funniest CPA in Los Angeles. As a day job, Rolland's CPA corporation audits youth and family charities.

Thanks to The Library Foundation for its support of this event.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers with a grant it received from the James Irvine Foundation.

James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) - Judith Freeman - Naomi Hirahara (Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner) - Eddie Muller (Founder, President Film Noir Foundation)  - Robert Polito (Detours: Seven Noir Lives, forthcoming Knopf) - Noir Scholar Alan K. Rode.

And Movies. And Panels. And L.A.'s Noir Poets.

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This fall (2011), the Los Angeles Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center collaborated to produce "Night and the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film" — October 28 - November 13, with keynote speaker, Robert Polito, poet and editor of the Library of American volumes Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s and Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s, reading on October 15. While many major events will take place at Beyond Baroque in Venice, others are being developed for venues around the city, as well as L.A.'s farthest outposts, where Festival and Beyond Baroque collaborators will celebrate "Long Beach Noir" and "Oxnard Noir."

The Los Angeles Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presented L.A.'s prestigious and wildly popular annual reading for local poets—a feature of The Los Angeles Public Library's ALOUD series. Six poets perform their best ten minutes.

Poets selected by The Los Angeles Poetry Festival:
Lory Bedikian's manuscript The Book of Lamenting received the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry from CSU-Fresno.
Mehnaz Turner was a 2009 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry.
Sherman Pearl's work has appeared in over 50 literary magazines.

Poets selected by Beyond Baroque:
Cassandra Love was a 2008 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry.
A. Razor belongs to the collective The Hollywood Institute of Poetics.
Anthony Seidman is the author of Where Thirsts Intersect (The Bitter Oleander Press) and Cosmic Weather (White Print, Inc.).

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