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Saturday, October 24

12:30pm PDT

World Stage Press: Black Joy and Resistance in 2020
There hasn't been a day of rest this year in light of redlining, voter suppression, environmental racism, health disparities, state-sanctioned violence, and economic strife. We want to provide a space for Black writers to share their joy and resistance.

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Camari Carter Hawkins

Camari Carter-Hawkins is the author of Death by Comb, a body of poetry that celebratesnatural hair and Write Back to You, a guided journal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Organizational Management. Hawkins leads journaling workshops... Read More →

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October BLU

October BLU, writer, mother, poet, and proud BLERd.
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Kuahmel is a poet, musician, humorist and the admissions manager & talent scout for Community Literature Initiative. An alum of CLI, Project Blowed, Still Waters, and Spoken Literature Art Movement, he is published in three books like Peace in the Pocket, on sale now
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Brandon Allen

Brandon Christopher Allen, author of “This Little Boy,” is a survivor of cycles of traumatic experience, attempted suicide, cycles of depression, endured physical and emotional abuse, raised in and battled addiction, and still became a victor over mental health issues. He has... Read More →
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Yaa Asantewaa

Yaa Asantewaa Faraji is a Los Angeles-based writer, poet and author of Calabama, published through World Stage Press.Faraji believes in the power of word as a tool for healing and has been featured at the Pan African Film Festival, Fox Soul, Caltech, and Indie Congress, where her... Read More →
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Father, Educator, Writer, Poet, Spokenword Artist & Host

Saturday October 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
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1:00pm PDT

Women Who Submit: Sassing the System: Stories of Protest and Resistance
 “When we are silent, we are still afraid, so it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.” - Audre Lorde Today our readings are informed by the blistered feet of dead immigrants on the border, a death that preceded a government issued reparation check, the triggered assumptions of white readers’ encounters with black characters.in workshops, and recognizing that all of us are the human embodiment of a past not fully acknowledged.

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Laura Warrell

Laura Warrell's writing has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Writer, Salon, the Boston Globe, as well as Broadsheet in Madrid, Spain and other international publications. She was an assistant fiction editor at Upstreet Magazine... Read More →
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traci kato-kiriyama

traci kato-kiriyama (she+they) is an award-winning artist, cultural producer and community organizer; works in literary arts, theatre, site-oriented installation, multidisciplinary performance; presented in hundreds of venues throughout North America; featured by a wide swath of media... Read More →
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Féi Hernandez

féi hernandez (b.1993 Chihuahua, México) is an Inglewood-raised immigrant trans non-binary visual artist, writer, and healer. Their writing has been featured in POETRY, Frontier Poetry, PANK Magazine, BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT amongst others. Author of Hood Criatura, published... Read More →
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Cybele Garcia Kohel

Cybele Garcia Kohel is a writer living and writing in California. Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Kohel writes poetry and essays, in a loud voice from the margins

Saturday October 24, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

UCLA Wordcommandos: Tactical Literature: Veterans Writing for Equality
With an emphasis on gender/racial/age diversity, as well as branch and years of service, Robert Morgan Fisher hosts a team of US veterans in the trenches of the literary battlefield. The presentation will provide insight into the craft and business of writing, with a tactical eye towards advancing onto a full-time profession.

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Robert Morgan Fisher

Robert Morgan Fisher won the 2018 Chester Himes Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 John Steinbeck Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Upstreet, Pleiades, The Arkansas Review, Red Wheelbarrow, The Missouri... Read More →

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Anja Akstin

Anja Akstin is a member of the UCLA Wordcommandos Writing Workshop for Veterans, the USC Warrior Bards and was recently selected to be part of the Writers Guild of America Veteran’s Writing Project. She grew up in Juneau, Alaska and served four years in the USMC as a member of the... Read More →
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Peter Triveas

Peter Trivelas served worked in Naval Intelligence during the Vietnam War. He’s worked as a writer, producer and currently teaches Transcendental Meditation to veterans through the David Lynch Foundation. He has published more short stories than any other UCLA Wordcommando.
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Nicholas Cormier

Nicholas Cormier III is a Veteran of the United States Air Force where he proudly served as an Air Traffic Controller.  He is a Writer, Actor, and Director.  Nicholas graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied Art with a concentration in Film and a minor... Read More →
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Avery Chatmon

Avery Chatmon is a program manager in the Air Force. She is a Jacksonville, FL native and graduate of the US Air Force Academy (‘19) who holds a Bachelors of Science in English Literature. She recently joined the UCLA Wordcommandos Workshop and is writing her first collection of... Read More →
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Gary C Smith Jr

Gary C Smith Jr is a Los Angeles, CA native. He served in the US Army from 1985 to 1989. He is a lyricist and proud member of the UCLA Wordcommando Creative Writing Workshop.

Saturday October 24, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
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2:15pm PDT

Los Angeles Poet Society: The Beat of Los Angeles: Celebrating the Earth's Many Voices
The heartbeat is universal, the Earth beat we all feel, but do we really hear? The Beat of Los Angeles: Celebrating Earth’s Many Voices presents spoken word on top of drumbeats and flute. Fused with passion from the Beat inhabitants, on behalf of the healing Earth beats of Pachamama, we lend our voices to amplify our humanity and the collective change we all feel.

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Jessica M. Wilson

Jessica is a 3rd generation Beatnik... a Beat Poet from the lines of Jack Spicer to Paul Vangelisti, and the heartbeat of the visual Muse and Master Poet, Maurya Simon. She completed her BA in Creative Writing and Art History from UC Riverside in Riverside, CA, and obtained her Master... Read More →
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Juan Cardenas

Juan Cardenas is a Flutist, Vocalist, Poet, Activist, and Educator to the bilingual community, specializing in teaching poetry and music to the youth. He is a Poet Teacher with Calilfornia Poets in the Schools working with native Spanish speakers and youth of diverse cultural backgrounds... Read More →
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Jeffery Martin

Jeffery Martin started writing things down at ten. Sporadically, at first. He had questions, but the answers would take years to manifest and make sense. Writing was looked down upon in his home, so he kept it to himself. He wrote about sad things, imaginary things and finally something... Read More →
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Iris De Anda

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 is the author of ‘Codeswitch: Fires from Mi Cor... Read More →
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Jeffery James

Poet, Filmmaker, multi-instrumentalist.
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Erika Ayon

Erika Ayón emigrated from Mexico when she was five years old and grew up in South Central, Los Angeles. She attended UCLA and graduated with a B.A. in English. In 2009 she was selected as a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow. In 2014 her poem “Hibiscus Skies,” was selected as a top... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 2:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
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3:00pm PDT

Santa Monica Review: Reading it Forward: L.A. Literary Icons Deliver Brave New Writing from Santa Monica Review
A diverse roster of L.A. literary icons profile four authors from SMR exploring emphasizing diversity, thoughtful engagement, and 2020’s unique commitment to creativity in crisis, trademark of this 30-year old West Coast literary journal publishing some of the best prose in the country.

Dana Johnson reads from Alisa Slaughter’s essay “Break of Gauge,” an international literary meditation including time in Trump Country. Michael Jaime-Becerra reads an excerpt from a short story by David Preizler, “Coyote Tactics,” about a convict-labor California wildfire fighter. Yxta Maya Murray reads a feminist eco-dystopic short story by Jacqueline Keren, “Red Ribbons.” Victoria Patterson reads from Andrew Tonkovich’s darkly satirical parable “Civic Engagement.”

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Andrew Tonkovich

Andrew Tonkovich is the longtime editor of the West Coast literary journal Santa Monica Review and host of Bibliocracy, Pacifica Radio KPFK's weekly books show. His essays, reviews and original short stories have appeared in Ecotone, Juked, Faultline, ZYZZYVA, Best American Nonrequired... Read More →

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Yxta Maya Murray

Yxta Maya Murray is the author of Locas (1998), The Conquest (2002), What It Takes to Get to Vegas, and two books in her acclaimed Red Lion series, The Queen Jade (2005) and The King's Gold (2008). Her newest fiction is The World Doesn’t Work that Way, but It Could and Art is... Read More →
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Michael Jaime-Becerra

Michael Jaime-Becerra grew up and lives in El Monte, and teaches creative writing at UC Riverside. His short-story collection, Every Night Is Ladies’ Night, was named one of the best of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and awarded a California Book... Read More →
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Victoria Patterson

Victoria Patterson is the author of the novels The Little Brother, The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Her two short story collections are the award-winning Drift and The Secret Habit of Sorrow, She lives in South Pasadena... Read More →
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Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark, forthcoming from Counterpoint in August 2016. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Both books... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
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3:30pm PDT

Exposition Review: Unlocking L.A.: Creativity in the Time of Coronavirus
At a moment when we’re staying home, Exposition Review is finding inspiration in our favorite places in and around Los Angeles. In personal stories that span poetry and prose, writers from our 2020 issue, Vol. V: “Act/Break,” highlight the City of Angels from Hollywood to Santa Monica to the San Gabriel foothills. It wouldn’t be an Expo event without audience participation, so we’ll ask attendees to share in the chat the places that are keeping them inspired during the pandemic — as well as any writing the event inspires them to compose!

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Annlee Ellingson

Annlee Ellingson is an editor at Exposition Review. She’s also a mentor for WriteGirl and book manager for the anthology This Moment: Bold Voices from WriteGirl (2019), as well as treasurer of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. At her day job she’s a staff writer at L.A... Read More →

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Chloe Martinez

Chloe Martinez is a poet and scholar of South Asian religions. Her forthcoming chapbook, Corner Shrine, was selected by Geffrey Davis as the winner of the 2019 Backbone Press Chapbook Competition, and her poems have appeared in Waxwing, Prairie Schooner, The Common, and elsewhere... Read More →
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Lori Yeghiayan Friedman

Lori Yeghiayan Friedman was born and raised in Southern California and has an MFA in Theatre from the University of California at San Diego. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Post Road Magazine, The Nasiona, XRAY Literary Magazine, and Exposition Review.
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Dare Williams

A 2019 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, Dare Williams is a Queer HIV-positive poet and artist rooted in Southern California. He has received fellowships from John Ashbury Home School and The Frost Place. Dare’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a two-time finalist... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
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4:00pm PDT

Tertulia Literary Salon: In the Driver's Seat without a Road: Travel Narratives for the Sheltered in Place
COVID-19 travel woes force a two-story house to double as a cruise ship, an activist mother of a bi-racial daughter to go from marching for BLM to road tripping and discovering there are places where no one wears masks, a check-engine light makes a gay outdoorsman have a very different escape than he bargained for, and finally, prevents a woman from flying into NY to see her mother who is suddenly hospitalized, dying, and whose phone calls are frustratingly dementia affected.

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Pam Alster

Pam Alster lives in L. A. and studied Master Fiction at U.C.L.A. She is a former television writer, and a long-time member of Tertulia Salon. Her multi award-winning novel Robin's Blue was an Amazon bestseller. She is currently working on her second novel.
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Jeff Darter

Jeff Darter was an English and journalism major and is presently working on a memoir, which makes him miss his parents so much that he frequently goes to the mall and asks strangers to criticize him.
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Gwyn Drischell

For the past 30 years Gwyn has been self-employed as a private English and writing tutor with a two to three-year waiting list. She also writes corporate speeches and website and brochure content.
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Ron Gutierrez

Ron Gutierrez, a Los Angeles native has a degree from the Claremont Colleges and studied with the UCLA Extension Writers Program. He is Director of Tertulia, an independent Los Angeles based literary salon started in 2011, and serves as Managing Director of Lit Crawl LA. Mr. Gutierrez's... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
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