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Established 1968


Beyond Baroque is one of the United States' leading independent Literary | Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, literature and art through cultural events and community interaction. Founded in 1968, Beyond Baroque is based out of the original City Hall building in Venice, California. The Center offers a diverse variety of literary and arts programming including readings, workshops, new music and education. The building also houses a bookstore with the largest collection of new poetry books and CDs for sale and an archive that houses over 40,000 books, including small press and limited-edition publications, chronicling the history of poetry movements in Los Angeles and beyond. Through the years, Beyond Baroque has played muse to the Venice Beats, the burgeoning Punk movement and visiting scholars. Many of the city's leading literary talents, including Dennis Cooper, Wanda Coleman, Tom Waits, Exene Cervenkova and Amy Gerstler, are alumni of the Wednesday night poetry workshop. Many of the worlds most well known independent artists, including Patti Smith, Michael McClure, Dana Gioia, and Viggo Mortensen have performed on its stage.


Beyond Baroque's mission is to advance the public awareness of and involvement in the literary arts; to provide a challenging program of events which promotes new work and diversity; to foster a place in the community for the exchange of challenging ideas and the nurturing of new work; to support writers through readings, workshops, books sales, publication, access to archived material and performance space; to encourage collaboration and cross-fertilization between writers and artists in multiple disciplines with the goal of producing mixed media art; to use the literary arts as a foundation for increasing education and literacy in our community.


Richard Modiano, Director, Beyond Baroque
Also: Programming & Community Relations

Quentin Ring, Development Director
Also: Memberships 

Carlye Archibeque, Bookstore Manager
Also: Publicity and Special Events

Jim Fleck, Technical Director
Also: Theater Rentals & Building Management

Annette Geisler, Web Manager
Also: Beyond Baroque Blog & Social Networking

BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Iris Berry, Laurel Ann Bogen, Eve Brandstein, Liz Camfiord, Larry Colker, Nancy Fulton, Bill Hickok, Melody Kellogg, Doug Knott, Suzanne Lummis, Richard Modiano, Henry Morro, Greg Orloff, Gloria Vando.
NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL: Nancy Agabian, Ammiel AlcalayJeremiah Day, Simone Forti, David Matalin, Bill Mohr, Lucas Reiner, Brooks Roddan, Jerome Rothenberg, George Drury Smith (BB Founder), David St. John, Judith Taylor, V. Vale, Paul Vangelisti .
LOS ANGELES ADVISORY COUNCIL: Marina Borawick, Gerry Fialka, Michael C Ford, Jerry Garcia, Susan Hayden, Jen Hofer, John Kertis, Chris Kraus, Pegarty Long, Linda Lucks, Jerry & Jan Manpearl, Harry Northup, Holly Prado, Suzanne Thompson, Rick Tuttle, Roy Ulrich, Emily Winters.
CURATORS COUNCIL: Carlye Archibeque, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, S.A. Griffin, Susan Hayden, and Board Liason, Richard Modiano.

In addition to regular staff, Beyond Baroque is also depending on the kindness of volunteers and interns in many areas, including the bookstore, archive, publicity, social networking, and outreach. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at info@beyondbaroque.org. Student interns may receive school credit, depending on their curriculum.

Volunteers: Eva Garber, Anthony Rojas.
Interns: Edom Assefa, Philip Rojc, Isis Lecaro.

GARDEN & LANDSCAPING: Marina Borawick and gardener, Miguel Aguilar.
BB FOUNDER: George Drury Smith.

IN MEMORIAM: Wanda Coleman, Nita Donavan, Erica Erdman, R.L. Greenfield, Mike Kelley, Philomene Long, Jack McCarthy, Fred Moramarco, Carol Lem, Akilah Oliver, Lee Sloca, John Thomas, Scott Wannberg.