STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

On Sunday, April 7th, 2002, at 2:00 p.m., Beyond Baroque will host The Big Picture, a convocation of published Southern California poets to be photographed for National Poetry Month.

Southern California is a region of diverse populations, each with a unique voice. For this event, we are bringing all these voices together’ the voices of our literary poets, our performance poets, ourbeat poets, avant-garde poets, academic poets, hip-hop poets, environmental poets, political poets, cowboy poets, and others. Often regions are not aware of their cultural heritage. This is our chance to preserve these poets for posterity.

The event will take place at Beyond Baroque, the non-profit foundation that is the literary heart of Los Angeles. Founded in 1968 in a storefront in Venice, the center has been the site of readings from such literary giants and local icons as Allen Ginsberg, Philip Levine, David St. John, Kate Braverman, Lewis MacAdams, Bob Flanagan, Charles Bukowski, Wanda Coleman, Dennis Cooper, and many more. Many of SoCal's most beloved poets have been alumnae of Beyond Baroque's longstanding workshops.

The event is being documented by Mark Savage, who is completing a five-year project individually photographing the poets of Los Angeles. Called one of the "finest up-and-coming portrait photographers in North America’" by American Photography, Savage's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, MONEY, Fortune,and other publications. After the group photo, all poets will be invited to visit his project, "Souls and Passions," on display at the Beyond Baroque gallery.

In addition, participating poets will be donating copies of their publications to the Beyond Baroque Archive, the largest independent collection of Southern California poetry and ephemera on the West Coast.

Click here to go to the ABOUT section for more about Mark, the "Souls and Passions" photo project, the History of Southern California Poetry, and for more about Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center...

Click here for our FAQ about this event!


IN MEMORY:

This past Easter weekend, Southern California poetry lost two vital and beloved members of the community.

Marta Mitrovich was a seminal figure in Orange County poetry, hosting the long-running Laguna Poets series from its inception in the 1970s through its first 20 years.

John Thomas was one of the original Venice Beats, who could claim friendship with both Ezra Pound and Charles Bukowski while carving his own significant niche in the Los Angeles poetry scene over the last 30 years. We will be dedicating The Big Picture, with love, to their memory.

 

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THE ESSENTIAL 411:

What:
Beyond Baroque Hosts THE BIG PICTURE– A Convocation Of Southern California Poets

When:
SUNDAY, APRIL 7th, 2002
from 2:00 p.m. to approx. 5 p.m.
• Please note that Daylight Savings begins on this day.
• See FAQ page for the day's schedule.

• Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for possible event conflicts.

Where:
BEYOND BAROQUE LITERARY ARTS CENTER
– 681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 822-3006

Admission:
Free of charge!

Sponsors & Volunteers Sought:
Want to get more involved? Click on the sections in the top menu for more information about becoming a sponsor or volunteer today!

What to Bring:
We want to emphasize that this event is also a "DRIVE" for collecting work/poetry books/chap books, etc. for the BEYOND BAROQUE ARCHIVE. Please bring whatever you can of your work that you think we don't already have a copy of.
Thank you!

This event is also a POT LUCK!
Would you like to bring something to share? Please contact Erika to let her know if you want to bring:

  • a main dish
  • appetizer
  • a dessert
  • chips, cookies or soda

Please DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL to this event!

Please contact Erika Abbot by e-mail at AnnAbbot@aol.com or by voice mail at (866) 510-6561 x5320.

Click here to go to the Sponsors page for more info on what you can bring for the pot luck.

• For more information, please read our FAQ


**Scheduling Conflicts / Other Events That Night?

• Because The Big Picture is scheduled to end between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., it will not be in conflict with other poetry events slated for the evening of April 7th, such as June Melby's CD release party at Highland Grounds.

 




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