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MARCH

28 March, Saturday - 8:00 PM
BORDER CROSSINGS

NYLSA MARTINEZ, a writer of fiction from Mexicali, Mexico, has published in numerous journals, including Párrafo of UCLA,
Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Bengal Lights of Bangladesh. 
BILL MOHR’s poems, prose poems, and creative prose have appeared in more than 40 magazines.
He is currently an assistant professor of English at California State University, Long Beach.
DAVID SHOOK is a poet, filmmaker, and translator in Los Angeles. His poetry and translations have been included in
numerous journals, including The Poetry, Oxford Magazine, and Skidrow Penthouse.
ROBERTO CASTILLO is a poet and translator from Tijuana, Mexico. Considered “the Godfather of Tijuana’s counterculture”
by La Prensa San Diego, he is also celebrated as the first translator of Charles Bukowski’s poetry into Spanish.
R
egular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

 

APRIL

3 April, Friday - 6:30 PM
FILM SCREENING: SALAD DAYS

Presented by C.A.V.E. Gallery

4 April, Saturday - 3:00 PM
ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER: 30 CALIFORNIA POETS - OPENING RECEPTION AND READING
Just in time for National Poetry Month, Poet/Photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER’s two year project culminates in this
photo show of 30 Southern California Poets. Opening reception & reading. Prints available for purchase. All proceeds to
benefit Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center.
Suggested donation $5.

4 April, Saturday - 8:00 PM
LIVING IN LOTUS LAND: A PUBLICATION READING WITH J.R. PHILLIPS

J.R. PHILLIPS brings to conclusion his book tour that began last November on the recent publication of Living in Lotus Land
a Southern California odyssey from the 60s to present day. What one critic described as “the city as poem”.
What another referred to “as an industrious road trip of contemplation”.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

5 April, Sunday - 5:00 PM (Easter Sunday)
FIRST SUNDAY OPEN READING

Our popular monthly open reading. This month’s feature: KARIN SPRITZLER. Hosted by STEVE GOLDMAN. Sign ups begin at
4:45 PM. Five-minute limit. Suggested donation $5.

10 April, Friday - 8:00 PM
BICYCLE PUBLICATION READING: NEW ISSUE!

The Bicycle Review is a print and electronic journal of contemporary literature and art. Come, hear this issue's contributors:
J.R. SCHENHEIT, CASSANDRA DALLETT, JUSTIN, RICK LUPERT, and BRENDAN CONSTANTINE.
Hosted by editor J DE SALVO. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

11 April, Saturday - 8:00 PM
BEYOND BAROQUE AWARD WINNERS READING
FEATURING SUZANNE LUMMIS & ELENA KARINA BYRNE

Join us for an evening of poetry from our 5th Annual Beyond Baroque Award recipients, SUZANNE LUMMIS and ELENA KARINA BYRNE.
Hosted by Loyola Marymount University professor, GAIL WRONSKY.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

12 April, Sunday - 2:00 PM
SOAP BOX POETS OPEN READING

This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours. Sign ups begin at 1:45 PM. There is a 7-minute limit. This month’s
feature: FERNANDO CASTRO. Hosted by JESSICA WILSON. Suggested donation $5.

12 April, Sunday - 6:00 PM
THE BEYOND BAROQUE 5TH ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

Join us as we honor this year’s recipients: SUZANNE LUMMIS (George Drury Smith Award for Outstanding Achievement in
Poetry Recipient), and ELENA KARINA BYRNE (Distinguished Service Award). Hosted by BRENDAN CONSTANTINE, with
entertainment by PHILIP LITTELL.
Tickets $65, purchase in advance at: 5thbbawards.eventbrite.com

17 April, Friday - 8:00 PM
JEFFREY HARRISON & LAURE-ANN BOSSELAAR

JEFFREY HARRISON is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Into Daylight, published by Tupelo Press in 2014 as
the winner of the Dorset Prize. He has received Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, and published poems in many magazines
and journals. He lives in Massachusetts.
LAURE-ANN BOSSELAAR is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf and Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella
Gardner Prize, and of A New Hunger, selected as an ALA Notable Book in 2008. The recipient of a Pushcart and the editor of
four anthologies, she teaches at U.C. Santa Barbara.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

18 & 19 April, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK FESTIVAL, BOOTH 347

OFF SITE AT USC CAMPUS.
More information about the event can be found here.

19 April, Sunday - 4:00 PM
RIP RENSE READS FROM ALWAYS NOT THERE
In the Scott Wannberg Bookstore
Los Angeles writer and sometimes wronger, RIP RENSE has released his first book of things that most people consider to be
poetry, Always Not There, a collection of 71 utterenses published by Rensart Productions. Two of the poems in the book, Always
Not There,
and Homecoming, will be published this year in Psychological Perspectives, the journal of the C.G. Jung Institute in
Los Angeles. FREE.

25 April, Saturday - 4:00 PM
YOUNG BARBARIANS: ANTHOLOGY READING
   
Join us for a reading by the students of the Beyond Baroque, Holy Barbarians Teen Workshop. Suggested donation $5.

25 April, Saturday - 8:00 PM
2014 BEYOND BAROQUE POETRY CONTEST WINNERS READING

Join us for a reading by the winners and honorable mentions of the 5th Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest. Hosted by this
year’s judge, DAVID ST. JOHN. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

26 April, Sunday - 2:00 PM
NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING

In the Mike Kelley Gallery
Hosted by WYATT UNDERWOOD & MELISSA ALVARADO. Feature TBD. Five-minute limit, sign ups at 1:45 PM. Suggested donation $5.

26 April, Sunday - 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
WORKSHOP: KNOW THY CHARACTERS - FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Analyzing Characters’ Personalities, Actions, and Reactions
An MFA-level writing workshop. Join author and Goddard College MFA faculty member, AIMEE LIU for a sample of the Goddard
MFA experience for writers of fiction or creative nonfiction, and learn how to develop authentic characters using the basics of
personality structure.
Whether you’re writing fiction, narrative nonfiction, or plays for stage or screen, the degree to which you know your characters
can make or break your story. It’s not enough just to be able to visualize them or list the major events of their lives. You really
need to psychoanalyze them. What motivates them? What differentiates them? What stops them in their tracks? 
In this workshop we will apply the basics of personality structure to character development on the page. We'll examine the crucial
dramatic links between human temperament, decision-making, and action.
AIMEE LIU is the author of the novels, Flash House, Face, and Cloud Mountain, a Literary Guild "Super Release" which was
published in more than 10 languages. Her other works include, Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives, and Gaining: The
Truth about Life after Eating Disorders
, and the memoir, Solitaire. She co-edited the book, Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk
About Writing
and teaches in Goddard College’s low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Port Townsend, WA .

RSVP required. Click here to sign up. Suggested donation $10 at the door.

26 April, Sunday - 5:00 PM
AMY UYEMATSU: THE YELLOW DOOR PUBLICATION READING   
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MONG-LAN

MONG-LAN, Vietnamese-born multi-disciplinary American artist, poet, writer, painter, photographer, dancer and singer, is the
winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Awards for Poetry, and other
awards. MONG-LAN’s poetry has been nationally and internationally anthologized to include being in Best American Poetry and
The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize. She is the author of eight books and chapbooks
which contain her poetry and artwork.

AMY UYEMATSU’s poems consider the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality, and the natural world. She is the author
of several poetry collections, including
Stone Bow Prayer (2005), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (1997), and 30 Miles from
J-Town
(1992), which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy will be reading from her new book, The Yellow Door which
celebrates her Japanese-American roots and the profound changes that have occurred in her lifetime.

26 April, Sunday - 6:00 PM
LA POESIA FESTIVAL: ALICIA PARTNOY

Poesía Féstival celebrates NATIONAL POETRY MONTH with CESAR VALLEJO from Peru with ALICIA PARTNOY, ANTONIETA
VILLAMIL, EMILIA CHUQUIN, and others TBA. Open mic: Bring multilingual poetry to share and your favorite poem by Cesar
Vallejo.
ALICIA PARTNOY is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentinian citizens ‘disappeared’. She is
the author of The Little School, Tales of Disappearance and Survival and of the poetry collections, Little Low Flying/Volando
bajito
, and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana. Partnoy edited You Can’t Drown the Fire:Latin American Women
Writing in Exile
, and from 2003 to 2006, she was the co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies:the journal of Mujeres Activas en
Letras y Cambio Social.
Partnoy is an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University. She presides over Proyecto
VOS-Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. universities.
She will be signing and reading from her new book, Flowering Fires-Fuegos florales, Translated by Gail Wronsky. (Settlement
House Press, 2014).
Free, but donations appreciated.

26 April, Sunday - 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA: LET'S OWN IT!: The Struggle of the Lincoln Place Tenants Association (1998, 31 minutes)

KAREN BRIDKIN's (in person) inspired film on Venice activism. All across the nation affordable housing remains an elusive
goal and, often, the cause of bitter conflicts and struggles. Nowhere is this truer than in urban areas of California, with its
large populations of ethnic minorities, the elderly, and immigrants. This excellent and upbeat case study follows the decade-long
struggle of a group of tenants working toward the creation of a permanently affordable housing community in Venice, CA, a
traditionally liberal beach neighborhood on the west side of Los Angeles. The video documents how a group of retired residents
joined forces with younger residents -- primarily women and single parents -- to fight against a demolition and redevelopment
proposal that would effectively displace 1,500 people from a large apartment complex called Lincoln Place. Built in 1950, Lincoln
Place is one of the largest sources of affordable housing in the area. Its residents are ethnically diverse and of mixed ages and
incomes -- a vibrant community which inspired residents to dream of ownership of the complex and defend their homes. Their
strategies, anxieties, and conflicts with the owner/developer, their efforts to gain the support of other Venice residents, and their
unprecedented victory over the owner at City Hall make this important video an outstanding teaching tool for a variety of courses
in sociology, social psychology, urban studies and planning, anthropology, and women's studies.
Produced by Karen Brodkin and Mary Hardy at UCLA. Followed by rare film on Los Angeles architecture at 8:00 PM.
Free, but donations appreciated.


may

1 May, Friday - 8:00 PM
MASON’S NOISE PARLOUR

This month, our quarterly youth program features the talents of: CHARLIE HICKEY, MAYA HERNANDEZ and JULIAN CORBETT.
The evening is hosted by singer-songwriter, MASON SUMMIT, whose CD Loud Music & Soft Drinks was nominated for a L.A.
Music Critic Award in 2014. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

2 May, Saturday - 4:00 PM
OPENING RECEPTION: THE STORIES WE HOLD

Stories have the ability to connect us together. It’s the human condition to want to share them as it helps us make meaning of
our lives. Since the beginning of human existence, stories have been told. Cave painting gives us insight into life 40,000
years ago. Our stories inform our work and help shape who we are. Stories place us on the timeline of humanity. The women
in this exhibition use the vernacular of sculpture, painting, print, photography and installation. Artists featured are: DORI
ATLANTIS, CHLOE BOLEYN, KAREN FRIMKESS WOLFF, NANCY JO HASELBACHER, HOLLY JERGER, KATY PARKS
WILSON, SARAH PAVSNER-MAEL, MARY SHERWOOD BROCK, and CATHY WEISS. Suggested donation $5.

2 May, Saturday - 8:00 PM
POETRY IN MOTION: AN EVENING WITH RICK OVERTON

Since 1988, EVE BRANDSTEIN presents an eclectic array of writers from the literary and Hollywood communities. This season,
Poetry In Motion will feature solo performances by amazing performers. This month is comedian and actor, RICK OVERTON.
Check out her website evebrandsteinpoetryinmotion.com and Facebook page for more information.
Special General Admission – Advanced tickets $15 on Eventbrite; $20 at the door; $10 Students/Seniors (60);
Members $8.

3 May, Sunday - 5:00 PM
FIRST SUNDAY OPEN READING

Our popular monthly open reading. This month’s feature: TOM GREENING. Hosted by STEVE GOLDMAN. Sign ups begin at
4:45 PM. Five-minute limit. Suggested donation $5.

8 May, Friday - 8:00 PM
MARIO MORONI

Italian poet MARIO MORONI's performance in Italian (English translations available in print to the audience), consists of three
parts: in the first, Moroni will just read his work; in the second, the poet will give a recital of four short poems arranged for
electronic music and computer images by composer Jon Hallstrom; in the third part, Moroni will recite a poem inspired by the
tragic events of September 11th, 2001 in New York, with music for piano by composer David Gaita, performed by pianist Yago
Vazquez. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

9 May, Saturday - 4:00 PM
WIDE AWAKE: POETS OF LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND PUBLICATION READING

Join us for the Ultimate L.A. Poetry Release Party! The new anthology from the Pacific Coast Poetry Series Beyond Baroque
Books/The Pacific Coast Poetry Series features 112 poets in what may be the most ambitious anthology of poetry in many years.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

9 May, Saturday - 8:00 PM
JESSICA PIAZZA & SPECIAL GUEST

JESSICA PIAZZA's  first full-length collection of poetry, Interrobang was published in 2013. She is a co-founder of Bat City
Review, a founding editor at Gold Line Press, a contributing editor for The Offending Adam and has blogged for The Best
American Poetry and Barrelhouse. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

10 May, Sunday - 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
GEN “F” WARHOL MARATHON

“A Mother of All Readings!” With 33 works, Gen "F" is a collection of comic tragedies for those displaced by the reversals and
tragedies of our times. Suggested donation $5.

10 May, Sunday - 2:00 PM
SOAP BOX POETS OPEN READING

in the Mike Kelley Gallery
This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours. Sign ups begin at 1:45 PM. There is a 7-minute limit. This month’s feature:
FERNANDO CASTRO. Hosted by JESSICA WILSON. Suggested donation $5.

15 May, Friday - 8:00 PM
BEYOND BAROQUE FICTION SHOWCASE

Workshop leader, LAURIE HOROWITZ hosts writers from Beyond Baroque's Monday Night Fiction Workshop reading from their
works in progress. With Special Guest ELYCE WAKERMAN.
ELYCE WAKERMAN will be discussing and reading from her novel, A Tale of Two Citizens. The story was inspired by her father's
experience as an illegal immigrant during the 1930s, which will give her the opportunity to talk about how real-life events can be
turned into fiction, at the same time that the story itself demonstrates how similar the immigration issue remains to this day. Elyce
is the author of two non-fiction books - Father Loss: Daughters Discuss the Man That Got Away, and Air Powered: The Art of the
Airbrush
. A Tale of Two Citizens is her first novel; she wrote a great deal of it while she was she was on the English faculty at
California State University, Northridge, where she taught Creative Writing, Writing About Literature, and Freshman Composition.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

16 May, Saturday, 8:00 PM
BEYOND BAROQUE EXPERIMENTAL THEATER OF POETRY (BOXTOP)

Witness the debut of BOXTOP with the poem “...Gestapos…” by Steve Goldman. A theatrical enactment of the poem: the poem
as theater; elaborated theater, but not drama. That the poem come alive is the goal. Why? Because: ”We have lost our poetic
sense and with it our humanity. - Octavio Paz. Featuring: LINDA ALBERTANO, LAUREL ANN BOGEN, BRENDAN CONSTANTINE,
and other fabulous poets. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

16 May, Saturday - 8:00 PM
CROSSING DARK BORDERS: THE POETRY OF SHADOW, SHADE AND LONG NIGHT

in the Mike Kelley Gallery
LISA CHEBY (Love Lessons From Buffy the Vampire Slayer), GEORGIA JONES-DAVIS (Night School) and MAJA TROCHIMCZYK
(Slicing the Bread) celebrate the publication of their new chapbooks.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

17 May, Sunday - 4:00 PM
THE POETRY SALON

This intimate poetry showcase presents a variety of poets and writers from Tresha Haefner's advanced poetry workshop,
performing their latest work. Followed by open mic, wine, and snacks. Suggested Donation $5.

22 May, Friday - 8:00 PM
LISA SEWELL

LISA SEWELL will read from Impossible Object, winner of the Tenth Gate Prize (Word Works Press). As Arthur Sze suggests, in
these poems "the worlds of literature and life reflect, refract and conflate; she creates a space that is spellbindingly present."
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

23 May, Saturday - 8:00 PM
LET’S DANCE! A CELEBRATION OF EMMA GOLDMAN

Join us as we celebrate the life and words of America’s least favorite woman anarchist, Emma Goldman who said: “If I can’t dance,
it’s not my revolution.” Readers include CARLYE ARCHIBEQUE, RICHARD MODIANO and DAVID MCINTIRE.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

24 May, Sunday - 2:00 PM
NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING

In the Mike Kelley Gallery
Hosted by WYATT UNDERWOOD & MELISSA ALVARADO. Feature TBD. Five-minute limit, sign ups at 1:45 PM. Suggested
donation $5.

24 May, Sunday - 6:00 PM
LA POESIA FESTIVAL

Poesía Féstival celebrates the Salvadoran poet ROQUE DALTON with ROBERTO ALVAREZ MARROQUIN, RICARDO VENTURA,
DORA MAGANA, artists and musicians from Centro Cultural Centroamericano. Open Mic: Bring multilingual poetry to share and
your favorite poem by ROQUE DALTON. Free, but donations appreciated.

24 May, Sunday - 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA - FOLK ROCK MUSIC FILMS

When asked "Are you a poet?" Bob Dylan said, "No I'm an escape artist." Laughtears.com  Free, but donations appreciated.

30 May, Saturday - 4:00 PM
SONG OF OURSELVES: WALT WHITMAN AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN POETRY

A reading of the works of the father of American poetry, Walt Whitman. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors (60) $6,
Members Free.

30 May, Saturday - 8:00 PM
COMEDY + POETRY + ART = RICK SHAPIRO

Actor, comedian, author and poet, RICK SHAPIRO covers the entertainment spectrum with his one-man show, All Around Rick.
Shapiro, a 25-year comedy stage veteran and master of long-form and Improv, can be seen on multiple television channels: HBO,
FX, CBS, IFC and Showtime. Shapiro is now a recurring guest-star on the MARON show on IFC. Regular Admission $10,
Students & Seniors (60) $6, Members Free.

31 May, Sunday - 4:00 PM
JACQUES PREVERT with MICHAEL C FORD & DANI ROTER

With the publication of his book, Paroles in 1945, Jacques Prévert (1900–1977) became France's most popular poet of the
twentieth century. He was also an innovative screenwriter who helped create some of the most influential French films of the
1930s and 1940s. His satirical attacks on rigid French education and the Catholic Church and other institutions of authority
expressed France's post-war disillusionment and defiant spirit. With surprise guests! Hosted by ELENA SECOTA.
Suggested donation $5.