News Archives

Read the review of the Southern California Poetry Festival in the Los Angeles Times by Jireh Deng.

Read a letter from Beyond Baroque's Board President, Shonda Buchanan, supporting the The Art and Music K-12 Education Funding Initiative here.

Beyond Baroque Books Re-Launches with Peter J. Harris’ SongAgain

Read the Press Release HERE.

Javier Zamora in the LA Times

Javier Zamora, who will be reading at Beyond Baroque on September 21, discusses his memoir Solito in the LA Times. Read the interview HERE.

Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize & Scholarship

Beyond Baroque is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize and Scholarship. This prize provides $10,000 in scholarship and contest money to young poets of color, and continues Beyond Baroque’s legacy of nurturing some of California’s finest poets, including Amanda Gorman herself. Read about the winners in the full press release HERE

Will Alexander finalist for Pulitzer Prize

We are excited to announce that Refractive Africa: Ballet of the Forgotten, by our poet-in-residence, Will Alexander, was a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize! This collection considers the history of Africa, colonialism, and post-colonialism; "he writes as diasporic witness." Find Will's collection at

Beyond Baroque Books selects Carol Potter’s poetry collection What Happens Next is Anyone’s Guess for publication in its Pacific Coast Poetry Series.

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Announcing the Fred Dewey Legacy Project

In honor of our longest-serving executive director, Fred Dewey, we're partnering in launching the Fred Dewey Legacy Project, a fundraising initiative that will support public humanities programming and archiving at Beyond Baroque and elsewhere. For more information, and to donate, click here.

Announcing the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund

Beyond Baroque is proud to announce the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund. Named in honor of Beyond Baroque alumna and U.S. Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman, the fund will provide $10,000 in award money and scholarships for college-bound student poets of color. Scholarship applications will be available starting in November, and more details will be available in the coming months. To learn more about the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund, read our press release here.

Amanda Gorman Brave Enough

Watch Amanda tell her story -- including her beginnings at Beyond Baroque -- in the ABC 20/20 special, “Amanda Gorman: Brave Enough”, on ABC and streaming on Hulu.

Poetry Coalition Fellow, Iván Salinas

Beyond Baroque would like to introduce our new Poetry Coalition Fellow, Iván Salinas. Read more here.

Exhibition Reviews

Recent Press for Paulina Peavy: An Etherian Channeler

Sight and Insight: Paulina Peavy: An Etherian Channeler by Johanna Drucker, September 4, 2021

Artnet News by Katie White, August 11, 2021

Art and Cake by Shana Nys Dambrot, July 19, 2021

Hyperallergic by Natalie Haddad, July 14, 2021

"Beyond Baroque" in “Made in L.A.” at the Huntington

“Beyond Baroque,” an installation by the artist Sabrina Tarasoff, is now open to the public as part of the Hammer Museum and Huntington Library’s biennial “Made in L.A.” art show. Each room in Tarasoff’s improvised haunted house guides the viewer through archival materials and ephemera related to Beyond Baroque and the “Poet Gang” that formed there in the 1980s: Dennis Cooper, Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose, Amy Gerstler, Jack Skelley, Ed Smith, and David Trinidad.

Tickets & Information

Coverage of the exhibit:

New York Times
L.A. Times

Older Press about Beyond Baroque