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Upcoming Events

L.A. Book Launch: Blue on a Blue Palette by Lynne Thompson

Thursday, June 20
8:00 PM PT

In person at Beyond Baroque and Live on YouTube

Lynne Thompson’s Blue on a Blue Palette reflects on the condition of women—their joys despite their histories, and their insistence on survival as issues of race, culture, pandemic, and climate threaten their livelihoods. “Say history. Claim. Say wild.” For its L.A. Book Launch, Thompson will be joined by poet Pam Ward for a reading and conversation in The Wanda Coleman Theater, followed by a reception and signings.

Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club: J. Ryan Stradal & Guest Authors

Friday, June 21
8:00 PM PT

In person at Beyond Baroque and Live on YouTube

From the New York Times bestselling author, J. Ryan Stradal delivers a story of a couple from two very different restaurant families in rustic Minnesota, and the legacy of love and tragedy, of hardship and hope, that unites and divides them. Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club is a window into a colorful, vanishing world of relish trays and brandy Old Fashioneds. The author will be reading alongside L.A.’s literary couple, Alison Turner (author of The Second Split Between), and Lou Mathews (author of Shaky Town & L.A. Breakdown). Book signings to follow after the readings.

A Reading at Beyond Baroque: Stacey Levine & Douglas Messerli

Saturday, June 22
2:00 PM PT

In person at Beyond Baroque and Live on YouTube

Beyond Baroque welcomes Seattle-based Novelist, Stacey Levine, reading alongside L.A.-based Poet, & Publisher, Douglas Messerli. The special evening celebrates new work of prose and poetry. Stacey Levine will be reading from her most recent novel Mice 1961 (Verse Chorus Press). Messerli will be sharing poems from his ambitious project, Writing Through, a collection he began working on at the turn of the century inspired by the writings of fellow poets such as Diane Ward, Charles Bernstein, Elizabeth Robinson, Paul Vangelisti, and many more, as well as predecessors who've made an impact in his life and creative work.

A Celebration of New Works at Beyond Baroque: Dion O'Reilly, Dorianne Laux, & Michelle Bitting

Saturday, June 22
7:00 PM PT

In person at Beyond Baroque and Live on YouTube

Authors Dion O'Reilly (Sadness of the Apex Predator), Dorianne Laux (Life On Earth), and Michelle Bitting (Dummy Ventriloquist) are celebrating newly published collections and will be reading from their latest books at Beyond Baroque. Enjoy a reception and book signings after the program.

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Upcoming Workshops

The Pantoum: Repetition As Magic / Repetition Is Magic with James Cushing

Saturday, June 15
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PT

The pantoum is an ancient Malaysian song form, used by children and sailors for their amusement, brought into Europe by Charles Baudelaire in the 1870s and made available to Americans by the “New York School” poets in the 1950s and ‘60s. The pantoum is certainly the most creative pre-existing poetic form I have ever used; every time I write one, I find myself surprised by what I have written. In this one-day Beyond Baroque workshop, I’m trying to continue that work.In our workshop, we’ll begin with looking at some of my favorite examples of the form.

Ongoing Free Workshops

Monday Night Fiction Workshop with Raquel Baker

Mondays 7:30 PM PT
Via Zoom

A community writing workshop in which participants are asked to bring 2-3 pages of fiction to read and receive feedback. Facilitated by Raquel Baker via Zoom. Registration required.

Wednesday Night Poetry Workshop with Rooja Mohassessy

Wednesdays 8:00 PM PT
Via Zoom

The West Coast’s longest-running free poetry workshop welcomes new and seasoned poets to share new work and provide feedback. Please be prepared to share one poem.

Upcoming Exhibition

Cut Out
June 22 - July 27, 2024
Opening Reception
Saturday, June 22, 4-6 PM

An exhibition of works by contemporary Los Angeles artists exploring the possibilites of collage. Artists: Sacha Halona Baumann, Julia Couzens, David Daigle, Paula Goldman, Tm Gratkowski, Alex Helmintoller, Annetta Kapon, David Lloyd, Stas Orlovski, HK Zamani, & Jody Zellen.

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New arrivals include our new tote bags, zip bags, journals, candles, and of course, our classic Metaphors Be With You shirt. All proceeds support Beyond Baroque programming!

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