Something happens, something changes, 1,000 people in one place have the same idea, passion, and need. People start to see things in the same way and almost all at once everyone is headed in the same direction artistically.
I love what I’m seeing all of the San Gabriel Valley.
Let’s talk literary magazines. Carnival, A Few Lines, Creepy Gnome, and Rind have all appeared in the last couple of years created out of the passion and intensity of some people who take their work seriously but don’t take themselves too seriously.
They’ve had some serious successes too. They’ve published greats like Tony Barnstone, T. Anders Carson, David Caddy, Gerry Locklin, and Jo Scott-Coe. They’ve taken work by local legends and people on their way up. They’ve given a literary vision and voice to our community. And no one should ever mention magazines in this area without mentioning the Chaffey Review. A brilliant magazine.
Readings have popped up all over as well. Out in Riverside, Jo Scott-Coe and Riverside Community College pushes along doing great things for all of us. Dim Lights in Pomona continues to be a staple. The Valley Poets keeps meeting at the West Covina Library on the third Saturday of every month at 4pm. The Hair Club for Poets meets in Downey on the 4th Saturday at 7:30pm. Eric Morago continues to host readings in Whittier at Half Off Books and Vinatero Wine Shop.
This is not to mention all the classes happening all over town, and not to mention the writers who are exploding into the scene as well. Check out Marta Chausee and Michaelsun Knapp and Lloyd Aquino and Michael Torres.
And people like Chris Trevilla and all the people who work with him at the Nuvein foundation.
And I’m missing people. I know that I am.
Murray Thomas recognized how much was going on all over the area (not just the San Gabriel Valley but all of Los Angeles) and he put together poetix.net where you can find a listing for all of these kinds of events.
But still, I know that I’m missing more than half of what’s happening in our own backyard. Give me a hand here, what else is happening all over Los Angeles? Drop us a notice here.