2014 Evening Authors

 

Saturday, February 8th


Suzanne Lummis – 8:30PM
Suzanne Lummis

Suzanne Lummis

Suzanne Lummis is the founding director of The Los Angeles Poetry Festival, which produced, together with Beyond Baroque, the 25-event, citywide series, “Night and the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film” in 2011.  She is the Literary Director for The Arroyo Arts Collective’s, “Poetry in the Windows,” the popular public art project that for five placed the work of Los Angeles poets in shop windows and will resume in 2014.  She has poems forthcoming in the debut issue of an ambitious new literary magazine edited by Christopher Buckley, Miramar, in Solo Novo published by Glenna Luschei, and a defining essay on the Poem Noir for New Mexico’s Malpais Review, for which she is the California correspondent.Her next collection, Open 24 Hours, will be published by Lynx House Press in Washington state.


Marsha De La O – 8:00PM
Marsha De La O

Marsha De La O

Chase Twichell described Marsha De La O’s poems as “drafting language and emotion into equal service, making one muscle of them, so that the lyric, narrative, and meditative elements are wholly integrated into a true hybrid that shucks of all the usual tags.”Her book, Black Hope, won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and a Small Press Editor’s Choice Award. She is the winner of the dA Poetry Award and the Ventura Poetry Festival Contest, and also a recent finalist in the Poets and Writers’ California Voices competition. She has published in journals such as Barrow Street, Passages North, Solo, and Third Coast, and given recent readings at the College of Creative Studies at UCSB, Loyola Marymount, and Writers’ Week at UC Riverside. She was raised in the Los Angeles area and now lives in Ventura, California where she is co-editor, with Phil Taggart, of the literary journal, Askew.


Andrew Tonkavich – 7:20PM
Andrew Tonkovich

Andrew Tonkovich

Andrew Tonkovich is the editor of The Santa Monica Review, and his short stories, essays and commentaries have appeared widely. He teaches Composition at UC Irvine, where he is the president of the union representing Lecturers and Librarians. As “The Bibliofella,” he blogs on books every Sunday morning at the OC Weekly: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/oc_bookly/. Tonkovich is a staff participant at the annual summer Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and hosts a weekly Wednesday night literary arts program on Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California. For info on the program visit the station’s website http://www.kpfk.org or the Bibliocracy Radio blog http://bibliocracyradio.blogspot.com/ . A recent story appears in the anthology Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013.


Michael Miller – 7:10PM
Michael Miller

Michael Miller

A native of Fullerton, California, Michael Miller is the author of two books of poetry and a longtime reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Times organization. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia and has taught at Golden West College and lectured at Chapman University, Cal State Fullerton and the Orange County School of the Arts. As the owner of Moon Tide Press, he has published nearly two dozen books and organizes the poetry series at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. His first full-length collection of poems, College Town, came out from Tebot Bach in 2010; his second, The First Thing Mastered, followed from the same publisher in 2013. He has served as a judge for Poetry Out Loud and the San Diego Book Awards, and his work has appeared in San Pedro River Review, Rockhurst Review, Faultline, Pea River Journal and elsewhere.


Scott Creley – 7:00PM
  Scott Creleyis one of the founding directors of The San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival. His work has been featured in the collections Bear Flag Republic,”Sentence”,”Miramar”,”Carnival Literary Magazine”, and Freefal. He also writes futurist material for corporations seeking to stay ahead of the curve.


Brendan Constantine – 6:40PM
Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine‘s work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, FIELD, Zyzzyva, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, ArtLife, The Los Angeles Review, Hotel Amerika and L.A. Times Best Seller, ‘The Underground Guide to Los Angeles.’ His most recent collections are ‘Birthday Girl With Possum’ (2011 Write Bloody Publishing) and ‘Calamity Joe’ (2012 Red Hen Press). Brendan has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and adjunct professor at Antioch University. In addition, he regularly offers classes to hospitals, elder care centers and shelters for the homeless.


Tony Barnstone – 6:00PM
Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone is the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College. His books of poems include Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (BKMK Press, 2009, winner of the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry), The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008, winner, Benjamin Saltman Award);Sad Jazz: Sonnets(Sheep Meadow Press, 2005); and Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone (University Press of Florida, 1998), in addition to the chapbook Naked Magic (Main Street Rag). He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor of literary textbooks. His books in these areas are widely utilized. Among his awards are a fellowship from the NEA, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, a Pushcart Prize, and 1st place in in the 2008 Strokestown Poetry Prize. He is the recipient of many national poetry prizes and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.


Donna Hilbert – 5:40PM
Donna Hilbert

Donna Hilbert

Donna Hilbert was born in the Red River Valley of Oklahoma near the Texas border but has spent most of her life in Southern California. She is a graduate of Califonia State University, Long Beach. Her latest book is The Green Season, World Parade Books 2009. the 2nd edition of The Green Season, including new work, is slated for Fall 2011. Other books include Traveler in Paradise: New and Selected Poems, PEARL Editions, 2004 Transforming Matter, PEARL 2000, Feathers and Dust, Deep Red and Mansions, all from Event Horizon Press.


Eric Morago – 5:20PM
Eric Morago is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. He is the author of What We Ache For (Moon Tide Press, 2010) and Here for the Friction (Orange Ocean Press, 2012). Currently he teaches for Red Hen Press’ Writing in the Schools Program, is an associate reviewer for Poetix.net, and is a poetry editor for FreezeRay Poetry. Eric has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, and lives in Los Angeles.


Christopher Luke Trevilla – 5:00PM
Christopher Luke Trevilla is a 30 something Mexican-American poet(a) from La Puente, CA. Christopher began creative writing since his early formative years as student of the Los Angeles Unified School District. In his 20s he once ran a top ranked Myspace blos on arts and poetry entitled ‘Life Via the Muses’ from 2007-2010. Christopher has had his short stories and poetry published previously by anthologies by Candalyse Press, Uno Kudo Magazine, and is a regular poet contributor to the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly. As a performer he has been featured at the Nuvein Summer Poetry Tour, Valley Poets Reading series, Night and the City LA Noir Festival, PoetryPalooza Tour, and at the SGV Literature Festival.
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