The Valley Poets (Events)

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The Valley Poets is a collective of writers helmed by John & Ann Brantingham.  They promote and host monthly readings in Glendora, CA  and work with Roy Anthony Shabla and the Downey Arts Coalition to host Hair Club for Poets.

Upcoming Events:



The Best Open Mic Ever Fundraiser


Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 5:00pm

654 Pinecrest Lane, Walnut, CA 91789
Booze, your poetry, and the craziest damn urban artist you’ve ever seen.

Donate whatever you like!

We’ve found that some of our best poetry and fiction comes during the open mic. In fact, we’d go so far as to say our open mics are better than most people’s features.

Join us. Be a part of the movement that is the SGV lit fest. Help us make the San Gabriel Valley the Los Angeles destination for literature.


Finally start your novel in John Brantingham’s week-long intensive writing workshop


January 7-11, each night from 5-8pm

John Brantingham has taught novel writing to hundreds of people.

Learn the basics of writing and small-press publications. His students have published their novels and short stories.

John’s work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and his books have been published through Anaphora Press, Oak Tree Press and World Parade Books.

Join our workshop and finally get that novel out.

$200 — All proceeds support the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival

Dinner will be served every night!



The Bank-Heavy Variety Show Featuring John Brantingham and Daniel McGinn!

The date January 31st 2013, a month and ten days after the end of the world started, there are zombies skidding along the streets, oil fires, an impending army of Porcupines at the US doorstep… ahh what are we kidding! Let’s get together and jump up, jump down, jump right and left, all while picking our noses and listening to not one, but two amazingly talented poets! John Brantingham and Daniel McGinn + our open mic!

Theme: This month’s theme to kick start you into the year is “Noir.” Why? Well, why not…


Saturday, July 18th @ 6:00 PM

The Valley Poets Present: Paul Tayyar & Kevin Lee




Saturday, March 10th @ 7:00 PM


Pizza and Punk Rock

Pizza and Punk Rock ft.  LLoyd Aquino, Kevin Ridgeway, Michaelsun Knapp, Charlotte San Juan and Officer Problem.

Open Mic.

Pizza Supreme
19070 La Puente Road, West Covina, CA 91792

Saturday, February 25th @ 7:00 PM



Hair Club for Poets

Hair Club for Poets ft.  Adrienne Seline Silva and G Murray Thomas.

Open Mic. + Live Painter.

Ronnie at no. 34
9025 E. Florence Ave., Downey, CA 90240

Every fourth Saturday.




Friday, January 27th @ 7:00 PM



Hair Club for Poets

Hair Club for Poets ft.  Gerald Locklin and John Buckley.

Open Mic. + Live Painter.

Ronnie at no. 34
9025 E. Florence Ave., Downey, CA 90240

Hereafter — Every fourth Saturday.


Hosted by John Brantingham and Roy Anthony Shabla





Carnival Magazine Release Reading



  • Exhibit [A] Gallery, 555 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA

A release party for Issue 1, Vol. 1 of Carnival featuring many fine writers : Jose Arroyo, Marta Chausée, Scott Creley, Wesley Francis, Dylan Gosland, Catherine Hein, Michaelsun Knapp, Gerald Locklin, Bill Mohr, Eric Morago, Natalie Morales, Jacqueline Pham, Kevin Ridgeway, Daniel Romo, Charlotte San Juan, Thomas R Thomas, Michael Torres, and Omar ZahZah.

Carnival is edited by Shannon Therese








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