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3 MAY 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Novelist, playwright, and producer Seth Greenland, Shining City, reads and signs his new book The Angry Buddhist, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (323/660-1175, skylightbooks.com)

4 MAY 2012 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • LET THIS LOVE...A Musician's Journey, written and Performed by Dick Halligan, composer, arranger, and original member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, developed with and Directed by Rod Menzies, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 7:30 (tickets and info: 310/822-3006, beyondbaroque.org)

5 MAY 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Bart Edelman, The Last Mojito, reads from his newly published sixth major volume of poetry, The Geographer's Wife, followed by book signing, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 4:00 (626/449-5320, vromansbookstore.com)
  • Ruskin All-Day Workshop with poet Charles Harper Webb, "When Goodness is Not a Virtue: Getting Id Energy Into Your Poetry," bring twenty-six copies of a poem not your own that strikes you as full of exciting energy, bring twenty copies of your own poem, Ruskin Art Club, 800 S. Plymouth Blvd., Los Angeles, $95 all day/$55 audit, breakfast and lunch included, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 (to register, contact Elena Karina Byrne: 310/876-4954, Ekduende @ gmail.com)
  • One-Day Poetry Workshop with poets Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal, write poetry outdoors, open to all levels, enrollment limited, The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 (to register: 760/367-5535, desertinstitute @ zippnet.net, www.joshuatree.org)
  • Saturday Afternoon Poetry holds a poetry writing workshop, moderated by Don Kingfisher Campbell, backroom, Santa Catalina branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 999 East Washington Blvd., Pasadena, free, 3:00-5:00 (626/744-7272)

6 MAY 2012 — sunday

7 MAY 2012 — monday

8 MAY 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Novelist/translator Les Plesko, Slow Lie Detector, reads and signs his latest novel Who Was I, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (323/660-1175, skylightbooks.com)
    NORTH:
  • Poetry open mic, with featured poet Gwendolyn Alley, hosted by Phil Taggart, Artists' Union Gallery, 330 South California Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (venturaartistsunion.org)

9 MAY 2012 — wednesday

    NORTH:
  • Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore presents Noches de Canto y Poesia, an event dedicated to musicians and poets that express art in Spanish with Latin influences,13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, donations welcome, 8:00-10:00 (818/939-3433, chuchamail @ aol.com)

10 MAY 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Hammer Museum presents a poetry reading and book signing by Cathy Park Hong, Dance Dance Revolution, complimentary tea and coffee served, parking available under museum after 6:00 for $3, The Annex, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu)
    SOUTH:
  • So Say We All introduces East County Prose & Poetry Open Mic, Space Bar Internet Café, 7454 University Avenue, La Mesa, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30 (619/461-7100, www.atspacebar.com)

11 MAY 2012 — friday

12 MAY 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Afternoon Poetry Deep Poetry Critique, bring copies of a poem-in-progress, moderated by Don Kingfisher Campbell, backroom, Santa Catalina branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 999 East Washington Blvd., Pasadena, free, 3:00-5:00 (626/744-7272, www.deepcritique.blogspot.com)

13 MAY 2012 — sunday

14 MAY 2012 — monday

15 MAY 2012 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Poetry open mic, with featured poet Howard Smith, hosted by Phil Taggart, Artists' Union Gallery, 330 South California Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (venturaartistsunion.org)

16 MAY 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Poetry Idiots present painter Leigh White, open mic follows for three poems in five minutes or five poems in three minutes, The Ugly Mug, 261 North Glassell Avenue, Orange, free, 8:00 (poetryidiots.com)

17 MAY 2012 — thursday

18 MAY 2012 — friday

19 MAY 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Afternoon Poetry reading by Lynne Bronstein, Michael McLaughlin, and poet to be announced, plus open reading, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell, backroom, Santa Catalina branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 999 East Washington Blvd., Pasadena, free, 3:00-5:00 (626/744-7272)
    NORTH:
  • Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore presents Celebrating Words Festival, written preformed and sung, includes book fair, author readings/panels, spoken word, live music, art, food, and children's corner, featured performers/readers are Luis J. Rodriguez, Chiwan Choi, Sirena Pellarolo, and many more, Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Avenue, Sylmar, free, 1:00-7:00 (818/939-3433, chuchamail @ aol.com)
  • Arcade Poetry Series presents Brendan Constantine and Nina Corwin, hosted by Jackson Wheeler, Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard, $3 for nonmembers, 7:00 (www.carnegieam.org/arcade-poetry-series.html)

20 MAY 2012 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Ellis Martin hosts an open reading for poets and writers of all ages, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, sign up 1:45, reading 2:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Poetry reading by actor and host of "Why Poetry" on KPFK radio Paul Lieber, Chemical Tendencies, and Aby Kaupang, Absence is Such a Transparent House, her poetry has appeared in the Best New Poetsanthology, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 5:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Poet and publisher RD "Raindog" Armstrong reads, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 7:30 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Valley Contemporary Poets presents Chad Sweeney, Parable of Hide and Seek, Brendan Constantine, Calamity Joe, and Peggy Dobreer, In The Lake of Your Bones, Tarzana Community and Culture Center, 19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, free, 3:00 (818/705-1286)
    SOUTH:
  • San Diego Writers, Ink's Room to Write, a program available to members only, offers a quiet space and time to write, The Inkspot, 710 13th Street, Suite 210, San Diego, free, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 (www. sandiegowriters.org)
  • Sunset Poets presents a featured reading, poetry-only open mic follows, Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Street, Vista, free, 2:30 (760-758-2410, sunsetpoets @ sbcglobal.net)

21 MAY 2012 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gideon Lewis-Kraus, A Sense of Direction, and Tom Bissel, Magic Hours, discuss and sign their latest books, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (323/660-1175, skylightbooks.com)
    NORTH:
  • Favorite Poem reading, every third Monday of the month, poets and non-poets alike are invited to bring a favorite poem or two by someone and read them to the audience, hosted by Lois Klein, The Blue Agave, 20 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, 5:15-6:30 (805/899-4694)

22 MAY 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Award-winning YA writer Cecil Castellucci reads and signs her latest book, The Year of the Beasts, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (323/660-1175, skylightbooks.com)
  • Hammer Museum presents Some Favorite Writers: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes and Friends, featuring Holmes scholar Leslie Klinger, writer/director Nicholas Meyer, crime novelist Denise Hamilton, and private detective Sarah Alcorn, complimentary tea and coffee served, parking available under museum after 6:00 for $3, The Annex, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu)
  • Red Hen Press presents an evening with poets Kevin Simmonds, Mad for Meat, Janice N. Harrington, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone, Anna Journey, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting, and performance poet Monica Lee Copeland, moderated by Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N. Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, 7:00 (626/356-4760, www.redhen.org)
    NORTH:
  • Poetry reading by Enid Osborn, open mic follows, hosted by Phil Taggart, Artists' Union Gallery, 330 South California Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (venturaartistsunion.org)

23 MAY 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Poetry Idiots present a reading by slam poet Rich Boucher, open mic follows for three poems in five minutes or five poems in three minutes, The Ugly Mug, 261 North Glassell Avenue, Orange, free, 8:00 (poetryidiots.com)
  • Richard Jewell reads from and signs RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
    NORTH:
  • Santa Maria Rhythm & Rhyme presents an open mic hosted by poet BJ Riley, Café Noir, 1555 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, free, 5:30 (805/361-0402)

24 MAY 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Leni Zumas reads from her debut novel, The Listeners, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
  • Poets Radomir Vojtech Luza and Sharon Rizk present their collaborative performance piece, "Sessions," written from the point of view of therapist and patient, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $7/$5 students/seniors/children, members free, 7:30 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
    SOUTH:
  • So Say We All introduces East County Prose & Poetry Open Mic, Space Bar Internet Café, 7454 University Avenue, La Mesa, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30 (619/461-7100, www.atspacebar.com)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents La Jolla Brown Bag drop-in writing group, bring a notebook, no registration required, The Inkspot, 710 13th Street, Suite 210, San Diego, free, noon-1:00 (www.sandiegowriters.org)
  • Donate new or gently used books to the Riverside Public Library and receive a signed copy of Take One Candle Light A Room, a novel by Inlandia Literary Laureate Susan Straight, Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, free, 6:30 (inlandiainstitute.org)

25 MAY 2012 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poet-in-residence Will Alexander curates a reading by experiemental surrealist writers Janice Lee, Kerotakis and Daughter, and Tisa Bryant, Unexplained Presence, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 7:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Poetry reading from How Dirty Girls Get Clean, featuring editor Rene Diedrich and the Dirty Girls of Long Beach, signing follows, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)

26 MAY 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Brendan Constantine, Calamity Joe, open mic follows, hosted by Ron Dvorkin, Encino-Tarzana Branch Library, Community Room, 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, free, 2:00 (813/343-1983)
  • Saturday Afternoon Poetry holds a poetry writing workshop, moderated by Don Kingfisher Campbell, backroom, Santa Catalina branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 999 East Washington Blvd., Pasadena, free, 3:00-5:00 (626/744-7272)

27 MAY 2012 — sunday

28 MAY 2012 — monday

29 MAY 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Indelible Ink: a Vanguard Poetry Series presents poet Chris Davidson and performance poet Marcus Omari, singer-songwriter Andrea Hamilton, Slow Miracle, 13-year-old singer-songwriter Mason Summit Allport, and middle school student writers and singer-songwriters from the Student Competition perform, Café Bizou, 91 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, $15 advance/$20 door/$10 students, 6:30 (tickets: 626/578-7267, www.indelibleink.net)
  • Cultural critic Mark Dery discusses and signs his essay collection I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (323/660-1175, skylightbooks.com)
    NORTH:
  • Poet Sandra Knapp reads, open mic follows, hosted by Phil Taggart, Artists' Union Gallery, 330 South California Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (venturaartistsunion.org)
    EAST:
  • Carlos Cortés reads from Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time, a cross cultural memoir, signing follows, A.K. Smiley Library, 125 West Vine Street, Redlands, free, 6:00 (www.akspl.org)

30 MAY 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Red Hen Press presents a poetry reading by Timothy Green, American Fractal, and Charles Harper Webb, Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems, The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring Street, Ground Floor, downtown Los Angeles, free, 8:00 (213/488-0599, www.thelastbookstore.com)
  • Sam McPheeters reads from his novel, The Loom of Ruin, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)

31 MAY 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Bank-Heavy Variety Show presents a poetry reading with Courtney Clink, music by JC Villafan, open reading follows, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
    SOUTH:
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents La Jolla Brown Bag drop-in writing group, bring a notebook, no registration required, The Inkspot, 710 13th Street, Suite 210, San Diego, free, noon-1:00 (www.sandiegowriters.org)
  • Mark Bego presents Whitney Houston: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Woman Whose Voice Inspired a Generation, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
  • Poets & Writers: Cross Cultural Reading celebrates their Readings/Workshops Program and the diversity of the Southern California literary community with representative poets and writers from the organizations 826 LA writing and tutoring center, Da Poetry Lounge, Newer Poets annual reading, the senior GLBT writing collective QueerWise, and Taller Letras del Maguey, poets and writers scheduled to read: Edgar Gonzalez, Lily Medrano, Jocelyn Ramirez, Rolando Riggio, Javon Johnson, Shihan, Natalie Patterson, Larry Colker, Sarah Maclay, Mariano Zaro, David Parke Epstein, Bonnilee Kaufman, Ariana Manov, Endy, Ofelia Esparza, and Rosaura Olivia Ramirez, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, suggested donation $7, members free, reception 7:30, reading 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.pw.org/funding, www.beyondbaroque.org)

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