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1 MAY 2018 — tuesday

2 MAY 2018 — wednesday

3 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • Author and illustrator Marinaomi presents her young adult comic Losing the Girl: Book 1 (Life on Earth #1), Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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  • EP Foster Library presents a poetry reading by Claudia Reder, Uncertain Earth, at its weekly series hosted by Phil Taggart, Poet Laureate of Ventura County, open mic follows, share your own work, EP Foster Library in the Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:00 (805/648-2716, www.vencolibrary.org)
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4 MAY 2018 — friday

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  • Poetry reading featuring four leading women of contemporary literature: poet and writer Michelle Tea, poet and performance artist Puma Perl, musician and poet Iris Berry, and visual artist and poet Nikola Kravitt, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10 admission, members free, 8:00-10:00 (www.eventbrite.com/e/awesome-women-tickets-45255232619?aff=erelpanelorg)
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5 MAY 2018 — saturday

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  • Eve Brandstein presents Poetry In Motion's 30th anniversary, featuring a night full of story and poetry featuring New York Times best-selling author Barbara Bottner; musician, writer and poet Iris Berry; writer and filmmaker Diane Sherry Case; actor and writer Jorge Gonzalez de Leon; author and journalist Michael Harris; Puma Perl, author of the award-winning Belinda and Her friends, actor and screenwriter Tommy Swerdlow; author and screenwriter Rex Weiner, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $15 advance, door $20, senior/students $10, members $8, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • Poetry reading featuring Major Jackson, Roll Deep, and Natalie Graham with her debut book, Begin With A Failed Body, wine and hors d'oeuvres reception before the reading, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $20 admission to reception and reading, $10 general admission to the reading only, $8 members reading only, 3:00-6:00 (www.eventbrite.com/e/major-jackson-natalie-graham-tickets-44199205012)
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  • Jacqueline Suskin reads from her book of poetry, The Edge of the Continent, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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6 MAY 2018 — sunday

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  • Hallie Bateman discusses her new graphic novel What to Do When I'm Gone, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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  • Workshop with poet and professor Major Jackson, author of four collections of poetry, limited to fifteen participants, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $50/$35 members, 11:00 a.m. (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • In conjunction with the opening of Aline Mare's show Requiem: Aching for Acker, Beyond Baroque presents a reading and performance by novelist and biographer Chris Kraus joined by poet Dodie Bellamy, artist and critic Matias Vienegerm, and artist Aline Mare, a multidisciplinary exploration of art, biography, and poetry on the legendary novelist Kathy Acker, Mike Kelley Galley, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, reception free, reading $10 admission, $6 students/seniors, member free, reception 5:00, reading 7:30 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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7 MAY 2018 — monday

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  • Skylight Books presents Grace Bonney for the launch of Good Company: The Community Issue, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, $22 (includes a copy of Good Company and limited edition tote bag), 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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  • Monday Night Fiction Workshop with screenwriter, playwright, and short story author Barra Grant meets each week, drop in, bring two–three pages of your own writing for reading and discussion, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, donation suggested, 7:30 (www.beyondbaroque.org/workshops.html)
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  • Sheila Heti reads from her new novel, Motherhood, with author Sarah Manguso, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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8 MAY 2018 — tuesday

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  • Best-selling author Francesca Lia Block discusses her new writing book, The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process, with writer and director Elgin James, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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9 MAY 2018 — wednesday

10 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • An evening of readings by UCLA students, featuring poets Randy James, Dylan Karlsson, Johnathan Lovett, Anousheh Fard, Tatiana Giron, Eunice Shin, Tulika Varma, and Kent Tran, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • EP Foster Library presents a poetry reading by Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Unimpaired, at its weekly series hosted by Phil Taggart, Poet Laureate of Ventura County, open mic follows, share your own work, EP Foster Library in the Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:00 (805/648-2716, www.vencolibrary.org)
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11 MAY 2018 — friday

12 MAY 2018 — saturday

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  • The Jackson Wheeler Series 2018 presents poets Kim Young and Sara Borjas, Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard, $4/members free/$2 seniors/$3 students and children, 6:00 (www.carnegieam.org)
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13 MAY 2018 — sunday

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  • Open Mic reading hosted by poet Jessica Wilson Cardenas, there will be a five minute limit, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, donations welcome, 2:00, sign up at 1:45 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • Public Works Improvisational Theatre presents an evening of celebration for talented writers, storytellers, poets, musicians, and comics, hosted by Eric Vollmer, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10, $6 students/seniors, members free, 7:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • An evening of readings by professors and students from UC Riverside's Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts MFA, readers include Allison Benis White, Rickerby Hinds, Steve Erikson, Nora Woolley, Aleksandra Krzywicka, Kate Burns, Carissa Atallah, Carley Besl, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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14 MAY 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Monday Night Fiction Workshop with screenwriter, playwright, and short story author Barra Grant meets each week, drop in, bring two–three pages of your own writing for reading and discussion, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, donation suggested, 7:30 (www.beyondbaroque.org/workshops.html)
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15 MAY 2018 — tuesday

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  • Poet and writer Michelle Tea discusses her new memoir, Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms, with Maggie Nelson, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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16 MAY 2018 — wednesday

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  • Aja Gabel reads from her debut novel The Ensemble, with American novelist Maggie Shipstead, Astonish Me, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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17 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • Hammer Museum Poetry Series presents poet, editor, and translator Jennifer Moxley in a reading from Druthers, her new collection reassesses the purpose and pleasures of poetry with wit and erotic exuberance, hosted by Stephen Yenser, coffee, tea, and book signing to follow, co-sponsored by Friends of English, UCLA Department of English, and UCLA Office of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, tickets are required and will be available, for free, one hour before the program, 7:30 (www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/05/poetry-jennifer-moxley)
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  • Essayist Joshua Wheeler discusses his first book, Acid West: Essays, with author Brian Phillips, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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  • EP Foster Library presents a poetry reading by Mary Brown and Chris Howell, Love's Last Number, at its weekly series hosted by Phil Taggart, Poet Laureate of Ventura County, open mic follows, share your own work, EP Foster Library in the Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:00 (805/648-2716, www.vencolibrary.org)
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18 MAY 2018 — friday

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  • Beyond Baroque presents The Music Behind the Poetry: Moving Words and Lines in a Time of Turmoil and Change, featuring new work from poet Sam Roxas-Chua, joined by poet Michelle Bitting, The Couple Who Fell To Earth, Lynne Thompson, Lin Nelson Benedek, Cory "Besskepp" Cofer, and Jeanne Morel, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10, $6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • Todd Robert Peterson reads from his collection of stories It Needs to Look Like We Tried, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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19 MAY 2018 — saturday

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  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading by Charles Jensen, author of six poetry chapbooks, and renowned Los Angeles fiction writer Lou Matthews, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10, $6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • MFA fellows in Fiction and Poetry from UC Irvine read their work at the annual UC Irvine MFA Reading Series event, featuring fiction writers Julie Schulte and Anna Hogeland, and poets Inez Tan and Daniel Levin, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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  • Beyond Baroque presents Maurya Simon reading from her new book of poetry, The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016, and B.H. Fairchild, The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10, $6 students/seniors, members free, 4:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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20 MAY 2018 — sunday

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  • The New Short Fiction Series (Los Angeles' longest running spoken word series) presents the 15th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show with new fiction by Anne Barnett, Ruth LeFaive, Oxana Safranova, and Sharon Yablon, spoken word artist Sally Shore, and guest cast members Karen Praxel, Corral, That Thing You Do!; Buckley Sampson, The Fosters; and Allison Walter, How to Live Without Experience; Upstairs at The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, $10-$15 in advance, $20 at the door, 7:00 (www.facebook.com/events/1992131861103498)
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  • The 8th annual Beyond Baroque Awards Dinner honor two legendary Los Angeles poets, Kamau Daáood with the George Drury Smith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry, and Jack Grapes for the Distinguished Service Award, The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica, free street parking available, $25-$500 benefits Beyond Baroque, tickets at Eventbrite, doors open 5:45, cocktails 6:00, dinner 6:30, awards ceremony 8:00 (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-beyond-baroque-awards-dinner-tickets-44580741197)
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  • Cyrus Farivar discusses his book Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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21 MAY 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Monday Night Fiction Workshop with screenwriter, playwright, and short story author Barra Grant meets each week, drop in, bring two–three pages of your own writing for reading and discussion, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, donation suggested, 7:30 (www.beyondbaroque.org/workshops.html)
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22 MAY 2018 — tuesday

23 MAY 2018 — wednesday

24 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • EP Foster Library presents a poetry reading from Not My President: Anthology of Dissent, at its weekly series hosted by Phil Taggart, Poet Laureate of Ventura County, open mic follows, share your own work, EP Foster Library in the Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:00 (805/648-2716, www.vencolibrary.org)
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25 MAY 2018 — friday

26 MAY 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poe Ballantine reads from his novel, Whirlaway, with illustrator and writer Mimi Pond, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/2018-05)
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  • Children's book author Susan Lendroth and illustrator Priscilla Burris present and sign their new book Natsumi!, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, free, 10:30 a.m. (www.vromansbookstore.com/event/susan-lendroth-priscilla-burris-present-and-sign-natsumi)
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  • Book Soup and Alta Journal presents Italian director and poet Edoardo Ponti, Letters from a Young Father, and poet David St. John, book signing to follow, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 3:00 (www.booksoup.com/event/edoardo-ponti-david-st-john-discusses-and-signs-letters-young-father)
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  • Beyond Baroque presents Deon Price's original composition for piano and saxophone for the documentary Behind Barbed Wire, performed by pianist May Au, and saxophonist Chika Inoue, in addition to the performance, a reading of haiku poetry in English translation written by internment camp internees, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10, $6 students/seniors, members free, 2:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • Screenwriter Rex Weiner in conversation with authors Tom Lawson and Harry Gamboa on "Some Place Chronicles," a placemaking project focusing on the people, histories, and cultures of Athens, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, Lennox, and Ladera Heights/View Park/Windsor Hills, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10, $6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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27 MAY 2018 — sunday

28 MAY 2018 — monday

29 MAY 2018 — tuesday

30 MAY 2018 — wednesday

31 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • EP Foster Library presents a poetry reading by Fernando D. Castro, The Nightlife of Saints, at its weekly series hosted by Phil Taggart, Poet Laureate of Ventura County, open mic follows, share your own work, EP Foster Library in the Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:00 (805/648-2716, www.vencolibrary.org)
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