Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Ashaki M. Jackson, Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed read their poetry at Battery Books Pasadena

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Ashaki M. Jackson, Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed read their poetry.
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge(Sundress Publications 2016). A former Steinbeck Fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee, she’s received residencies from Hedgebrook, Ragdale, National Parks Arts Foundation and Poetry Foundation. A Macondo Writers’ Workshop member, she has work published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and American Poetry Review among others. A dramatization of her poem “Our Lady of the Water Gallons,” directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at latinopia.com. She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit.

Ashaki M. Jackson is the author of two chapter-length books – Surveillance (Writ Large Press) and Language Lesson (Miel). Jackson is an alumna of Cave Canem and VONA. She is co-founder of Women Who Submit and serves on the VIDA: Women in Literary Arts executive board. Readers can find her work in Prairie Schooner, Obsidian, 7×7 LA and Faultline among other publications. Jackson earned an MFA (creative writing) from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Ph.D. (psychology) from Claremont Graduate University. She lives in Los Angeles.

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18MillionRising. Taz was honored in 2016 as White House Champion of Change for AAPI Art and Storytelling. She is cohost of The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast that has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Wired, and Buzzfeed as well as live shows recorded at South by Southwest and the White House. An avid essayist, she had a monthly column called Radical Love and has written for Sepia Mutiny, Truthout, The Aerogram, The Nation, Left Turn Magazine, and more. She is published in the anthologies Modern Loss (2018), Six Words Fresh Off the Boat (2017), Good Girls Marry Doctors (2016), Love, Inshallah (2012) and poetry collection Coiled Serpent (2016). Her third poetry chapbook Emdash and Ellipses was published in early 2016. Taz curates Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced Voices of Our Vote: My #AAPIVote Album (2016) and Beats for Bangladesh (2013). Her artwork was featured in Sharia Revoiced (2015), in Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s “H-1B” (2015), and Rebel Legacy: Activist Art from South Asian California (2015). She also makes disruptive art annually with #MuslimVDay Cards.

Location: Open Door Poetry Reading at Battery Books Pasadena
26 South Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, California 91101

Genre: Poetry

Discussion: Maureen Owen & Barbara Henning

Maureen Owen is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Edges of Water from Chax Press. Poet and fiction writer Barbara Henning is the author of four novels, seven collections of poetry, four chapbooks and a series of photo-poem pamphlets. Her latest collection of poetry is A Day Like Today. Regular admission. Members FREE
Genre: Poetry

Cindy Rinne & Michelle Brittan Rosado

Join us for our February 2019 Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library. Our February reading will take place at the Claremont Public Library (located at 208 N. Harvard Ave.), and our featured readers are Michelle Brittan Rosado & Cindy Rinne.
As always, our events are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Here’s a little information about our February featured poets:

Michelle Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, which won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018). Her chapbook, Theory on Falling into a Reef, won the inaugural Rick Campbell Prize (Anhinga Press, 2016). Her poems have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Poet Lore, and The New Yorker, as well as several anthologies. She has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno, and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Southern California. She lives in Long Beach.

Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. She is Poet in Residence for the Neutra Institute Museum and Gallery in Silver Lake, CA. She gathers world stories and brings myth to life in contemporary context. Cindy is the author of seven books: Mapless with Nikia Chaney (Cholla Needles Press), Moon of Many Petals (Cholla Needles Press), Listen to the Codex (Yak Press), Breathe In Daisy, Breathe Out Stones (FutureCycle Press), and others. She is a founding member of PoetrIE, a literary community and a finalist for the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Her poetry appeared or is forthcoming in: Anti-Herion Chic, Outlook Springs, Storyscape Journal, Cholla Needles, Event Horizon Magazine, The Halcyone Literary Review, several anthologies, and others. www.fiberverse.com

Location: Claremont Library
208 Harvard Ave, Claremont, California 91711

Genre: Poetry

Discussion: Brenda Hillman, Sara Mumulo & Vanessa Angelica Villareal

Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. Her next book Day Counter is forthcoming in 2019 from Omnidawn. Her most recent collection is Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (Wesleyan University Press, 2018).Her collection Bright Existence (Wesleyan University Press, 1993), a finalist for Pulitzer Prize. Brenda Hillman is known for poems that draw on elements of found texts and document, personal meditation, observation, and literary theory. Hillman’s poetry investigates and pushes at the possibilities of form and voice, while remaining grounded in topics such as geology, the environment, politics, family, and spirituality. Her most recent collection is Extra Hidden Life, among the Days. Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the collection Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017), winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters, and featured as a Best of 2017 book at The Los Angeles Times, NBC News, BOMB, Literary Hub, and Entropy. Regular admission. Members FREE
Genre: Poetry

Vernon Keeve III and Stephen van Dyck

Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid
Saturday, February 23 2019
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8:00pm


Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer. He currently lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from CCA, and a MA in Teaching Literature from Bard College. His full-length collection of poetry, Southern Migrant Mixtape, was published by Nomadic Press last year.

Stephen van Dyck is a writer, performer, organizer and educator. An MFA graduate of Integrated Media, Critical Studies and Experimental Sound Practices at CalArts, van Dyck has performed and presented work all around Los Angeles. Since 2008, van Dyck has curated the Los Angeles Road Concerts, all-day arts events where over 300 LA artists and locals have re-imagined unused public space. On his radio show «Customer Care» on KChung Radio, van Dyck calls debt collectors, telemarketers and customer service agents, and through an episodic narrative about his debts and defaulted loans, they converse about his and their personal lives. His first book, People I’ve Met From the Internet, is forthcoming from Ricochet Editions in May 2019.

Location: Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, California 90012

Genre: Poetry

UC Irvine MFA Students Read Their Work

Please join us for an evening with UC Irvine MFA students as they read from their work.
Mason Boyles is a second-year MFA at UC Irvine. His fiction has appeared in publications such as the Baltimore Review, the Chariton Review, the Wisconsin Review, Black Dandy, Flying South, and others. He is currently at work on a novel about mushrooms, a dolphin, and a North Carolina septic tank dynasty.

Justine Yan is a second year poet from Fremont, California.

Katherine Damm is a second year fiction writer. She grew up in Philadelphia, studied Literature at Harvard, and spent a few years in New York before joining the Programs in Writing. She likes dogs, people, and very smooth music, more or less in that order.

Daniel Levin is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bat City Review, Provincetown Arts, The Sarah Lawrence Review, The Westchester Review, The Offbeat, and The Fourth River.

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Ceremony: Ntozaka Shange Tribute

Shonda Buchanan hosts a special tribute to the great Ntozake Shange, who passed away in 2018. Regular admission. Members FREE
Genre: Poetry

How To Catch Italian Poets

Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies is an anthology of poems and essays that aims to provide an organic profile of the evolution of Italian poetry after World War II. Beginning with the birth of Officina and il Verri, and culminating with the crisis of the mid-seventies, this tome features works by such poet as Pasolini, Majorino, Pagliarani, Rosselli, Sanguineti, and Zanzotto, as well as such forerunners as Villa and Cacciatore. Each section of this anthology, organized chronologically, is preceded by an introductory note, and documents every stylistic or substantial change in the poetics of a group or individual. For each poet, critic, and translator a short biography and bibliography is also provided. With Luigi Ballerini, Beppe Cavatorta, Gianpiero Doebler, Erika Nadir, Gianluca Rizzo, Federica Santini, and Paul Vangelisti.
Genre: Poetry