Altadena Library Indie Author Night with Carolina Rivera Escamilla, Eric J. Guignard, Willa C. Richards, and Cody Sisco

July 24, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Meet local authors and hear readings of their best and newest works. Book sales will take place on-site.
Carolina Rivera Escamilla is an educator, bilingual writer, theater actor, and documentarian who lives in Los Angeles. A Fellow of Pen America Emerging Voices, her first book of short stories, entitled “…after…” was published in 2015 (Worlds Stage Press). Born in El Salvador, Rivera Escamilla is currently writing a novel. Her recently released first book of poetry entitled, “In a Corner of Your Country,” was published by Bellucci, Palms & Carmichael Publishing, LLC. in March 2023. • IG @carolinariveraes

Eric J. Guignard is a writer and anthologist of dark and speculative fiction, operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He’s twice won the Bram Stoker Award, won the Shirley Jackson Award, and been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and International Thriller Writers Award. His latest books are his novella “Last Case at a Baggage Auction” (Harper Day), novel “Doorways to the Deadeye” (JournalStone), and short story collection “That Which Grows Wild” (Cemetery Dance). • Twitter: @ericjguignard IG @eric_j._guignard

Willa C. Richards is the author of the novel “The Comfort of Monsters.” She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Prize for Emerging Writers. • IG @willacatherr

Cody Sisco is an author, editor, publisher, and literary community organizer. His science fiction series includes two novels, “Broken Mirror” and “Tortured Echoes.” In 2017, he co-founded Made in L.A. Writers, an indie author co-op dedicated to the support of independent authors. His startup, BookSwell, is a literary events and media production company dedicated to lifting up marginalized voices. He serves as a Co-Executive on the Board of Governors for the Editorial Freelancers Association. • IG @codybriansisco Twitter @codysisco

Live Poetry ft. Francesca Bell, Patrick Phillips, and Atsuro Riley

February 18, 2023 @ 5:00 pm


The Hotel Utah Saloon, 500 4th Street San Francisco, CA 94107

Join three incredible Bay Area poets at the famed Hotel Utah Saloon for an evening of live poetry!
Atsuro Riley is the author of Heard-Hoard (University of Chicago Press, 2021), winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, a finalist for PEN America’s Voelcker Poetry Award, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2021, and a Bookworm Top 10 Book of the Year.

His first book Romey’s Order was the winner of the Whiting Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress, and a Lannan Literary Award.

Riley is the editor of Revel, a literary journal. He lives in San Francisco.

Patrick Phillips is currently a fellow of the Cullman Center for Writers at the New York Public Library, as well as a Carnegie Foundation Fellow. His first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton and named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Smithsonian. Elegy for a Broken Machine appeared in the Knopf Poets series in 2015, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. A past fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggennheim Foundation,

Phillips is also the author of Chattahoochee, Boy, and Song of the Closing Doors, which is forthcoming from Knopf in 2022. His work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Nation. Phillips lives in San Francisco and teaches writing and literature at Stanford.

Francesca Bell is a poet and translator. Her debut collection, Bright Stain (Red Hen Press 2019), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Julie Suk Award. Her work appears widely in literary journals, and she has received a Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle and an Honorable Mention in Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize. Bell grew up in Washington and Idaho and did not complete middle school, high school, or college. She lives with her family in Novato, CA.


February 18, 2023
5:00 pm
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