Let’s Be Weird Together at the Poetry Circus

It’s pretty much guaranteed: you invite me to read poetry at your event, I will make it as awkward as possible.  I’m not saying the poetry isn’t good! I’m not saying the audience isn’t entertained (horrified).  All I’m saying is the photos are gonna be accidentally-dropping-your-cell-phone-on-your-face level awkward (you know who you are). Because I…

10 Women Poets You Should Know Especially if you Live in LA or OC

Last night an incredible thing happened. 10 women poets held space together and it was one of the most talent-full, energized, funny, emotional, and well-crafted poetry readings I have ever seen or been a part of. The audience wasn’t just a crowd, they were a thoughtful and engaged group of witnesses. They cheered and moaned,…

Highlights from Stranded Artist

Once a year The Poetry Lab invites a poet to visit Long Beach for a one-day residency called Stranded Artist. They teach a workshop during the day and give a poetry reading at night. This year we were thrilled to have the dynamic duo of F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis. Here are some photos…

Highlights from the Long Beach Poetry Festival

They should call it the Long Beach Poetry Marathon, as that’s what it seems when you walk in and encounter nothing but a stage, a gaggle of chairs, and a day’s long list of poets. But the Long Beach Poetry Festival, doesn’t feel like a race, or a competition. The day goes by like a breeze….

Tequila, Cats, and Prizes!

Last Saturday I accepted my first ever poetry prize for The Mas Tequila Review’s Editor’s Choice Award. It was a blast getting to meet Richard Vargas, the journal’s editor-in-chief, and hear him read poems from his new book Guernica, Revisited. I also got to take the stage—a lovely alcove of Gatsby Books complete with sleeping cat—to read…