Sunday, May 20, 2007

Más y Más

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Palabra Pura, and its exciting contribution to Chicago's poetry scene. I was fortunate enough to have appeared last week on a double bill with local legendary performance poet and director, Gregorio Gomez. His set ranged from the sharp, politically astute, to the funny, the bawdy, and back again. Your humble poetisa held her own in a lovely venue, California Clipper, a bar with a back room, frozen in time in the 40's....perfect location for a noir mystery. (Are you reading this, Manuel?)

If you love all things literary, want to hear cutting edge poetry in a friendly and unique setting, make the pilgrimage to Palabra Pura's third Wednesday of the month set. You won't be disappointed.


From La Bloga friend, Manuel Paul Lopez

Event: Small Press Fair at The Church in Ocean Park
Date: May 28, Memorial Day

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Description: RATTLE ( will join a dozen other local presses in presenting a day of literature. We'll have a table with flyers, postcards, and copies of the new summer issue. Stop by at any time in the day to meet the editors. At 5 p.m. we'll be hosting a short reading of RATTLE contributors. The lineup so far (plus possible surprise guests):

Michelle Bitting
Dale Griffiths Stamos
Gabrielle Mittelbach
Michelle Margolis
Manuel Paul Lopez
Peggy Aylsworth

Details from the organizer: The Church In Ocean Park Second Annual Small Press Festival & Convention, a day of readings, talks, seminars, displays and sales; last year's participants included Cahuenga Press, Sybaritic Press, Solo Press, and Lummox Press, along with many other local and regional small presses, several of whom are already committed to this year's bash; following the keynote opening address, each publisher is encouraged to give a short talk, introductory to their reading segment, on their history, philosophy, and vision. The Church In Ocean Park, corner of Hill Street and 2nd Street, Santa Monica, donation, wheelchair accessible, refreshments, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 (contact: Fred Whitlock, 310/828-3951,; small parking lot on the north side of the street between 2nd & 3rd Streets; parking in the beach lots, quarter-block west of Main Street, $1.00/hour to ten hours, free parking from 4th Street east)

Contact: Fred Whitlock
Phone: 310-828-3951
Location: The Church in Ocean Park
Address: 235 Hill Street , Santa Monica , CA 90405

Lisa Alvarado

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