Monday, July 16, 2018

New Short Fiction Series: "Latinx Life in Los Angeles" on August 14 at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Top: Authors Daniel A. Olivas, Elaine Barnard, Daniel M. Jaffe and Desiree Zamorano
Bottom: Actors Jill Remez, Paul Lasa, Sally Shore and Holger Moncada, Jr.

“It's a spoken word series and it's also L.A.'s only live literary magazine.… It's not really a reading, but more of a hybrid of live interpretation and the written word. It's literary performance.” –Variety

The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles's longest running spoken word series, presents Stories of Latinx Life in Los Angeles. Join us for a spoken word evening with local actors Holger Moncada, Jr., Paul Lasa, Jill Remez, and Sally Shore reading works by local writers Elaine Barnard, Daniel M. Jaffe, Daniel A. Olivas and Desiree Zamorano.

DATE: August 14, 2018
TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402
PRICE: Free! Reserve your ticket here (seating is limited)


Elaine Barnard is an award-winning writer living in Southern California. Her plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York, Santa Fe and London. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines such as carte blanche, Southward and Apple Valley Review.

Daniel M. Jaffe is author of the novels Yeled Tov, The Genealogy of Understanding and The Limits Of Pleasure, as well as the short-story collection, Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living. He compiled and edited With Signs and Wonders: An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction, and translated the Russian-Israeli novel, Here Comes the Messiah! by Dina Rubina. Several of his short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Daniel A. Olivas, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, is an award-winning author of nine books including The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories and Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews. His first poetry collection, Crossing the Border, was published in 2017. Olivas earned his degree in English literature from Stanford University. Olivas and his wife make their home in Los Angeles and are the parents of an adult son.

Désirée Zamorano’s newest novel, The Amado Women, is about four women linked by birth, separated by secrets of sex, money and death. She delights in the exploration of contemporary issues of injustice and inequity, via her mystery series featuring private investigator, Inez Leon. Human Cargo was Latinidad's mystery pick. A Pushcart Prize nominee and award-winning short story writer, Desiree is also proud of having co-authored with her sister two plays commissioned by southern California's Bilingual Foundation for the Arts. Reina and Bell Gardens 90201 received Equity productions and toured for a total of eight years.


Paul Lasa is a Cuban American actor known for South Beach (2006), Murder on the Border (2005) and Hello Earthlings! (2004).

Holger Moncada, Jr. has appeared on Jane the Virgin, Scorpion, Criminal Minds, Prison Break and Bosch, to name a few. He has had recurring roles on FX’s Saint George with George Lopez, Hulu’s Future Man directed by Seth Rogan, and can be seen this season on EPIX’s Get Shorty.

Jill Remez has appeared most recently in This Is Us, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development. She has also worked in many SoCal theaters including The Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep and The Laguna Playhouse.

Spoken Word Artist Sally Shore, Executive Director of Lit Crawl L.A., was a 2001 Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Regional Arts Grant winner for her New Short Fiction Series™. She appears frequently in spoken word festivals and literary events including ARTMaggedon, Pacific Standard Time, and KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum, When Words Collide, California State University Los Angeles’ Cup O’Culture Series, the NoHo International Arts Festival, “Live” from the Red Tent, the Newport Beach Public Library’s Manuscript Literary Lecture Series and The World Stage. Shore, a regular on both NBC’s Suddenly Susan debut season and the 2000 season of BET’s Live from L.A./Saturday Night Slam, has also appeared on TV’s Bless This House and General Hospital. Profiled on Home and Garden Television’s Party At Home, she also recorded a spoken word guest track on D-Zire’s debut album and can be seen this summer on CBS.

The New Short Fiction Series is L.A.’s longest running spoken words series, Presenting at The Federal NoHo for its 22nd season in 2018, the series brings new voices in West Coast short fiction to Los Angeles audiences. The New Short Fiction Series is directly responsible for placing 6 newly released books on the Los Angeles Times’ bestseller list and has been the “jump off” for many collections and novels from unpublished stories featured in the series. Sally Shore produces this monthly live program, performing with a rotating guest cast of some of L.A.’s most talented working actors.