Tongue & Groove – Tues, August 26, 2014


A literary variety show tonight of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This month features Taylor Negron, Tonya Ingram ” Growl and Snare”, David Darmstaedter “‘Costa Rican Schadenfreude”, Ann Buxie and  music by Logan Heftel.

Tues, August 26th
6:30-7:45 pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402


Taylor Negron is a comedian, novelist, playwright and an overall a bon vivant. As an actor he can be seen in the upcoming films Pledge This, Retirement and Surf School which he also co-produced. He just got back from an off Broadway show The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron, and was met with standing ovations.

David Darmstaedter was born in Manhattan and lives in Topanaga. He has been a performing poet, a playwright and a penned a few screenplays before settling into writing novels. His first novel, My Monster, is in development with Mark Ruffalo producing. He has also written, ‘Jesus Feet’ – ‘One Last Prayer’ and ‘Snake For The Day’ which is also in development as a movie. He will be rereading from his latest book ‘Costa Rican Schadenfreude’.

Ann Buxie is a poet/storyteller raised in Yuma, Arizona and now lives in Malibu where she produces the wonderful home concert series, Tales By The Sea.

Tonya Ingram is the 2011 New York Knicks Poetry Slam champion, a member and co-founder of NYU’s poetry slam team, a member of the 2011 Urban Word-NYC team and the 2013 Nuyorican Grand Slam team. She is the author of “Growl and Snare”. Her work has traveled to Ghana, California, Michigan, Texas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., New York, The Literary Bohemian, Cultural Weekly, Upworthy, Youtube and season four of Lexus Verses and Flow. She is a New York University alumna, a Cincinnati native, a Bronx-bred introvert, and a hopeful Los Angeles flower-child, where she will be pursuing her MFA in Public Practice at Otis College of Art & Design.

Logan Heftel is a producer and singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles.

Conrad Romo grew up in L.A. short, stocky and swarthy. He is the producer and host of one of the very best literary reading events in L.A. called Tongue & Groove at the Hotel Cafe, now into year 11. He is also a co-founder of the NoHo Litcrawl and has earns his daily bread as a salesman. His writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review, Wednesday Magazine, Noveltown, Tu Ciudad, Brooklyn & Boyle, Palehouse, Huizache and Latinos in Lotusland. He can be reached at

Come early! Seating is limited and we start on time!

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