Tongue & Groove – 4 Events this September!

Tongue & Groove, Altadena in collaboration with The Secret Fork – September 14th

Sunday September 14th
4:30 pm
Location TBA!

The Secret Fork is a Community based Marketplace popping up in different locations in Los Angeles. The Secret Fork is a fun and family friendly event. Their goal is to create a space for local food crafters, urban farmers and chefs to give them an avenue of exposure to share their wonderful talents and creations with our members.

You can bring blankets and enjoy this performance in the beautiful little stone amphitheater on the property (TBA!) while enjoying some delicious food & drinks from our talented vendors!

Once you reserve your tickets, $9, you’ll be notified via email on Saturday, September 13th with all necessary info! Get your tickets here.

Tongue & Groove, Los Angeles – September 21st

A monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month features: Chris L. Terry “Zero Fade”, Renee Swindle “A Pinch of Ohh La La”, Tony DuShane “Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk”, Brandon Jordan Brown, Dana JohnsonElsewhere, California and  music by  Adam Levy

Sunday September 21st
6-7:30 pm
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028

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

The club is a two story black brick building 1/3 rd of a block below Hollywood Bl. There are parking lots on Selma as well as Cahuenga. Meters need to be fed till 8pm.

Avoid Cahuenga street parking. The signs are deceptive.

Tongue & Groove debuts in Orange County – September 28th

A literary variety show of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo and Cynthia Romanowski. This month features: Ron Carlson, Samantha Dunn, Lisa Alvarez, Shanna Mahin, Doug Woods, Shawnacy Kiker and music by Jimmy Camp.

Sunday September 28
The Continental Room
115 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

RSVP here!

Tongue & Groove, Culver City – September 29th

For the first time in Culver City, Tongue & Groove hosts a reading followed by an open mic!

Monday September 29
Muddy Leek
8631 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Tongue & Groove, Los Angeles – Bios

Chris L. Terry’s debut novel Zero Fade was on Best of 2013 lists by the American Library Association, and Kirkus Reviews. He is currently working on a novel about a mixed-race punk rocker and his black imaginary friend.

Dana Johnson is the author of Elsewhere, California and Break Any Woman Down, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in the literary journals Slake, Callaloo, and The Iowa Review, among others, and anthologized in Shaking the Tree: A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women, The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, and California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, California, she is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California where she teaches literature and creative writing.

Tony DuShane writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, Penthouse, Mother Jones and The Rumpus. He enjoys long walks in his walk-in closet.

Renee Swindle is a California native. She grew up in Vallejo and Lynwood and then went on to earn her BA in English from University of California, Irvine and her MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. She is the author of several novels including Please Please Please which was an Essence Magazine/Blackboard Bestseller; and also Shake Down The Stars.

Brandon Jordan Brown was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in the South. He moved to California to pursue his MA in theology. Brandon is a 2014 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in The Bakery, Day One, decomP and The Rufous City Review. He is currently writing his first book of poetry, Viking Ships in Los Angeles.

Adam Levy is an accomplished jazz guitarist singer-songwriter and a working writer/artist Levy has recorded with Norah Jones(with a six-year stint touring as a member of her Handsome Band) and Tracy Chapman among others. He has released several solo albums as well. The Heart Collector is his latest studio album.

Tongue & Groove, Orange County – Bios

Ron Carlson’s newest novel is Return to Oakpine. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other journals as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies; they have been performed on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.” Ron Carlson Writes A Story, his book on writing is taught widely. He is the author of two books of poems, Room Service and The Blue Box. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review, the Aspen Literary Award; and his novel Five Skies was One Book Rhode Island in 2009. Mr. Carlson is the Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at UC Irvine.

Samantha Dunn is a widely published journalist and essayist and is the author of four books. She teaches creative writing at UCLA’s Writers Program and Idyllwild Arts Academy. Formerly a staff writer at The Orange County Register, Sam has written for O the Oprah Magazine, Ms., The Los Angeles Times, InStyle and many others. She is a mentor for the PEN/USA Emerging Voices Program and is founder of The Workshop, a private writing series. For more info visit

Lisa Alvarez’s essays and short stories have appeared in the American Book ReviewThe Los Angeles Times, OC Weekly, Faultline, Santa Monica Review, Green Mountains Review and in anthologies, including Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America. With Alan Cheuse, she edited Writers Workshop in a Book: The Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction. She is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College and co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She also maintains the Orange County blog The Mark On The Wall

Shanna Mahin is a high school dropout with a fierce desire to disprove her 9th grade English teacher’s prediction of “a lifetime of wasted potential.” Too bad he’s dead, or she’d point out her PEN Emerging Voices fellowship, her MacDowell and Norman Mailer Colony fellowships, and her debut novel, Oh! You Pretty Things, forthcoming from Dutton in May of 2015. Rest in peace, asshole.

Douglas Wood painfully, cripplingly shy, Douglas Wood hasn’t done much of anything, so here are some exaggerations and half-truths mixed with falsehood and heresy for your reading pleasure: he may or may not be a singer and songwriter who lives in Hollywood. He may or may not have written a bunch of plays and musicals that you’ve never heard of when he lived in Chicago. Douglas Wood’s older, successful brother, Felix, is the one who should be reading. Felix is great but he wasn’t available. Douglas will have to do. Douglas is however a dead ringer for Alexander Skarsgard, though, so there’s that.

Shawnacy Kiker is an MFA candidate, mother of seven, and the poetry editor of The Coachella Review. She self-published her first work of fiction, Donald Duck, Surprise! in her bedroom at the age of four. The work is currently out of print. Her poetry and prose has since been published by various kind people in print and around the web.