December 8: Tongue & Groove at the Annenberg Community Beach House


Tongue & Groove 

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month features: Matthew Specktor “American Dream Machine”, Chris Wells (Secret City), Amanda Gorman (LA’s Youth Poet Laureate)  and  music by Malik ‘the FreQ’ Moore

Tuesday December 8 
6:30 -7:45
Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction work of film criticism. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Harper s, The Paris Review, The Believer, and many other periodicals and anthologies. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books

Chris Wells is an award winning writer/performer who divides his time between New York and Los Angeles. As host of The Secret City, an Obie-award winning gathering for artists and art lovers, Wells curates, produces and emcees a monthly event that is part salon, part cabaret and part ceremony. As a writer, Wells creates original solo work and first person stories about his life. He’s currently compiling a series of his stories into a collection entitled, I’m About To Touch

Amanda Gorman is LA’s First Youth Poet Laureate. She is a senior at New Roads High School in Santa Monica. She is also the founder of One Pen One Page, a nonprofit organization, and a contributor to Huffington Post. Her first book of poetry is titled “The One for Whom Food is Not Enough”.

Malik ‘the FreQ’ Moore is a vital part of the LA Reggae scene who performs with The Lions and The Bullets.  On his own he has been writing and performing genre exploring songs for years in his own unique  bitter-sweet haunting style.

Come early!  We start on time!


Tongue & Groove on Sunday, November 22nd


Tongue & Groove 

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month features: J. Ryan Stradal “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”, Cheryl Montelle, Jeremy Radin ” Slow Dancing with Sasquatch”, April Davila  and  music by Maesa Pullman

Sunday November 22nd 

6-7:30 pm

The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.

Hollywood, Ca 90028


J. Ryan Stradal is a volunteer and advisory board member at 826LA and co-produces the literary/culinary event “Hot Dish.” He’s also worked in TV, most recently as the Supervising Producer on the A&E series “Storage Wars: Texas.” Some places where he has been published include Hobart, The Rattling Wall, Midwestern Gothic, The Rumpus, and McSweeney’s. His first novel “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” is a New York Times best seller. He likes wine, books, root beer, and peas.

Jeremy Radin is a Jewish person/actor from Los Angeles. He also writes poems, which have appeared in numerous journals. His first book, Slow Dance with Sasquatch, is available from Write Bloody Publishing. You may have seen him on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or in a restaurant aggressively eating pancakes by himself.

Cheryl Montelle is a Los Angeles based writer whose stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and performed in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree and New York City. She is the producer and host of  “Desert Stories”, an annual fundraiser for the High Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, CA. which she has also produced in New York City and Los Angeles. Cheryl has collaborated with The Laboratory, an international artist collective on two multi-faceted  art magazines, and heads the veteran/community non-profit Mil-Tree.

April Dávila’s short stories have appeared in the Santa Clara Review, The Writing Disorder, and Dissections. Her non-fiction has appeared in Yes! Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and Our World 2.0 (a United Nation’s publication). Her writing on the topic of genetically modified foods garnered attention from Elle Magazine, NPR, the League of Women Voters and more. As a travel writer, she has published stories up and down the west coast. Her book “Northern California” is set to be published by Eye Muse Books in 2016. She is currently working on her debut novel. Learn more about her at

Maesa Pullman started playing piano and writing songs when she was seven. She grew up in an artistic family whose roots go back to her grandfather who also played piano and sang. Maesa’s music is haunting with reflective lyrics; a poetic combination of folk, rock and soul steeped in Americana roots. Buy her CD Whippporwill at

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