Tongue & Groove at The Hotel Cafe on December 20th!


Tongue & Groove 

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This month features Steph Cha “Dead Soon Enough”,  Julia Ingalls, Amanda Montell, Dawn Dorland, Ashley Perez, Vicki Juditz, Stef Willen and our musical guest is Rosa Pullman

Sunday December 20th
6-7:30 pm
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028


Steph Cha is the author of “Follow Her Home”, “Beware Beware” and “Dead Soon Enough”, all published by St. Martin’s Minotaur. She’s the noir editor for LARB and a regular contributor to the LA Times. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and basset hound.

Julia Ingalls is primarily an essayist. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Guernica, and on KCRW, among others. She’s into it.

Dawn Dorland‘s fiction appears in Green Mountains Review online, The Drum (audio), and is collected in Paragraph; her essays are available on the GrubStreet blog. Dawn’s debut novel-in-progress, “Econoline”, about generational poverty and American class ascent, has been recognized with fellowships and other support from the Vermont Studio Center, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Hambidge Center for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Ragdale (2016). In 2015 Dawn was named a Visiting Artist for six weeks at a Regional Cultural Center in rural Minnesota. She earned her MFA at the University of Maryland, where she received full funding and won a teaching award, and teaches fiction and essay on the faculty of Writing Workshops LA and at the Downtown Women’s Center on Skid Row.

Amanda Montell is a Los Angeles writer and online content creator. She currently serves as the Managing Editor of digital literary journal, FORTH Magazine, and is a staff editor at online lifestyle magazine, Amanda is also the creator and host of “The Dirty Word,” a web series about gender, language, and pop culture, forthcoming on Amanda’s essays have appeared in Literary Orphans, Medium, and Trop Magazine, among others. She is also a regular contributor at Time Out Los Angeles.

Vicki Juditz (Actor) is best known for her one-woman show Teshuvah, Return, about her journey to Judaism, for which she received an LA WEEKLY nomination for Best Female Solo Performer and an Ovation Award nomination for Best Writing of a World Premiere.  She has performed her original stories at temples, theaters, and festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival, the Aspen LAFF Festival, and the Jewish Festival of Hong Kong. Locally, she performs at spoken-word series such as Speakeasy, Tasty Words, I Love a Good Story, Spark, Jewish Women’s Theater, and Tales by the Sea.  A frequent winner of Moth StorySLAMs, she also won a GrandSLAM on the theme Mea Culpa.  No stranger to TV, she has guest-starred on Storytime, Everybody Loves Raymond, YES, DEAR, and My Name is Earl.   Contact her at

Ashley Perez lives, writes, and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for The Rumpus, The Weeklings, Literary Orphans and Midnight Breakfast. You can also find her on Twitter: @ArtsCollide.

Stef Willen is a contributor to This American Life and a semi-regular contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, where her award-winning column, Total Loss, also appears. She is currently turning Total Loss into a book slated to be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2017.

Rosa Pullman singer, writer, play, soul sister.


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


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