Tongue & Groove on February 21, 2016!


Tongue & Groove

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This month features: Bruce Bauman, Dr. Soma Stanford, Brian Evenson, Victoria Looseleaf, Maryam Henein and our musical guest is

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


Bruce Bauman is an instructor in the CalArts MFA Writing Program and the Senior Editor of Black Clock literary magazine. Library Journal called Bauman’s new novel, Broken Sleep “[A] plangent tour de force of epic proportions…” and David Kipen said on KPCC Broken Sleep “is a funny novel, but it’s also an incredibly serious emotional novel in a way we don’t get nowadays so much.” Booklist called Bauman’s first novel And The Word Was “a magnificent debut, smart and intense, but accessible and riveting.” His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Salon, BOMB, Bookforum, and numerous anthologies and other publications. Born and raised in New York City, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the painter Suzan Woodruff.


Dr. Soma Stanford is a medical doctor currently taking a leave from her practice in Canada promoting of her best-selling lesbian erotica novel, Jade Wallace


Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and the novel Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were finalists for the Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel of 2009, and his novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann’s Tongue. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. He joins CalArts from his position as Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence in the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University.


Victoria Looseleaf lives and loves in Los Angeles. As an award-winning dance and arts writer, she has been filing datelines from around the world. The redhead provocateur has been a professional harpist, a late night TV host and doyenne of the underground. “Isn’t It Rich?”, is Victoria Looseleaf’s first book of poetry.


Maryam Henein is an investigative journalist, entrepreneur, and producer hit a milestone with the release of her award-winning documentary Vanishing of the Beesnarrated by Ellen Page. It also marked her directorial debut. Maryam’s other credits include programs for the BBC, Discovery, Robert Greenwald, and Morgan Spurlock—plus, she co-wrote and hosted a program for TLC about the Ark of the Covenant. Her articles have appeared in several publications including the Los Angeles TimesMaximScience & Spirit Magazine, and Penthouse. The native Montrealer gained notoriety by breaking a story about Dodi Fayed’s imposter, a man who duped hundreds across North America, including Duran Duran and Jodie Foster. The trial set a precedent in Canadian legal history. She is now the founder of a health and wellness site called



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


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