Tongue & Groove on Sunday June 26


Tongue & Groove
Sunday June 26
6-7:30 pm
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028

A monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month we proudly feature: Myriam Gurba, Sarah Tomlinson, Terri Mintz,  Carribean Fragoza, Vickie Vertiz +  music by tbd

Myriam Gurba is a high school teacher who lives in Long Beach, California, home of Snoop Dogg and the Queen Mary (as she gamely notes). She graduated from UC Berkeley, and her writing has appeared in anthologies such as The Best American Erotica (St. Martin’s Press), Bottom’s Up (Soft Skull Press), Secrets and Confidences (Seal Press), and Tough Girls (Black Books). Gurba’s first book is Dahlia Season (Manic D Press), a collection of short stories and a novella.

Sarah Tomlinson is the author of the father-daughter memoir, GOOD GIRL, which was released by Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) in 2015. She has ghostwritten or co-written thirteen books, including the New York Times Bestseller, FAST GIRL, with Suzy Favor Hamilton, and two un-credited New York Times bestsellers. Her music criticism, articles, and personal essays have appeared in publications including Marie Claire, MORE, Publishers Weekly,, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Huffington Post. Her fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Her favorite snack when she’s writing, or pretty much anytime, is Earl Gray tea and dark chocolate.

Terri Mintz, the producer of the hit show Word The Storytelling Show in NYC which has been running for 3 years to sold out audiences.  She  hails from Brooklyn, NY but has been dividing her time between both coasts for over 20 years. She has performed in over 50 plays in NY and CA but lately has been focusing on writing and performing her personal experiences (before she forgets them!) She also wrote the comedy “Ma” which had a successful run on Theater Row in NYC.

Carribean Fragoza is a writer and artist from Los Angeles. She has published fiction and poetry in publications such as Palabra Literary Magazine and Emohippus and has a forthcoming short story in Bomb Magazine. Her arts/culture reviews and essays have been published in online national and international magazines such as Letras Libres, Culture Strike, and Tropics of Meta. She is a graduate of UCLA and CalArts’ MFA Writing Program. She is founder and co-director of the South El Monte Art Posse, a multi-disciplinary arts collective.

Vickie Vértiz was born and raised in southeast Los Angeles. Her writing is featured in Huizache, Omniverse, the Los Angeles Review of Books, KCET Departures, and the anthologies: Open the Door (from McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation), and The Coiled Serpent (from Tia Chucha Press), among others. Her work was chosen by Natalie Diaz for the 2016 University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency Program. Vickie has taught creative writing to adults and young people at places like 826 Valencia, Boyle Heights libraries, Bell Gardens High School, the Claremont Colleges, and at UC Riverside, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2015.


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.


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