Tongue & Groove on December 18th!

A literary variety show with short fiction, poetry, personal essays, spoken word etc. and with music. This month we proudly features: Siel Ju, Bonnie Johnson, Samantha Emily Evans, + music guest Logan Heftel.

Siel Ju’s novel-in-stories, “Cake Time”, is the winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award and will be published in April 2017. Siel is also the author of two poetry chapbooks. Her stories and poems appear in ZYZZYVA, The Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), The Los Angeles Review, Denver Quarterly, and other places. She gives away a book every month at

Bonnie Johnson studied Modern Thought and Politics at Stanford and the LSE. She received a Harvey Milk Club award for her work as a labor and community organizer. Her recent essays also appear in LARB and The Rumpus.

Samantha Emily Evans recently graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in English and Modern History. She is the Publicity and Marketing Intern at Red Hen Press, as well as co-editor of Mad for Poetry/ Pazzi per la Poesia, a bilingual poetry journal and poetry events calendar for Los Angeles. She also co-produced the Melrose Bellow 2016, a free literary festival sponsored by LA City Council member Paul Koretz. Her writing and poetry have been published in the Moorpark College Review, Guerrilla Poetry, and Inklights Literary Journal. She has performed poetry, storytelling, and stand up in Boulder, CO; Washington D.C., Los Angeles, St. Andrews, Scotland; and Barcelona, Spain. Read more at her blog,

Conrad Romo is a second generation L.A. native. He grew up on the other side of the tracks (N.E.L.A.) short, stocky and swarthy. The first album that he bought was the soundtrack to the movie Bonnie and Clyde. The first concert he attended was in ’68 for The Cream. He has been the subject of artwork five times and has been carved, sculpted, watercolored, photographed and photocopied. He’s been published in Los Angeles Review, Latinos in Lotusland, Huizache + elsewhere. He is the producer of Tongue & Groove, a co-founder of Lit Crawl L.A and the Melrose Bellow.

Logan Heftel is a singer-songwriter and producer based in Los Angeles. His songs are folk-adjacent. From 2007-2014 he wrote and performed with Taylor Negron as a music-and-spoken-word duo. Under the direction of David Schweizer, they developed off-Broadway in LA and New York and would often perform at comedy clubs and spoken word communities like Sit ‘n Spin and UnCabaret.  Their last show was called The Band The Bible. In January 2015, Taylor passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Bible Records is an independent label founded in his honor.

Logan produces audio, video and graphics for projects and shows like Waking From The American Dream on Smodcast, The Kelly Carlin Show on Sirius XM, History of Cool, Setlist, and Modern Day Philosophers. He is the archivist for the George Carlin Estate and produced the 2016 release George Carlin: I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die.

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

Check out the FB Event and invite your friends!

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.