Tongue & Groove
Saturday April 29th
6-7:30 pm
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028

A literary variety show with short fiction, poetry, personal essays, spoken word etc. and with music. This  month we proudly features the 2017 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellows:  +  music tbd

Soleil David was born and raised in the Philippines and now lives in Los Angeles. She graduated with high distinction from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a recipient of the Julia Keith Shrout Short Story Prize, andher poetry and prose have been published inOur Own VoiceThe Philippine Daily InquirerPittsburgh Poetry Review, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop anthology The Margins. She is working on a collection of poems.

Peter H.Z. Hsu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English literature, and California State University, Los Angeles, where he earned a master’s degree in psychology. His fiction debuted in March 2016 in The Margins and is included in the Fall 2016 issue of Pinball. Peter is currently working on a short story collection.

Kirin Khan was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and currently lives in Oakland, California. A Senior Analyst for YouGov, she has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mills College and a post-baccalaureate in math from Smith College. Kirin is a 2016 VONA Voices alum and an upcoming 2017 Grotto Fellow. She is published inUprootsPARKLE & bLINK, and 7×7.LA. Kirin is currently working on her first novel.

Chinyere Nwodim was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Johns Hopkins University where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology and history of science. In addition to writing, she works in development at a regional community health center serving low-income populations in Los Angeles and Orange County. Chinyere currently lives in Los Angeles and is working on a short story collection.

Jessica Shoemaker was raised in Torrance, California, and earned a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from University of California, Santa Barbara. She now lives in San Pedro, California, and teaches middle school. Her fiction has appeared in Blue Skirt ProductionsFiction Southeast, and Lunch Ticket. Jessica is working on a collection of short stories.

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.

Tongue & Groove on March 14


Tongue & Groove @ the Boca de Oro:
Orange County’s Premier Art & Literature Festival.
We are small part of this great event. Please check out the full schedule at http://www.bocadeoro.org

Our reading happens:
Saturday March 4th
8:00 pm
The Rinconada 300 W 5th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701


Our lineup features: +  Anna Leahy, Steve Ramirez, Chris Davidson, Conrad Romo music by Eddika  Organista of  El Haru Kuroi

Steve Ramirez hosts the weekly reading series, Two Idiots Peddling Poetry. A former member of the Laguna Beach Slam Team, he’s also a former organizer of the Orange County Poetry Festival and former member of the Five Penny Poets in Huntington Beach. Publication credits include Pearl, The Comstock Review, Crate, Aim for the Head (a zombie anthology) and & MultiVerse (a superhero anthology).

Chris Davidson is associate professor of English and co-director of first-year writing at Biola. He teaches courses in critical thinking and writing, writing for competency, and creative writing. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of California, Irvine. His work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman. A chapbook, Poems, appeared in 2012.

Anna Leahy is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Aperture (Shearsman, 2017) and Constituents of Matter (KSUP, 2007), and two nonfiction books, Generation Space: A Love Story (with Douglas R. Dechow, Stillhouse, 2017) and Tumor (Bloomsbury, 2017). Her essays won the annual literary awards from Ninth Letter and Dogwood in 2016. She edited and co-wrote What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing and Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom (Multilingual Matters, 2016 and 2006).  

 In fall 2017, Anna’s nonfiction book Tumor will become part of Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series, an innovative exploration of hidden lives of ordinary things. Conversing with Cancer, her co-written book about how patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers can improve communication, will be out in 2017.

  She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she curates the Tabula Poetica reading series and edits the international journal TAB. www.amleahy.com | @generationspace

Conrad Romo grew up on the other side of the tracks (N.E.L.A.) short, stocky and swarthy. He has studied writing with Lynda Barry and Jack Grapes. He’s been published in Los Angeles Review, Latinos in Lotusland, Huizache, Palehouse, Coiled Serpent + Splicetoday. He is the producer of the monthly reading series called Tongue & Groove, now into year 13 and he is one of the founders of Lit Crawl L.A and the Melrose Bellow.

Eddika Édule Organista Moctezuma is an artist, musician, composer of songs, and poetry. Born in Boyle Heights and of Mexican decent was brought up in various parts of the U.S. and Mexico. Coming from a family of musicians, Eddika has been singing since 5 years old, playing guitar since 11 and has been writing songs since 12 years of age, which led to her interest in pursuing music. Her focus switched to music after studying art / printmaking at Pasadena City College, as well as at Self-Help Graphics in Boyle Heights. At PCC she studied in the jazz department under Bobby Bradford and later transferred to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for her Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnomusicology, with a minor in Brazilian Portuguese. Her music reflects elements of Jazz and music from various Latin American countries, such as Brazil, Mexico and Peru to name a few. Currently, Eddika is the front woman of the LA based group,  El Haru Kuroi and the recently formed group, Yanga  which is a hybrid of Colombian traditional music.