SPREADING THE WORD for 15 YEARS!
Tongue & Groove @ the Boca de Oro
Orange County’s Premier Art & Literature Festival.
We are a small part of this great event. Please check out the full schedule at
Saturday March 3rd
Chapter One /Red Room
227 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Our lineup features: + Daniel McGinn, Debra Diaz, Sheila J Sadr, Cynthia
Romanowski, Steve Ramirez, Conrad Romo
+ Music (TBD)
Daniel McGinn is the author of The Moon, My Lover, My Mother & The Dog (Moon Tide Press, 2018) and 1000 Black Umbrellas (Write Bloody, 2011) He is a native of Southern California who’s led writing workshops at Half Off Books, The Orange County Rescue Mission, Los Angeles charter schools and poetry venues. Daniel received his MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been married to the poet and painter, Lori McGinn, for 41 years.
Debra Diaz lived in a citrus worker camp during the first seven years of her life. On scholarship, she attended UCSD, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She pursued post-graduate studies in the MFA program at the Motion Picture/Television Division of the University of California, Los Angeles, and then worked in the film industry for 15 years as a Line Producer. She is now an educator. She has written numerous short stories along with her first novel, The Red Camp (Arte Público Press, 1996).
Sheila J Sadr is a first generation Iranian-American poet, journalist, educator, and resident cow-enthusiast nuzzled somewhere between Orange County & Long Beach California. She writes about her mother, her communities, flowers, her brown body, and her whole heart. She has been featured/ is forthcoming at Two Idiots Peddling Poetry, Afrohaus, As We Create, The Long Beach Poetry Slam, Cadence Collective, Nat. Brut, 22 West, Westwood Westwood, and many other gems. She has facilitated workshops at CSUF and CSULB and now serves as coach for the CSULB Slam Poetry Team. She also serves as a core staff member for Forthe Media and is the project lead on the Forthe-produced forthcoming video series Give Me Lip. She is one of the social media coordinators for The Definitive Soapbox family, one of LB’s longest running open mics that is now going on its eighth year.
Cynthia Romanowski is a writer and community organizer from Huntington Beach. Her column “Books. Read. Must.” appears monthly in Coast Magazine and online in the OC Register. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Angel’s Flight Literary West, Writers Resist, The New Short Fiction Series, The Rumpus and others.
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) & MultiVerse (a superhero anthology).
Come early! Seating is limited and we start on time! www.tongueandgroovela.com
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.