Tongue & Groove on April 12th!

SPREADING THE WORD for 12 YEARS!

Tongue & Groove presents: Queens’s Ferry Press

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month featuring: Sarah Van Arsdale, Ben Segal, Amy L Clark, Jerry Gabriel, Dina Guidubaldi, Greg Gerke, Tyrone Jaeger and Ben Nickol

Saturday April 2
6-7:00 pm
The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
FREE

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Sarah Van Arsdale is a fiction writer and illustrator living in New York City and the Catskills. She is on the fiction faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts  low-residency MFA program, and she teaches creative writing at New York University. She is a winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, and a finalist in the inaugural year of the Galtelli International Award in Fiction. She serves on the board of the Ferro-Grumley Award in LGBT fiction. Her poetry and fiction have been widely published in literary magazines. Her website is sarahvanarsdale.com.

 

Ben Segal is the author of 78 Stories (No Record Press), co-author of The Wes Letters (Outpost 19), and co-editor of The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature (Lit Pub). His short fiction has been published by Tin House (Online), The Collagist, Gigantic, Puerto del Sol, and many other magazines and journals. He holds an MFA from UCSD, an MA from the European Graduate School and a BA from Hampshire College, and has been a visiting scholar or writer at the University of Pennsylvania, the Haisyakkei residency in Toride, Japan, and Mustarinda House in eastern Finland. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

 

Amy L. Clark has had fiction and nonfiction published in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Hobart, Juked, McSwseeny s Internet Tendency, Litro, and other journals.  She is the author of Wanting, part of the collection A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness (Rose Metal Press). She is a Writing Specialist for Northeastern University s Foundation Year program in Boston.

 

Jerry Gabriel s first book, Drowned Boy (Sarabande, 2010), won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. It was a Barnes and Noble  Discover Great New Writers  selection and awarded the 2011 Towson Prize for Literature. His stories have appeared in Five Chapters, EPOCH, One Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, Big Fiction, and The Missouri Review, among many other journals. He lives in Maryland, where he teaches at St. Mary s College of Maryland and directs the Chesapeake Writers  Conference.

 

Dina Guidubaldi s writing has been published in various places, including Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, the Santa Monica Review, Cup of Fiction, SPIN, the Austin American-Statesman, and Other Voices. A graduate of Texas State University s MFA program, she lives in Austin.

 

 

Greg Gerke’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Kenyon Review Online, Denver Quarterly, Quarterly West, Mississippi Review, LIT, Film Quarterly, and others. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Tyrone Jaeger was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains. He received his PhD from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and is an Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. He is the author of the cross-genre novella The Runaway Note. So Many True Believers is his first short story collection. Visit him online atwww.tyronejaeger.com.

 

Ben Nickol’s stories and essays have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Redivider, Boulevard, Fugue, CutBank, Hunger Mountain Online, The Los Angeles Review, Canoe & Kayak and elsewhere, and his second book is Adherence, a short novel forthcoming from Outpost19 in 2016. His fiction has earned an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council, two Baucum-Fulkerson Awards from the University of Arkansas and the 2015 Beacon Street Prize from Redivider, and his nonfiction has been cited as notable work in Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Montana and teaches at Helena College

 

 

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Tongue & Groove on March 27th, 2016!

SPREADING THE WORD for 12 YEARS!
Tongue & Groove presents: Desert Stories 

After repeated sold out performances in Joshua Tree, where this spoken word event was born, Desert Stories comes to Los Angeles. Cheryl Montelle, producer and host of the show gathers storytellers and musicians to tell their desert tale. It’s an evening of quirky and odd stories, odes, songs and poems from the land of endless vistas, weird bugs, unusual plants, wild animals and dry beauty. Join us for an early Easter evening,  grab a drink and be prepared to be entertained. Previous readers have included Eric Burdon from the Animals, writer Deanne Stillman, Bob Forrest, Ted Quinn, artist Diane Best, author Josh Kun, and Victoria Williams.

Sunday March 27
6-7:30 pm
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
$7.00

Featured storytellers: Matt Perry, Vicki Juditz, Ken Layne, Marie Chambers, Steve Stajich, Cheryl Montelle and our musical guest is Annachristie

 

A writer, filmmaker, journalist and ramshackle storyteller, Matt Perry always seems to find himself embroiled in trouble of one kind or another. Once told by a close friend “You have the lowest bullshit threshold of anyone I know,” he has tried to monetize this particular attribute without success.  Following the death of his mother four years ago, he moved from Sacramento to Los Angeles, India, Joshua Tree, Monterey and now Santa Cruz.  Currently a writer on Aging issues for the California Health Report, he likes to ride his motorcycle and do qigong exercises.

 

Vicki Juditz has performed stories at festivals and theaters across the country, including the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee.  Los Angeles audiences have cheered her on at the Moth StorySLAMS and GrandSLAMS.  She has performed comic roles on shows such as COACH, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, and MY NAME IS EARL and sold everything from birth control pills to cat beverage in TV commercials.

 

Ken Layne is the editor and publisher of the Desert Oracle, the acclaimed quarterly magazine about the American Southwest. In past lives, he was editor of Wonkette and the L.A. Examiner, national correspondent for Gawker, and an Eastern Europe bureau chief for United Press International. Layne’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Awl, and dozens of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and L.A. CityBeat. He is the author of two books, including 2011’s desert novel Dignity. He has called three U.S. deserts home and is a longtime resident and wanderer of the Mojave. desertoracle.com

 

Marie Chambers is a Southerner by birth and an Angelino by choice. She received an MFA from the Professional Writing Seminars at Bennington College.  Her work has appeared in The LA Review of Books, The Atlanta Review, Talking Writing, The Quotable, Printer’s Devil Review, Ironhorse Literary Review (finalist photofinish contest) and the California Poetry Society (honorable mention annual poetry contest.) She’s the 2014 winner of the Tallahassee Writers Association annual creative nonfiction prize and is also a winner of the 2015 ARTlines2 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest for work inspired by a piece of art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

 

Steve Stajich (Stych) was a stand-up comic and singer-songwriter before becoming a writer for television.  His series television writing credits include “Reba” (WB), “Daddio” (NBC), “Tall Hopes” (CBS),  “This Just In”  (ABC), Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central), “Dennis Miller” (Tribune) and various pilots.  He was a staff writer for public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and his comedy/ political writing has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times.  His plays have been produced in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. His play, “Auto Parts” was recently performed in the desert– indoors– at the Hi Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree.

Annachristie is currently living in the beautiful small village of Joshua Tree, CA. The death place of Graham Parsons and birth place of many artistic visions. She has shared the stage with artists such as Amos Lee, First Aid-Kit, Langhorn Slim, and Hoots and Hellmouth.  As luck or hard work would have it. Annachristie and Sisters3 sang all the backup vocals for Sharon Little on her tour with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.  She has made appearances on Mountain Stage, NBC Ten Show, Good Morning New York, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bliss Fest, and Electric picnic. She is as hard working as a donkey and as magical as a unicorn.annachristiemusic.com

Cheryl Montelle is a Los Angeles based writer whose stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and performed in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree and New York City. She is the producer and host of  “Desert Stories”, an annual fundraiser for the High Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, CA. which she has also produced in New York City and Los Angeles. Cheryl has collaborated with The Laboratory, an international artist collective on two multi-faceted  art magazines, and heads the veteran/community non-profit Mil-Tree. cherylmontelle.com

 

 

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Tongue & Groove on February 21, 2016!

SPREADING THE WORD for 12 YEARS!

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
$7.00

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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. http://www.brucebauman.net

 

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 honeycolony.com

 

 

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Tongue & Groove at The Hotel Cafe on December 20th!

SPREADING THE WORD for 12 YEARS!

Tongue & Groove 

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This month features Steph Cha “Dead Soon Enough”,  Julia Ingalls, Amanda Montell, Dawn Dorland, Ashley Perez, Vicki Juditz, Stef Willen and our musical guest is Rosa Pullman

Sunday December 20th
6-7:30 pm
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
$7.00

 

Steph Cha is the author of “Follow Her Home”, “Beware Beware” and “Dead Soon Enough”, all published by St. Martin’s Minotaur. She’s the noir editor for LARB and a regular contributor to the LA Times. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and basset hound.

Julia Ingalls is primarily an essayist. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Guernica, and on KCRW, among others. She’s into it.

Dawn Dorland‘s fiction appears in Green Mountains Review online, The Drum (audio), and is collected in Paragraph; her essays are available on the GrubStreet blog. Dawn’s debut novel-in-progress, “Econoline”, about generational poverty and American class ascent, has been recognized with fellowships and other support from the Vermont Studio Center, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Hambidge Center for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Ragdale (2016). In 2015 Dawn was named a Visiting Artist for six weeks at a Regional Cultural Center in rural Minnesota. She earned her MFA at the University of Maryland, where she received full funding and won a teaching award, and teaches fiction and essay on the faculty of Writing Workshops LA and at the Downtown Women’s Center on Skid Row.

Amanda Montell is a Los Angeles writer and online content creator. She currently serves as the Managing Editor of digital literary journal, FORTH Magazine, and is a staff editor at online lifestyle magazine,TotalBeauty.com. Amanda is also the creator and host of “The Dirty Word,” a web series about gender, language, and pop culture, forthcoming on Wifey.tv. Amanda’s essays have appeared in Literary Orphans, Medium, and Trop Magazine, among others. She is also a regular contributor at Time Out Los Angeles.

Vicki Juditz (Actor) is best known for her one-woman show Teshuvah, Return, about her journey to Judaism, for which she received an LA WEEKLY nomination for Best Female Solo Performer and an Ovation Award nomination for Best Writing of a World Premiere.  She has performed her original stories at temples, theaters, and festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival, the Aspen LAFF Festival, and the Jewish Festival of Hong Kong. Locally, she performs at spoken-word series such as Speakeasy, Tasty Words, I Love a Good Story, Spark, Jewish Women’s Theater, and Tales by the Sea.  A frequent winner of Moth StorySLAMs, she also won a GrandSLAM on the theme Mea Culpa.  No stranger to TV, she has guest-starred on Storytime, Everybody Loves Raymond, YES, DEAR, and My Name is Earl.   Contact her at www.facebook.com/VickiJuditz

Ashley Perez lives, writes, and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for The Rumpus, The Weeklings, Literary Orphans and Midnight Breakfast. You can also find her on Twitter: @ArtsCollide.

Stef Willen is a contributor to This American Life and a semi-regular contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, where her award-winning column, Total Loss, also appears. She is currently turning Total Loss into a book slated to be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2017.

Rosa Pullman singer, writer, play, soul sister.

 

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December 8: Tongue & Groove at the Annenberg Community Beach House

SPREADING THE WORD for 12 YEARS!

Tongue & Groove 

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month features: Matthew Specktor “American Dream Machine”, Chris Wells (Secret City), Amanda Gorman (LA’s Youth Poet Laureate)  and  music by Malik ‘the FreQ’ Moore

Tuesday December 8 
6:30 -7:45
Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402
FREE

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Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction work of film criticism. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Harper s, The Paris Review, The Believer, and many other periodicals and anthologies. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books

Chris Wells is an award winning writer/performer who divides his time between New York and Los Angeles. As host of The Secret City, an Obie-award winning gathering for artists and art lovers, Wells curates, produces and emcees a monthly event that is part salon, part cabaret and part ceremony. As a writer, Wells creates original solo work and first person stories about his life. He’s currently compiling a series of his stories into a collection entitled, I’m About To Touch You.www.thesecretcity.org

Amanda Gorman is LA’s First Youth Poet Laureate. She is a senior at New Roads High School in Santa Monica. She is also the founder of One Pen One Page, a nonprofit organization, and a contributor to Huffington Post. Her first book of poetry is titled “The One for Whom Food is Not Enough”.

Malik ‘the FreQ’ Moore is a vital part of the LA Reggae scene who performs with The Lions and The Bullets.  On his own he has been writing and performing genre exploring songs for years in his own unique  bitter-sweet haunting style.

 

http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture

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Tongue & Groove on Sunday, November 22nd

SPREADING THE WORD for 12 YEARS!

Tongue & Groove 

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month features: J. Ryan Stradal “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”, Cheryl Montelle, Jeremy Radin ” Slow Dancing with Sasquatch”, April Davila  and  music by Maesa Pullman

Sunday November 22nd 

6-7:30 pm

The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.

Hollywood, Ca 90028

$6.00

J. Ryan Stradal is a volunteer and advisory board member at 826LA and co-produces the literary/culinary event “Hot Dish.” He’s also worked in TV, most recently as the Supervising Producer on the A&E series “Storage Wars: Texas.” Some places where he has been published include Hobart, The Rattling Wall, Midwestern Gothic, The Rumpus, and McSweeney’s. His first novel “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” is a New York Times best seller. He likes wine, books, root beer, and peas.

Jeremy Radin is a Jewish person/actor from Los Angeles. He also writes poems, which have appeared in numerous journals. His first book, Slow Dance with Sasquatch, is available from Write Bloody Publishing. You may have seen him on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or in a restaurant aggressively eating pancakes by himself.

Cheryl Montelle is a Los Angeles based writer whose stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and performed in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree and New York City. She is the producer and host of  “Desert Stories”, an annual fundraiser for the High Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, CA. which she has also produced in New York City and Los Angeles. Cheryl has collaborated with The Laboratory, an international artist collective on two multi-faceted  art magazines, and heads the veteran/community non-profit Mil-Tree. cherylmontelle.com

April Dávila’s short stories have appeared in the Santa Clara Review, The Writing Disorder, and Dissections. Her non-fiction has appeared in Yes! Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and Our World 2.0 (a United Nation’s publication). Her writing on the topic of genetically modified foods garnered attention from Elle Magazine, NPR, the League of Women Voters and more. As a travel writer, she has published stories up and down the west coast. Her book “Northern California” is set to be published by Eye Muse Books in 2016. She is currently working on her debut novel. Learn more about her at http://aprildavila.com.

Maesa Pullman started playing piano and writing songs when she was seven. She grew up in an artistic family whose roots go back to her grandfather who also played piano and sang. Maesa’s music is haunting with reflective lyrics; a poetic combination of folk, rock and soul steeped in Americana roots. Buy her CD Whippporwill at www.maesa.bandcamp.com

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Tongue & Groove on Sunday, October 25th

SPREADING THE WORD for 12 YEARS!

“Tongue & Groove”

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This month features Janet Fitch, David Francis, Rita Williams, Julianne Ortale and music by Garretson & Gorodetsky

Sunday October 25th

6-7:30 pm

The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.

Hollywood, Ca 90028

$6.00

Janet Fitch is the author of the novels Paint It Black and White Oleander. Her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies and journals such  as Black Clock, Room of One’s Own, Los Angeles Noir, the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, Black Warrior Review, Vogue and Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor She currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.  Paint it Black has been made into a feature film, the directing debut of Amber Tamblyn, and will be released early next year.  She is currently working on an epic novel of the Russian Revolution.

In her memoir, If the Creek Don’t Rise, Rita Williams shares the story of her childhood with the last African American widow of a Civil War soldier in Colorado. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, O at Home, Saveur, Best Food Writing for 2007, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, The Utne Reader and Fins and Feathers, as well as numerous anthologies.  She taught at the University of Southern California.  Rita is reading this evening from her work in progress: a novel about a trucker with a meth problem.

David Francis‘ first novel AGAPANTHUS TANGO was published internationally in seven languages and then in the United States as THE GREAT INLAND SEA.  His second novel, STRAY DOG WINTER, was named Book of the Year in The Advocate, Novel of the Year in the Australian Literature Review, was a LAMBDA fiction award finalist and won the American Library Association Stonewall Prize for Literature.  His short fiction has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Best Australian Stories 2010 and 2012, Griffith Review,The Harvard Review, Australian Love Stories and The Ratting Wall. His third novel WEDDING BUSH ROAD is being released by Counterpoint press in the fall of 2016.

Julianne Ortale is co-editor along with Samantha Dunn of the short story anthology Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The Rattling Wall, Alaska Quarterly Review, Salmagundi, The Malahat Review, Stand, Happy, The Gobshite Review and Barbaric Yawp. She received her MFA in Fiction at UC Irvine’s Programs in Writing where she was the Cheng Fellow. Her dialogues “Hombre Kabuki” and “Fluorescent Grey” were produced as short films and placed at Breckenridge Film Festival, Mexico International Film Festival, Tulsa International Film Festival, New Filmmakers Los Angeles, SNOB and won Narrative Merit Award at Los Angeles Cinema Festival. She lives with her family on Bainbridge Island where she writes and works with children with autism. Her story collection, Music For Incurables is under review. She is currently finishing a novel.

Weba Garretson and Ralph Gorodetsky combine folk and pop music, blues riffs and jazz harmonies with poetic lyrics to create songs that are haunting and humorous. Their most recent work “What Must the Hummingbird See?” is a song cycle about the fragile existence of urban wildlife In Los Angeles. Other commissions include music for Los Angeles Poverty Department’s “Utopia/Dystopia” at the Redcat, and the LA Public Library stage celebration of Melville’s Moby Dick “My Moby Dick” at the Broad Theatre.

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Tongue & Groove on August 30th, 2015

SPREADING THE WORD for 12 YEARS!

Sunday August 30

6-7:30 pm

The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.

Hollywood, Ca 90028

$7.00

Tongue & Groove

A monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month we proudly feature: Mari Naomi, Andrew Ramirez, Craig McLaughlin +  music by The Sunset Trio the knownothings

** Tonight there will also be an open mic. 3 min limit. Drop you name in the hat.**

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and the upcoming Turning Japanese. Her work has appeared in over sixty print anthologies, featured in such places as Bitch Magazine, LA Review of Books, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed and more. Mari’s work on the Rumpus won a SPACE Prize and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2013. Mari is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.

Andrew Ramirez has published fiction and poetry in Slake: Los Angeles, If & When, Literature for Life, Gumbo, among others, as well as being a featured writer for The New Short Fiction Series. He was born in El Paso, Texas and educated at University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles

Craig McLaughlin is a teacher and author of creative nonfiction, an award-winning journalist, and a nationally recognized storyteller. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA in Journalism from UC Berkeley and taught creative nonfiction at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. A former editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, he received numerous awards as a reporter and memoirist. He performs his essays as a storyteller at venues throughout the country, most often in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives. For details, visit http://www.cdmclaughlin.com

The songs of the knownothings transmit from an eternal underground station deep beneath the streets of east Hollywood. here the censors are gagged the spellcheck turned off the autotune disengaged and all the girls in the chorus are lolling about outside the stage door, smoking a joint and cursing gleefully. in the corridors the cats rove all night, heedless of any grid… the knownothings album “slummers of lust” will be released later this year.

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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 July 26th!

“Tongue & Groove” 

Spreading the Word for 11 years!

 A monthly offering produced by Conrad Romo of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music. This month features: Melissa Chadburn, Seth Fischer, Kita Shantiris, Kym Ghee, Keith Niles and musical guest Tawny Ellis

Sunday July 26
6-7:30 pm
The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
$7.00

Melissa Chadburn has written for Guernica, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, Salon, McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Rumpus, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Al Jazeera America and dozens other places. Her essay, “The Throwaways,” received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her first novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Seth Fischer is a writer and editor whose writing has appeared in Best Sex Writing, PANK, The Rumpus, Guernica, and elsewhere, and his essay “Notes from a Unicorn” has been listed as notable in The Best American Essays. He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary’s Emerging Voices Program, Jentel, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe, and he teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. More at www.seth-fischer.com

Kita Shantiris’ poetry has appeared in Ambit, Crannóg, Poetry, Quarterly West, The Fish Anthology, The Moth, Slipstream, Wisconsin Review and other journals. One of three poets featured in The Border (Bombshelter Press 1984), she also had two poems anthologized in The Faber Book of Movie Verse (Faber & Faber 1993). In 2012, Kita received 2nd Prize in the Ballymaloe International Poetry Contest judged by Leontia Flynn. She twice has been Runner-Up in Fish Publishing’s contest judged by Brian Turner (2011) and Ruth Padel (2014). In her other life, psychologist Dr. Kita S. Curry runs a non-profit mental health center in Los Angeles where she has been honored for erasing stigma and bringing services to communities of color. Her website is www.kitashantiris.com

Kym Ghee is a Los Angeles based writer and photographer.  Formerly a music journalist,  Kym has recently been working on a collection of short stories in the genre of personal narrative that explore life in L.A.’s Koreatown. Titled “Tawdry Tales on the Road to Sanity”  the often humorous and raw collection explores themes of loss, addiction,sex, love and personal triumph.  Tonight Kym will be reading “The Beef Jerky Criminal” from “Tawdry Tales  on the Road to Sanity.”

Keith Niles is a widely published Los Angeles poet. He honed his craft during a potent stretch writing, performing and hosting shows in dive bars in East Hollywood. His most recent book, “The Thousand Poems (Vol. 1)” is a product of those wild years. A second volume is slated to be released in 2015.  Most recently, Niles has recorded a full length album of genre-defying music with his band The Knownothings.

Tawny Ellis has a distinctive quality rooted in sweet Southern folk. A Savannah, GA native, Ellis traveled extensively before meeting collaborator Gio Loria, who along with her brings lush melodies and lyrical storytelling their music. Ellis beyond being a considerable musical talent is an accomplished sculptor with an ancestral connection to one of the world’s most famous sculptors/painters, Edgar Degas. She creates for private collectors and can be contacted for – See more at: http://www.tawnyellis.com/about/#sthash.jysKJvAc.dpuf

Tongue & Groove at Gatsby Books!

Gatsby Books

5535 E Spring St,

Long Beach, CA 90808

Saturday June 13 at 6:00pm

 

The Work is Hell tour  featuring: Brandon Christopher, author of “The Job Pirate”.

Brandon Christopher grew up in Los Angeles, and his book “Job Pirate”, is written with wit, panache and ruthless honesty about two dozen of the more than 82 “crappy” jobs he has worked over the last 20 years. These include stints as a mortuary driver, a florist, a mover, a door-to-door water purifier salesman, an  entertainment industry chauffeur, a plumber, a sales clerk, a rehab hotline operator, and the only straight writer at a gay porn magazine publisher.

Tom Stern is the writer/director of the feature films Half-Dragon Sanchez and This Is A Business. His films have played festivals across the United States and in Europe. Tom holds a BA in Philosophy from Eckerd College and an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Cheryl, and his daughter, Ramona. Tom’s first novel is “Sutterfeld, You Are Not a Hero”.

Larry Duncan currently lives in Long Beach, CA. Where he writes, drinks, and wakes up at an ungodly hour to go to work every day. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various print and online publications, including the Mas Tequila Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Citizens for Decent Literature, the Muddy River Poetry Review, Mused, and the Fat City Review.

Erin Parker started out as an English major, fell in love with Art History, and ended up in art school studying commercial Interior Design.  The best job she ever had was as a Fantasyland Attractions Hostess at Disneyland.  That’s a fancy way of saying she was a ride operator on It’s A Small World, the Matterhorn and Storybookland.  Her first collection of short stories is coming out in late 2015 from Unknown Press.