Notable Los Angeles: 3/28–4/3


Monday 3/28: The RwIrGiHtTe Read and Red Hen Press present an evening with Brendan Constantine, Nicelle Davis, Anne-Marie Fyfe, and C.L. Dallat. 6:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Lyndsay Faye, with Curtis Armstrong, discusses and signs Jane Steele. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

The Instant monthly reading series presents readings by Vickie Vertiz, Jervey Tervalon, Jade Chang, Jesse Bliss, and Toni Ann Johnson. 8 p.m. at Ham & Eggs Tavern.

Tuesday 3/29: The Women Group monthly reading. All are welcome. 6:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Kaya Press, Kundiman, Tuesday Night Project, and Writ Large Press present an evening of intergenerational storytelling with David Mura, Gene Oishi, and Traci Kato-Kiriyama. 7 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum.

Algonquin Books Night featuring Tim Johnston, Aline Ohanesian, and Andrew Roe. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Karan Mahajan in conversation with Tony Tulathimutte to discuss and sign The Association of Small Bombs. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Sam Quinones in conversation with Tom Lutz, Editor in Chief, Los Angeles Review of Books for Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

The French Connection featuring Karren Alenier and Andrea Carter Brown. 7:30 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. Free, but donations appreciated.

The Totally Unofficial AWP Pre-Show. Featuring Vivian Martinez, Zachary Cosby, Elizeya Quate, Kait Heacock, Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Douglas Wood, Mike Crossley, Bridget Dooley, Chris Tarry, Jamie Mortara, Brenna Kischuk, Breeann Kirby, and Uzodinma Okehi. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Wednesday 3/30: AWP comes to town! The largest literary convention you’ve probably ever even heard of, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center through the weekend, and will feature not only the convention itself, but a nonstop cavalcade of satellite events! For those of you not going to the convention, get your literary fix in at these exceptional events. There are literally dozens to choose from.

Hello Los Angeles: An AWP Kickoff Party. An LA Literary Event Hosted by LITFOLKS (Melissa Chadburn, Antonia Crane, Anna March, Ashley Perez, and Laura Warrell) to Benefit 826LA. Featuring Luis Alberto Urrea and Michael White, Robin Black, Desiree Cooper, Fabienne Josaphat, and Bethanne Patrick. With special LA guests Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Teka Lark, and Dan Smetanka. Free, but a $10 donation goes to support 826LA. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Barcito.

John Jodzio discusses and signs Knock Out: Stories. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Shawna Yang Ryan discusses and signs Green Island. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Ben Loory, Katie Peterson, Piotr Florczyk, and Jay Ponteri. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Diz White reads from and signs More Cotswolds Memoirs. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Shipwreck LA Presents: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a Literary Erotic Fanfiction Competition. Featuring Carmiel Banasky, Nina Bargiel, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Myriam Gurba, Zoë Ruiz, and Matt Young. 7 p.m. at the Bootleg Theater.

SBP 15-year Annive-Reading-sary. Featuring Kelly Link, Ayize Jama-Everett, Maureen F. McHugh, and Sofia Samatar. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Superheroic. Featuring students, grads, and mentors from Antioch MFA Francesca Lia Block, Lorinda Toledo, Peter Selgin, Noelle Falcis, Kristin McCandless, Eva Mejia-Shantharam, Francisco McCurry, and Heather Hewson. Hosted by Erin Anadkat. 7:30 p.m. at Book Show.

Writ Large Press presents Always in Translation: Trans Pacific Poetry and Prose. Featuring Kim Kyung Ju (trans. Jake Levine), Kim Yi-Deum (trans. Jiyoon Lee), Chiwan Choi, Eunsong Kim, Janice Lee, and Hannah Sanghee Park. 8 p.m. at Document Coffee Bar.

Thursday 3/31: Ayahuasca Publishing presents readings from States of Terror 3, featuring Kevin Maloney, J David Osbourne, Andrea Kneeland, Adrian Van Young, Thomas Martin, Rios De La Luz, David James Keaton, Robert Vaughan, and Justin Hudnall. 5 p.m. at Book Show.

Black Earth Institute present Earth, Spirit & Society in Poetry and Prose. Featuring Taylor Brorby, Allison Hedge Coke, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Lauren Camp, Patricia Spears Jones, Annie Finch, Marcella Durand, and Melissa Tuckey. 6 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Twenty talented Cave Canem fellows read original verse. 6:30 p.m. at Elysian.

Barbara Williams discusses and signs The Hope in Leaving. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Against White Privilege: Writers of Color, LGBTQ, and Disabled Writers Respond to AWP. Featuring Jericho Brown, Ava Chin, Bao Phi, Teka Lark, Xavier Cavazos, Neelanjana Banerjee, Dan Vera, Taz Ahmed, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Jessica Ceballos, Orlando White, Regie Cabico, Armine Iknadossian, Arash Sardinia, and Linda Rodriguez. 7 p.m. at The Falls Lounge.

Why There Are Words visits LA for AWP. Featuring readings by Carmiel Banasky, Stacy Bierlein, Jan Ellison, Meg Howrey, Gallagher Lawson, Patrick O’Neil, Marisa Silver, and J. Ryan Stradal. 7 p.m. at The Continental Club.

Black Radish, Tinfish, eohippus labs, and Staging Ground present readings by Carrie Hunter, Sarah Mangold, Valerie Witte, David James Miller, Brittany Billmeyer-Finn, Eireene Nealand, Janice Lee, Michelle Detorie, Allison Carter, Tim Dyke, Deborah Meadows, Julia Wieting, Donovan Kuhio Colleps, Daniel Tiffany, and Will Alexander. 7 p.m. at The Poetic Research Bureau.

ACROSS, BEYOND, THROUGH: A Reading by TAYO Literary Magazine, and The Feminist Press. Featuring Ana Castillo, Rajiv Mohabir, Kenji C. Liu, and Angela Penaredondo. 7 p.m. at Visual Communications.

Tonya Foster, John Keene, and Tyehimba Jess read from their recent works. 7 p.m. at Eso Won Books.

Jill Bialosky and Rob Spillman discuss and sign The Prize and All Tomorrow’s Parties: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Phillip Lopate and Gregory Pardlo read from and sign their works. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

James Lough, Alex Stein, and James Richardson present and sign Short Flights: Thirty-Two Modern Writers Share Aphorisms of Insight, Inspiration, and Wit. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Embawdied Lit: A Drag Reading Sequel. Featuring Vidhu Aggarwal, Kazim Ali, Derrick Austin, Jessica Rae Bergamino, Wo Chan aka Pearl Harbor, Lara Glenum, Kim Yideum, M Kitchell, Rickey Laurentiis, Ji Yoon Lee, Sade Martha Mary Murphy, JD Scott, Loma aka Christopher Soto, Vanessa Angelica Villarreal, and Ronaldo Wilson. Hosted by Adam Atkinson and Tim “TinTim” Jones-Yelvington. 7:30 p.m. at The LASH.

Melville House Night. Featuring Christopher Boucher, Jeremy Bushnell, Catie Disabato, and Kirk Lynn, and translator Edward Gauvin. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine presents readings by Melissa Broder, Douglas Kearney, Safiya Sinclair, and Eileen Myles. 8 p.m. at The Regent. Free, but 21+ only.

LA Confidential. Noir and the erotic meet up for AWP! Featuring Dorianne Laux, Richard Garcia, Joseph Miller, Cynthia Atkins, Francesca Bell, Michelle Bitting, David Tomas Martinez, and host Alexis Rhone Fancher. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Friday 4/1: Wave Books and St. Mary’s College MFA presents readings by Molly Bendall, Candace Eros Díaz, Brenda Hillman, Tyehimba Jess, Matthew Rohrer, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, Valerie Wallace, and hosted by Matthew Zapruder. 4 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

826 National and Curbside Splendor Publishing bring you “SCHOOLED.” Featuring readings by Mairead Case, T. Sean Steele, Chris L. Terry, and Zoe Zolbrod. 6 p.m. at 826LA in Echo Park.

Noemi, Shearsman, Tarpaulin Sky, Drunken Boat, Ricochet, Anomalous, and Gold Line present readings from authors attached to their respective presses. 6:30 p.m. at Opodz.

The Rumpus (that’s us!) and Rare Bird proudly present PICK YOUR POISON. Featuring readings from Cornelius Eady, Melissa Febos, Rich Ferguson, Erika Krouse, Anna March, and J. Ryan Stradal. Hosted by Antonia Crane. Doors at 7 p.m. at Lethal Amounts. $5 tickets available here.

Nightboat, Krupskaya, and Wonder present readings by Kate Durbin, Brenda Iijima, Orlando White, Josef Kaplan, Syd Staiti, Mathew Timmons, Vi Khi Nao, Eric Sneathen, and Lauren Levin. 7 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Editor Erika Martínez and contributors read from and sign Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Boss Fight Books presents a night of great writers reading about classic video games. Featuring Matt Bell, Alyse Knorr, Nick Suttner, Gabe Durham, Jarett Kobek, Salvatore Pane, and Daniel Lisi. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books & Cafe.

Gival Press Night. Featuring John Domini, Mark Wisniewski, Elizabeth Harris, David Winner, Lowell Mick White, Cecelia Martinez Gil, and Thomas McNeely. 7:30 p.m. at Book Soup.

Three Rooms Press presents the launch of BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

PEN Center USA, Lit Hub, and the National Book Critics Circle present The Beautiful and The Damned. Featuring a celebration of the Emerging Voices alumni, Literary Hub partners, and the National Book Critics Circle finalists. And so, so much more. 8 p.m. at The Alexandria Ballrooms.

What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America. Featuring Tisa Bryant, Tracie Morris, Fred Moten, C.S. Giscombe, Will Alexander, Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, Julie Ezelle Patton, Harmony Holiday, Geoffrey Jacques, Douglas Kearney, giovanni singleton, Ronaldo V. Wilson, Aldon Lynn Nielsen, and Lauri Ramey. 8 p.m. at CSULA‘s DTLA campus (801 S. Grand Ave. Suite 600).

Two Dollar Radio/CCM/Entropy/Action Books/Writ Large Press present a reading extravaganza with Mark de Silva, Colin Winnette, Janice Lee, Sean H. Doyle, Dolan Morgan, Ashley Farmer, Alexandra Naughton, Johannes Göransson, Don Mee Choi, Yideum Kim, Valerie Mejer, Wendy C. Ortiz, Rachel McLeod Kaminer, Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama, Ashaki M. Jackson, and more. 8 p.m. at These Days Gallery.

Kundiman & Kaya Present LITERAOKE. Featuring Vidhu Aggarwal, Sam Chanse, Leticia Hernandez, Janine Joseph, Teka Lark, Ed Lin, R. Zamora Linmark, Kenji Liu, Rajiv Mohabir, Angela Peñarendondo, Kemp Powers, Wally Rudolph, Timothy Yu, and Javier Zamora. 9 p.m. at Echoes Under Sunset.

Poor Claudia, Kelsey Street Press, Image Text Ithaca present a poetical evening with John Keene, Claire Donato, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Jamalieh Haley, Greg Purcell, Jennifer Pilch, Mg Roberts, Anna Morrison, Catherine Taylor, Matvei Yankelevich, and Claudia Rankine. 9 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Saturday 4/2: Penny Wolin discusses and signs Descendents of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry. 3 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Stories Books and Cafe presents readings by Alice Bolin, Stephen Burt, Melissa Chadburn, Jerry Gabriell, Eleanor Henderson, Micah Ling, Nate Marshall, Adrian Matejka, Emily Nemens, Elena Passarello, Jim Ruland, Ethan Rutherford, Amy Scharmann, and host Amy Silverberg. 4 p.m. at The Echoplex.

The Account and Memorious present a reading featuring The Account contributors Stanley Plumly, David Baker, and Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Memorious contributors Derrick Austin, Hadara Bar-Nadav, and Jennifer Pashley. 4 p.m. at Mandrake Bar.

Sunil Yapa discusses and signs Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

A gathering of women poets who have written in Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Occupy the Workspace, an anthology edited by Carolyne Wright. 6 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Birds of Lace & Institute for Flying present Yes Femmes. Featuring Amanda Ackerman, Kyunghee Sabina Eo, Myriam Gurba, Johanna Hedva, Lily Hoang, Jacqueline Kari, Clay Kerrigan, Meghan Lamb, Sade Murphy, Tamryn Spruill, and Julie Tolentino. 6 p.m. at Human Resources.

Tongue & Groove presents Queen’s Ferry Press. Featuring Sarah Van Arsdale, Ben Segal, Amy L Clark, Jerry Gabriel, Dina Guidubaldi, Greg Gerke, Tyrone Jaeger, and Ben Nickol. 6 p.m. at The Hotel Cafe.

Radio Novela: A Night of Stories y Sonidos. Hosted by the MFA Program of the University of Miami and Carolina Wren Press, with support from KCRW’s Independent Producer Project and Poesía Para La Gente. Featuring readers Paulette Boudreaux, Vanessa Garcia, and Donna Miscolta. 7 p.m. at 826LA in Echo Park.

Ugly Duckling, Siglio Press, Essay Press and Dorothy, a publishing project present poetry readings by Danielle Dutton, Will Alexander, Richard Kraft and Joe Biel, Amina Cain, Joanna Ruocco, Jenny Boully, and more. 7 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Fourteen Hills and Red Light Lit join forces to bring you a sophisticated evening of poetry, prose, art and song. Featuring Will Alexander, Phillip Barron, MRB Chelko, Mary Hickman, Erika Meitner, Loria Mendoza, K. Silem Mohammad, Vincent Craig Wright, Fisayo Adeyeye, Carson Beker, Lara Coley, Kacy Cunningham, Natasha Dennerstein, Heather June Gibbons, Miah Jeffra, and Ellery Washington. Hosted by: Phillip T. Nails. 7 p.m. at Lilith’s Corner.

n+1 holds a little party of their own, hosted by editors Dayna Tortorici, Nikil Saval, and Charles Petersen. 8 p.m. at Upstairs at Ace Hotel.

An evening with Riverhead Books and Graywolf Press. 8 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Poetry in Motion: Fool for Love. Featuring Melanie Chartoff, Amélie Frank, Peter J. Harris, Carol Potter, Katey Sagal, Theida Salazar, and John Tottenham. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $20 GA, students and seniors $10, members $8.

1913 Press, Insert Blanc Press, Les Figues Press present an evening with poets from their poetry presses. 9 p.m. at Poetic Research Bureau.

Sunday 4/3: Kim Dower discusses and signs Last Train to the Missing Planet. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Dana Elmendorf and Elizabeth Briggs, with moderator Jessica Love discuss their debut novels South of Sunshine and Future Shock. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

The Vital Red Suit, hosted by Brendan Constantine. Featuring Paul Casey, Mindy Nettifee, Lynne Thompson, and Lee Rossi. 7 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Xach Fromson is a native Angeleno and the co-host/co-founder of Shades & Shadows, a sci-fi/fantasy/horror/etc. reading series here in LA. He studied creative writing at California State University Northridge, where he worked on The Northridge Review. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside Palm Desert Low Residency program, and is finishing his first novel. He appeared at Dirty Laundry Lit's "Love Sucks" event in February 2013, and has stories published in "Halloween Tales" and "Winter Horror Days" from Omnium Gatherum press. And once, he slew a dragon. Follow him on Twitter @_mythogenesis_. More from this author →