TONI ANN JOHNSON
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Doors open at 7:00pm - Reading begins at 7:30pm
The Good Luck Bar, 1514 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, 90027 (east Hollywood/Silver Lake: corner of Hollywood & Hillhurst)
21 and over only.
$5 suggested donation. There will be a cash bar.
Tung-Hui Hu is the author of three collections of poetry, The Book of Motion (2003), Mine (2007), and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in places such as Boston Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Gastronomica; the SoundWalk festival of soundart in Long Beach, CA; and the forthcoming anthology Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. A former faculty member at the Kundiman retreat for Asian American poets, he currently teaches at the University of Michigan, where he is an assistant professor of English and film/media studies.
William Archila was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, and earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. He has published his poems widely, including in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Poetry Daily, Notre Dame Review, and The Georgia Review, among others. He is a PEN Center USA West Emerging Voices fellow. He has been awarded the Alan Collins Scholarship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He has also received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize in 2010. In his first book The Art of Exile Archila asks readers to engage with a subject seldom explored in American poetry: the unrest in El Salvador in the 1980’s and its impact on Central American immigrants who now claim this country as home. The Art of Exile is the recent winner of the Emerging Writer Fellowship Award from the Writer’s Center and the International Latino Book Award. It is also featured in “First Things First: The Fifth Annual Debut Poets Roundup” — the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Poets & Writers. "A poet of the heart and head, of the personal and public, at times William Archila's poignant poems make me hear and feel an echo of Pablo Neruda and Cesar Vallejo," from the introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize winner. His second book The Gravedigger’s Archaeology recently won the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize out in March, 2015.
Mark Maynard is the author of Grind, a collection of short stories published by Torrey House Press and set in and around his hometown of Reno, NV. A graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles' MFA in Creative Writing program, he teaches composition and creative writing at Sierra Nevada College, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Truckee Meadows Community College, where he is a fiction editor for the Meadow. Mark is on the Nevada Humanities Salon advisory board and is co-founder of the Sierra Literary Alliance, a group of writers, publishers, teachers, editors, booksellers and organizations dedicated to developing the culture of the book in Northern California and Nevada.
Toni Ann Johnson won the Humanitas Prize and The Christopher Award for her screenplay, "Ruby Bridges," the ABC film and true story of the young girl who integrated the New Orleans Public School System. Johnson won a second Humanitas Prize for "Crown Heights," the Showtime film based on the Crown Heights riots of 1991. Stage plays have been produced by The Negro Ensemble Company, The Fountainhead Theatre Company, and The New York Stage and Film Company. Short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared, or are forthcoming in The Los Angeles Times, The Movement, Sprout Magazine, Elohi Gadugi Journal, The Emerson Review, and Soundings Review. Remedy For a Broken Angel, her debut novel published by Nortia Press, will be released June 10th, 2014.