Sunday, August 10, 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.
RSVP (not required) at rhapsodomancyla at gmail dot com (RSVP will add you to the Rhapsodomancy email list)
$5 suggested donation at door to benefit Writ Large Press. There will be a cash bar.
Ernest Hardy is a Sundance Fellow whose music and film criticism have appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Vibe, Rolling Stone, the LA Times, Flaunt and the LA Weekly. He’s a contributor to the reference books 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die; Classic Material: the Hip-Hop Album Guide; and Books: the Ultimate Insider’s Guide. His collection of criticism, Blood Beats Vol. 1: Demos, Remixes and Extended Versions, was published in 2006 and was a recipient of the 2007 PEN / Beyond Margins Award. Blood Beats Vol. 2: The Bootleg Joints, was published in February 2008. He’s sat as a juror for the Sundance Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Outfest, and the Los Angeles Film Festival, and co-programmed the FUSION Film Festival in Los Angeles.
He has written liner notes for Chuck D Presents: Louder than a Bomb; Curtis Mayfield: Gospel; Chet Baker: Career 1952-1988; and the box-sets Love, Luther; Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America; and Superstars of Seventies Soul, among others. He co-edited the literary anthology War Diaries (APLA) which was published in 2011. His short story, “Cold & Wet Tired You Bet” appears in Best Gay Stories 2011 (Lethe Press) and two of his poems appear in the anthology Black Gay Genius: On Joseph Beam and “In the Life” (forthcoming from Vintage Entity Press, 2014.) He is currently working on a collection of poetry and short stories.
traci kato-kiriyama is a nationally-touring writer/actor/multi-platform artist/educator/organizer. She is half of the award-winning PULLproject ensemble, whose show, PULL: Tales of Obsession, has toured from Los Angeles to Toronto and recently appeared in East West Player's 2-person site-specific show, Our American Voice. She is the organizer of the Generations Of War oral history & peace education project and Director/Co-Founder of Tuesday Night Project - which opened it's 16th season of "Tuesday Night Cafe," acknowledged in LA Weekly's Best of L.A. 2013 list as "Best Free Downtown Performance Series." traci has facilitated writing, performance and arts activism workshops & collaborations for over the last 15 years - including projects such as the Los Angeles Day Of Remembrance performance she directed which brought together Japanese American and American Muslim storytellers; and courses such as "Wellness & Expression in the Asian American Community" for the Claremont Colleges. traci's written work has been published and presented through a wide variety of platforms (incl. Regent Press; The Undeniables; Rafu Shimpo; Angry Asian Man; Ford Amphitheatre's Inside The Ford), and she looks forward to finding more time to finish her second book of poetry & writing, slated for publication in early 2015 by Writ Large Press.
Jessica Ceballos is a third-generation Angeleño, a life-long volunteer, community advocate, avid traveler, and cultural wanderer. She’s also a retired Interior Designer who dabbles in music and photography. She was recently elected to the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, and she works as the Curator of Literary Arts Programming in addition to Gallery Assistant at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, where she coordinates the Poesia Para La Gente and Bluebird Reading programs among other literary events. In July she entered the world of publishing by becoming the 4th partner at downtown LA based indie literary publisher Writ Large Press/DTLAB. As a poet, her work has most recently appeared in Cultural Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, YAY!LA, LA Examiner, La Boga, Hinchas de Poesia, and the Haight Ashbury Journal among others. She has featured at venues throughout Southern California, often with musical accompaniment. Find out more at www.jessicaceballos.com.