Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Reading at the Old Zoo

                            Sunday, April 24th at 5pm





  We will be joined by Katya Apekina, Bruce Bauman, Lisa Beebe, Julia Ingalls and Lilliam Rivera

                                                 


Facebook Event:  Click here to RSVP


The Old Zoo enclosures were made to be cool. They are made of stone and totally in the shade. We will also have seating and refreshments.
Dogs and kids are welcome! (Although readings will probably contain adult themes and language)

The closest GPS/WAZE address is the Ranger Station
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(instead of turning towards the ranger station, turn towards the MERRY GO ROUND and follow directions below)

Directions

If you are familiar with the park, make your way to Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Walk through the trailhead towards the picnic areas and turn left. Take any trail, making your way toward the stairs or ramp. Go up the stairs or ramp, and you will see the Old Zoo across the open field to your left. We will be inside one of the enclosures-- probably the second or third. We will have signs up pointing the way, and chairs and a refreshment table set up inside the enclosure.

Detailed directions: 

Make your way to Los Feliz Blvd. and turn onto Crystal Springs Drive into the park. We will have signs along Crystal Springs to assure you that you are headed in the right direction.
Continue straight through the first stop sign, which is the turn-off for the 5. 
Soon, you will reach another stop sign. We will have a sign up here, and there will likely be many other signs up as well. The Ranger station is to your right, but you will turn LEFT, following signs for the MERRY-GO-ROUND.
At the top of the hill, turn right into the parking lot. This is Merry-Go-Round Lot #1. Drive through this lot to the next parking lot, Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Park here. The Old Zoo is a short (5-7 minute) walk from the parking lot.

                      Walk straight along the road, but do not turn right down the hill. 


Continue walking straight through the trailheads towards the picnic areas. We will have a sign up at the trailhead.



                    Turn left, staying on the trails, which look like pavement covered in sand. 
                                                     Do not walk towards the cars ahead.



The trails around here all lead in sort of the same direction, so don't worry too much about staying on a particular trail. Soon, you will see a purple fire hydrant. Turn left up the hill and keep an eye out for staircases or a ramp. Either one will lead you to the Old Zoo.




Walk up the stairs/ramp and there will be a wide open field before you. Head left towards the ruins.

                                                                  



We will be in one of the enclosures. We will have chairs set up, a refreshments table, and a sign at the entrance.  We look forward to seeing you there!




Monday, September 7, 2015

A Reading at the Old Zoo

                                      Sunday, September 20th at 4pm


We are happy to finally announce our next reading at the Old Zoo with some of our favorite writers:


                                                    Melissa Chadburn
                                                      Maggie Downs
                                                        Henry Hoke
                                                     Anthony Miller
                                                       Hope Wabuke

Facebook Event Page: click here

The Old Zoo enclosures were made to be cool. They are made of stone and totally in the shade. We will also have seating and refreshments.
Dogs and kids are welcome!

The closest GPS/WAZE address is the Ranger Station
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(instead of turning towards the ranger station, turn towards the MERRY GO ROUND and follow directions below)

Directions

If you are familiar with the park, make your way to Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Walk through the trailhead towards the picnic areas and turn left. Take any trail, making your way toward the stairs. Go up the stairs, and you will see the Old Zoo across the open field to your left. We will be inside one of the enclosures-- probably the second or third. We will have signs up pointing the way, and chairs and a refreshment table set up inside the enclosure.

Detailed directions: 

Make your way to Los Feliz Blvd. and turn onto Crystal Springs Drive into the park. We will have signs along Crystal Springs to assure you that you are headed in the right direction.
Continue straight through the first stop sign, which is the turn-off for the 5. 
Soon, you will reach another stop sign. We will have a sign up here, and there will likely be many other signs up as well. The Ranger station is to your right, but you will turn LEFT, following signs for the MERRY-GO-ROUND.
At the top of the hill, turn right into the parking lot. This is Merry-Go-Round Lot #1. Drive through this lot to the next parking lot, Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Park here. The Old Zoo is a short (5-7 minute) walk from the parking lot.

                      Walk straight along the road, but do not turn right down the hill. 


Continue walking straight through the trailheads towards the picnic areas. We will have a sign up at the trailhead.



                    Turn left, staying on the trails, which look like pavement covered in sand. 
                                                     Do not walk towards the cars ahead.



The trails around here all lead in sort of the same direction, so don't worry too much about staying on a particular trail. Soon, you will see a purple fire hydrant. Turn left up the hill and keep an eye out for staircases or a ramp. Either one will lead you to the Old Zoo.




Walk up the stairs/ramp and there will be a wide open field before you. Head left towards the ruins.

                                                                  



We will be in one of the enclosures. We will have chairs set up, a refreshments table, and a sign at the entrance.  We look forward to seeing you there!






Melissa Chadburn

Maggie Downs is a writer based in Palm Springs, California. Her work has been published by the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, the Rumpus, Paste Magazine, and many others. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside, and is working on an Amish romance novel because she has a thing for apple butter.

Henry Hoke wrote The Book of Endless Sleepovers (forthcoming in 2016 from Civil Coping Mechanisms). Some of his stories appear in The Collagist, Electric Literature, Tierra Adentro and PANK. He co-created and directs Enter>text, a living literary journal in Los Angeles.

Anthony Miller is a writer, critic, and night owl. His writing has recently appeared in HiLobrow, Monster Nerd, and Black Clock, where he is an editor-at-large. He is at work on a novel and a book about secret histories. His seventh-grade math teacher once said of him: “Sometimes Anthony makes more of a concept than is actually there.”

Hope Wabuke is a southern California based essayist, writer and poet. She is a contributing editor for The Root and a contributing writer for Kirkus Reviews. Her work also been published in Guernica, The Daily Beast, Salon, Gawker, Ozy, Ms. Magazine online, The North American Review, Salamander Magazine, Ruminate Magazine, Fjords Literary Journal and others. She is the author of the chapbook Movement No.1: Trains and a finalist for the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize.








Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Reading at the Old Zoo (LOCATION CHANGED TO POP HOP BOOKSTORE IN HIGHLAND PARK)


                                                Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at 4pm


                                             Iris De Anda
                                           Leonard Hyman
                                              Guy Jackson
                                            Lisa Mecham
                                        Dante Zuniga-West






Facebook Event Page

Due to the chance of rain, for the first time The Griffith Park Storytelling Series will not be held in the park. The Pop Hop has graciously allowed us to use their store for the reading. Please join us at this small neighborhood book store!

The Pop Hop
5002 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042


The closest GPS/WAZE address is the Ranger Station
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(instead of turning towards the ranger station, turn towards the MERRY GO ROUND and follow directions below)

Directions

If you are familiar with the park, make your way to Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Walk through the trailhead towards the picnic areas and turn left. Take any trail, making your way toward the stairs. Go up the stairs, and you will see the Old Zoo across the open field to your left. We will be inside one of the enclosures-- probably the second or third. We will have signs up pointing the way, and chairs and a refreshment table set up inside the enclosure.

Detailed directions: 

Make your way to Los Feliz Blvd. and turn onto Crystal Springs Drive into the park. We will have signs along Crystal Springs to assure you that you are headed in the right direction.
Continue straight through the first stop sign, which is the turn-off for the 5. 
Soon, you will reach another stop sign. We will have a sign up here, and there will likely be many other signs up as well. The Ranger station is to your right, but you will turn LEFT, following signs for the MERRY-GO-ROUND.
At the top of the hill, turn right into the parking lot. This is Merry-Go-Round Lot #1. Drive through this lot to the next parking lot, Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Park here. The Old Zoo is a short (5-7 minute) walk from the parking lot.

                      Walk straight along the road, but do not turn right down the hill. 


Continue walking straight through the trailheads towards the picnic areas. We will have a sign up at the trailhead.



                    Turn left, staying on the trails, which look like pavement covered in sand. 
                                                     Do not walk towards the cars ahead.



The trails around here all lead in sort of the same direction, so don't worry too much about staying on a particular trail. Soon, you will see a purple fire hydrant. Turn left up the hill and keep an eye out for staircases or a ramp. Either one will lead you to the Old Zoo.




Walk up the stairs/ramp and there will be a wide open field before you. Head left towards the ruins.

                                                                  



We will be in one of the enclosures. We will have chairs set up, a refreshments table, and a sign at the entrance.  We look forward to seeing you there!





Bios:
Iris De Anda is a writer, activist, and practitioner of the healing arts. A womyn of color of Mexican and Salvadorean descent. A native of Los Angeles she believes in the power of spoken word, poetry, storytelling, and dreams. She has been published in Mujeres de Maiz Zine, Loudmouth Zine: Cal State LA, OCCUPY SF poems from the movement, Seeds of Resistance, In the Words of Women, Twenty: In Memoriam, Revolutionary Poets Brigade Los Angeles Anthology, Frontera Esquina, Brooklyn & Boyle, and online at La Bloga. She is a moderator for Poets Responding to SB 1070. She performs at community venues and events throughout the Los Angeles area & Southern California. She hosted The Writers Underground Open Mic 2012 at Mazatlan Theatre and 100,000 Poets for Change 2012, 2013, and 2014 at the Eastside Cafe. She currently hosts The Writers Underground Open Mic every Third Thursday of the month at the Eastside Cafe. Author of CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon.

By day, Leonard Hyman is a public policy nerd with a passion for technology and politics. By night, he is one of the LA producers of the monthly show Mortified -- "a comic excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids."

Currently living in Los Angeles, Guy J. Jackson is a writer, performer, and moviemaker. His first collection of short stories Drink The Rest Of That from Roundfire Books can be found at http://www.roundfirebooks.com/books/drink-rest-that. BBC sound artist Robin The Fog collaborated with Guy on their recent storytelling album "Notes On Cow Life", downloadable via thefogsignals.com. Guy’s first horror screenplay has been optioned by Sean S. Cunningham’s Crystal Lake Entertainment for production in 2015. And shorts Guy made between pints in London can be found here: youtube.com/guyjjackson

Lisa Mecham writes a little bit of everything. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Barrelhouse Online and Juked, among other publications. A Midwesterner at heart, Lisa lives in Los Angeles where she's revising her first novel and of course, writing a screenplay.

Dante Zuniga-West

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Reading in The Bronson Caves


Sunday, May 4th, 2014
5pm
At the Batcaves of Griffith Park




                                     Join us for an afternoon of readings with
  Rich Ferguson, Wendy C. Ortiz, Martin Pousson, Ani Raya-Flores and Karolina Waclawiak


To Get to the Batcaves/Bronson Caves:

From Franklin Ave., head towards the Hollywood Sign on either Bronson Ave. or Canyon Dr.
Bronson eventually merges into Canyon, so it doesn't matter which street you take as long as you keep heading up the hill. Canyon Drive runs right into Griffith Park. There will be a parking lot on your right. Park here or along the road.
The trail is actually right above the parking lot. You will see the tops of people's heads. To find the proper trail head, walk to the far north side of the parking lot (the opposite direction from which you drove.) You will walk along the road for a minute or two. Ahead will be another small parking lot to your left-- straight ahead is the trail to the Hollywood Sign-- although this is an awesome hike, it is not the way to the caves. To get to the reading, follow the pink curb to the right. This will lead to the entrance to the wide, heavily trafficked and easy to find trail to the caves. The caves are a five-seven minute walk from the parking lot. Pictures of the trailhead and trails are below.

You will find us inside the caves, most likely along the back entrance. We will have some chairs set up, and will try to put up signs to point you in the right direction.

Pushcart-nominated poet Rich Ferguson has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Wanda Coleman, T.C. Boyle, and many other esteemed poets and musicians. He is also a featured performer in the film, What About Me? featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, Krishna Das, and others. He has been published in the LA TIMES, was a winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, LA, and his spoken word/music videos have been featured internationally. Ferguson is host of the weekly podcast Poetiscape, and is a regular contributor and poetry editor to the online literary journal, The Nervous Breakdown. His poetry collection 8th & Agony has been published by L.A.’s Punk Hostage Press.


Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, coming out from Future Tense Books in July, and Hollywood Notebook, forthcoming from Writ Large Press in fall 2014. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nervous Breakdown, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and The Rumpus, among other journals. Wendy writes the column "On the Trail of Mary Jane" about medical marijuana dispensary culture for McSweeney's Internet Tendency. 


Martin Pousson was born and raised in the bayou land of Acadiana. His novel, No Place, Louisiana, was published by Riverhead Books and was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. His collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His short stories were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 2014. The stories have been published in numerous journals and reviews including The Antioch Review, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, The Rattling Wall, Parnassus, Cimarron Review, and New Orleans Review. He is working now on a story collection called Black Sheep Boy.

Karolina Waclawiak is the author of How to Get Into the Twin Palms and the essays editor of the Believer. She just moved back to Los Angeles after 5 years so be nice to her.


Pictures to help you find the caves:


follow the pink curb to the right

proceed through trail head

a gentle uphill walk for about five minutes

the trail curves to the left, and the caves will be hard to miss

walk through the caves!

we will likely be set up inside the caves

view of hollywood sign

see you there!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Reading at the Hidden Amphitheater


        Sunday, February 16th, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

             Join us for an afternoon of stories in a hidden natural amphitheater inside Griffith Park

                                                    Neelanjana Banergee
                                                          Trinie Dalton
                                                             Jim Gavin
                                                         Janet Sarbanes
                                                            Bel Poblador

RSVP here: Event Page
Follow us on Twitter: @griffithparklit
Like us on Facebook:  Griffith Park Storytelling Series


If you are familiar with the park: Make your way to Merry-Go-Round Lot #1. Park anywhere. Before you pull into the lot, you will see Griffith Park Storytelling Series signs attached to the trailhead. After you park, walk back out to the road and to the trail head. Follow the signs to the Hidden Amphitheater. It is a very short and easy 5 minute hike from the lot. 

Detailed Directions: Make your way to Los Feliz Blvd. and turn onto Crystal Springs Drive into the park. We will have signs along Crystal Springs to assure you that you are headed in the right direction.
              Continue straight through the first stop sign, which is the turn-off for the 5. 
Soon, you will reach another stop sign. We will have a sign up here, and there will likely be many other signs up as well. The Ranger station is to your right, but you will turn LEFT, following signs for the MERRY-GO-ROUND.
              At the top of the hill, turn right into the parking lot. This is Merry-Go-Round Lot #1. Park anywhere. Right before you make the right into the lot you will have seen the trail head and signs for the Griffith Park Storytelling Series. After you park, walk back out of the lot and follow the signs to the Hidden Amphitheater. 


Once you park, walk back out to the road, through these white and red striped poles, up the hill towards the trails ahead.

After 50 feet or so, there will be a series of trail just off the paved road to your left. We will have a chair up at this juncture with a sign to point you in the right direction. (Take the trail to the left)

Stay on the main trail to the right. We will have a chair and sign here as well to point you in the right direction.

There are tiny new plants growing all along the trail!





See you there!

                                            




Readers:
Neelanjana Banergee's short stories, poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, PANK, The Rumpus, World Literature Today, and other places. She co-edited the award-winning Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2010). She is the Managing Editor of Kaya Press, and a teaching artist with artworxLA. She lives in Silverlake and is working on her first novel.

Trinie Dalton has authored, edited, and/or curated six books, including Wide Eyed, a finalist for The Believer book award, Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is, co-edited with Lisa Wagner and Eli Horowitz, and her most recent short story collection, Baby Geisha. She also writes about art, books and music, and has written for magazines such as Bookforum, Artforum.com, The Believer, Modern Painters, and Paper.

Jim Gavin's debut story collection, Middle Men, was published last year by Simon & Schuster. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Esquire, Zoetrope, ZYZZYVA, The Mississippi Review, and Slice. He lives in Los Angeles. 

Janet Sarbanes Janet Sarbanes is using her creative leave from CalArts to complete a book of essays on the social dimension of aesthetic practice and begin work on a collection of ecofiction.  Her essay on radical pedagogy in the early history of CalArts comes out on East of Borneo this month

Bel Poblador is a Los Angeles native and writer, but her heart belongs to San Francisco. She received her MFA in Writing from CalArts in 2013, where she an associate editor for Black Clock literary magazine, and an editor and curator forthe Next Words 2013 publication and reading series. She is also an editor of the 
forthcoming anthology Best of Trop, Volume I: Watching the Cash Roll in Since 2012, which will be available in late-February. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in {m}aganda magazine, Next Words 2013, the Black Clock blog, and Best of Trop, Volume I. Bel Poblador is a rock that holds the ocean.