Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Reading in The Bronson Caves

Sunday, May 4th, 2014
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

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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!


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,, 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.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pictures from Abandoned Cabin Reading

We are grateful to our readers, Andrew Choate, Steph Cha, Kima Jones and Ben Loory, who did a fantastic job telling us stories, making us laugh and being their luminous selves. Thanks also to everyone who made the trek up the hill to this strange little cabin. See you in February!

Dogs love readings

The Abandoned Cabin

Andrew Choate

Kima Jones

Ben Loory

Steph Cha
Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Reading at The Abandoned Cabin

                                                Sunday, December 8th, 2013
                                                                    2:00 p.m.

Join us for our last reading of the year at the Abandoned Cabin above the Old Zoo.

                                                                     Steph Cha
                                                                Andrew Choate
                                                                    Kima Jones
                                                                    Ben Loory

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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. Walk past the enclosures until you reach a fork in the road. A paved trail will make a sharp left turn up the hill behind you--walk up this trail to the Abandoned Cabin. We will have signs up pointing the way, and chairs and a refreshment table set up inside the cabin. The cabin is less than a ten minute walk from the parking 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. 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, and the Abandoned Cabin is just a minute or two above the Zoo.

                      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. There are two staircases, and either one will lead you to the Old Zoo.

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

Continue up the hill past the Old Zoo enclosures. 

Just past the last enclosure, there will be a paved trail that veers sharply to the left, up the hill. Take this trail up to the Abandoned Cabin.

Once past the enclosures, we will have a chair and sign set up at a trail juncture. We will also have signs up along Crystal Springs and along the trails. The Abandoned Cabin is about a ten minute walk from the parking lot. We look forward to seeing you!


Steph Cha  is the author of Follow Her Home (St. Martin's Minotaur, 2013) and Beware Beware (St. Martin's Minotaur, 2014). Her first published short story will appear in the upcoming fiction issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is a regular contributor to Trop Magazine, and writes Jonathan Gold's Scouting Reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Andrew Choate is the author of "Too Many Times I See Every Thing Just The
Way It Is", "Language Makes Plastic of the Body" and "Stingray Clapping." His next book, "Learning", will be published by Writ Large Press in 2014. He is also working on a book called "260 or 77 Aquariums" that will combine his "Horizon Poems" with his landscape architecture photographs.

Kima Jones is a 2013 PEN USA Emerging Voices fellow in poetry, a Voices at VONA alum and 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow in poetry. She has been published at The Rumpus and PANK among others. Kima lives in Los Angeles and is writing her first poetry collection, The Anatomy of Forgiveness

Ben Loory's fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, on This American Life, at WordTheatre, and on Selected Shorts. His book Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day was published by Penguin in 2011.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Reading at the Bird Sanctuary

                                                    Sunday, September 1st, 5pm
                                            at the Bird Sanctuary in Griffith Park

                                                                   Tom Dibblee
                                                                 Brittany Goode
                                                                 Joseph Mattson
                                                                      ZoĆ« Ruiz
                                                                  Brandon Som

Directions to the Bird Sanctuary:

The Bird Sanctuary is just north of the Greek Theater. From Loz Feliz Blvd., head north on Vermont Ave. into Griffith Park. There will be pull-in parking on your right. Park in one of the spots further up the hill. The Bird Sanctuary is at the first bend in the road. Look for Griffith Park Storytelling Series signs and arrows! There will be restrooms, and the entrance to the Bird Sanctuary is through the fence just to the left of the restrooms. We will be set up slightly up the trail. 

Photo directions:

On Vermont Ave., there will be pull-in parking on your right. 

Park in a spot further up the hill, before the bend in the road.

Look for the Bird Sanctuary sign, and for Griffith Park Storytelling Series' signs!

There are restrooms just before the short trail to the reading. Go through the fence just left of the restrooms. Look for chairs in one of the dried out stream beds!

Tom Dibblee's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, the LA Review of Books, and The Point. He edits Trop at

Brittany Goode is a writer and publisher living in LA. Currently she is managing her obsession with pseudonyms.

Joseph Mattson is the author of Eat Hell (Narrow Books) and Empty the Sun (Barnacle), a novel with soundtrack by Drag City recording artist Six Organs of Admittance, and finalist for the 2010 SCIBA Fiction Award, and also recently chosen by the LA Weekly as one of the best L.A. novels of all time. Mattson is the editor of and contributor to The Speed Chronicles (Akashic Books), which also features the work of Sherman Alexie, Beth Lisick, William T. Vollmann, James Franco, and more. Mattson's work has appeared in SlakeThe Rattling WallPearl, and others, with two recent works acknowledged in Houghton Mifflin's 2012 Best American series. He was the recipient of a prestigious 2011-2012 COLA Individual Artist Grant for his novel-in-progress, Hexico. Mattson is also at work on a memoir of his mother's death by homicide. He can be reached at

Zoe Ruiz is the managing editor of The Rumpus and staff member of FOUND magazine. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Two Serious Ladies, and Trop. She's working on her interview project, "Learn People Better," and curates READINGS, a Los Angeles based reading series. When she is not writing, she teaches yoga.

Brandon Som is the author of the chapbook Babel’s Moon, winner of the Tupelo Press Snowbound Prize. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Black Warrior Review, and Octopus Magazine. He has been awarded fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His full-length collection The Tribute Horse was selected for the 2012 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize and will be published in the spring of 2014.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pictures of The Old Zoo Reading, 2013

We had a wonderful afternoon within one of the Old Zoo enclosures this past May. Our next reading will most likely be in early September, somewhere within Griffith Park. Stay tuned by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

Bloody Death Skull welcomes our audience

Sara Finnerty introduces readers

Amanda Yates tells stories of Los Angeles

Amanda Yates

We loved listening to Melinda Palacio, who wrote a beautiful write-up of the event for La Bloga

Dogs love The Griffith Park Storytelling Series

Anne-Marie Kinney introduces readers

Diana Wagman kept us laughing

Chiwan Choi, in what he said may be his last reading, which we hope is something that does not stay true.

Abe Kinney makes our beautiful posters, and Dee Dee makes sure the readings run smoothly

Chiwan Choi

Our beautiful audience!

Bloody Death Skull serenades us until the end.