Five writers will read new work at a hidden, natural amphitheater maintained by Boys Scouts in Griffith Park.
There will be an optional night hike after the reading.
Samantha Cohen, Sara Finnerty, Anne-Marie Kinney, Marlene Nichols, Kim Samek
34º07'46 35"N 118º17'06 62"W
The amphitheater is a short (5 minute) hike from the Merry-Go-Round parking lot #1
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To get to the Merry-Go-Round Lot #1:Make your way to Los Feliz Blvd. There is a water project going on in the park, so the only way to the Merry-Go-Round is via Los Feliz Blvd.
Turn onto Crystal Springs Drive from Los Feliz Blvd.
Don't be afraid of all the construction. It's okay. You will see a tiny railroad and pony rides on your right. I know it's tempting, but bear left up the hill to the stop sign. Proceed.
We will try to post signs along Crystal Springs to reassure you that you are going the right way. You will also see other signs like, "Bertha's Baby Shower," or, "Joey's Birthday Party!" Ours will probably say something like, "Reading this-a-way ------>"
Next, you will approach the turn off for the 5 and 134. Just keep going straight.
Soon, you will reach another stop sign. There will be a madness of signs here. The official address of this intersection is 4668 Crystal Springs Drive. This is where you would theoretically turn right if you wanted to go to the Ranger Station. (You should go to the Ranger Station someday. It's super cool. There's a model of the whole of Griffith Park that has light up trails and points of interest. Also awesome T-shirts, posters, and a wealth of information about the history of the park and Los Angeles.)
Today, though, you will turn left, following the signs to the Merry-Go-Round. At the top of the hill, turn right into the parking lot. This is where you will park.
When you get out of your car, look towards the mountains. Up, up, up in the distance you will see a tiny bridge. This is the direction you want to be walking in. Walk towards the back of the parking lot to the trails.
We promise, there will be something or someone to guide you from there.The official name of the hidden amphitheater is the Fern Canyon Trail Amphitheater.
It's a very short, simple hike from the parking lot.
Optional Post-Reading Night HikeAfter the reading, you are free to join us on a night hike. Depending on the group, we will hike up to either the Vista Viewpoint, or, if we are feeling up to it, all the way up to Mt Hollywood. Mt. Hollywood at night is a magical thing and night or day, has the best view of Los Angeles available via your own two feet.
A Note About AnimalsWe will probably see owls, coyotes and bunnies.
Dogs are welcome at the reading and on the hike, but must be kept on leash.
ReadersSamantha Cohen's fiction has been published in Black Clock, Joyland, Pank, Storyglossia, New Orleans Review, and other places. She teaches Semiotics of Fashion at CalArts, is the creative editor of the online journal Gaga Stigmata, and lives behind the Scientology building in Los Angeles.
Sara Finnerty is a writer and teacher from Queens and lives in Los Angeles. She writes short stories, novellas, novels and personal essays about adolescence, imaginary friends, family, magic and folklore. Links to performances and publications can be reached via her clunky blog, madwet.com. She teaches reading and writing at a few non-profits and private schools around L.A., mostly to sixth to eighth graders. She wants you to know that kids love reading books, so don't worry fellow-writers, what we do is not a dying form.
Anne-Marie Kinney's stories have appeared in Black Clock, Indiana Review and Keyhole, and have been performed at Los Angeles's Word Theatre. Her debut novel, Radio Iris, will be published by Two Dollar Radio in May, 2012. She is currently working on her second novel.
Part writer, part showman, Marlene Nichols knows if you’re not laughing you’re not really living. Her current project, The Shifting of Objects looks back at her life as a member of the “poverty jet-set.” Her previous work, Dress Kiss Me: Beauty, Love, and a Dress That Talks a premiered in New York city in 2010 and played to sold out houses at Stage Left Studio. She is the author of two plays, No Change Given (2010) and Rum Boogie (2009). Other solo plays include Just Back from Dreaming and Seeing Voices. She has performed with the American Theater of Harlem, at Women@Work Fesitval, The Culture Projects’ Impact festival, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, The Rubin Museum (NYC), and given readings at Shakespeare and Company bookstore (Paris) and Cornelia Street (NYC) and LaMama-Umbria (Italy). Awards include a grant from The Looking Glass Theater in New York (2009), an Artward Bound residency to the White Oak Plantation in Florida (2008) and a Fantasy Fountain Fund residency in Paris, France (2006). Her prose work appears in The Writer’s Toolbox (Chronicle Book, 2007) and she is a guest lecturer at New York University, and teaches privately through her Creativity for Genius workshops. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from the American University of Paris and is currently pursuing her MFA at The California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
Kim Samek is an Emmy-nominated writer whose work includes episodes of the animated show WordGirl. She just completed her debut novel Slower Than Your Heart is Sad and is working on her second novel.