Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Reading at The Griffith Observatory

                                                Monday, November 12th at 7:30 p.m.
                                                      Outside the Griffith Observatory

          Four writers will read stories and poems overlooking the city outside the Observatory
                                                                   Aimee Bender
                                                               Lauren Eggert-Crowe
                                                                  Douglas Kearney
                                                                      Janice Lee


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Griffith Park Storytelling Series

Exact location of the event: We will be on the ground-level overlook behind the Observatory. If you are facing the Observatory, just walk around the right hand side. Do not climb any steps. We will be hanging out at the beautiful, sweeping view of Los Angeles.

A note on seating and sound: The enclave is quiet, with wonderful acoustics, so we don't anticipate any sound issues. We will have a very limited amount of seating. If you'd like, feel free to bring your own chair. The ground is concrete, not grass, so you may bring a blanket but it will be on a hard surface.

Directions to the Observatory: You must enter through the Vermont entrance, as the Fern Dell entrance closes at sunset. From Los Feliz Blvd, head up the hill into the park via Vermont or Hillhurst (the streets merge before the entrance.) It will be dark, but just continue up the hill past the Greek Theater. There will be signs to the Observatory. There will be a fork in the road just before a tunnel. The left fork is for cyclers and hikers. Take the right fork through the tunnel and continue up the hill to the Observatory parking lot. Walk towards the Observatory and we will be at the overlook behind the building on the right-hand side. Do not climb or descend any stairs, as we will be on the ground level.

Aimee Bender is the author of four books including The Girl in the
Flammable Skirt and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Her fiction
has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper's, The Paris Review, Tin House,
and more, and she currently has a story in McSweeney's. She lives in
L.A. and teaches creative writing at USC.

Lauren Eggert-Crowe's poetry appears in Maintenant, Interrupture,
DIAGRAM, Water-Stone Review, Terrain.org, OccupyWriters, and Eleven
Eleven, among others. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The
Exhibit and In The Songbird Laboratory, both forthcoming this winter.
She has written for The Rumpus, Salon, and L.A. Review of Books. She
recently started a blog called Fake-ademia, a Tumblr of sexy titles for
academic papers she would write if she weren't too lazy to do actual
research. She wants all of you to submit.

Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney's first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. Red Hen will also publish Kearney’s third collection, Patter in 2014. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the Pen Center USA Award in 2010. His newest chapbook, SkinMag (A5/Deadly Chaps) is now available. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a Coat Hanger award and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California's Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts and Antioch.

Janice Lee is a writer, artist, editor, designer, curator, and scholar interested in the relationships between metaphors of consciousness and experimental narrative. Her work can be found in antennae, sidebrow, Action Yes, Joyland, Luvina, Everday Genius, elimae, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of two highly acclaimed novels: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Publishing, 2012), a multidisciplinary exploration of cyborgs, brains, and the stakes of consciousness; and Daughter (Jaded Ibis, May 2011). She also has several chapbooks: Red Trees, Fried Chicken Dinner (Parrot/Insert Press, August 2012), and The Other Worlds (Eohippus Labs, June 2012). She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is Co-Editor of the online journal [out of nothing], Co-Founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization Strophe, Reviews Editor at HTMLGIANT, and Founder/CEO of POTG Design. Most recently, she was selected by John D’Agata as Black Warrior Review‘s Nonfiction Grand Prize Winner and she currently teaches at CalArts.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pictures from Fern Dell and the Trails Cafe

This update is a month or two late, but we'd like to thank our readers and guests for the lovely afternoon! We had some technical issues, but we will try our best to remedy sound issues in the future!

Anne-Marie and Dee Dee, official Griffith Park Storytelling Series helper, welcome guests

Stephen Van Dyck 

Another view of Stephen Van Dyck

Robin Myrick

Grace Krilanovich

J Ryan Stradal

Lisa Teasley

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Reading in Fern Dell

                                                         August 12th, 2012 at 5pm
                                              A Reading at the Trails Cafe in Fern Dell
                                          2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Five writers will perform stories, poems and essays in the outdoor, shaded seating area beside the Trails Cafe in Griffith Park

                                                             Grace Krilanovich
                                                                 Robin Myrick
                                                                J Ryan Stradal
                                                                  Lisa Teasley
                                                             Stephen Van Dyck

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Griffith Park Storytelling Series

Directions: Turn into the park via Fern Dell Drive from Western or Los Feliz Blvd. Drive straight on Fern Dell until you see the Trails Cafe on your left. Park anywhere along the road and head to the Trails Cafe. You will see white lights and picnic tables. Come a few minutes early if you would like to walk around Fern Dell or purchase some homemade sweet or savory foods from the Cafe.

Grace Krilanovich's debut novel The Orange Eats Creeps, published by Two Dollar Radio, was a finalist for the Indie Booksellers' Choice Award and the Believer Book Award, and was named one of Amazon's Top  Ten Science Fiction/Fantasy Books of 2010. Grace is a MacDowell Colony fellow and was a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree for 2010.

Robin Myrick is a Texas-based writer, visual artist, and color commentator on American culture. She's currently an instructor and doctoral student at the University of Texas at Dallas, and she holds an MFA in Writing and Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been featured in Chronometry, [out of nothing], and the anthology You've Probably Read This Before, among other respectable-type publications. She also makes and shows things with the art collective In Cooperation With Muscle Nation.

J Ryan Stradal is from what claims to be the second-oldest town in Minnesota. His writing has appeared in Hobart, The Ratting Wall, Midwestern Gothic, The Rumpus, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The McSweeney's comic strip series "The Goods," The Nervous Breakdown, and The Foghorn, among others. He also volunteers for 826LA, helps make products and materials for the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, and sometimes produces Emmy-nominated TV shows. He likes books, wine and peas. 

Lisa Teasley is the author of the critically acclaimed novels HEAT SIGNATURE and DIVE, and the award-winning story collection, GLOW IN THE DARK. A frequent contributor to Black Clock, Teasley is also writer and presenter of the BBC Television documentary “High School Prom” and a columnist for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Stephen van Dyck uses performance, video, text and sound to dissect social rules and spaces. An MFA graduate of Integrated Media, Critical Studies and Experimental Sound Practices at CalArts, he has performed and presented work all around Los Angeles, including LACMA, MOCA, Machine Project, LACE, Wildness, Public Fiction, Workspace and Sea and Space.  Since 2008, he has curated the annual Los Angeles Road Concerts, all-day arts events of over 200 LA artists and locals re-imagining unused public space along the entire lengths of LA's very long streets with site-specific installations, performances, discussions and car pool happenings. He's currently amidst completion of his first book, "People I've Met from the Internet," a conceptual writing project, coming out/coming of age story and field study in the form of a very long annotated list. He forever resides in LA and for money he pretends to be fifty identities on an online forum to make a website seem popular.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pictures from the Old Zoo Reading

This was a really special reading-- a beautiful afternoon, fantastic readers and a solar eclipse! Thank you to everyone who joined us, especially our readers:

Francesca Lia Block read from her upcoming novel, "The Immortals." We love her.
Allison Carter captivated us with prose poems.

Laura Vena read her trademark evocative prose.

The Old Zoo in Griffith Park

Cole Cohen read from her enthralling memoir.

All the readers were so great. 

Cecil Castellucci reads from her YA novel, "The Queen of Cool."

Cecil's selection takes place in the Old Zoo, exactly where she is reading. Doesn't get any better than that.

We hang around and watch the eclipse!

Thanks to everyone who shared this lovely day with us!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Reading at the Old Zoo

                                        Sunday, May 20th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
                                              The Old Zoo in Griffith Park
 Five writers will read their work amidst the creepy and beautiful ruins of the Old Zoo.

             Francesca Lia Block, Allison Carter, Cecil Castellucci, Cole Cohen, Laura Vena

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Griffith Park Storytelling Series

**Please allow time to park and walk to the Old Zoo, as we will be starting as close to 5:00 p.m. as possible, and no later than 5:05 p.m.**

The Independent Shakespeare Company has detailed maps and directions to the Old Zoo. They also have hot pink signs up which point the way to the Old Zoo.

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 towards the stairs. Go up the stairs, and you will see the Old Zoo across the open field to your left. We will be at the first large enclosure with the picnic tables (shown in the photo above.)

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.

                    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.

We will, hopefully, be in the first large nook with the picnic tables (the first picture in this post). If not, we will be in one of the other enclosures. 

Solar Eclipse:
There will be a partial solar eclipse taking place as the reading ends. It looks like the height of the eclipse will happen just after 6:30. We will have some solar-safe glasses on hand to share! We will most likely walk up a steep hill to get the best view of the eclipse.

Francesca Lia Block is the award-winning author of many books including DANGEROUS ANGELS: THE WEETZIE BAT BOOKS, PINK SMOG, PRETTY DEAD, THE FRENZY, ROSES AND BONES and the upcoming THE ELEMENTALS. She teaches creative writing and has curated the e-bbok anthology LOVE MAGICK. Visit her atwww.francescaliablock.com

Allison Carter is the author of two books, A Fixed, Formal Arrangement (Les Figues Press) and Here Versus Elsewhere, forthcoming from Insert Blanc Press; and three chapbooks: Shadows Are Weather (Horse Less Press), All Bodies Are The Same and They Have The Same Reactions (Insert Press) and Sum Total (Eohippus Labs: n°5). Her work has otherwise been published in Conjunctions, Joyland, P-Queue, 5_Trope, Fence, 3rd Bed, and other journals. She studied at Brown University and at California Institute of the Arts.
Allison Carter currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. She teaches creative writing and conducts outreach at Reasons Eating Disorder Center.

Cecil Castellucci's novels for young adults include First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool, and Boy Proof and a picture book Grandma's Gloves which won the California Book Award gold medal. She also wrote the graphic novels The PLAIN Janes and Janes in Love for DC Comics Minx line. She has had numerous short stories published in various places including Strange Horizons, Teeth, The Eternal Kiss, Geektastic (which she co-edited) and Interfictions 2. Her upcoming half prose / half graphic novel is called The Year of the Beasts will be out in May. In addition to writing books, she writes plays, opera librettos, does performance pieces and occasionally rocks out. For more information go to www.misscecil.com

Cole Cohen received her MFA in writing from CalArts in 2009. Her memoir about being diagnosed with a rare neurological condition three months before starting her MFA was a nonfiction finalist for the 2011 Bakeless Prize and the 2011 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award. She was a 2010 Yaddo Fellow and is currently the Programs & Events Coordinator at UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. 

Laura Vena is a writer, artist and translator whose work has appeared in Super Arrow, Tarpaulin Sky, In Posse Review, The Dirty Fabulous, and Antennae. Laura holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Critical Studies from CalArts and teaches Latin American Literature and writing. She is writing coordinator for Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization, Strophe, and co-curator of the lecture and performance series, Novum. http://schoolofstrophe.com/

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pictures from the Batcaves

Many thanks to our awesome readers! It was such a pleasure to hear each of you read.
Below are some pictures from the Bronson Caves Reading. Sorry for the cell phone quality- we all forgot our fancy cameras.

swanky set-up in the caves


the outdoors and literary lovers



Seth Blake reading

K-Kvashay Boyle reading

Colin Dickey reading

Beth McNamara reading

Jillian Lauren reading

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Reading at the Bronson Caves

                                         Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:00 P.M.
                                                    at the Batcaves of Griffith Park

                Seth Blake, Colin Dickey, K. Kvashay-Boyle, Jillian Lauren, Beth McNamara

                     Five writers will read/perform new work at the Batcaves of Griffith Park. 

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.

We will most likely be along the backside of the caves, in some sort of nook. We will have some chairs set up, and will try to put up a sign somewhere to point you in the right direction.

Link to Facebook Event


Seth Blake is an associate editor of Black Clock and an MFA candidate at CalArts. He used to write about candy for a living, but now focuses primarily on the absurd pleasures and extreme limits of genre in short stories that have been described as "Proto-Fictional." His work has been featured in New Hampshire Pulp Fiction, The Reality Institute, Red Sky and SeNor Walkway.

Colin Dickey is the author of Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius, and Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith (forthcoming). His work has appeared in Lapham's Quarterly, LA Review of Books, Cabinet, and other places. He lives in Los Angeles.

K. Kvashay-Boyle is a pseudonym. 

Jillian Lauren is the author of the memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel Pretty. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and Vanity Fair among others. She has performed at spoken word and storytelling events across the country. She recently debuted her one-woman show, Mother Tongue.

Beth McNamara is a Los Angeles based embracer of physical activity, fabric, animals, music, reading, and writing. She's a member of the band, Bloody Death Skull, and is currently working on her first collection of short stories, These Months Were Not Tall.

Pictures to help you find the trail:

follow the pink curb to the right
entrance to the short trail to the Bronson Caves
a gentle uphill walk for a few minutes
the batcaves will be hard to miss
we may try to set up the reading inside the caves

the batcaves, or their proper, less cool name: the bronson caves

perfect view of the Hollywood sign and perfect time to readjust your view of LA