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/