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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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. 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!


Readers:

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 tropmag.com.

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 josephfmattson@yahoo.com

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.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Reading at the Old Zoo


                                               May 19th, 2013 at 5:30pm
                                            The Old Zoo in Griffith Park

                                                             Chiwan Choi
                                                       Melinda Palacio
                                                       Diana Wagman
                                                         Amanda Yates

                                          and musical guest Bloody Death Skull



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Directions
The Independent Shakespeare Company has detailed maps and directions to the Old Zoo. They also have hot pink signs up along Crystal Springs Drive, which point the way to the Old Zoo.
http://iscla.org/parkdirections.html

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. 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 be in one of the enclosures. We will have chairs set up, a refreshments table, and a sign at the entrance. The Independent Shakespeare Company has an event ending around 5pm, so we think the area will be cleared out by 5:30. We look forward to seeing you there!





Chiwan Choi has published two books of poetry, The Flood and Abductions. He is also a co-founder of Writ Large Press, and shares the highs and lows of being an independent LA publisher on his weekly column, "Literary Alchemy," on Cultural Weekly. Learn more about his work online at chiwanchoi.com and writlargepress.com

Melinda Palacio
loved going to Griffith Park as a child from South-Central. Her novel, Ocotillo Dreams, won the Mariposa award and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her poetry book, How Fire Is A Story, Waiting, was a finalist for both the 2013 Milt Kessler and the Patterson Poetry Prize. Visit her online at www.melindapalacio.com

Diana Wagman is the author of four novels. Her second, Spontaneous, won the 2001 PEN West Award for Fiction. Her latest, The Care & Feeding of Exotic Pets, was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. She has been published in many literary journals and is an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times.


Amanda Yates explores the ways the overlapping stories of individuals and events compose the “spirit” of places. Her work has appeared in the literary journal Black Clock, and Synema Publikationen (Austria), among others. Her performance rituals, Happening Magic, have been conducted throughout Los Angeles at venues ranging from Public Fiction to Human Resources.http://losangelesmysteryproject.org/


Bloody Death Skull special musical guest Bloody Death Skull really began the day Daiana Feuer and Gerard Olson met at CalArts and plotted to kidnap Tim Burton and keep him as a pet in a closet. Upon having Beth McNamara over for karaoke one day, it became apparent she was "one of us." Later, they added Donna Suppipat and her arsenal of toys to fill out the percussion section, which at the time consisted of Beth playing the (silent) yarn shaker. This band was raised on Wild Kingdom and televised space shuttle launches. They sing about fun things like their favorite movies, science and the cosmos, flirting with boys, and understanding the prostitute psyche. Sometimes they cover songs, usually romantic numbers. Musically, the band swirls together ukulele with whatever sounds, toys and instruments they enjoy into a pleasant, lo-fi pop sound, rooted in the sort of fun, sappy, playful and sneaky tunes you find in late-50s American Rock and Soul. Visually, the outfits, toys, lights and bubbling test tubes are a feast. It’s a PBS daycare playset. And physically, well, they’re a very attractive band too. http://www.facebook.com/BloodyDeathSkull


Monday, March 25, 2013

Pictures from the Batcaves



It was one of those perfect, clear Los Angeles afternoons. We made our way to the Bronson Caves, set up the chairs, and waited for our readers and listeners to join us.



At the trailhead

Liz Stephens reading in the caves

Liz Stephens

A rapt audience

Sergio Hernandez

Sergio Hernandez calls on audience members to play the parts of "World" and "Man."

Lauren Strasnick reading from her new novel
Lauren Strasnick


Antoine Wilson

Antoine Wilson reading a new essay

Amelia Gray

Amelia Gray in true form

Each reader had their own style, so different from one another, yet each inspiring and fascinating in their own way. We feel so lucky to live in this talented literary city, inside of which is the sprawling wilderness of Griffith Park!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Return to the Bronson Caves

Sunday, February 24th, 2013
2pm
At the Batcaves of Griffith Park



                                     Join us for an afternoon of readings with
         Amelia Gray, Sergio Hernandez, Liz Stephens, Lauren Strasnick and Antoine Wilson


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.


Amelia Gray is the author of AM/PM (Featherproof Books) and Museum of
the Weird (FC2), for which she won the 2008 Ronald Sukenick Innovative
Fiction Prize. Her first novel, THREATS, was published by Farrar, Straus
and Giroux. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Poets & Writers,
American Short Fiction, McSweeney's, and DIAGRAM, among others. Find
more at ameliagray.com or on Twitter @grayamelia.

Sergio Hernandez


Liz Stephens served as Managing Editor of Brevity Magazine, and recently finished a PhD in nonfiction. She's been published in Fourth Genre and some other nice places, and won or been nominated for a couple of cool awards, and has a book that's being released this week from Nebraska Press, named "The Days Are Gods." You are all invited to its release party.

Lauren Strasnick is a graduate of the CalArts MFA Writing Program. Her debut novel, NOTHING LIKE YOU (Simon Pulse/S&S, 2009), was an RWA RITA award finalist in two categories, Best First Book and YA Romance. Her second novel, HER AND ME AND YOU (Simon Pulse/S&S, 2010), was a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. THEN YOU WERE GONE (Simon Pulse/S&S), Lauren’s third book, hits shelves this January.

Antoine Wilson is the author of the novels The Interloper (Other Press,
2007) and the recently released Panorama City (Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, 2012). He has taught creative writing at Iowa, Wisconsin, CSU
Long Beach, UC San Diego, and UCLA Extension


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!