I appear smack in the middle of this fantastic documentary with tons of incredible poets talking about how they write a poem from Mariano Zaro‘s interviews on Poetry.LA. It’s kinda surreal to see myself talking in the middle of all those established names.
I really exicted to be doing ONE MORE last co-feature with my dearest poetry dad, G. Murray Thomas at Poetry Bleeding on Friday, April 6, at 7 pm. This one will have special guest host, Dave Russo, while Alan Passman recovers from a kidney transplant (GO ALAN!!). The divine, Robin Axworthy will also be joining us. The event will be at Viento Y Agua Coffeehouse, 4007 E. 4th St. in Long Beach. Check out the FB page for more details.
A poem I wrote in October 2014, “What I Mean When I Say We Can Talk Without Poetry“, is included in this lovely collection by Whiskey Fish Review. Some of my favorite poets/friends/people are included: JL Martindale, Kevin Ridgeway, Thomas R. Thomas, and Larry Raymond Duncan. Edited by Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo. You can view the whole issue online here!
Several months ago, I was approached by Peter Basson to be a part of a new project he was working on. Like myself, he is a huge fan of the local Long Beach talent and wanted to find a way to showcase and promote as much as possible. He and his conspirators held a multi-disciplinary launch party to coincide with the launch of the website, longbeachlive.org. The goal is to feature local talent in a live performance series and through online promotion.
Each artist has a bio page with samples of their work, and I am happy to have two previously unpublished poems included, “Shed My Skin” and “The Congregation”. I was very happy the second one was chosen because it focuses on my love of the open mic scene here in Long Beach.
Please check them out and send them some of your own work if you are also part of the Long Beach (CA) area!
I am honored once again to be selected by the editor of the Spectrum series, Don Kingfisher Campbell, for Spectrum 3: LoveLoveLove, an anthology about love poems. My poem, “Diamond” is featured along with many other talented poets and friends, including Michael Cantin, Teresa Mei Chuc, Beverly Collins, Boris Ingles, Karineh Mahdessian, Ellyn Maybe, and my girl, Raquel Reyes-Lopez. You can obtain your own copy along with the others in the series by going to the website spectrumpublishing.blogspot.com.
The 4th Annual San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival will take place on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st. Each day of the festival is packed with authors of poetry and prose from noon to nine. Sadie Girl Press has been given a full slot to showcase some of our talented poets, Terry Ann Wright, Raquel Reyes-Lopez, Larry Duncan, and myself, Sarah Thursday. What’s even more exciting is that we’ll be joined by special guests, BobKat, who’ll be backing our readings with acoustic music. Join us on Saturday, February 20th, from 4 to 5:15 pm at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona. Better yet, stay all day to hear non-stop literary goodness! RSVP on Facebook
The dA Center for the Arts 252 S Main St, Pomona, California 91766
See the full lineup and more details about the entire weekend festivities on the SGVLitFest event page!
LitFest event page!
On Sunday, February 14th, I will be living a dream. What a better way to start off a romantic Valentine’s Day than with poetry and art? Not only will I be co-featuring with two of the most love filled poets I know, Boris Ingles and Karineh Mahdessian, but it will take place in the brand new North Long Beach Public Library in the neighborhood where I spent all my teen years and first began my journey as a poet. Hosted by the lovely liz gonzález, the Uptown Word Reading & Arts Series brings authors and artists to Northtown. The reading starts at 1 pm and includes an open mic. There are also rumors of chocolate cupcakes! RSVP on Facebook
North Neighborhood Library – Long Beach Public Library
5571 Orange Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805
The event is FREE, but donations are accepted
The kind editor of Ekphrastic California, John Brantingham, selected four more of my art inspired poems to be featured in a four day January run! Each of these poems has a link to a local artist who I admire; “When I’ve said all the words I can say” (Michele Vavonese), “Colors for Bruising” (Lynn Azali), “Unnamed Color” (Melinda Hagman), and “Dead Song” (Alex Diffin). All of these female artists create strong, emotional work that connects with my own. Head on over to Ekphrastic California and have a little art with your poetry!
Three of my most gut-wrenching poems are up on Cultural Weekly, “How to Unexist”, “How to Go Backwards”, and “If you ask me what I want”. The first poems is also the title track from my new CD/Chapbook! I am honored to be included with a long list of excellent poets on the Poetry Spotlight edited by Alexis Rhone Fancher. I was asked to submit poems last summer, which Alexis kindly accepted, but she also asked if she could take some photos of me.You can check out some of the photos on Facebook. She is documenting poets all around the Los Angeles area and being included in her series is beyond humbling. Check out her monthly feature called “A Poet’s Eye” to see her view of the City of Angeles.