Saturday, August 02, 2008

I'm Reading in LA

I'll be responding to comments on the post below tomorrow--thanks everyone for their thoughts. In the meantime, come say hello if you're in the LA area!


Reading with Michelle Detorie, K. Lorraine Graham, Amanda Ackerman, Vanessa Place, and Carribean Fragoza

Saturday, August 2
at Betalevel
(directions to Betalevel below)
Doors open at 7pm; Reading at 7:30pm



Ice Age art

Something beautiful …

"You can be sure, that there has been art in Swabia for over 35,000 years."

The figure of the woolly mammoth is tiny, measuring just 3.7 cm long
and weighing a mere 7.5 grams, and displays skillfully detailed
carvings. It is unique in its slim form, pointed tail, powerful legs
and dynamically arched trunk. It is decorated with six short
incisions, and the soles of the pachyderm's feet show a crosshatch
pattern. …


Michelle Detorie grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. She currently
lives in Goleta, California where she edits WOMB, an online magazine
for poetries by women, and Hex Presse. She is also a contributing
editor for Little Red Leaves and Narrative Magazine. Michelle is a
2007 National Endowment for the Arts literary fellow. Her poems have
appeared or are forthcoming in How2, Chelsea, Bird Dog, Blackbird,
Verse Daily, The Notre Dame Review, Typo, Dusie, POOL, Pindeldyboz,
DIAGRAM, La Petite Zine, Cranky, Caketrain, The Tiny, The Potomac
Review, FOURSQUARE, Confrontation, The Southern Poetry Review, The
Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel(2007), Poetry East, Letters to the
World, and The Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets.

K. Lorraine Graham is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of
Terminal Humming, forthcoming from Edge Books in 2009. She is also the
author of several chapbooks: including Large Waves to Large Obstacles,
forthcoming from Take Home Project. Ron Her poetry, critical writing,
and visual art has appeared or is forthcoming in Traffic, Jacket, Area
Sneaks, Fold, Magazine Cypress, HOW2 and elsewhere. A limited-edition
CD of her work called Moving Walkways is available Narrowhouse
Recordings. Lorraine has taught poetry and memoir at the Corcoran
College of Art + Design in Washington, DC and at California State
University in San Marcos. She lives in southern California with her
partner Mark Wallace and Lester Young, a pacific parrotlet.

Amanda Ackerman lives in Los Angeles where she writes and teaches. She
is co-editor of the press eohippus labs. She is a member of UNFO (The
Unauthorized Narrative Freedom Organization) and writes as part of Sam
or Samantha Yams. She is also a member of the event space Betalevel.
Her work has been published or is forthcoming in flim forum; String of
Small Machines; The Physical Poets; WOMB; and the Encyclopedia
Project, Volume F-K. With Harold Abramowitz, she is also co-author of
the book Sin is to Celebration, soon to be published by House Press in
the fall. (

Vanessa Place is a writer and lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues
Press. She is the author of /Dies: A Sentence/, a 50,000-word,
one-sentence novella, the post-conceptual novel /La Medusa/ (Fiction
Collective 2), a chapbook, /Figure from The Gates of Paradise
/(Woodland Editions/Five Fingers Review) and the forthcoming
/Conceptualisms: An Ill-Conceived Guide to Kinda Conceptual,
Post-Conceptual, Extant and Taxonomical Writings, etc.,/ written with
Robert Fitterman (Ugly Duckling Presse). Her nonfiction book, /The
Guilt Project: Rape and Morality/, will be published in Fall 2009 by
Other Press. Her collaboration with artist/performer Lamya Regragui
will debut at Cent Quatre in Paris/Los Angeles in 2009, and she is
collaborating with conceptual artist Stephanie Taylor on "Olady," a
visual/sound project. She lives in Los Angeles.


1. Find yourself in front of "FULL HOUSE RESTAURANT" located at 963
N. Hill Street in Chinatown.
[Map to Full House]
2. Locate the alley on the left hand side of Full House.
3. Walk about 20 feet down the alley (away from the street).
4. Stop.
5. Notice dumpster on your right hand side.
6. Take a right and continue down the alley.
7. Exercise caution so as not trip on the wobbly cement blocks underfoot
8. The entrance to Betalevel is located 10 yards down on left side,
behind a red door, down a black staircase

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