Poet Laurel Ann Bogen and friends at The Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood

Native Angeleno Laurel Ann Bogen, who has been called the “nearly undisputed Empress of Southern California Poetry” will be giving a rare reading with some of her friends on:

Monday January 10 at 8 p.m.
Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood
6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Fl., Los Angeles

Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, including Washing a Language; Fission; The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies and Rag Tag We Kiss.  Since 1990 has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award in 2008. Well known for her lively readings, Bogen was selected “Best Female Poet/ Performer” by L.A. Weekly and has read her work at Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The L.A. Metropolitan Transit Authority, MOCA and LACE.  Bogen is a recipient of the Pacificus Foundation’s Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize and of two Academy of American Poets awards. A current Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies.

Reading with her on January 10th will be:
J. Mark Beaver has studied with Steve Kowit and Sandra Alcosser at San Diego State University, Mary D’Alleva at San Francisco State University, and with Los Angeles poet, Laurel Ann Bogen. His poetry has been published in the college text, Active Voices IV, Tea Party magazine, L.A. Poetry Festival/Tebot Bach’s on-line quarterly, Speechless and in the online literary magazine, Perigee. In 2008, Mark was presented as a “Newer Poet,” by Beyond Baroque and L.A. Poetry Festival.
Georgia Jones-Davis has published poetry in Nebo, The California Quarterly, The Bicycle Review, Brevities,  Sam Hamil’s website Poets Against War,  Voices From the Valley, poeticdiversity and South Bank Poetry (London) among other publications.  Georgia’s first chapbook,  “Blue Poodle,” will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2011.  She was honored as one of the Newer Poets 2010 by the Los Angeles Poetry Festival,  Beyond Baroque and the Los Angeles Public Library ALOUD Series.  She has been nominated for the anthology,  Best of the Web 2010.   She wrote and published poetry while a student at UCLA, then spent more than twenty years as a literary journalist and as Assistant Book Editor at the Los Angeles Times Book Review.  While in the news business she avoided poets and poetry.   After leaving the world of literary criticism, poetry, she says, came back like a long, lost, muddy dog.  It took some coaxing and lots of grooming to get back into the poetry show ring.
Jerry Garcia is a poet, photographer, filmmaker and a native Angelino.   He has been a film editor and producer of television commercials, documentaries and motion picture previews.  He has been a featured poet at venues through out Los Angeles, including Beyond Baroque, The World Stage, Skylight Book Store, Loyola Marymount University and the Los Angeles Central Library Aloud Series as part of the 2006 L.A. Poetry Festival/Beyond Baroque Newer Poets XI. His poetry and photography have been seen in the likes of The November 3rd Club, Falling Star Magazine, Lily Literary Review and forthcoming in The Chiron Review and On the Bus. He serves as co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets and on Beyond Baroque’s Los Angeles Advisory Committee.
Claudia Handler, a native New Yorker who lives happily in Los Angeles, has been included in journals and anthologies including A Poets Haggadah, and the online magazine Speechless. In January, Claudia will be featured, along with Laurel Ann Bogen, in Oregon’s award-winning series, The Nye Beach Writers Series, hosted by the literary organization Writers on the Edge. She has read her work on many radio shows, including Public Broadcasting’s Live Wire Radio, and was selected to appear in their Special Anniversary Show, as well as their Favorite Moments/Best of Live Wire Show. For two years, she served as co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Going Under.  In addition to poetry, her fiction has recently appeared in the anthology, “What Was I Thinking?”. She is a frequent guest lecturer at the California State University Northridge.
M. Nasorri Pavone’s poems have appeared in New Letters, Harpur Palate, Main Street Rag, Quercus Review, and elsewhere.  Her first manuscript, On the Wrong Bird was selected as a semifinalist for the Blue Lynx Prize competition and as a finalist for the White Pine Press Poetry Prize.  She also writes plays, script analyses and is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles.

To learn more about Laurel Ann Bogen, visit http://www.nearlyfatalwomen.com/Laurelbio.html

Check out Laurel Ann Bogen reading her poem “Canticle for Bogen” in a recent Pause for Poetry video at Frank Mundo’s LA Books Examiner.

Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales.
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