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POETRY VIDEO: Frank Mundo Reading a Sestina at Occidental College

I was invited to read poetry at Occidental College a few months back. I’m not sure if this link will work, but here is a video of me reading a sestina I wrote for my brother called, “Waste of Shame

If you want to read the poem, it was published in Angel City Review Issue 3.

According to poets.org, the sestina follows a strict pattern of the repetition of the initial six end-words of the first stanza through the remaining five six-line stanzas, culminating in a three-line envoi. The lines may be of any length, though in its initial incarnation, the sestina followed a syllabic restriction. The form is as follows, where each numeral indicates the stanza position and the letters represent end-words:

1. ABCDEF
2. FAEBDC
3. CFDABE
4. ECBFAD
5. DEACFB
6. BDFECA
7. (envoi) ECA or ACE

The envoi, sometimes known as the tornada, must also include the remaining three end-words, BDF, in the course of the three lines so that all six recurring words appear in the final three lines. In place of a rhyme scheme, the sestina relies on end-word repetition to effect a sort of rhyme.

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Language with Mike the Poet at The Last Bookstore

If you’re looking for a great way to beat the heat on Sunday afternoon, The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles is holding its monthly open mic event called Language With Mike The Poet.

When: Sunday, May 20th, 3 pm – 5 pm

Where: The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring Street in Downtown. 213.488.0599. Get Directions.

Who: Mike “The Poet” Sonksen is a 3rd-generation LA native acclaimed for poetry performances, published articles and legendary city tours. Poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, teacher, Sonksen graduated from U.C.L.A. and is the author of I Am Alive in Los Angeles, which is available on iTunes and has been added to the curriculum of several universities. Mike has performed his poetry coast to coast at college campuses, museums, bookstores, nightclubs and just about any venue you can imagine. See Mike The Poet in action on YouTube.

Featured poets for this month’s event are Traci Akemi and Gia Scott-Heron.

Traci Akemi is a multi-disciplinary artist, arts educator, community organizer and founder of the Tuesday Night Project. Author of a collection of poetry, Signaling (The Undeniables press), Traci tours universities, libraries and community events, presenting readings and workshops to diverse audiences, from performers to youth educators, high school students to senior citizens.

Gia Scott-Heron AKA “Miss Gia” has been writing songs and poetry since the age of 10. She began pursuing poetry full time after graduating with honors from Pitzer college in 2002. Miss Gia has performed at various venues, including Spreadin’ Love N Spoken Word, The World Stage, The Regent, ‘Da Poetry Lounge, Remedy, Reflections, Shades of Afrika, Green, and Natural High, to name a few. She has published books of poetry, including Introducing Me, Scott Free, and Contagias and produced an LP called Souletree, a compilation of 12 of her favorite poems set to music. Learn more about Miss Gia and her work at her website.

Other great Local poets, artists and performers scheduled to appear include: Armond Kinard, Joe Gardner, V. Lazaro Zamora, Allan Arnold Gamalinda Aquino, Cara Van Le, Irene Soriano, Edren Sumagaysay, Trevon Kelley, Jamal Carter, Forrest Wilson, Juan Bueno, Sho’ EslaBomba Kilson, Peter Woods, Jesse Bliss, Elena Secota, and me, Frank Mundo, your LA Books Examiner.

Get out of the house this weekend! Join Mike The Poet at The Last Bookstore for a great line-up of poetry and spoken-word performances from local writers and artists you don’t want to miss.

Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales and Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy. Don’t forget to subscribe to my emails and follow me on Twitter @LABooksExaminer for the latest updates to LA Books Examiner.

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This Week in Books: April 16 – April 23

The LA Books Examiner is your place for books articles, poetry videos, and author interviews. Last week bestselling author Peter Hedges (who wrote both the novel and the screenplay What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) shared with you the first chapter of his powerful and authentic new book, The Heights, named after the beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood in which the novel is set. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out now. This week we have another surprise author stopping by for an interview, so check back in often to find out who it is.

In the meantime, check out some of the great local book events scheduled this week from LA to Hollywood, the Palisades to Pasadena in this week’s Books Calendar from Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner.

Saturday April 16

POETRY.LA Presents: Lights, Camera, Poets: live performances by Michelle Bitting, Laurel Ann Bogen, Wanda Coleman, BH Fairchild, Sherman Pearl, Mike The Poet Sonksen, Pam Ward and more at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7:30 p.m. (310) 822-3006. (See website for pricing and more info). Hosted by poet Hilda Weiss and videographer Wayne Lindberg, co-founders of Poetry.LA, the online video showcase of poets and poetry venues in Southern California. 

Mary McDonough discusses and signs Lessons From the Mountain at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Philip Kerr discusses and signs Field Gray at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 6 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Sunday April 17

Jim Krusoe discusses and signs Toward You at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 3 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960. 

Leo Braudy discusses and signs The Hollywood Sign at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175. 

Monday April 18

Denis Wood presents and signs Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free.  (310) 659-3110. 

Aryn Kyle and David Goodwillie read from their respective works, Boys and Girl Like You and Me and American Submersive at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Tuesday April 19

Jason Goodwin discusses and signs An Evil Eye at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Wednesday April 20

Lauren Goldstein Crowe discusses and signs Isabella Blow: A Life In Fashion at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

DJ MacHale presents and signs The Black at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Marianne Williamson discusses and signs A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733.  http://www.hayhouse.com/  http://www.marianne.com/

Thursday April 21

*Feral Fusion Presents Poet Scott C. Kaestner and Open Mike: Hosted by Angel Uriel Perales and Cindy Weinstein, Feral Fusion encourages experimentation in the spoken word: lyric poetry, prose poetry, free verse, hip hop, slam and storytelling at The Amsterdam Café, 10905 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Free. Sign-up at 8 pm. Show starts at 8:30 pm. Email: feralfusion [AT] cindynw.com

Douglass Daniel discusses and signs Tough As Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Matt Logelin discusses and signs Two Kisses for Maddy at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Dan Millman discusses and signs The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733. http://www.newworldlibrary.com/  http://www.peacefulwarrior.com/

Friday April 22

Maria Menounos discusses and signs Every Girl’s Guide to Life at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Noah Levine discusses and signs The Heart of the Revolution at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Saturday April 23

Peter Lunenfeld discusses and signs The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

*All events and speakers are subject to change without notice. Always confirm with the bookstore before attending any event.

If you’d like to announce your Los Angeles area book events on LA Books Examiner, or the release of an upcoming book, send info at least 10 days prior to the email address under my bio. While you’re there, sign up for my emails and follow me on Twitter @LABooksExaminer.

Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Borders in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales won Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year and The 2011 Bookhitch Award for Most Innovative Poetry Book of the Year.

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Meet NY Times Bestselling Author J.A. Jance and Read the First Chapter of Fatal Error

LA book lovers, you have two great opportunities this weekend to meet bestselling author J.A. Jance as she reads and signs her new pulse-pounding suspense book, Fatal Error, number six in the hugely popular Ali Reynolds Series

Saturday, March 26th, 5:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA  91101
(626) 449-5320
 
Sunday, March 27th, 10:30am
Book Carnival
348 South Tustin Avenue
Orange, CA  92866
(714) 538-3210
 
In the meantime, learn more about J.A. Jance, and read an exclusive excerpt of Fatal Error below.
 
About the Author
J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, and four interrelated southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tuscon, Arizona. (Video) Watch J.A. Jance discussing Fatal Error and number 7 in the Ali Reynolds Series in this short video from Simon & Schuster, Inc.  

About the Book
Ali Reynolds begins the summer thinking her most difficult challenge will be surviving a six-week-long course as the lone forty-something female at the Arizona Police Academy. However, when Brenda Riley, a colleague from Ali’s old news broadcasting days in California, shows up in town with an alcohol problem and an unlikely story about a missing fiancé, Ali reluctantly agrees to help. The man posing as Brenda’s fiancé is revealed to be Richard Lowensdale, a cyber-sociopath who has left a trail of broken hearts in his virtual wake. When he is cruelly murdered, the women he once victimized are considered suspects. The police soon focus their investigation on Brenda, who is already known to have broken into Richard’s home and computer before vanishing without a trace. Attempting to clear her friend’s name, Ali is quickly drawn into a web of online intrigue that may lead to a real-world FATAL ERROR.

Exclusive Excerpt: Read the First Chapter of Fatal Error by J.A. Jance  at Frank Mundo’s LA Books Examiner

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Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales won Reader View’s 2011 Reviewers Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year and the 2011 Bookhitch Award for Innovative Poetry Book of the Year.

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Feral Fusion Presents LA Poet Frank Mundo at the Amsterdam Cafe

On Thursday March 24th Feral Fusion presents LA poet Frank Mundo, author of The Brubury Tales, at the Amsterdam Cafe in North Hollywood at 8:30 pm.

10905 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA  91601
(NoHo Redline Metro Station)
(818) 506-1938

Hosted by Angel Uriel Perales and Cindy Weinstein (aka Feral Artist) this Feral Fusion event is immediately followed by an open mike, so come on out and share your work in front of a live audience. Feral Fusion encourages experimentation in the spoken word: lyric poetry, prose poetry, free verse, hip hop, slam and storytelling. Sign-up at 8pm.

About the Author
Frank Mundo has been a writer and book reviewer in Los Angeles for 17 years, publishing hundreds of stories, poems, essays, book reviews and author interviews. Currently a Senior Financial Writer, Frank earned a BA in English from UCLA, where he completed the Creative Writing Program. Born in Maryland, Frank grew up in Los Angeles where he currently lives with his wife, Nancy, and their dogs, Jax and Rusty.

About the Book
An ambitious homage to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, The Brubury Tales takes Chaucer’s story and frame to Los Angeles just after the riots, where seven security guards on the graveyard shift swap tales in a hilarious storytelling competition for Christmas vacation time. The tales themselves are “readable” updates of classic stories by Dostoevsky, Dickens, Boccaccio, O Henry, Poe, Twain, Gilman, Crane, Saki, Anderson, Bierce, and even Khayyam’s Rubaiyat. This edition also contains a special foreword by California literary legend, Carolyn See, the Friday-morning book reviewer for The Washington Post and bestselling author of Handyman and There Will Never Be Another You.

The Brubury Tales won a Poet Laureate Award nomination for UCLA and Berkeley, Reader Views 2011 Reviewers Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year and the 2011 Bookhitch award for Most Innovative Poetry Book of the Year. The book has also won a Reason to Rhyme Award from Byline Magazine, was selected for Powell library’s month-long WORDS… exhibit, and an excerpt was published by Indiana University.

The Brubury Tales by Frank Mundo is available in paperback and eBook formats at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble. Signed copies are available at live events or at Authors Den. Read a sample of The Brubury Tales.

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Poetry in Conversation: An Evening with Billy Collins

Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative is featuring a reading from Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate from 2001-2003, followed by a discussion of the art, craft and foibles of writing poetry.

When: Monday, February 28, 2011: 7:00pm

Where: University Park Campus, Bovard Auditorium 

Admission is free.

*Photo of Billy Collins: Pete Wright

One of America’s bestselling poets, Billy Collins is known – and sometimes criticized – for his extremely accessible work. Collins has written and edited 11 popular poetry books, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry and Ballistics, and has seemingly won every imaginable literary award, despite his many critics.

Last year the LA Books Examiner featured two poems by Billy Collins in a special edition of the Pause for Poetry video series in which Collins’ work was accompanied by some innovative animation created by Julian Grey of Headgear Animation and Brady Baltezor of Radium Animation, respectively.   

For more information visit USC’s Arts and Events Calendar 

Watch more Action Poetry videos with Billy Collins at http://www.bcactionpoet.org/

For more Pause For Poetry readings, check out:

Mat Lloyd “The Skateboard Poet” reads “This Town.”
Joy Harjo reads “I Give You Back: A Poem to Get Rid of Fear.”
Wanda Coleman reads excerpts from Ostinato Vamps and Bathwater Music.
Martin Espada reads “Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100.”
Standout Poets from the San Pedro River Review.
 

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Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales is a finalist for Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for poetry. Watch Frank Mundo reading from this book.

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This Week in Books: February 19 through February 25

The LA Books Examiner is your place for books articles, poetry videos and author interviews. Be sure to check back in on Monday to meet a surprise local bestselling author and read the first chapter of her new book.

In the meantime, check out these local book events scheduled for this week from LA to Hollywood, the Palisades to Pasadena in this week’s Books Calendar from Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner.

Saturday February 19

Frank Mundo (LA Books Examiner) discusses and reads The Brubury Tales at the Chiao Hsin Chinese Language School, 2231 Findlay Ave, Monterey Park at 11 am. The Brubury Tales is a finalist for Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for poetry.

Steven S. Sadleir discusses and signs Christ Enlightened: The Lost Teachings of Jesus Unveiled at at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733. http://www.christenlightened.com/

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller present and sign Hound Dog at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 5 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Ralph Sassone discusses and signs The Intimates at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Gerald Locklin, Rick Smith and RD Armstrong read and sign their recent poetry collections from LUMMOX PRESS at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Sunday February 20

Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas signs Fallin’ Up: My Story at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 1 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Drew Friedman discusses and signs Drew Friedman’s Sideshow Freaks at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Hitched: Rebel Writers is an intergenerational reading coupling established poets and writers with their emerging cousins in an attempt to celebrate accomplishments, welcome new voices, and expand community. Tonight’s “Rebel Writers” will pair Stephen Elliot with Antonia Crane,and Brendan Constantine with Max Kaisler. Hosted by XOCHITL-JULISA BERMEJO at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 5 p.m. (310) 822-3006. See Website for Admission cost.

Monday February 21

Deborah Harkness discusses and signs A Discovery of Witches at Borders Books, 3700 Torrance Blvd, Torrance at 7 p.m. Free. (310) 540-7000.

A mesmerizing and addictive read, A Discovery of Witches is equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense.

Be sure to check in with the LA Books Examiner on Monday to meet this bestselling local author and an exclusive excerpt from her book.

Tuesday February 22

Open poetry reading plus featured guest: Bruce Williams at the Cobalt Cafe, 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Opens 8:30 p.m. Sign-up for open reading before 9 p.m. when reading starts. One drink minimum (no alcohol). Event Hosted by LA poet Rick Lupert.

Release Party for Father Greg Boyle’s Tattoos on the Heart at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960.

Cheryl Burke discusses and signs Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez discusses and signs House Divided at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Wednesday February 23

Sharrie Williams discusses and signs The Maybelline Story: And The Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It All at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Thursday February 24

Robert K. Elder discusses and signs The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Tim Johnson discusses and signs Tragedy in Crimson at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Jonathan Evison reads and signs his novel West of Here at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Friday February 25

Sen. Scott Brown signs Against All Odds at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 12 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Liel Leibovitz & Matthew Miller discuss and sign Fortunate Sons at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Jonathan Evison discusses and signs West Of Here at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Howard Gordon reads Gideons War at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.

Skye MacQueen discusses and signs The Skye’s the Limit: One Girl’s Story of Having a Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy in Her 20’s at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733. www.Skyes-The-Limit.org

*All events and speakers are subject to change without notice. Always confirm with the bookstore before attending any event.

If you’d like to announce your Los Angeles area book events on LA Books Examiner, or the release of an upcoming book, send info at least 10 days prior to the email address under my bio. While you’re there, sign up for my emails and follow me on Twitter @LABooksExaminer.

Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales is a finalist for Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for poetry.

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