|volume 4 number 2
| National Poetry Month is over! Hallelujah!
I say this because as much as I love April, and the fact that it's a month dedicated to the recognition of poetry (it's also National Jazz Month, National Math Awareness Month, and National Earthquake Awareness Month, in case anyone cares) it's a shame written and spoken word are only feted once a year, when more must be done to bring them the mainstream.
This month saw a glut of events in Los Angeles, culminating at The L.A. Times Festival of Books at UCLA. There were lots of fabulous poets, both established and emerging (special props to Elena Karina Byrne for her fantastic organizational skills, and to Ilya Kaminsky, my new favorite poet). This was not an event to be missed, but I hope that anyone reading this will take the time to check out some of the ongoing poetry events: Horse of Another Color at the Velocity Cafe in Santa Monica; Two Idiots Peddling Poetry at the Ugly Mug in Orange; Projectile Poetry at Dutton's in Brentwood; Tebot Bach Reading Series at Golden West College in Huntington Beach; Rhapsodomancy at the Good Luck Bar in East Hollywood; Our Poetic Souls at the Home Brew Coffee Company in San Dimas; The Anansi Workshop and Reading Series at The World Stage in Leimert Park; Moonday at Village Books in Pacific Palisades; Monday Nights at the Santa Catalina Library in Pasadena; WoMoSo at Abbot's Habit in Venice; Literati Cocktail at the Space in Silverlake, Dorothy Parker Gin and Tonic Presents L.A. Real at the Lost Souls Cafe in Downtown L.A.; Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park; Last Saturday of the Month Reading Series at Barnes & Noble in Encino; Redondo Poets at the Coffee Cartel in Redondo Beach; Poets on the Half Shell at Beyond Baroque in Venice; Really Big Show at the UnUrban Cafe in Santa Monica; Open Mic Friday Nights at Tia Chucha Cafe in Sylmar; Da Poetry Lounge at the Greenway Court Theatre in the Fairfax district; The Ruskin Art Club Series in Mid-Wilshire; Mic and Dim Lights at Taco Nazo in Pomona; The Daisy Standard at Dutton's in Beverly Hills (forthcoming); The Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica; PoemX in Santa Monica at Barnes & Noble, to name a few.
Now that I have thoroughly exhausted my mental list of poetry readings - and I sincerely apologize if I left anyone out, I would like to encourage those who are not in the immediate vicinity of any of these readings to do the following:
1) go to the nearest poetry reading in your neck of the woods
2) if you can't find a reading, start one
3) if you are in an area that is not accessible to poetry readings, join an online poetry/writing group
And with that, I would like to thank all those out there - L.A. and beyond, for championing the cause of poetry, prose, and most importantly, literacy in general.
Now, on to our raison d'etre. The new issue of poeticdiversity. Enjoy this issue's offerings. And remember that the Word, in whatever form, must be advocated and respected 365 days of the year.
Featured Poets: Stephanie Batiste, Jack Cooper, Michelle Daugherty, Mark Dixon, Ro Gunetilleke, Lee Richard Kirsten, Ellyn Maybe, and Octavio Quintanilla.
Prose Feature: Kevin Strike-9
Artist in Residence: Jake Lee Cruzen
Contributing Poets/Prose Writers: Maureen Alsop, Michael Baker, Julia Bemiss, Jarvis Black, Jack G. Bowman, Graham Burchell, Dana Campbell, Jonathan Carr, Holly Day, Peggy Dobreer, Francisco Dominguez, Patricia J. Edwards, Amelie Frank (her fabulous poem that marked the Cobalt 100th Broadside Series is SO worth a read!), Ann L. Healey, T.A. Jennings, Gene Justice, Scott C. Kaestner, Sheema Kalbasi, Deborah P. Kolodji, Marie Lecrivain, Harold Lorin, Tess. Lotta, Mary L. Mazzocco, Terry McCarty, Greggory Moore, Craig Murray, Aire Celeste Norell, Brenda Petrakos, Marie Rennard, Douglas Richardson, Lorraine Sautner, Nancy Shiffrin, A. Thiagarajan, David Thornbrugh, Wanda Vanhoy Smith, and Kirby Wright.
Interviews: This issue we have interviews with Karen Corcoran Dabkowski, poet and editor of The Blue House; and Ellyn Maybe, poet and author of Praha and the Poet.
Guest essayist: A double feature this time around: Rafael J. Alvarado, and Jerry Garcia (the grateful, but not dead guy).
Reviews: The staff reviews Scott C. Kaestner's Angeleno A Go Go; Donna Kuhn's typical girl; J.J. Henderson's Murder on Naked Beach: A Lucy Ripkin Mystery; Dayvid Figler's Grope, Norman Ball's Return to One: A Sonnet Odyssey and Desert Run, Kate Braverman's Frantic Transmissions: to and from Los Angeles; and Gerald Locklin's The Modigliani/Montparnasse Poems.
Lastly, I would like to thank Gene Justice for manning the helm as the poeticdiversity guest editor this issue, and I would like to welcome two new contributing editors; Jack G. Bowman and Tess. Lotta.
See you in August.
Best to you,
||g murray thomas, charles claymore, carol smallwood, angel uriel perales, deborah l. warner, annette sugden
||maurico alejandro ramos
||puff, guinness, mr. poe (dearly departed), and vince