GuerrillaReads profiled in The Atlantic

In her new article at The AtlanticTaking it to the Streets, Katharine Schwab profiles a number of terrific ventures around the world that take literature out of bookstores and libraries and, well, into the streets. GuerrillaReads was included, alongside the Coffee Sleeves Conversation project at Coffee House Press and London’s long-running s Poems on the Underground.

In our interview, Schwab asked how this website is a marketing tool. I told her that of course I want to sell books, but GuerrillaReads is about more than that.

It’s about building a community—a literary community is really at the heart of this.

If you haven’t seen many GuerrillaReads videos, scroll down and watch, or use the tags to the right to find something cool.

I launched GuerrillaReads back in 2008 as a way to help connect writers with readers, while also trying to make the internet a little more literary. If you haven’t yet appeared on GuerrillaReads, check out our submission guidelines. And if you have, thanks for being part of this literary community that we are building one writer, one reader and one reading at a time.

Read Taking it to the Streets at The Atlantic.

GuerrillaReads No. 96: Jessica M. Wilson

Jessica M. Wilson is one of those poets you’ll find everywhere. She’s organized all sorts of readings and reading series around LA including Writers’ Row, SoapBox Poets Open Mic, Writer Wednesdays, the NoHo Salon, and she’s the LA Organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Jessica teaches with California Poets in the Schools and she’s also founder of the Los Angeles Poet Society, who participated in the 2015 North Hollywood LitCrawl, reading at the NoHo Metro station.

Her latest book is Serious Longing from Paris-based Swan World Press.

GuerrillaReads No. 95: James Berkowitz

James Berkowitz is a poet, writer, multidimensional artist, and event producer. Recent credits include Edgar Allan Poet Journal #3, San Francisco Peace and Hope literary and art journal, anthologies The Revolutionary Poets Brigade, Men in the Company of Women and Los Angeles Poetry Society Features amongst several places where his work is recognized.

This guerrilla reading is at the 2015 LA LitCrawl, at the Metro Red Line Station in North Hollywood. Berkowitz read with other members of the Los Angeles Poet Society.

Berkowitz calls himself “a human camera of observation.” He loves the magnificence of nature and its many settings as well as the pulse and stimulation of city streets. His greatest reward is connecting with other sentient beings, which you can do virtually at http://www.jamesberkowitz.com

GuerrillaReads No. 94: Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan is probably best known as a Grammy-winning producer, working with acts that include Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Tinariwen, Lucinda Williams and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos). Some folks also know him as the author of three books (and a fourth one coming soon).

Brennan’s most recent novella, Sister Maple Syrup Eyes, is a fictionalized account of a man who survives his partner’s rape. It’s something Brennan knows about from a very personal experience.

At age 21, Brennan’s life was forever changed when his first love was raped. He describes his experience this way:

I knew full well that the trauma I’d experienced was infinitesimal compared to hers. Yet, nonetheless, it was still devastating and changed the course of my entire life. The one thing I was determined to do was to try to produce something good from that bad, a celebration and memorial of what was, and that if it leant some small healing to even one person, it was somehow worth the while to help tip the scales however insignificantly back towards sanity.

Brennan has gone on to train people in violence prevention, anger-management, and conflict resolution at shelters, schools, hospitals, clinics, jails and drug-treatment centers across the US and in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This book delves more deeply, exploring the experience of the other victim of rape.

Watch Brennan’s guerrilla reading here, and learn more about the book.

 

 

GuerrillaReads No. 93: Norman Molesko

Norman Molesko is LA’s own “young oldie” poet. He’s an ambassador for seniors, and he’s currently working his second-half-of-life-career in the Senior-Advocacy-Through-Poetry-Program (SATPP), in partnership with the Los Angeles Poet Society.

True to form, Molesko read his poetry at the 2015 LitCrawl in Los Angeles at the NoHo Red Line Metro stop. Think you can keep up with this guy? Go ahead, give it a try!

GuerrillaReads No. 92: Juan Cardenas

The Los Angeles Poet Society was out in force at the 2015 LitCrawl in Los Angeles. They read and recited their poetry at the North Hollywood red line Metro station. GuerrillaReads caught Juan Cardenas on camera while we were there.

Cardenas is a poet, drummer and classically trained flautist, as well as a bilingual educator with California Poets in the Schools. He was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, crossed the desert with his family at the young age of 10, and was raised in the north San Fernando Valley. Here he reads a poem about his first-hand experiences, Border Truth Number 170.

Look for guerrilla readings from three more LAPS poets at the LitCrawl – coming soon!

GuerrillaReads No. 91: Ifalade TaShia Asanti

Ifalade TaShia Asanti is a poet, performer and seer. In her poem, Sistah I Sing For You, she writes

i drum at sunrise for the common ancestors that walk with us
for the garbage in our oceans
wombs of broken glass
trust crushed in seas of betrayal

GuerrillaReads caught up with Asanti at LA’s first ever Blk Grrrl Book Fair where she did a guerrilla reading of her poem The Oracle. Learn more about her on her website.