GuerrillaReads No. 87: Jeremiah Walton

Guerrilla reader Jeremiah Walton graduated from high school in spring 2013, and hit the road hitchhiking the following fall. He is founder of the small press Nostrovia! Poetry.

He’s currently traveling cross country with Sam Lennon and Captain Thornton running a traveling bookstore, Books & Shovels.

Read more at Walton’s website: Gatsby’s Abandoned Children.

GuerrillaReads No. 86: Rhonda Langley

Fresno’s own locally-grown writer Rhonda Langley knows quite a lot about about music, gardening and writing. More than that, she loves to share the things that matter to her. She’s written a number of books, both fiction and nonfiction.

In this guerrilla reading, Langley reads from her novel, Good Friday, and captures the sights and sounds of Fresno, California. Especially the sounds. Listen for the lovely songs of the birds that accompany her reading.

You can read more about Langley on her website.

GuerrillaReads No. 85: George Cattan

George Cattan is a life-long political junkie. He was born in Palestine, lived for many years in Syria, and has been writing about political struggles his whole life. He writes in Arabic, and we are fortunate to have this video of him reading in English translation from his memoir.

“Politics,” Cattan tells us, “is like an addiction.” In this reading, he explains how his thinking about politics has evolved over more than seventy years of life experience.

Cattan read for GuerrillaReads as part of a program run by Orange County-based Tiyya Foundation, which provides basic necessities for refugees and displaced American families.

GuerrillaReads No. 84: Most Open Mic in the City

Why just have an open mic when you can have a guerrilla open mic? Andru Defeye is making waves in Sacramento, CA, with The Most Open Mic in the City. Flash mob meets poetry, and discover they were meant for each other.

What’s a guerrilla open mic? Watch the video and see for yourself.

Maybe next time Jerry B. will stop by and spill a few lines.

Crawl for submissions

GuerrillaReads is looking for writers!

We’ll be screening videos from local writers at LA’s first ever LitCrawl. If you’re a writer and would like to have your work considered, check out our “crawl” for submissions now.

Deadline is October 10, 2013.

More at http://litcrawl.org/la

GuerrillaReads No. 83: Shukry Cattan

Welcome to Los Angeles, Crossroads of the World. Hometown world traveler Shukry Cattan reads about growing up Palestinian in the US. It’s about exploring his Arab roots and finding his place in the world.

This video comes to us as part of a partnership between GuerrillaReads and Tiyya Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides basic necessities for refugees and displaced American families. Through their creative writing program, refugees and immigrants have an opportunity to tell their own stories, in their own words. This is one of those stories.

Look for more videos from Tiyya Foundation here on GR. 

GuerrillaReads No. 82: Des Zamorano

Des Zamorano’s novel, Human Cargo, carries on in the fine tradition of LA noir with private investigator and krav maga aficionado, Inez Leon. Zamorano ends her guerrilla reading at LitFest Pasadena with Leon announcing a provocative, “Glendale’s the reason why I’m here.”

Enjoyed this video? Learn more about Zamorano on her website. Or watch all the videos from LitFest Pasadena 2013.