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GuerrillaReads No. 81: Just Kibbe

Just Kibbe is a poet and founding member of the Pirate Pig Collective. Wearing a top hat and vest, he drove his white sedan onto the lawn at LitFest Pasadena. He left with a car covered in poems.

He also left us with a few poems of his own:

The pirate pig looks out into the world with his one good eye
And is misquoted making commentary in the dirt


GuerrillaReads no. 80: Melinda Palacio

Poet Melinda Palacio reads two “how to” poems from her collection, How Fire is a Story, Waiting. First, the title poem:

My grandmother caught the flame in her thick hands.
Curled fingers made nimble by kaleidoscope embers.
Fire burns hot and cold if you know where to touch it, she said.

Then she shares with you the must-have secrets of How to Make a Mediocre Poem Sing.

GuerrillaReads No. 79: Lucy Wang

Author Lucy Wang does some investigating “down there” where she discovers chirping chickens,  spicy red peppers and the door to death and destruction.

This guerrilla reading is an excerpt from her one-woman show, Chinese Girls Don’t Swear. Read more about Wang or follow her @sensuousgourmet.

GuerrillaReads No. 78: Laurel Ann Bogen


Poet Laurel Ann Bogen does a guerrilla reading of two poems from her book, Washing a Language, at LitFest PasadenaVocation of the Chair and Winchester Mystery House. Yes, it’s about that world-famous mystery house. And much more:

and so built sliding floors, gilt-edged parlors
and staircases at the top of which a door
slammed against heaven.
Yet, isn’t that what we all want –
to stave off death with architecture
of our own design?

Stay tuned for more videos from the LitFest.

GuerrillaReads No. 77: Petrea Burchard

Petrea Burchard is a writer, actor and photographer. Now she can add “guerrilla reader” to her resume. Here she is reading from her novel Camelot & Vine at the second annual LitFest Pasadena.

The “Camelot” of the title is, yes, that Camelot. King Arthur, round tables, etc. The “Vine?” You’ll have to read the book to find out about that.

If you like this, you’ll want to see more guerrilla readings from Litfest Pasadena.

GuerrillaReads No. 76: Robin Winter

In Robin Winter’s dystopian novel, Future Past, “the first man he murdered returns to teach Ash Tarberrn how to be human.”

You can get a taste of Future Past in this guerrilla reading Winter did at the second annual LitFest Pasadena.

Winter is an painter as well as a writer. Read more about her, and check out her blog.

Paint Poems on My Car: LitFest Pasadena 2013

Poet Just Kibbe of the Pirate Pig Collective drove a white sedan to the second annual LitFest Pasadena. He handed out big, fat markers and invited people to write poems on it. After some hesitation – What should I write? What kind of poem is right for a car? Do you have any white-out? – people began to write. Their own poems. Poems by Famous Poets.

I wrote a portion of a poem by Pablo Neruda:

I was walking
a sizzling road:
the sun popped like
a field of blazing maize

Kibbe drove away that afternoon with a car covered in poetry.

More GuerrillaReads videos to follow from LitFest Pasadena. Stay tuned.