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GuerrillaReads No. 67: MIKE the PoeT

MIKE the PoeT is ALIVE in Los Angeles!

Mike Sonksen has been doing guerrilla poetry readings for fifteen years. “On the subway, out on the street, even in the middle of literary events when I wasn’t invited.” His love for the city is rooted in honesty about its beauties and its shortcomings.

I’m alive in Los Angeles
Where there are more angles than isosceles
City topography’s undulating across massive landscapes
We move from chain link to palatial gates in separate economic states

We’ll feature another video from Sonksen next week on GuerrillaReads.

GuerrillaReads No. 65: Cheryl Klein

Highland Park’s own Cheryl Klein is the author of Lilac Mines and The Commuters, and a bunch of other great stuff. She also keeps the carbo-healthy Bread and Bread blog.

Klein joined us on the GuerrillaReads Video Walk on March 24, and read these three lovely poems.

GuerrillaReads No. 63: Lynne Bronstein

Lynne Bronstein is a Santa Monica writer, journalist and poet. A New York native, she’s proudly maintained her New York state of mind despite many years in Southern California.

Here she does a guerrilla reading of her poem, “Born.” You can read and learn more about Bronstein on her website or buy her most recent book of poems, Border Crossings.

 

GuerrillaReads No. 62: Tom Schabarum

Tom Schabarum is a Seattle-area poet and novelist. While he’s published his novels to the Kindle, he still loves the feel of a book in his hands. He put it this way in a blog post,

In Seattle we have the beautiful Olympic Sculpture Park, which contains a huge sculpture of a typewriter eraser complete with circular rubber wheel and feather brush top.  When I have young people in my car under thirty years old, I always ask them to identify it and none of them know what it is.  Hearing their answers keeps my mind pointing to the future and embracing it.

Read more about Schabarum on his website and his blog.

GuerrillaReads No. 60: Tymeka Coney

Tymeka Coney is recession-proof.

In her guerrilla reading at the 10th annual West Hollywood Book Fair, she showed us how. She read from her book of poetry, Words Unspoken, about making it through the recession and about Michael Jackson.

More about Coney on her website or on Facebook.

GuerrillaReads No. 57: Vanessa Van Wagner

The person who has a hammer
Tends to see everything as a nail

So begins Vanessa Van Wagner’s poem, Not the Other Guy.

She did her guerrilla reading live at the 10th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair. You can connect with Van Wagner on Facebook.

GuerrillaReads No. 55: Lindsay Halladay

Poet, spoken word artist and actress Lindsay Halladay has a heart that is so zen, it needs to beat only every now and then. Just watch this guerrilla reading of her poem, Zen, and you’ll understand.

Halladay, aka The Lindz, has performed sold-out shows for the LA Women’s Theater Festival, and she  partnered with Declare Yourself, a non-partisan voting initiative founded by Norman Lear. She’s also been nominated for the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant (FAAR) through The Ford Foundation and The Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

Read more about The Lindz on her website.