Category Archives: GuerrillaReads

GuerrillaReads No. 102: Marga Gomez

So there we were one Sunday in March, standing on the corner of Sunset and Sanborn in Silver Lake, shooting guerrilla readings by some amazing LA area writers as part of the first-ever Lambda LitFest. We had everything from seriously sexy poetry, to a preview of a memoir we can’t wait to read, to the live reading of a Wikipedia entry. Then who should wander into our frame  but Marga Gomez herself, the one and only.

“Marga!” we shouted, then introduced ourselves. She seemed surprisingly unsurprised to be recognized by random strangers on the streets of LA. We asked, “Do you want to do a guerrilla reading?”

If you know, Marga, then you know we didn’t have to ask twice. She pulled out her phone and started reading an entry from the secret, undiscovered diary written Anaïs Nin about the day she visited Disneyland.

Click here to see all the videos from the GuerrillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk.

GuerrillaReads No. 101: Olga García Echeverría

There’s nothing like live poetry in the streets to remind you what a beautiful, crazy world we live in. In this guerrilla reading, Olga García Echeverría tells her doctor – and the world – that Este cuerpo es mío. Watch out for that dancing flan!

Born and raised in East LA, García is the author of Falling Angels: Cuentos y Poemas (Calaca Press and Chibcha Press 2008) and blogs from time to time at La Bloga. This reading was part of the 2017 GuerrillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk, where you can also see her reading the work of Tatiana de la Tierra.

GuerrillaReads No. 100: Lynn Harris Ballen

Lynn Harris Ballen is perhaps best known as a senior producer and co-host on KPFK radio’s fearless Feminist Magazine. She’s also an important player in the LGBTQ literary scene in southern California.

Ballen grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. Her family’s role in the struggle for majority rule in that country is at the center of the memoir she is currently writing. In this guerrilla reading, Ballen gives us a tantalizing preview of the story she will tell.

And with that, GuerrillaReads turns 100 today! I’ll admit, we’re kinda proud to still be alive and kicking.

GuerrillaReads No. 99: Federico Villalobos-Zambranou

You can find poet Federico Villalobos-Zambranou at TheOxfordSemicolon.

You can also find him here on the GuerrillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk. We stepped across the street from the corner where A Different Light bookstore once stood, and shot his guerrilla reading in front of Rough Trade leather shop.

GuerrillaReads No. 98: Tatiana de la Tierra

Tatiana de la Tierra was a force to be reckoned with. She was a bilingual, bicultural writer who focused on identity, sexuality, and South American memory and reality in her work. She also established the first international Latina lesbian magazine Esto no tiene nombre

De la Tierra passed away in 2012, but her work and her spirit live on. Here, three poets who were friends of hers – Olga García Echeverría, Persephone Gonzalez and Cat Uribe – pay tribute to De la Tierra by reading two of her poems. Hang on tight for the ride!

Reporting back from the GuerrillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk

Did you see us on the corner with our tiny video camera and big literature? A group of iconoclastic local writers showed up for the GuerrillaReads video walk at the first (annual?) Lambda LitFest on March 12. We met at the corner in Silver Lake where A Different Light once stood. More than a bookstore, A Different Light was a an LGBTQ community center and a safe space at a time when being out was dangerous. It was also the place where, guerrilla reader Lynn Harris Ballen told us, author and troublemaker Jeanne Córdova (aka GuerrillaReads No. 52) proposed to her. We read our works on the corner, paying tribute to everything A Different Light once stood for.

This week GuerrillaReads will post the work of one video walk participant each day. You’ll see

To kick things off, I’d like to introduce you to A Different Light, with this guerrilla reading.

GuerrillaReads No. 98: Neal Rabin

Literature meets tennis in this guerrilla reading by Neal Rabin.

Rabin has been a Club Med tennis and surf instructor, refrigerator stocker, and even worked as a “fetch” for Time Life Films. One-time founder and CEO of a global software company, he now spends his time doing the kind of stuff you’ll see in this video. Plus, he raises chickens. 23 Degrees South is his first book. 

And that’s game, set and match.