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.

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GuerrillaReads to host Lambda LitFest video walk

And you’re invited!

UPDATE: You can see all the videos from the video walk here on the tag Lambda LitFest Video Walk.

Lambda Literary Festival logo 6Writers at all levels are invited to participate in the GuerrillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk. We’ll meetup on Sunday, March 12 in Silver Lake on the corner where A Different Light bookstore once stood. Everyone will bring a short piece of their own writing to read on camera. Together we’ll explore the neighborhood while shooting videos of each participant reading their work.

The video walk is free, and it will be hosted by GuerrillaReads Founder Bronwyn Mauldin. It’s open to the first twelve people who register.

Click here to register.

To get a sense of what this event will be like, check out a few of the videos from the first ever GuerrillaReads video walk in Highland Park.

WHEN: Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 11 am to 12:30 pm
WHERE: Meetup on the corner at 4014 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

To learn more about all the events taking place as part of Lambda LitFest, check out their website: lambdalitfest.org. It promises to be a terrific week.

Register here for the GuerrillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk.

Join me at the #ParkLit Hashtag Book Festival

I’m Bronwyn Mauldin, creator of GuerrillaReads. I’m delighted to announce that from September 5-18 I’ll be an artist in residence at Mesa Verde National Park.

That’s only a few weeks after the National Park Service turns 100 years old on August 25. To celebrate both events I’m organizing a one-day Hashtag Book Festival on Saturday, August 20 that brings together two of my favorite things in the world: parks and literature.Slide1

Everyone is invited, and anyone can participate. If you love parks and books, this festival is for you. Here’s how it works:

You post content to your favorite social media site related to literature and parks – especially national parks – with the hashtag #parklit. I’m aggregating everything on the #ParkLit Hashtag Book Festival page, and I’ll highlight the best contributions. For example, you could post

  • Books, stories, poems or  essays about parks
  • Reviews of books about parks
  • Selfies of you reading in a park
  • Pictures of family or  friends with their favorite books in a park
  • Vlogs of you talking about how books and parks fit into your life
  • Pictures of books about parks, in bookstores, libraries, at home and any other places

I’m especially looking for writers to post video or audio of yourself reading from your stories, poems and essays about parks, published or unpublished. Extra points if you record your reading in a national park.

Bookstores and libraries – post pictures of the sections where readers can find books about parks, or post reviews of books about parks by your staff.

For more details, check out my FAQs page. And please help me spread the word. The more people who participate, the better this festival will be!

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.

GuerrillaReads No. 97: A.R. Taylor

Watch as A.R. Taylor does a guerrilla reading of her story of horticulture gone amok. Listen as a murder of crows contributes to the soundtrack.

Taylor’s debut novel, Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion won a Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction at the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2015, and Kirkus Reviews named it one of the 12 Most Cinematic Indie Books of 2014. She’s been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Southwest Review, Pedantic Monthly, The Cynic online magazine, the Berkeley Insider, So It Goes––the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Magazine on Humor, Red Rock Review, and Rosebud, where this story comes from. In her past life, Taylor was head writer on two Emmy winning series for public television. You can also find Taylor in the usual social spaces: @lonecamel and the Facebook.

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.