In her new article at The Atlantic, Taking 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.
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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.
Norman Molesko is LA’s own “young oldie” poet. He’s an ambassador for seniors, and he’s currently working his second-half-of-life-career in the Senior-Advocacy-Through-Poetry-Program (SATPP), in partnership with the Los Angeles Poet Society.
True to form, Molesko read his poetry at the 2015 LitCrawl in Los Angeles at the NoHo Red Line Metro stop. Think you can keep up with this guy? Go ahead, give it a try!
The Los Angeles Poet Society was out in force at the 2015 LitCrawl in Los Angeles. They read and recited their poetry at the North Hollywood red line Metro station. GuerrillaReads caught Juan Cardenas on camera while we were there.
Cardenas is a poet, drummer and classically trained flautist, as well as a bilingual educator with California Poets in the Schools. He was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, crossed the desert with his family at the young age of 10, and was raised in the north San Fernando Valley. Here he reads a poem about his first-hand experiences, Border Truth Number 170.
Look for guerrilla readings from three more LAPS poets at the LitCrawl – coming soon!
Ifalade TaShia Asanti is a poet, performer and seer. In her poem, Sistah I Sing For You, she writes
i drum at sunrise for the common ancestors that walk with us
for the garbage in our oceans
wombs of broken glass
trust crushed in seas of betrayal
GuerrillaReads caught up with Asanti at LA’s first ever Blk Grrrl Book Fair where she did a guerrilla reading of her poem The Oracle. Learn more about her on her website.