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!
Watch out, 50 Shades of Grey, here comes Fluid: Out of Darkness Comes Light, a collection of grown and sexy stories about the locomotive power contained in the 7th chakra. In this guerrilla reading, Savannah Mae Jenkins, who co-authored the book with Tiffany Maxwell, gives us just a taste of what’s inside the covers. It’s the first mildly NSFW reading I’ve ever posted to GuerrillaReads, so watch at your own risk – you might get scalded.
Peter J. Harris is an African American cultural worker who has published poetry, essays, and fiction in a wide range of national publications since the 1970s. He has worked as a publisher, journalist, editor and broadcaster. He’s also been an educator, and workshop leader for adults and adolescents.
Harris’s work often explores the lives of Black men, and this guerrilla reading is no exception. GR caught up with him at the Blk Grrrl Book Fair in South Central LA, where he read from his latest book, The Black Man of Happiness.
Charles Degelman has been an antiwar activist, political theater artist, musician, communard, carpenter, hard-rock miner, and itinerant gypsy trucker, and eventually grew up to be a writer, editor, and educator living in Los Angeles.
Fresno’s own locally-grown writer Rhonda Langley knows quite a lot about about music, gardening and writing. More than that, she loves to share the things that matter to her. She’s written a number of books, both fiction and nonfiction.
In this guerrilla reading, Langley reads from her novel, Good Friday, and captures the sights and sounds of Fresno, California. Especially the sounds. Listen for the lovely songs of the birds that accompany her reading.
George Cattan is a life-long political junkie. He was born in Palestine, lived for many years in Syria, and has been writing about political struggles his whole life. He writes in Arabic, and we are fortunate to have this video of him reading in English translation from his memoir.
“Politics,” Cattan tells us, “is like an addiction.” In this reading, he explains how his thinking about politics has evolved over more than seventy years of life experience.
Cattan read for GuerrillaReads as part of a program run by Orange County-based Tiyya Foundation, which provides basic necessities for refugees and displaced American families.
In her article at The Atlantic, Taking Literature 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