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Crawl for submissions

GuerrillaReads is looking for writers!

We’ll be screening videos from local writers at LA’s first ever LitCrawl. If you’re a writer and would like to have your work considered, check out our “crawl” for submissions now.

Deadline is October 10, 2013.

More at http://litcrawl.org/la

GuerrillaReads No. 83: Shukry Cattan

Welcome to Los Angeles, Crossroads of the World. Hometown world traveler Shukry Cattan reads about growing up Palestinian in the US. It’s about exploring his Arab roots and finding his place in the world.

This video comes to us as part of a partnership between GuerrillaReads and Tiyya Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides basic necessities for refugees and displaced American families. Through their creative writing program, refugees and immigrants have an opportunity to tell their own stories, in their own words. This is one of those stories.

Look for more videos from Tiyya Foundation here on GR. 

GuerrillaReads No. 82: Des Zamorano

Des Zamorano’s novel, Human Cargo, carries on in the fine tradition of LA noir with private investigator and krav maga aficionado, Inez Leon. Zamorano ends her guerrilla reading at LitFest Pasadena with Leon announcing a provocative, “Glendale’s the reason why I’m here.”

Enjoyed this video? Learn more about Zamorano on her website. Or watch all the videos from LitFest Pasadena 2013.

GuerrillaReads No. 81: Just Kibbe

Just Kibbe is a poet and founding member of the Pirate Pig Collective. Wearing a top hat and vest, he drove his white sedan onto the lawn at LitFest Pasadena. He left with a car covered in poems.

He also left us with a few poems of his own:

The pirate pig looks out into the world with his one good eye
And is misquoted making commentary in the dirt

 

GuerrillaReads no. 80: Melinda Palacio

Poet Melinda Palacio reads two “how to” poems from her collection, How Fire is a Story, Waiting. First, the title poem:

My grandmother caught the flame in her thick hands.
Curled fingers made nimble by kaleidoscope embers.
Fire burns hot and cold if you know where to touch it, she said.

Then she shares with you the must-have secrets of How to Make a Mediocre Poem Sing.

GuerrillaReads No. 79: Lucy Wang

Author Lucy Wang does some investigating “down there” where she discovers chirping chickens,  spicy red peppers and the door to death and destruction.

This guerrilla reading is an excerpt from her one-woman show, Chinese Girls Don’t Swear. Read more about Wang or follow her @sensuousgourmet.

GuerrillaReads No. 78: Laurel Ann Bogen

 

Poet Laurel Ann Bogen does a guerrilla reading of two poems from her book, Washing a Language, at LitFest PasadenaVocation of the Chair and Winchester Mystery House. Yes, it’s about that world-famous mystery house. And much more:

and so built sliding floors, gilt-edged parlors
and staircases at the top of which a door
slammed against heaven.
Yet, isn’t that what we all want –
to stave off death with architecture
of our own design?

Stay tuned for more videos from the LitFest.