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GuerrillaReads No. 77: Petrea Burchard

Petrea Burchard is a writer, actor and photographer. Now she can add “guerrilla reader” to her resume. Here she is reading from her novel Camelot & Vine at the second annual LitFest Pasadena.

The “Camelot” of the title is, yes, that Camelot. King Arthur, round tables, etc. The “Vine?” You’ll have to read the book to find out about that.

If you like this, you’ll want to see more guerrilla readings from Litfest Pasadena.


Paint Poems on My Car: LitFest Pasadena 2013

Poet Just Kibbe of the Pirate Pig Collective drove a white sedan to the second annual LitFest Pasadena. He handed out big, fat markers and invited people to write poems on it. After some hesitation – What should I write? What kind of poem is right for a car? Do you have any white-out? – people began to write. Their own poems. Poems by Famous Poets.

I wrote a portion of a poem by Pablo Neruda:

I was walking
a sizzling road:
the sun popped like
a field of blazing maize

Kibbe drove away that afternoon with a car covered in poetry.

More GuerrillaReads videos to follow from LitFest Pasadena. Stay tuned.

GuerrillaReads No. 75: Henry Hoke


Henry Hoke climbed out on a fire escape to read his Resolution. You’ll soon see why.

I promised myself every year I’d get better at playing. But when I didn’t, and then didn’t, and then didn’t, it came down to you, the baby, and you rose to the challenge.

Hoke writes and blogs (yes, these are two different things). He also co-curates the ENTER>text immersive literary events at Concord. His work appeared on the New Short Fiction stage as one their Emerging Voices in 2012.

Emerging Voices celebrates its tenth anniversary on Sunday, May12, at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Click here for all the details.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out all the former Emerging Voices authors we’ve featured here on GuerrillaReads.

GuerrillaReads No.74: Liska Jacobs

Here’s Liska Jacobs, at the park with her guerrilla reading of an excerpt from her forthcoming book, Bitter Fruit. This excerpt originally appeared in issue three of DUM DUM zine. Her work appeared on the New Short Fiction stage in 2011.

In addition to writing her own fiction and editing Dum Dum, Jacobs also runs FreeWriteShop, an experimental collaborative writing workshop that has some guerrilla tendencies of its own.

GuerrillaReads No. 73: Beth Escott Newcomer

Beth Escott Newcomer’s story, Wintering Bird, is about a bird and about a garden. But of course, it’s about so much more than that. She did her guerrilla reading in the greenhouse at Serra Gardens Landscape Succulents.

Newcomer’s work appeared on the New Short Fiction stage as one of their Emerging Voices in 2010. If you like what you see here, you can read another of her stories, Coyotes Howl in Fallbrook, on the Excuse Me, I’m Writing blog.

GuerrillaReads No. 72: Miri Hunter Haruach

Also an alum of the New Short Fiction series, Miri Hunter Haruach reads her short story, Josephine on GuerrillaReads.

Josephine strolls into Tommy’s and sits down on a stool. She’s all in red, “Red dress, red nails, red lips, red shoes, topped by a dark burgundy hat with red feathers.” It’s just another Saturday night in the sleazy, homey piano bar. What could possibly go wrong?

Haruach’s work was featured on the NSF stage in 2009. The 10th Annual Emerging Voices show is coming up on Sunday, May 12.

GuerrillaReads No. 71: Susan Lindheim

Susan Lindheim‘s work appeared on the New Short Fiction stage in 2009. In this guerrilla reading, she reads from her novel, Baby Driver, at the quite apropos Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Lindheim was awarded the Kirkwood Prize at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for Baby Driver. Read more about her and her work.