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.
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.
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.
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?
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