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GuerrillaReads No. 96: Jessica M. Wilson

Jessica M. Wilson is one of those poets you’ll find everywhere. She’s organized all sorts of readings and reading series around LA including Writers’ Row, SoapBox Poets Open Mic, Writer Wednesdays, the NoHo Salon, and she’s the LA Organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Jessica teaches with California Poets in the Schools and she’s also founder of the Los Angeles Poet Society, who participated in the 2015 North Hollywood LitCrawl, reading at the NoHo Metro station.

Her latest book is Serious Longing from Paris-based Swan World Press.

GuerrillaReads No. 95: James Berkowitz

James Berkowitz is a poet, writer, multidimensional artist, and event producer. Recent credits include Edgar Allan Poet Journal #3, San Francisco Peace and Hope literary and art journal, anthologies The Revolutionary Poets Brigade, Men in the Company of Women and Los Angeles Poetry Society Features amongst several places where his work is recognized.

This guerrilla reading is at the 2015 LA LitCrawl, at the Metro Red Line Station in North Hollywood. Berkowitz read with other members of the Los Angeles Poet Society.

Berkowitz calls himself “a human camera of observation.” He loves the magnificence of nature and its many settings as well as the pulse and stimulation of city streets. His greatest reward is connecting with other sentient beings, which you can do virtually at http://www.jamesberkowitz.com

GuerrillaReads No. 91: Ifalade TaShia Asanti

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.

GuerrillaReads No. 89: Peter J. Harris

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.

GuerrillaReads No. 87: Jeremiah Walton

Guerrilla reader Jeremiah Walton graduated from high school in spring 2013, and hit the road hitchhiking the following fall. He is founder of the small press Nostrovia! Poetry.

He’s currently traveling cross country with Sam Lennon and Captain Thornton running a traveling bookstore, Books & Shovels.

Read more at Walton’s website: Gatsby’s Abandoned Children.

GuerrillaReads No. 84: Most Open Mic in the City

Why just have an open mic when you can have a guerrilla open mic? Andru Defeye is making waves in Sacramento, CA, with The Most Open Mic in the City. Flash mob meets poetry, and discover they were meant for each other.

What’s a guerrilla open mic? Watch the video and see for yourself.

Maybe next time Jerry B. will stop by and spill a few lines.

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