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GuerrillaReads No. 100: Lynn Harris Ballen

Lynn Harris Ballen is perhaps best known as a senior producer and co-host on KPFK radio’s fearless Feminist Magazine. She’s also an important player in the LGBTQ literary scene in southern California.

Ballen grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. Her family’s role in the struggle for majority rule in that country is at the center of the memoir she is currently writing. In this guerrilla reading, Ballen gives us a tantalizing preview of the story she will tell.

And with that, GuerrillaReads turns 100 today! I’ll admit, we’re kinda proud to still be alive and kicking.

GuerrillaReads No. 99: Federico Villalobos-Zambranou

You can find poet Federico Villalobos-Zambranou at TheOxfordSemicolon.

You can also find him here on the GuerrillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk. We stepped across the street from the corner where A Different Light bookstore once stood, and shot his guerrilla reading in front of Rough Trade leather shop.

GuerrillaReads No. 98: Tatiana de la Tierra

Tatiana de la Tierra was a force to be reckoned with. She was a bilingual, bicultural writer who focused on identity, sexuality, and South American memory and reality in her work. She also established the first international Latina lesbian magazine Esto no tiene nombre

De la Tierra passed away in 2012, but her work and her spirit live on. Here, three poets who were friends of hers – Olga García Echeverría, Persephone Gonzalez and Cat Uribe – pay tribute to De la Tierra by reading two of her poems. Hang on tight for the ride!

Reporting back from the GuerrillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk

Did you see us on the corner with our tiny video camera and big literature? A group of iconoclastic local writers showed up for the GuerrillaReads video walk at the first (annual?) Lambda LitFest on March 12. We met at the corner in Silver Lake where A Different Light once stood. More than a bookstore, A Different Light was a an LGBTQ community center and a safe space at a time when being out was dangerous. It was also the place where, guerrilla reader Lynn Harris Ballen told us, author and troublemaker Jeanne Córdova (aka GuerrillaReads No. 52) proposed to her. We read our works on the corner, paying tribute to everything A Different Light once stood for.

This week GuerrillaReads will post the work of one video walk participant each day. You’ll see

To kick things off, I’d like to introduce you to A Different Light, with this guerrilla reading.

GuerrillaReads No. 98: Neal Rabin

Literature meets tennis in this guerrilla reading by Neal Rabin.

Rabin has been a Club Med tennis and surf instructor, refrigerator stocker, and even worked as a “fetch” for Time Life Films. One-time founder and CEO of a global software company, he now spends his time doing the kind of stuff you’ll see in this video. Plus, he raises chickens. 23 Degrees South is his first book. 

And that’s game, set and match.

GuerrillaReads No. 97: A.R. Taylor

Watch as A.R. Taylor does a guerrilla reading of her story of horticulture gone amok. Listen as a murder of crows contributes to the soundtrack.

Taylor’s debut novel, Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion won a Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction at the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2015, and Kirkus Reviews named it one of the 12 Most Cinematic Indie Books of 2014. She’s been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Southwest Review, Pedantic Monthly, The Cynic online magazine, the Berkeley Insider, So It Goes––the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Magazine on Humor, Red Rock Review, and Rosebud, where this story comes from. In her past life, Taylor was head writer on two Emmy winning series for public television. You can also find Taylor in the usual social spaces: @lonecamel and the Facebook.

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.