Watch out, 50 Shades of Grey, here comes Fluid: Out of Darkness Comes Light, a collection of grown and sexy stories about the locomotive power contained in the 7th chakra. In this guerrilla reading, Savannah Mae Jenkins, who co-authored the book with Tiffany Maxwell, gives us just a taste of what’s inside the covers. It’s the first mildly NSFW reading I’ve ever posted to GuerrillaReads, so watch at your own risk – you might get scalded.
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?
Today on GuerrillaReads we launch a special partnership with New Short Fiction, L.A.’s longest-running spoken word series. The writers you’ll see over the next few weeks are all alumni of NSF’s Emerging Voices program.
Monica Wesolowska‘s work was featured on the NSF stage in 2008. Her writing has appeared in such places as Best New American Voices 2000, Carolina Quarterly, Quarter After Eight, Literary Mama and New York Times bestseller My Little Red Book. Wesolowska’s debut memoir, Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, is now available from Hawthorne Books.
Along with scary tales of murder, attempted murder and kidnapping, less violent crimes solved by young detectives include stolen auto parts, santitos (religious figurines) and costume jewelry—along with an encounter with possible ghosts and a vision of the enraged Aztec goddess Coyolxauhqui rising up over Venice Beach.
Quinn did a guerrilla reading from The Red Lipstick at the Tia Chucha’s 6th Annual Celebrating Words Festival.
We went down to Occupy LA yesterday to engage in some literary solidarity of the guerrilla sort. Here I am reading from my book, The Streetwise Cycle. It’s a short story collection about one of the 99%, a homeless man living in Los Angeles. In this story, he meets an unemployed financial analyst on the verge of losing everything.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out all these writers who have signed onto the Occupy Writers statement of support.
Guerrilla reader Chema Guijarro grew up between Calexico, CA, and Mexicali, B.C., his fiction focuses on the border region, the immigrant and emigrant experience and Latin-American culture. In this video, he reads from his short story As the Flames Rose, which appears in the anthology You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens.
Author Lisa Alvarez calls herself “a mild-mannered professor of English at Irvine Valley College.” Watch her guerrilla reading of her short-short story Cielito Lindo and decide for yourself how true that is. This story appeared in the Sudden Fiction Latino anthology.
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