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826LA in Mart Vista
12515 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Please join us as we celebrate the latest installation in The Mar Vista Time Travel Mart: The PoemBooth Project!

A poem in a phone booth bears witness to disappearing modes of communication, while suggesting different ways that we might speak to each other. When you pick up the receiver, this phone will automatically dial a hotline. From there, you can listen to a collaborative poem, record your own contribution, or hear the work of a featured student writer. If you choose to contribute, you will be given a question about your life or your surroundings. Don’t worry about making your answer sound like a poem. The raw ingredients of poetry are just that – raw. What makes something a poem is the way the different parts are put together. When we receive enough messages, we will collage them together and put them on the hotline.

We will be having a reception with light refreshments, poetry performances, and, of course, the PoemBooth. Event admission is free and open to the public.

The PoemBooth is an installation for 826LA by Brent Armendinger and Matthew Williams.

Artist Bios:

Gloria Enedina Alvarez is a Chicana poet/intermedia artist, playwright, librettist, literary translator and curator, who presently teaches creative writing and works as a consultant in public schools, universities, libraries, museums, and art centers. Her literary/artistic efforts have been recognized by the CAC, National Endowment for the Arts, Cultural Affairs Department, City of L.A., COLA Award, Poets & Writers, Inc., among others. Her plays and librettos for opera, Los BiombosCuento de un Soldado/Story of a Soldier, and El Niño, have been produced internationally. Her books of poetry in English and Spanish include La Excusa/The Excuse and Emerging en un Mar De Olanes.

Brent Armendinger is the author of two chapbooks, Archipelago (Noemi Press, 2009) and Undetectable(New Michigan Press, 2009). In 2014, his full-length manuscript, The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying, will be published by Noemi Press. His work has recently appeared in Aufgabe, Bateau, Bombay Gin, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, Court Green, Denver Quarterly, LIT, Puerto del Sol, and Volt. In July of 2013, he was a resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts. He teaches creative writing at Pitzer College and lives in Echo Park.

Kristopher Manuel Escajeda is a guitarist, born and raised in Boyle Heights. Other instruments played are the keyboard, piano, drums, saxophone and others. He writes and performs music that takes you on a global experience, a cross fusion of punjabi, jazz, avant garde, break beat, progressive rock, experimental, folk, and percussive rhythms, featuring the three string guitar. He has performed and toured throughout the U.S. and U.K., solo and with his groups, White Gurls, Electric Current Eccentric Chaos, and as a duet with Eddika Organista of El Haru Kuroi. He has performed at many local festivals, music and art venues in Los Angeles, like the World Stage, Leimert Park, and others in Southern California.

Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East L.A. for 25 years. He’s also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. He is currently collaborating with artist Arturo Romo Santillano and other writers on the website, His most recent books are the novel Atomik Aztex and the hybrid text World Ball Notebook.

Matthew Williams is an artist, writer, and woodworker. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and for about ten years he could slam-dunk a basketball with two hands. He lives in Echo Park.

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