Appearances


Jerry Garcia's "On Summer Solstice Road" Release
Oct
16
7:30 pm19:30

Jerry Garcia's "On Summer Solstice Road" Release

  • Beyond Baroque

Jerry Garcia and Green Tara Press celebrate the publication of his poetry collection “On Summer Solstice Road" with friends and multimedia. Featuring liz gonzález, Ashaki Jackson, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo and Robert Krut.

Beyond Baroque General Admission Policy:
Admission $10,
Students/Seniors/Children $6,
Members FREE.

PoetrIE Presents: Ashaki Jackson
Oct
15
6:00 pm18:00

PoetrIE Presents: Ashaki Jackson

  • The San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts

PoetrIE is proud to present poet Ashaki Jackson. 
Also reading: Maurisa Thompson and Micah Chatterton

When: Saturday October 15, 2016
Where: The San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts
526 W. 11th St. San Bernardino, Ca 92410
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Fee: This event is free but we accept donations. In fact, we strongly encourage them, so that the lights can stay on in the Garcia Center, and so that these readings can continue to be free and open to the public. 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

Writers will have their books for sale at the event-cash is preferred.  

This event is made possible with the generosity of The San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts and with the support of Poets & Writers, Inc. 

From her analysis on how we watch police brutality to her painful exploration of loss, Jackson's poetry forces the audience to submit to her artful rendering of grief and human fragility and strength. 


Ashaki M. Jackson is an applied social psychologist, program evaluator and poet who works with youth through research, evaluation and creative writing mentoring. She is a Cave Canem alumna, VONA alumna and co-founder of Women Who Submit. Her work appears in CURA and Prairie Schooneramong other publications. Author of two chapter-length collections – Surveillance (Writ Large Press) and Language Lesson (MIEL) – Jackson earned her creative writing MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and a psychology doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Women Who Submit Fall Workshop: On Silence In Poetry with Ashaki M. Jackson
Oct
1
10:00 am10:00

Women Who Submit Fall Workshop: On Silence In Poetry with Ashaki M. Jackson

  • PEN USA

About the workshop: Guided by poems written by Kimiko Hahn, Shane Book, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Eduardo C. Corral and Chiyuma Elliott, participants will briefly discuss space as a means to call for quiet in writing. We'll explore where space functions as a silencer and spend the period crafting terms and designing stanzas that call for quiet.

About the Facilitator: Ashaki M. Jackson is an applied social psychologist, program evaluator and poet who works with youth through research, evaluation and creative writing mentoring. She is a Cave Canem alumna, VONA alumna and co-founder of Women Who Submit. Her work appears inCURA and Prairie Schooner among other publications. Author of two chapter-length collections – Surveillance (Writ Large Press) and Language Lesson (MIEL) – Jackson earned her creative writing MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and a psychology doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Tickets: $80 per workshop / $60 WWS & PEN members
$200 for all 3 workshops / $150 WWS & PEN members

WWS Fall Workshop Series includes: 

10/1 - On Silence in Poetry with Ashaki M. Jackson
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wws-fall-workshop-series-on-silence-in-poetry-with-ashaki-m-jackson-tickets-27335680757

11/5 - On Movement and Writing with Jay O’Shea
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wws-fall-workshop-series-on-movement-and-writing-with-jay-oshea-tickets-27336062900

12/3 - Public Notebook to Book with Wendy C. Ortiz https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wws-fall-workshop-series-public-notebook-to-book-with-wendy-c-ortiz-tickets-27336258485

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About Women Who Submit: Women Who Submit seeks to empower women writers by creating physical and virtual spaces for sharing information, supporting and encouraging submissions to literary journals, and clarifying the submission and publication process. 

The Women Who Submit Fall Workshop Series, in partnership with PEN Center USA and Avenue 50 Studios, is a not-for-profit event created as a fundraiser for future WWS programming, events, and conference presentations. It is open to people of all genders, orientations, and creeds.

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib + Button Poetry - L.A. Release Show
Sep
29
7:30 pm19:30

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib + Button Poetry - L.A. Release Show

  • Art Share LA

Doors 7:30 PM
Show 8:00 PM

GET YOUR TICKETS ONLINE EARLY: http://hanifbuttonla.eventbrite.com/

We're incredibly excited to be bringing Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib to Los Angeles to celebrate the release of his debut book, The Crown Ain't Worth Much.

The show will feature performances by Alyesha Wise, Chris Terry, Ashaki Jackson, Fisseha Moges, and of course Hanif himself. 

Hosted by Matthew Cuban Hernandez. $10 (tickets may be available at the door, but we anticipate a big crowd so get them now!)

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a Yale Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine.

Book Launch and Conversation
Aug
17
7:00 pm19:00

Book Launch and Conversation

Ashaki Jackson reads from her second chapbook, Language Lesson, followed by a conversation on grief, mourning and matrilineal legacies with Traci Kato-Kiriyama. Light dessert reception to follow.

3 Poets and a Dash of Nonfiction
Jun
10
8:00 pm20:00

3 Poets and a Dash of Nonfiction

  • Beyond Baroque

Doors 7:00 PM, Show 8:00 PM

3 POETS AND A DASH OF NON-FICTION: 
SANDY TOLAN, DAVID HERNANDEZ, F. DOUGLAS BROWN and ASHAKI M. JACKSON

Sandy Tolan is the author of Children of Stone: The power of music in a hard life, the story of a young Palestinian musician overcoming the struggles of living amidst the Israel/Palestine conflict. Visit http://sandytolan.com/

David Hernandez is the author of the new poetry collection Dear, Sincerely from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His book, Hoodwinked, won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. His other books include Always Danger and A House Waiting for Music. He is also the author of two YA novels, No More Us for You and Suckerpunch. He teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach. Read more about David here: http://www.davidahernandez.com/

F Douglas Brown, an educator for over 20 years, teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, an all-boys Jesuit school. Brown is a Cave Canem fellow and a Kundiman fellow. He is the author of the Cave Canem prize winning poetry collection, Zero to Three. Meet F. Douglas Brown at http://www.fdouglasbrown.com/

Ashaki M. Jackson is a Cave Canem alumna whose work appears in CURA, Pluck! and Prairie Schooner among others. Writ Large Press published her chapbook, Surveillance, in March 2016. A second chapbook, Language Lesson, is forthcoming from MIEL. She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more at http://www.ashakijackson.com/

Free street and lot parking. Please obey all posted restrictions. 
$7 regular, $5 students, FREE for Beyond Baroque members.

May Mega-Reading
May
28
7:00 pm19:00

May Mega-Reading

  • The dA Center for the Arts

Join Ashaki Jackson, Robbi Nestor, Richard Nestor, Michael Cooper, Cindy Rinne, and you for our monthly feature and open mic! This month we have a great line-up of writers and poets from across the Los Angeles area. As always, we will feature you in our open mic! Come on down and join us for good poetry and average food afterward.

Words in Bloom: A Litfolks Reading Event
May
24
7:00 pm19:00

Words in Bloom: A Litfolks Reading Event

  • Book Show

Celebrate spring with the Words in Bloom reading!

With readings by:
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
Matt Binder
Jessica Handler
Ashaki Jackson
Michele Raphael
David Ulin

Hosted by:
Litfolks LA (Antonia Crane, Anna March, Ashley Perez, Laura Warrell)

Rapp Saloon Reading Series
May
6
8:00 pm20:00

Rapp Saloon Reading Series

Join Jawanza Dumisani, Nicelle Davis and Ashaki M. Jackson for an evening of poetry in Santa Monica. 

Curator & Host: Cynthia Alessandra Briano

Reading begins at 8:30 PM 

Free 

National Poetry Month Celebration - CSU Fullerton
Apr
21
11:30 am11:30

National Poetry Month Celebration - CSU Fullerton

The Advanced Creative Writing Course, ENGL404T, has been encouraged to read the poems from Ashaki M. Jackson's Surveillance, alongside poems from second featured reader, Hannah Sanghee Park. Discussion to follow.

Hosted by Dr. Natalie Graham, MFA, Ph.D.

Slam in the Stacks: Poetry Performance
Apr
18
4:00 pm16:00

Slam in the Stacks: Poetry Performance

  • Exposition Park - Bethune Regional Branch

Legendary Writ Large Press poets Peter J. Harris, Mike Sonksen, Ashaki M. Jackson, Rebecca Gonzales and Gia Scott-Heron are featured in part one of the three-part (Poetry) SLAM IN THE STACKS series. Join us!

Come back all week for writing and performance workshops:

Writing Workshop
Wednesday, April 20
4pm-5:30pm

Performance Workshop*
Friday, April 22
3pm-4:30pm

Get a head start with Writ Large Poets' Recommended Reading List: www.grandperformances.org/readinglist

More Info: http://grandperformances.org/Poetry

*Must attend Writing Workshop to participate in Performance Workshop

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Wider Than the Sky: Young People's Poetry Festival
Apr
16
9:00 am09:00

Wider Than the Sky: Young People's Poetry Festival

  • Westlake-Harvard School

The annual one-day festival brings together students from our school and several hundred students from LAUSD public schools around the city for a day of workshops, panels, round-table discussions, and readings.

The festival features poets from Los Angeles and around the country; last year it was led by keynote speakers Sharan Strange and Douglas Kearney, and included special guests Amanda Gorman, Kyland Turner, Kat McGill, and many others.

We’re looking forward to an even more fantastic festival this year, with more poets, more students, partnerships with local literary organizations, and opportunities for the Los Angeles literary community to take part – and Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner and Young People’s Poet Laureate, as our keynote speaker.

The Smokin' Hot Lit Lounge at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - Booth #380
Apr
9
Apr 10

The Smokin' Hot Lit Lounge at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - Booth #380

  • University of Southern California

Kaya Press and the USC PhD in Creative Writing & Literature bring you the Indie Lit Lounge at the LA Times Festival of Books — Booth #380

Come to USC for the LA Times Festival of Books this Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th and visit the Indie Lit Lounge to buy books from Kaya Press, Gold Line Press/Ricochet Editions and from a curated bookstore of LA indie presses and local authors, plus a special collection of zines and handmade comics and books from Seite Books. As usual, the Indie Lit Lounge will also feature hands-on activities (Write, edit and produce your own book! Decorate and write your own postcard and we’ll mail it anywhere in the world!), and an amazing program of intimate readings, discussions and more in our lounge.

Sunday April 10th

11 - 12 -- Women Who Submit: Learn the ins and outs of submitting w/ Submission Experts: Ashaki Jackson, Melissa Chadburn, and Antonia Crane, plus The Amazing Submitting Woman Laura Warrell.

12 - 1 -- Conversation with Ashaki Jackson -- Hear authors read their work and discuss the importance of writing communities like VONA.

#Jubilee: The Official AWP Fish Fry 2016
Apr
2
Apr 3

#Jubilee: The Official AWP Fish Fry 2016

  • Cielo Gallery

The Dark Noise Collective and The Drawbridge Collective Present: #Jubilee: The Official AWP Fish Fry 2016!

Part celebration, part salon, all mind-blowing art, The official AWP Fish Fry returns, hosted by two dynamic groups of writers and performers, but most of all - awesome par-tay people! Join us in downtown L.A. at the amazing CIELO Galleries, for a beautiful night of poetry, music, food, and love to culminate the AWP Conference! Celebrating its third year, The Dark Noise & Drawbridge Collective come together to present this kick-ass night sure to create unforgettable memories and leave every body full of electric delight!

Our Amazing Readers List (aka Badass Jubilant purveyors of Awesome) 

1. Natalie Diaz
2. Douglas Kearney
3. Ashaki M. Jackson
4. Angel Nafis
5. Erika L. Sánchez
6. Safia Elhillo
7. Morgan Parker
8. Chiwan Choi
10. Drawbridge Collective
11. Dark Noise Collective

Music by:
Dj Francesca Harding https://soundcloud.com/djfrancescaharding

Saturday, April 2
CIELO galleries/studios
3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, California 90011

830PM - 230AM
$5 requested donation at the door

Come on the earlier side for fellowship and Fish Fry
Stay late for drinks, dancing, and celebration

Please bring a few bucks to contribute to the poets and buy their amazing work, and donate towards the fish fund and bomb drinks! 

Street & parking Lot available! Only 1.2 Miles from the AWP Conference official convention center, (less than 8mn ride by car or a 20mn walk in warm California!)

Everyone Welcome. Except Jerks. 

Many thanks to our gracious sponsors and partner for this event: The CIELO galleries/studios.

Yes the venue is Handicap Accessible!

If you have any questions please contact - 
Pages Matam. - info.PagesMatam@gmail com
or Aaron Samuels - aaronsamuelspoetry@gmail.com

 Kundiman & Kaya Present LITERAOKE
Apr
1
9:00 pm21:00

Kundiman & Kaya Present LITERAOKE

  • Kapistahan

Come out and get down with Kaya Press & Kundiman at our AWP offsite event as we combine readings and Karaoke into a never-before-attempted experiment of entertainment and enlightenment! Doors open at 8:30pm, and performance will begin promptly at 9:00pm!

VENUE CHANGE: LITERAOKE will now be at the awesome Kapistahan Grill in Historic Filipinotown, featuring traditional Filipino food and beers! Even closer to the Convention Center. 

The event will feature the literary (& musical) stylings of

Vidhu Aggarwal
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
Sam Chanse
Leticia Hernandez
Ashaki M. Jackson
Janine Joseph
Teka Lark
Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Ed Lin
R. Zamora Linmark
Kenji Liu
Rajiv Mohabir
Angela Peñarendondo
Christopher Santiago
Chris Terry
Wally Rudolph
Timothy Yu
Javier Zamora

Hosted by Jenny Yang

Two Dollar Radio/ CCM/ Entropy/ Action Books/ Writ Large #AWP16
Apr
1
8:00 pm20:00

Two Dollar Radio/ CCM/ Entropy/ Action Books/ Writ Large #AWP16

  • These Days Gallery

Join Two Dollar Radio, Civil Coping Mechanisms, Entropy, Action Books, and Writ Large Press for a night of literary readings, booze, socially awkward mingling, shenanigans, metal, metal, and, oh yeah, a raffle!

Expect readings by Mark de Silva, Colin Winnette, Janice Lee, Dolan Morgan, Ashley Farmer, Alexandra Naughton, Tobias Carroll, Johannes Göransson, Don Mee Choi, Yideum Kim, Valerie Mejer, Wendy C. Ortiz, Rachel McLeod Kaminer, Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama, Ashaki M. Jackson, and more. Emcee Shoshana Seidman.

+ Live music from Runson Willis III. 

Who knows what might happen when four indies throw down?

Incarcerated Juvenile? Veteran? Senior? Teaching and Reaching the Writer Hidden Within the Underserved #AWP16
Mar
31
4:30 pm16:30

Incarcerated Juvenile? Veteran? Senior? Teaching and Reaching the Writer Hidden Within the Underserved #AWP16

  • J.W. Marriot Hotel

Diamond Salon 6&7, JW Marriott LA, 3rd Floor

Five veteran teachers of the underserved discuss strategies and best practices to bring the power of writing into the lives of those often discounted in our culture. How do we create safe classrooms and yet raise the bar for literary craft? How do our language and demeanor affect the outcome of the classroom? How do we craft culture-sensitive writing prompts? Panelists discuss the challenges and rewards of working in unusual classrooms and delve into how to best engage unique populations.

Monona Wali,  Robert Fox,  Esche Jackson,  Ashaki M. Jackson,  Leslie Ann Poston

From the Drudges #AWP16
Mar
31
12:00 pm12:00

From the Drudges #AWP16

  • LA Convention Center

The lion’s share of prizes, grants, fellowships, and accolades originates in academia and is awarded to academics. Does this mean we have to teach in order to sustain a writing life? Four panelists discuss how a meaningful and successful writing career can be established and sustained from outside of the university cycle.

Jen Fitzgerald, Alyss Dixson, Ashaki M. Jackson, Rodrigo Toscano

Cave Canem Benefit and Fellows Reading
Mar
30
6:30 pm18:30

Cave Canem Benefit and Fellows Reading

  • Elysian

Celebrate Cave Canem's 20th anniversary (1996-2016) at our Off-Site Fellows Reading, a staple of the AWP experience. 20 talented Cave Canem fellows will read original work rapid-fire style at 4-minute intervals. L.A. resident and Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winner F. Douglas Brown hosts. 

Arrive early for a special VIP reception hosted by Claudia Rankine and Robin Coste Lewis: socialize with your hosts, the AWP writing community, distinguished poets and supporters. Event seating is limited to 130.

6:30 - 7:30 pm: VIP Reception & Reserved Seating, $100
Hosted by Claudia Rankine and Robin Coste Lewis

7:30 - 9:30 pm: Fellows Reading, General Admission, $10

Featuring:

Cam Awkward-Rich
Gustavo Adolfo Aybar
Destiny Birdsong
Jericho Brown
Mahogany L. Browne
Ama Codjoe
Geffrey Davis
t’ai freedom ford
Aricka Foreman
Jonterri Gadson
Shayla Hawkins
Juliet P. Howard
Jacqueline Johnson
Ruth Ellen Kocher
Khadijah Queen
Casey Rocheteau
Aaron Samuels
Charif Shanahan
Anastacia Renee Tolbert
Imani Tolliver

For more information and for tickets, visit our website: http://cavecanempoets.org/benefit