Readings and other (mostly) IRL appearances
LA di DADA 10
Thur, Sept 7 at 8pm
Art and Civic Life
a conversation with Staci Lola Drouillard and Michael Kleber-Diggs
Wed, August 9 at 7pm
Peninsula School of the Arts
Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Democracy and the Arts
Bailey's Harbor, Wisconsin
LA di DADA returns in person!
Thur, Sept 8 at 8pm
LA di Dada Livestream
Wed, Oct 13
Live at Grand Park in DTLA
and streaming worldwide
West Coast Dada Superstars Livestream
Tue, Sept 8
7 pm PST
Streaming on Facebook
Time Capsule Dedication
Wed, July 3
Fort Moore Memorial
Fire and Rain ecopoetry reading
Sunday, May 19
4:30 pm, Zona Rosa Alley
San Gabriel LitFest
Fire and Rain ecopoetry reading
Saturday, April 13
dA Center for the Arts
Long Beach Zine Fest
Sat, Sept 15
11 am-5 pm
Expo Arts Center
OC Zine Fest
Sat, Aug 25
11 am-4:30 pm
Anaheim Central Library
Writer in Residence
Denali National Park and Preserve
Public program Aug 9 from 3-4 pm at the
Denali Park Visitor Center
All Media 2017 Exhibition
Protest 101 selected for inclusion by juror Kim Abeles
Irvine Fine Arts Center (map)
Exhibition August 25-October 28
Opening reception August 26 4-6 pm
GuerrillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk
Writers at all levels are welcome
Sunday, March 12
Meetup at 4014 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Click for more details and to register
Artist in Residence
Mesa Verde National Park
Writing workshop - Fri, Sept 16
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
#ParkLit Hashtag Book Festival
Learn how you can participate
Annenberg Beach House
The Language of Landscape - a reading
details to be announced soon at
Sun, Dec 6
2 - 3 p.m.
The End of Water
Four authors read stories about water
Part of VisionLA '15 Fest
Vista Hermosa Natural Park (map)
100 N Toluca St
September 8 If you are anywhere near Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept 8, you've got to get yourself to Beyond Baroque in Venice for the tenth edition of LA di DADA. Contributors to the Dada anthology Maintenant 17 will be reading our work, all on this year's theme, "Peacefire." Here's a preview of what to expect, from last year's LA di DADA:
August 7-11 I will be teaching a week-long seminar at Bjorklunden on Democracy and the Arts. We will explore civic engagement, public art, and the changing role of government support for the arts in the US. Our final meeting with be a zine-making workshop where we'll incorporate what we've learned into a physical art object.
August 9 Also while I'm in Door County, Wisconsin, I will be in conversation with writers Staci Lola Drouillard and Michael Kleber-Diggs at the Peninsula School of the arts in Fish Creek, discussing Art and Civic Life. This event is co-sponsored by them, along with Bjorklunden and Write On, Door County.
May 5-11 Merch alert! The Institute for Conspiracy Theory Analysis (ICTA), a journalistic social practice art project I launched with Melissa Wall, is vending at the online Canzine 2023. Mostly free digital downloads, but you will need to shell out a bit of cash for full-color hard copies of our Undictionary zine and Covid Conspiracy Lotería (CoCoLo) game. You'll find lots of great zinesters from around the world at Canzine, so swing by the online fest and pick up some cool stuff.
June 15 Another year, another Maintenant, the amazing annual dada anthology from Three Rooms Press. The theme of issue 16 is NYET ZERO, and my piece that appeared in its pages is called Guider of Tours. This is the fourth story from my in-progress collection to be published.
May 11 Another story in my in-progress short story collection, Coot Wrangler, was selected as a finalist for the 2022 Ernest Hemingway Shorts contest and will be published in their annual anthology later this year. Order your copy to read stories by several amazing writers and learn how to wrangle coots.
December 10 My newest short story, Beans and Rice, has just been published in the Tusculum Review, and was a finalist for their 2021 chapbook prize.
October 1 I had a terrific conversation with Alexis Hyde and Dr. Erika Wong on the Hyde or Practise podcast. We covered everything from the impact of COVID-19 on the arts to democracy to eggs. Listen here.
July 13 My very short short, Renter of Sounds, is now available in Maintenant 15, the premiere journal of contemporary dada writing and art from Three Rooms Press.
May 19 The Glendale Tenants Union has just launched a Community Zine highlighting local artists. I contributed three poems sharing what I discovered on early morning walks during the pandemic. Here are the first few lines of "Drunk on Oxygen":
Laconic quail under the loquat tree
considered his options: peck or eat fruit?
Comfort of the familiar bellyful
- would-be sage and sunflower -
or soft yellow flesh fermenting in the sun?
May 17 New research on arts and culture! Make or Break is a study of compensation for entry-level arts administrators in LA County that found BIPOC arts administrators earn less than their White counterparts. Accessibility and the Arts explores how artists can make their work more accessible to people with disabilities. I oversaw these studies as part of a partnership between the LA County Dept of Arts and Culture and the Center for Business and Management of the Arts at Claremont Graduate University.
May 8 Things are looking up in 2021 for many reasons, including dada. A short piece I wrote, Renter of Sounds, will appear in Maintenant 15 from Three Rooms Press.
December 8 Issue 89 of Broken Pencil magazine is all about CAN ZINES SAVE DEMOCRACY? Flip to page 28 for a Q&A with me, titled Zine Civics 101. If you've ever wondered how I got started and what inspires me to make zines, check it out! The whole issue is great. If you can afford to buy a copy, please do!
September 6 Read this great review of my zine Save the Phenomena in the ever-tasteful Broken Pencil magazine.
August 12 The Los Angeles Public Library interviewed me about my zines, focusing on the Democracy Series. Read the interview here.
July 20 Lately I've been volunteering with an amazing group called Artists 4 Democracy on get-out-the-vote activities, mostly focusing on art school students in swing states. Now that the world has gone online, they're sharing my zines electronically. You can also see me talking about my zines on A4DTV.
June 15 My story Bee Sting Repairer can now be found in issue 14 of the dada journal Maintenant. With the theme UN-SUSTAIN-A-BULL-SH*T, it's a collection of literature and visual art that "shows the absurdity of continuing the practices that have taken earth to the precipice of extinction." Available in all the usual places online, or order it directly from Three Rooms Press.
November 18 My newest short story, Your Social, has just been published in the 2019 Gold Man Review. Here's how the story begins:
Need has a way of sneaking up on your with its puffy eyes and scrawny neck. Things get worse and you adjust, thinking you're pretty clever to have figured a way through. Then they get worse again, and one day you discover life has become unbearable. Available now in the usual places.
October 22 New poetry! Four of my poems that explore the interconnection between drought and our political moment have just been published in The Typescript, a journal of art, politics, and culture. Read them here.
July 2 Zines in my Democracy Series will be interred in a time capsule in downtown Los Angeles, at tomorrow's re-dedication of the Fort Moore Memorial. What do you think Angelenos will think fifty or so years from now when they pull out zines with titles like Protest 101 and Why We Vote?
April 1 Look for a couple of readings of California eco-poetry in April and May. I'll be reading along with other contributors to Fire and Rain at the San Gabriel LitFest in Pomona and at LitFest Pasadena. If you can't make it to a reading, consider buying the book. If you can't buy the book, consider checking it out from the library. If your library doesn't own it, put in a request that they buy it.
February 20 My newest zine is about to hit the shelves! Save the Phenomena explores the relationship between democracy and climate change, and was inspired by my experience as a writer in residence at Denali National Park last summer,
August 19 Meet me at the zine fest! I'll be tabling at the OC Zine Fest on Aug 25 and at the Long Beach Zine Fest on Sept 15. Both festivals include workshops, speakers, and a chance to meet some of your favorite zinesters. If you haven't a clue what zines or zine fests are, you really must come find out.
August 7 In some exciting news from across our northern border, my zine Testify! has been selected as a finalist for the Broken Pencil 2018 Zine Awards in the Political Zine category.
July 4 Just in time for America's annual fireworks fest, my newest zine has hit the bookstores. Why We Vote gives you the tools you need to choose your candidates and plan for Election Day. It busts some common myths about voting and reminds us that every vote counts – especially yours.
June 30 And now for something a bit different from my usual. My poem, "Drought," has just been published in the Watchung Review. The theme for this issue is Dismantling Inequality Through Dialogues Of Conscience. The entire issue is available online.