Coffee shops are familiar dens for poetry, but Jesus Cortez prefers Rainbow Donuts in West Anaheim to discuss his verses after a long day of work. The doughnut dive is a staple of the working-class with Lotto scratchers promising quick payouts hidden behind opaque inks, shelves with instant noodle lunches and pink boxes waiting to […]
“These are the writers among you,” said Marcus Omari of Poetic Reform Party (PRP) to a crowd of 50 last Saturday night at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts (OCCCA). “So make sure you support them.” He was there to host Bonfire Shout!, a one-night-only event of music, art, and powerful poetry by talented women. PRP’s mission is to […]
Governor Jerry Brown named Juan Felipe Rivera, UC Riverside poetry professor and Chair of Creative Writing, as California Poet Laureate on Wednesday, but he's just getting to know the wordsmith. The appointment is a first ever for a Latino in the state and the poet's writings articulate the life experiences of Mexican-Americans. Herrera, 63, was […]
Poet Gerald Locklin Talks About How Lady Gaga is in his Reading Routine, the Bukowski Connection and OC as 'Sand Beach'
Poetry readings are boring. And I'm not just saying that as a guy whose sole exposure to the genre was a force-feeding of Maya Angelou in community college. Nope, I actually read — and try to write — the stuff and even I think most of these gatherings are really great if you aresuffering from […]