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A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month features Bonnie Nadzam " Lamb" John Espinosa Nelson " Where Excuses Go to Die ", Verónica Reyes “Chopper! Chopper!", Tony Shea "Through the Jungle and the Rain" and  music by Izzy Cox

Sunday January 19th   ~ 6-7:30 pm ~ The Hotel Cafe: 1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd. ~ $6


 Bonnie Nadzam is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer, and has published in Harper's Magazine, Orion Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, and many others. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and English Literature from Carleton College, and an MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. Her debut novel, Lamb, was the recipient of the Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Prize and was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction in the UK. Her second novel and first short story collection are forthcoming next year.

Tony Shea has been well schooled at Loyola College in Baltimore, the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. He is an award winning film maker,  the lead singer for Candygram For Mongo and his debut novel Through the Jungle and the Rain was released for Kindle via Shea Magazine's book division, SME. It will be out in paperback this April.

Verónica Reyes is a Chicana feminist jota poet from East Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA from California State University, Long Beach and her MFA from University of Texas, El Paso. Her poems give voice to all her communities: Chicanas/os, immigrants, Mexican Americans, and la jotería. Reyes has won AWP’s Intro-Journal Project, an Astraea Lesbian Foundation Emerging Artist award, and was a Finalist for the Andrés Montoya Poetry award. She has received grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, and Montalvo Arts Center. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Feminist Studies, ZYZZYVA, and The New York Quarterly. She is a proud member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) and Macondo Writers’ Workshop.

John Espinosa Nelson has written for Esquire, the LA Weekly, and Players magazines, as well as for the non-profit U.S. VETS Inc. in support of homeless and at-risk veterans. Where Excuses Go to Die was created to fulfill a promise John made to writing instructors and education professionals, as well as the late comedienne, Lotus Weinstock, while serving time in California prisons for armed robbery. You can learn more at

Izzy Cox : a voodoo billy punk jazz..a Ella Fitzgerald meets Tom waits and Sun Rra..

Come early!  Seating is limited and we start on time!

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