Eastside Café-Los Angeles, California 2013


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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Clear 77°F / 55°F
September 28, 2013 marks the third annual global event for 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability. An event that began primarily with poet organizers, 100 Thousand Poets for Change has grown into an interdisciplinary coalition with year round events which includes musicians, dancers, mimes, painters and photographers from around the world.

This is the second year Iris De Anda has organized the El Sereno edition at Eastside Café, representing Los Angeles. This year’s featured poets are:

Jessica Ceballos is a writer who dabbles in music and photography. She’s a volunteer, community advocate, avid traveler, and cultural wanderer. Third generation Southern Californian, jessica has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles for her work bringing literary arts to the community. Aside from being publishes in several journals and reading throughout Southern California, she curates the monthly Great Beyond open reading out of Beyond Baroque and Poesia Para La Gente, a program that brings poetry to the people of the community using non-traditional spaces as venues and the monthly Bluebird Reading series, both out of Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park.

She’s working on a couple of big projects involving music-sound-science-language, a novel, and a collection of poetry to be out in 2014. www.jessicaceballos.com

Annette Cruz –
Taking her cue from renegades like Anne Sexton and Neal Cassidy, Annette’s work is known for crossing invisible boundaries and stirring controversy, with little regard for norms or conventions. Her poetry has been published in various indie poetry zines such as SIC and Artemis (University of Nottingham Women’s Network Magazine) and blog site Hinchas De Poesia over the years. She’s performed her poetry in various Los Angeles venues ranging from Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA to Timothy Leary’s final birthday party at his home in the Hollywood Hills. You can find a few of her early spoken word recordings on the 1994 T.O.N. Records poetry compilation: Media Slitz. She is also a regular contributor to Our Town El Sereno community magazine and is the Newsletter Editor for the American Mobile Retail Association. She is currently working with Punk Hostage Press on an upcoming collection of poems, prose and memoirs titled Dangerous Intersection: Tales from a N.E.L.A. Half Sister. She resides in the El Sereno neighborhood that borders NorthEast and East Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Iris De Anda

Rebecca Gonzales
Cultivated by the sun and moon peeking past the shoes dangling from the phone lines, Rebecca Gonzales was raised “one block East of El Pino.” Rebecca collects the energy of the streets with the passion of poetry and sweetness of her son’s laughter to find positivity and optimism for the future. As a mother she is humbled as a poet she is obedient, and as a woman she is unapologetic.

Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna

Karineh Mahdessian learned english by reading nancy drew books and watching married with children. she has a great affinity for really large earrings. she enjoys tacos from highland park taco trucks. she will challenge anyone to a thumbwrestling match. anytime. anyplace. she always has her chess set riding around in the trunk of her car. and she is absolutely in love with haikus.

Luivette Resto was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. Her first book of poetry Unfinished Portrait was published in 2008 by Tia Chucha Press and later named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. She is also a contributing poetry editor for Kweli Journal, a CantoMundo fellow, and the hostess of a monthly poetry reading series called La Palabra located at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles. Her new book Ascension was published in April 2013 courtesy of Tia Chucha Press.


Open Mic!

Joining hundreds of events around the world!!!

“The first order of change is for poets, writers, musicians, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. I think it will be empowering.”


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