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Hostess and Founder of Writers' Row: Downtown LA's Official Written Art Showcase, SoapBox Poets Open Mic, Writer Wednesdays, and the NoHo Salon. She is the Los Angeles Organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change and Founder of the one and only Los Angeles Poet Society! Jessica teaches for California Poets in the Schools at a Poet-teacher. (http://cpits.org/pt/los%20angeles/jessica-wilson.html) Newly published in anthology In the Company of Women by Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House, 2012 "Viva La Poetry", A feature on Jessica M. Wilson written by Apryl Skies for Examiner Magazine: http://www.examiner.com/poetry-in-los-angeles/jessica-wilson-viva-la-poetry An article written on Jessica's series, Writer Wednesdays by the NoHo Arts District E-zine, http://nohoartsdistrict.com/index.php/north-hollywood-news/item/1671-the-spirit-of-the-beats-and-the-beatnik#.UTfwHRyG26_ A Poet from East Los Angeles, CA, Jessica holds her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Otis College, and a BA in both Creative Writing and Art History from UC Riverside. Her heart is to build a universal community of literary goodness in Los Angeles! She is a Beat girl, true and true.
Santa Barbara, CA
I have been published in the web at Cleansheets.com, SlowTrains.com and ERWA -- The Erotica Readers and Writers Association under the noms de plume Adrianna de la Rosa and Valentine or Valentina Bonnaire. I hold a BA from UCSB in Art History and an MA in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. I attend the SBWC and am on the writer's list at ERWA. More info at: www.valentinebonnaire.com
Fiction Writer, Poet
San Francisco, CA
A. D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet and writer. In 1958 he returned home from Panama and became part of the North Beach Beat era. He is the author of over fifty books of poetry and prose, including North Beach Poems, North Beach Revisited and The Holy Grail: The Charles Bukowski Second Coming Revolution, He edited and published Second Coming Press for l7 years, during which time he produced the 1980 Poets and Music Festival, honoring the poet Josephine Miles and Blues legend John Lee Hooker. Colin Wilson, Studs Terkel, James Purdy, Peter Coyote, Jack Hirschman, Jack Micheline, and Charles Bukowski have praised his work. His poetry and prose has been published in over 1,500 literary magazines and anthologies, including The American Poetry Review, City Lights Journal, Poetry Australia, the New York Quarterly, Beat Scene, Beatitude, Rattle, and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. In 2005 a song poem of his was performed at Tully Hall, NYC. In 2006 he was awarded a PEN Josephine Miles award for excellence in literature. In 2010 Bottle of Smoke Press (BOS Press) published a book of his Selected Poems.