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Poets & Writers, Inc.

Los Angeles Literary Roundtable Meeting

PEN Center USA

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Gabriella Aratow
Carlye Archibeque, Beyond Baroque
Colleen Bates, Prospect Park Books
Karin Brandon
Heidi Durrow, Mixed Remixed Festival
Jamie Asaye FitzGerald, Poets & Writers
Libby Flores, PEN Center USA
Bo Kyung Kim
Vance Martin
Richard Modiano, Beyond Baroque
Patty O’Sullivan, Prospect Park Books
Lilliam Rivera, PEN Center USA
Michelle Rodenborn
Corey Roskin, City of West Hollywood
Flo Selfman, Independent Writers of Southern California
Merna Skinner
Adam Somers, PEN Center USA
Brandi Spaethe, Poets & Writers
Kelly Grace Thomas, Poets4Progress
Crissy Van Meter, Five Quarterly
Catherine Vielhauer
Andrew Wessels, Les Figues Press


Jamie Asaye FitzGerald, Poets & Writers, Director of the California Office and Readings & Workshops (West)



Libby Flores, Emerging Voices Program Manager
Lilliam Rivera, Emerging Voices Program Coordinator

About the Emerging Voices fellowship program:
Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship that aims to provide new writers who lack access with the tools they will need to launch a professional writing career. Over the course of the year, each Emerging Voices fellow participates in a professional mentorship, hosted Q & A evenings with prominent local authors, a series of Master classes focused on genre, and at least two public readings. The fellowship includes a $1,000 stipend.

Participants need not be published, but the fellowship is directed toward poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing.

There will be a Skylight Books Meet & Greet this summer for those interested in the program.


The Reading & Workshops grant application is moving from a paper application to an online application. Learn more at www.pw.org/funding.

Upcoming P&W initiatives:
· Improvements to our free Literary Events Calendar where anyone can post events
· The creation of a Reading Venues database
· The creation of a Book Tour mapping tool to help writers plan book tours
· An events app for smart devices that will show events taking place wherever you are in the country

Meeting attendee Bo Kim performs a traditional Korean dance to honor those who died in war.


Suggestions made for what to include in a Reading Venues database and how to improve the Literary Events Calendar:
· Ability to tag youth opportunities, “neighborhood” your event, age demographics
· How many people can a venue hold, how much to rent
· Event categories besides reading and workshops: gala, fundraiser, etc.

Writers can put together their own media kit.

Small, local papers are becoming more important for publicizing events and reaching neighborhood-specific audiences.

Writers are interested in getting connected to readers via:
· Ladies who lunch events
· Facebook pages
· Meet-ups
· Hooking into library events
· Book groups

Upcoming events:
· West Hollywood Reads in Sept/Oct
· LitFest Pasadena May 17
· P&W Connecting Cultures Reading at Beyond Baroque: Join us on May 22, 2014 for Poets & Writers Fourth Annual Los Angeles Connecting Cultures Reading featuring writers representing P&W-supported organizations: 826LA, Heartland Institute for Transformation, Lambda Literary Foundation, Levantine Cultural Center, Mixed Remixed Festival, and Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore. Readers include: librecht baker, Jesse Bliss, Laura Davila, Gayle Fuhr, Trebor Healy, Queen Hollins, Juliana Maio, Jeffery Martin, Jamie Moore, Melinda Palacios, Bernard Radfar, Luivette Resto, Chris L. Terry, Tony Valenzuela, Vickie Vértiz, and Esme-Michelle Watkins. This event is free and open to the public! Reception to follow.


Jamie Asaye FitzGerald
Poets & Writers

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