Contemporary Poetry Series Loose Lips Presents
January Featured Poets: Gloria Vando and Anika Paris (mother-daughter duo)
Rare opportunity to hear Gloria Vando read! She has won numerous awards, including the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Faye Di Castagnola Award and the Latino Literary Hall of Fame’s Poetry Book Award for Shadows & Supposes. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the 2007 Grammy-nominated Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work. She has served as literature panelist for the NEA, State Arts Councils, and the National Poetry Series. She is founding publisher/editor of Helicon Nine Editions, for which she received the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award. and a contributing editor to the North American Review, co-founder of The Writers Place (a literary center in Kansas City) and serves on the boards of the Venice Arts Council and Beyond Baroque in Venice, California.
The poet Anika Paris is also a platinum songwriter and recording artist, HOLA award-winner for Outstanding Music in a Musical, and nominated for the International Latin Poetry Award for Woven Voices with Scapegoat Press. Her poems have appeared in Gival Press, Half Shell, and Vagabond Press. An author of two music education books with Hal Leonard, she is an adjunct professor teaching songwriting, lyric writing and performance at Musicians Institute, UCLA, with guest lectures at the Grammys, USC and more. A classically trained pianist, she composes for Warner Bros Television, MultiStages, and the League of Professional Theatre Women: www.anikaparismusic.com
Loose Lips is dedicated to bringing a diverse array of the best contemporary poets to Topanga and to provide audiences and authors with a poetic forum and community. Delivering literary events which are edgy, spiritual, inspiring and at times irreverent.
Free and open to the public, Loose Lips will be held in the Meeting Room of the Topanga Library, Oct. 19th, from 2-4pm. Refreshments provided by Friends of the Topanga Library, and the reading always includes a lively open mic.