Contemporary Poetry Series Loose Lips Presents
October Featured Poets: Michelle Bitting and Friday Gretchen
Michelle Bitting won the 2018 Fischer Poetry Prize, Quarter After Eight’s 2018 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest, and a fourth collection of poetry, Broken Kingdom won the 2018 Catamaran Prize and was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2018. Her third collection The Couple Who Fell to Earth (C & R Press), was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2016. She has poems published in The American Poetry Review, Narrative, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review, Plume and Green Mountains Review. Michelle is a Lecturer in Poetry and Creative Writing Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
Friday Gretchen, runs Ventura County’s Poetry Out Loud competition and is a founding member of the committee that established a Ventura County Poet Laurate. She was introduced to writing poetry at Moorpark College in 1990, culminating in winning the Poetry Slam at Lollapalooza, Los Angeles in 1994. Two-years later in 1996, she teamed-up with two distinguished LA poets to design, produce and host the LA Spoken, a poetry event attended by over 300 of the most influential Los Angeles area poets. Her poetry has appeared in ARTLIFE Limited Editions, Caffeine, ASKEW Poetry Journal, and the 2011 anthology, A Bird Black As The Sun – California Poets on Crows & Ravens.
(Topanga, CA) On Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00pm, Loose Lips Poetry will present its quarterly poetry reading that features writers Michelle Bitting and Friday Gretchen.
Free and open to the public, Loose Lips will be held in the Meeting Room of the Topanga Lirary at 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga Canyon.
Past featured readers have included Luivette Resto, Ricardo Means Ybarra , Ellen Reich, Julayne Lee, Elena Karina Byrne , Mary Kay Rummel, Phil Taggart, Marsha de la O, John FitzGerald, Ángel García, Laurel Ann Bogen, Florence Weinberger, and Enid Osborn.