Sunday, May 29, 2011


L.A.’s preeminent literary center conducted its first-ever competition in 2010.
Last year’s success has enabled us to increase the prizes:

$1,000, $500, $250

Final judge is JOYCE JENKINS, editor/publisher of POETRY FLASH.
Winners will be published in the Flash and honored, along with five runners-up,
at an October 16th reading/reception at Beyond Baroque.

Entry deadline: SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 (postmarked)

1. Submit up to three unpublished poems, 40 line limit per poem.
2. All themes and styles welcome.
3. No ID on poems; poet’s name, address, phone, e-mail address
and poem titles on cover sheet.
4. Send entries, including $15 entry fee, to Beyond Baroque Contest,
681 Venice Blvd.,Venice, CA 90291 (snail mail only).
5. Checks payable to Beyond Baroque.
6. No SASE. Poems not returned.
7. Open to CA residents only.

Mary Armstrong
Marjorie Becker
Nels Christianson
Conflux Press
Sherman Pearl
Ellen & Herb Reich
Carol Stager

Your entry helps Beyond Baroque serve the poetry community.
Thank you.

For more Information:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Just added: New line-up of readers!
This event celebrates teachers of poetry, who take the time to share the secrets of their inspiration and craft, and the release of Caput Nili, a courageous new book by Lisa Gill, that exposes the ills of American Healthcare with joy and a ribald reverence for the fragility of the human condition.

MAY 29, 2011

LISA GILL – Los Angeles release of Caput Nili
Lisa Gill is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and author of five books of poetry. Her latest, Caput Nili: How I Won the War and Lost My Taste For Oranges, is a memoir consisting of five essays, 89 poems, MRI brainscans, and illustrations by Kris Mills. This collection recounts what happened when Lisa threatened to hold up the MRI clinic in 2003. While the book takes a hard look at violence, the severity of the subject matter is mitigated with humor and resilience. Joy Harjo writes: “Caput Nili is a powerful testament to the human spirit as it attempts to grow in a field of absurdity. Outrageous, funny, and brilliant!”

BRENDAN CONSTANTINE – Letters To Guns, Birthday Girl with Possum
Brendan Constantine is an ardent supporter of Southern California poetry and one of its most recognized poets. His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The Los Angeles Review and new work is forthcoming in Rattle, 2River View, and Verse Wisconsin. His collection, Letters to Guns, was released in February 2009 from Red Hen Press and Birthday Girl with Possum is due to be released by Write Bloody Press in August. Constantine is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and Loyola Marymount University Extension.

SARAH MACLAY – White Bride, Music from the Black Room
Sarah has three books of poetry on Tampa Press. Her poems and criticism appear in APR, Ploughshares, FIELD, The Writer’s Chronicle, Poemeleon, and numerous other spots including Poetry International, where she serves as Book Review Editor. In 2003, her debut book won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and she was a finalist for the Blue Lynx Prize. In 2008 she became the founding artistic director of The Third Area: Poetry at Pharmaka, a reading series now running at Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica. She teaches creative writing and literature at Loyola Marymount University, conducts workshops at The Ruskin Art Club, Beyond Baroque and the LMU Extension Summer Workshop Series.

Mia graduated from Loyola Marymount University, and is about to start the graduate program at the University of Iowa in the Fall. A poet and musician, she has appeared in venues around the southland and spent time in Greece and Phuket, Thailand as well as Santa Barbara.

Beyond Baroque is located at 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Suggested Donation is $6.00 ~ Members attend Free

Monday, May 23, 2011

Ellyn Maybe Band Fundraiser for Glastonbury on May 28 at 5PM

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 28th! 5 pm-whenever...

Ellyn Maybe and her band (Paul Bushnell, Robbie Fitzsimmons, Tommy Jordan, Danny Moynahan & Harlan Steinberger) have been accepted into the Glastonbury Festival in England; the world's largest music festival!!! An incredible honor to be sure but a very expensive undertaking.

A beautiful fundraiser has been organized with the very generous help of the Beyond Baroque Foundation and a collaboration with the Sound Affects Art Project. The magical evening will be filled with music, art and (of course) poetry.

Topping off the night will be the renowned monthly Ellyn Maybe Poetry Rodeo in which the Ellyn Maybe Band improvises behind both Ellyn and volunteer poets. Visitors are encouraged to take part in this wonderful collaborative opportunity!

An outdoor concert and BBQ will take place in the early hours of the event (5pm-7pm), featuring acoustic sets by Danny Moynahan, Chloe Pappas and Jen Hirsh. Raffles will take place in between each act giving away an assortment of fun stuff.

Poetry starts inside at 7 pm with the dynamic readings of Amy Schroeder and Elana Karina Byrne followed by the Ellen Maybe Poetry Rodeo at 9 pm.

Music begins outside again with Robbie Fitzsimmons Solo at 10:30 pm and DJ sets by Nelson Marquez and Tsehaie Kidane a.k.a. Liquid Fire Sound System (DJ) M Train.

Throughout the entire event, art supplied by the Sound Affects Art Project will be on display and up for silent auction. The Sound Affects Art Project encourages local artists to find inspiration in music and poetry including the music and poetry of some of the musicians and poets performing. Live artists will also be creating throughout the event and a room will be designated to art-carding, in which art supplies are provided to make and trade "art cards."

Looking forward to a magical and inspired evening!!!

May 28th, 2011 ~ 5pm-midnight ~ $10


Here's the schedule:::

Live performances by Danny Moynahan, Chloe Pappas and Jen Hirsh

Readings by Elana Karina Byrne and Amy Schroeder

¡¡¡Ellyn Maybe Poetry Rodeo!!!

Robbie Fitzsimmons Solo

Then DJ sets all night.


The Ellyn Maybe Band ~
Robbie Fitzsimmons ~
Jen Hirsh ~
Chloe Pappas ~
Danny Moynahan ~

**Also, download Ellyn's latest recording "The Girl in the Wishing Well." Proceeds go towards the fundraiser. Thanks!


Special thanks to Beyond Baroque and the Sound Affects Art Project

Monday, May 16, 2011

May 21, Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM POETS YARD SALE

Just in time for spring cleaning! Come sell your wares, yard-sale style, on the lawn at Beyond Baroque and donate 10% of your proceeds to your favorite Venice-based literary arts center! A chance to clean house, shop for goodies from other poets, and sell from a location any yard sale would envy: Venice Blvd. with its heavy foot, bike, and auto traffic. E-mail for details.

About our new program: BEYOND MUSIC

BEYOND MUSIC is a new and innovative series promoting music specifically of genres outside (beyond) those that are more commonly heard at commercial venues, such as clubs. Although it is primarily a curated series, proposals may be submitted by sending a CD accompanied by a description of performers and technical requirements to Beyond Music at Beyond Baroque. Please do not email your information with links to a website where your music can be heard. Beyond Baroque appreciates proposals it receives from composers and performers; however, please be advised that limited series dates for the current season and dates already scheduled for future seasons prevent Beyond Music from programming everything of interest. We hope you will come and enjoy the series. Check our web calendar for the music events listings. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

On display now in our upstairs Project Room

Showing now through May 31, 2011


Open Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday & others by appointment.
Call 310-822-3006 or email with your inquiries.

Beyond Baroque's Mission

1)   Advancing public awareness of and 
involvement in contemporary literary 
2)  Providing a challenging program of 
events, which stresses new work and 
3)   Fostering a community for the 
exchange of challenging ideas and 
nurturing of new work;
4)   Supporting writers through 
readings, workshops, book sales, publications, 
archiving, &and resources; 
5)   Encouraging collaboration and 
cross-fertilization between writers and 
those working in other artistic disciplines, 
6) )   Using the literary arts to 
enhance education and increase literacy

Thank you everyone for your continuous support!
Your Beyond Baroque Team