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

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