7:00 PM19:00

The Whisky & Poetry Salon w/ Tanya Ko Hong and Glen Moray Scotch

Come drink poetry with us at the first Whisky & Poetry Salon of Spring with our fantastic feature poet Tanya Ko Hong!

All guests are asked to bring a poem, original or not, to read in a candlelit circle of fellow aficionados. No mic, no bright lights, no need to memorize. Brevity welcome!

In and around the evening, Melissa McIntosh will taste us through delicious Speyside whiskies from Glen Moray whose 18 year old single malt Scotch was named #10 in Whisky Advocate's Top 20 Whiskies of 2017!

We can't wait to trade you whisky for your words....

PRESALE ONLY -- No tickets sold at the door

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2:00 PM14:00

Korean Cooking: Kimbap

Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Learn how to make traditional kimbap, a korean sushi, with Tanya Ko-hong.  While trying out your hand at rolling the kimbap, Tanya will also teach how to write a “List Poem.”  Adults (18+) only please.  

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4:30 PM16:30

Bittersweet: The Immigrant Stories

Angelenos tell bold, untold stories of their journey to America. Among them is So Hyun Chang's poignant narrative poem "Sugarcane Arirang" recounting the first Korean Americans' long days toiling in the sugar fields of their new country.

Special guest Korean poets Soo Bok Kim and Duk Kyu Park will also read.

The evening of multi-language readers include: Alexis Rhone Francher, Christine Gonzalez, liz gonzalez, Jun Kim, Kuya Paul and more.

Admission: donations welcome

The reading will be hosted by writers Tanya Ko Hong and Julayne Lee, followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the poets.

430 - 5pm: Arrive
5 - 630pm: Reading
630 - 7pm: Reception 

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5:30 PM17:30

2016 PAMLA Conference Creative Artist Spotlight: “Straight Out of … Venice, Korea Town, Leimert Park, East Hollywood, and Downtown L.A.: Los Angeles and the Poetry of its Neighborhoods"

On Friday, November 11, 2016, as a part of our PAMLA Conference at the Westin Pasadena, we will be holding a very special Creative Artist Spotlight event from 5-6 pm in the Madera room at the Westin Pasadena. The event is titled Straight Out of … Venice, Korea Town, Leimert Park, East Hollywood, and Downtown L.A.: Los Angeles and the Poetry of its Neighborhoods.” Please do try to attend, and feel free to invite your scholarly friends--this event is free and open to the public.

Los Angeles has given rise to poets of national fame, but has one of the world’s great cities and the birthplace of The Movies produced its own style? Essays and books, including Lawrence Goldstein’s Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City, have explored the subject. This panel, however, will regard Los Angeles not as a unified entity but as a cluster of distinct neighborhoods, districts, each with its own history, and will consider the poetry that has been identified with each neighborhood of the city. As part of the discussion, panelists will present one of their own poems and one from a noted poet of their neighborhood.

Suzanne Lummis, renowned Los Angeles poet andour moderator and organizer for the event, will speak for Northeast L.A. and the Downtown East Hollywood area. Lummis won the Blue Lynx Poetry Award for Open 24 Hours (Lynx House Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in The Hudson ReviewThe New Ohio ReviewPloughsharesThe New Yorker and other magazines. In 2014 she received Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center’s George Drury Smith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry.  

Jawanza Dumisani will speak for Leimert Park and Watts. Dumisani is the author of Black Raising Cane Over Red, a collection that chronicles the departure of his family from Mississippi to Detroit in the forties and his young life in Motown. His poetry is included in the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond.  For years he was workshop director at the World Stage in Leimert Park.

Tanya Ko Hong, born and raised in South Korea, will speak for Korea Town and Rancho Palos Verdes. Ko Hong is a poet and translator who received her MFA at Antioch University. Her poetry collections are Generation One Point Five and Mother to Myself (in Korean), the last published by Purunsasang, 2015. Individual poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry JournalTwo Hawks Quarterly, Rattle, Cultural Weekly, and Writers at Work.

Bill Mohr will speak for Venice. Mohr’s books of poetry include a bilingual selection of poems, Pruebas Ocultas (Bonobos Editores, Mexico, 2015). He has edited or co-edited three anthologies of Los Angeles or West Coast poets and is the author of Holdouts: The Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance 1948-1992. He is a Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach.

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