A Literary Reading Series at RUMOURS
Wednesday, 12/07/2011, 7:00-9:30 PM
KIMBERLY MACK is a music journalist who has published features, concert reviews, and CD reviews for national and international publications, including Music Connection, Village Voice, Relix, PopMatters, Hot Press, and the 2010 GRAMMY Awards Program Book. Kim writes memoir and short fiction and holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She has attended various writers’ colonies and conferences including the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Vermont Studio Center. Kim is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of California at Los Angeles, and she lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California. Kim will be reading from her memoir, First: A Black Girl’s Journey across America’s Great Racial and Class Divide. First is her story about growing up in two different worlds: black and white, poor and rich.
DANIEL WILLIAM CAROTHERS comes from the Rust Belt town of Sharon, PA. With little formal training or schooling (he is a high school drop-out who later earned a G.E.D., and whose love for the arts and literature is largely self-taught), he nonetheless shows a remarkable real talent as a self-trained natural poet. Daniel’s is a most unusual story of how a life turned disastrously upside down found “gold” in the basement of the Los Angeles County jail. When fellow inmates literally took the mattress he slept on out from under him, exclaiming “You gotta give up your mattress for La Raza!,” Daniel’s response was to find a pencil lead and a lunch bag on which to try and write himself out of the county jail system. Instead, he shortly found himself enrolled in the “California Writer’s School,” a.k.a. Delano Prison. His autodidactic study of literature there gave him an Elizabethan/Victorian style of writing poetry. He counts as influences Ben Johnson, Rudyard Kipling, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Butler Yeats. Carothers is often quoted as saying “You don’t have to suffer to be a poet, but it helps!” He also took instruction and sustenance from this quote of Ernest Hemingway: “To learn to write, put one word in front of the next.” Critics might be doubtful of him, but with works like “The Rhyme of the Pale Horse” and “Charon’s Wharf,” he reveals himself as a pressurized chunk of carbon become a literary diamond in the rough. He also developed some thespian abilities along the way and has an entertaining and personable declamatory style. He recites all his poetry from memory.
Dr. MELISSA F. ALVARADO is a narrative poet from Nebraska, now living in Los Angeles, who recently performed with the legendary Wanda Coleman and Laurel Ann Bogen. She is a Nebraska Center for Writers author with work published in journals including The Midwest Quarterly, Chum, The Toronto Quarterly, Plains Song Review, as well as in Looking Past (Goldfish Press), and Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace (Backwaters Press). Melissa says her first break occurred when she received the honor for best work from the late Poet Laureate of Nebraska, William Kloefkorn. Melissa holds baccalaureate degrees from the University of Nebraska in both English and Biology, and a Ph.D. in pharmacy from Creighton University, a private, Jesuit college in Nebraska. Tonight, Melissa will be reading and performing poetry from her forthcoming chapbook, It Wasn't Like In the Movies, a work dedicated to her late niece, Dakota Cierra Christina Moler, who lost her life at the young age of 14 to drowning while heroically trying to save the life of another child.
WANTED: WRITERS! is a forum dedicated to both authors reading from published works and original works-in-progress. Authors interested in giving voice to their writing— short stories, novels, essays, plays or poetry—should contact: Joe Staats, firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by JOE STAATS at:
RUMOURS, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space.