A Partnership with
Portuguese Artists Colony
A Light Here
Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Stories Books
NOTE: Time Change!
1 – 3 p.m.
If you have to wait for it to roar out of you, then wait patiently. If it never does roar out of you, do something else. –Charles Bukowski
When you see it – the novel, memoir, poem, story, or the song, the painting, the dance – that the creator burned so brightly to make that they bled all over themselves without care for their sanity – you know it. We keep pushing our words further and further into the light no matter the cost, but as Ms. Woolf once said, a light here required a shadow there.
Roar Shack is a collective of writers and artists, and over the coming months we’re going to bring you voices. Some of us come from fiction, some from memoir, some from poetry, and from music and performance and just about anything that leaves its own blood on the page. We want to bring you what you may not be getting much of. Won’t you join us?
Our next show is October 14, 2012 at Stories in Echo Park from 1-3 p.m (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE! 1-3 PM!).
We dare you to miss this lineup:
Katrin Arefy: Katrin Arefy was born in Tehran. She received graduate degrees in Art and then in Piano Pedagogy from Moscow Gnessin University, only to end up expressing herself in words. While pursuing her music career as a teacher, author and artistic director, she has devoted all her free time to her passion for literature.
Susan Taylor Chehak: Susan Taylor Chehak is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and the author of five novels, including Smithereens, The Story of Annie D., and Harmony. Her short stories have appeared in Folio, Coe Review, Guernica Magazine, and Adirondack Press, among other places.
As her pseudonymous alter-ego, Kathryn Dow, Susan has recently published a new novel: The Great Disappointment, A Confession, as an e-book from Foreverland Press. Kathryn’s other ongoing projects include All The Lost Girls, a website devoted to exploring the lost girl archetype and the grip her story continues to have on our cultural imagination; In Hollow Hill, where she documents evidence for the existence of goblins in the 60 acres of undeveloped woodland at the edge of Nowhere, in Linwood, Iowa; and The Foreverland Chronicles, where she assists Susan in creating detailed narrative record of Foreverland and its denizens. At present, Kathryn is at work on a new novel, the first in a projected trilogy, about a world in which everyone over the age of 27 has disappeared.
Susan is also the driving force behind Foreverland Press, an e-book publisher devoted to bringing back the backlists of fine writers who might otherwise have been overlooked. Other of her online projects include, What Happened to Paula, a collaborative web-based investigation into the as yet unsolved murder of a former schoolmate, and The Truth About Paula O., a blogged memoir of Susan’s ongoing 12-year investigation into the Paula Oberbroeckling murder case.
Susan has taught fiction writing in the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the University of Southern California, and the Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, spends as much time as possible in Colorado, lives occasionally in Toronto, and at present calls Los Angeles her home.
Our September Live Write winner! Lauren Eggert-Crowe: Lauren was born and raised in rural Pensylvania. After a four year stint in the magical fairyland of Santa Cruz, where she lived so close to the ocean she could hear sea lions from her bedroom window, she relocated to Los Angeles to work as a freelance writer. She has written for Salon, The Rumpus, and L.A. Review of Books. Her poetry appears in Puerto Del Sol, So To Speak, DIAGRAM, Terrain.org, Water-Stone Review, Eleven Eleven, Maintenant, Interrupture, The Dirty Goat, Alligator Juniper, Ping Pong, and We Are So Happy To Know Something.
Her first poetry chapbook, In The Songbird Laboratory, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press, Fall 2012. Her second poetry chapbook, The Exhibit, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press, Winter 2013. She is the author of the literary feminist ‘zine, Galatea’s Pants, which Microcosm Publishing named one of the Top 100 ‘Zines by Women in 2010, and which was featured in the textbook, Girls’ Studies by Elline Lipkin. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Arizona.
She was voted Best Poet of Santa Cruz in the Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Awards in 2010 and 2011.
Live music from Ariana Evans and David Kim, aka The Phonetic Disasters. You can find out more about them via their Facebook Page, where they have a few songs for free download, or find them on Youtube where they have performances and videos posted.
Live Writing: a thrilling feat of writerly improvisation! As you arrive, you get to vote on a prompt. The winning prompt will be revealed to four intrepid authors – two of us and two of you audience types, onstage for all to see! We’ll all write to that prompt while Scott plays – it’s going to be impossible not to listen to him, but no one said this was going to be easy. Then the Live Writers will each read their just-written words, and the audience gets to vote! The winner will develop the work into a finished piece to be read at the next show. The piece will also be featured on Roar Shack’s Facebook page and online.
And our Live Writers this month are:
J Ryan Stradal: His writing has appeared in Hobart, the Rattling Wall, Midwestern Gothic, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, Internet Tendency, The Nervous Breakdown, Facsimile, The Faster Times, The Foghorn, This Recording, and oh so many others. He volunteers for 826LA and co-produces the irregularly occurring literary/culinary series “Hot Dish.” He has recorded music for Monica Howe and played in bands with names like “The Runny Nose Warriors,” Smarmy Kitten, The Dexter Mann Project and Super Duper. He works in television and has served as Sr. Story producer on Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers. He owns neither a gun nor a motorcycle, which makes him unique among the men in his family.
Sean Daley: Sean Daly graduated from UCLA in 1987 with a degree in English Literature. He began writing seriously in 2008 and he is part of the Ojai Writers Workshop. His work has appeared in JerseyDevils Press, Fiction 365.com, Dogzplot.com, Ventura Arts Tales (2nd place finish for short fiction – cool), Frontlip (1st place for flash fiction – cooler still), The Bubble, Edhat, and others. He lives in Ojai with his wife and family.
Sunday, October 14th
Stories Books and Cafe
1716 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3225
On the patio, where good things happen (oh, and where we all park)