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About MMIX Writers

MMIX is a writers' group in the majority-minority city of Los Angeles co-founded by recipients of the 2009 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellowship. We believe in the power of words to foster community and understanding by articulating a diversity of experiences. We create opportunities for writers in all genres to write and present new work, to develop professionally and to contribute their skills in educational and other contexts.

AWARDS: Marissa Tinloy selected as a semi-finalist in the 2010 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction

More good news for the writers of MMIX!  Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry selected Marissa Tinloy as a semi-finalist in the  32nd annual Katherine Anne Porter Prize in FictionNimrod is published twice yearly by the University of Tulsa.  Author David Wroblewski judged the 2010 prose award. 

Spring 2010 edition of Nimrod


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PHOTO GALLERY: MMIX Reading at Cafe Muse

SEX, LIES AND LITERATURE at Cafe Muse was a lot of fun.  Thanks to all who came out to support!

Five members of MMIX at the cafe in Hollywood. (Left to right: Sylvia Sukop, Marissa Tinloy, Thi Dao, Erika Ayon and Rachelle Cruz)

Thi Dao reading a short story about a woman who has phone sex for a living.

Rachelle Cruz reading poems written in varying styles, all about sex.

Marissa Tinloy reading from her novel. This passage touched on the power and loneliness of secrets.

Erika Ayon reading one poem about sex, one about lies and one about literature.

Sylvia Sukop reading from her memoir.

 And a big thanks to our friends for supporting!


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Reminder: SEX, LIES AND LITERATURE this Thursday at Cafe Muse

MMIX Writers will read at Cafe Muse in Hollywood on Thursday, April 22nd at 9 p.m.  Come hear poems and stories themed around the provocative…

6547 Santa Monica Blvd. (between Las Palmas & Wilcox), Hollywood

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PHOTO GALLERY: MMIX Reading at MorYork Gallery

Thanks to all who came out to support MMIX
at MorYork Gallery in Highland Park,
and a special thanks to Clare Graham for hosting us!
See more photos from the awesome event on 
MorYork's blog.
(Photos courtesy of Sorin Constantin) 


John Boucher reading a selection from his non-fiction work about growing up in Los Angeles in the sixties.


Sylvia Sukop reading a non-fiction piece about a pivotal childhood moment involving questions of faith and identity.


Rachelle Cruz reading poems, including images and memories from growing up in her Filipino family.


Mehnaz Turner reading poems relating to stars and astronomy, told from both a child and an adult's perspective.


Erika Ayon reading selected poems about childhood from her collection "Orange Lady."


Marissa Tinloy reading selections from her novel-in-progress from the perspective of a 15-year-old girl growing up on the coast of China.


Thi Dao, who's working on a collection of linked short stories, reading an excerpt of a story about childhood.

Photos courtesy of Dan Eisengart.

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April: A Busy Month For MMIX…

This spring, MMIX is continuing to grow in new directions.

It’s April–flowers are blooming, allergies and temperatures are high.  In the traditional spirit of spring, MMIX is continuing to grow and try new things with language and literature in the community.  This month, the members of MMIX will read at two venues, which are new to us.  We’d love to have you there:

◊ On Sunday, April 18th at 4 p.m., MMIX will read original work relating to childhood at MorYork Gallery in Highland Park, in conjunction with MMIX’s own Sylvia Sukop’s photo exhibition

◊ On Thursday, April 22nd at 9 p.m., MMIX will read risky and risque tales at Cafe Muse in Hollywood.  SEX, LIES AND LITERACY promises to be an evening of food, fun, drink and provocative language.

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Sylvia Sukop in Los Angeles Magazine

“I like how the gritty urban reality of a street like Pico Blvd.—covered with graffiti and chain link fencing—meets the wide-open ocean and clear blue sky.  Only in LA.”

Congratulations to MMIX writer and photographer, Sylvia Sukop!

Her photo “Last Tag on Pico” was featured in Los Angeles Magazine for their 50th anniversary.

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MMIX Writers celebrating MOCA’s “First Thirty Years” Collection

Laura Owens' "Untitled," 2000. From MOCA's First Thirty Years exhibit.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

It’s been an incredible year, writing, reading, participating in the literary community as part of the PEN USA EV Fellowship 2009.  We look forward to future events in 2010!

Please read below for our upcoming event at MOCA in Los Angeles, celebrating their “First Thirty Years” collection.  Thanks again to Sylvia for organizing this!

See you next year!


From MOCA’s website:

MMIX Literary Reading
01.28.10 6:30 PM
MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium
MMIX Los Angeles Writers, co-founded by recipients of the 2009 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, read new work in response to the exhibition Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years. The group’s eight members—poets, fiction and non-fiction writers—draw inspiration from their diverse communities and experiences, and from the dynamic interplay of the literary and visual arts. Featuring: Erika Ayon, John Boucher, Rachelle Cruz, Thi Dao, Parnaz Foroutan, Sylvia Sukop, Marissa Tinloy, and Mehnaz Turner.

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Arroyo Seco Library Reading

John and Thi will be reading this Thursday at the Arroyo Seco Library with Luis Alfaro and Corrie Greathouse. Come join us!

The details:
Thursday, November 19th
Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library
6145 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, 90042

This is from the library‘s site:
Word Thirst with Luis Alfaro, John Boucher, Thi Dao, and Corrie Greathouse
Join renowned writer/performer Luis Alfaro and Los Angeles writers John Boucher, Thi Dao, and Corrie Greathouse for an unforgettable evening of poetry and stories.

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Thi Dao at Stories

Come to Stories Books on Friday, October 23 for The Black & Tan Reading hosted By Bryan Sanders. Featured readers are: Chelsea Bayouth, Conney, Thi Dao, and Sara Willis. Open reading after.

1716 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
@ 7:30 pm

See you there!

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Reflections on the Final Reading


What an amazing celebration we had on Wednesday night!  It was wonderful to see families, friends, and literary lovers out in the crowd.

From EV Fellow Mehnaz Turner’s blog:

“It’s an evening I will always remember–not just because we got to read. But also because we shared a sense of connection with the audience and with each other. I felt the generosity of others was palpable. This is something I realized about writing last night: it’s not just a solitary act, but a communal one.

As the Emerging Voices 2009 comes to a close, we’re excited to continue as MMIX.

So, as it turns out, the Final Reading wasn’t so FINAL.  Cheers to MMIX!


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