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CONGRATULATIONS: New chapbooks from MMIX Poets!

Congratulations to Rachelle Cruz and Mehnaz Sahibzada whose chapbooks are recently published or forthcoming later this year!

  • You can order signed copies of Rachelle’s chapbook, SELF-PORTRAIT AS RUMOR AND BLOOD, published by Dancing Girl Press on her website.


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PUBLISHED and UPCOMING READING: Mehnaz Turner’s poems in Mascara Literary Review

Congratulations to Mehnaz Turner!

She has three poems, “Mugged,” “Everything New” and “China Silk Shoes,” featured in Mascara Literary ReviewRead them here.

Mehnaz is also reading her poems on February 11th, 8-10 pm at Stories Books & Cafe, 1716 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park. Poets Jane Ormerod, Thomas Fucaloro and Rubén Martínez will also be featured.  Click here for more information!

For more updates and great musings on poetry/writing, check out Mehnaz’s blog.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Mehnaz Turner featured on Writers At Work

Enjoy Mehnaz Turner’s poem Whoever Loves Me chosen as the September Poem of the Month on the Writers At Work website.

Congratulations, Mehnaz!

About Writers At Work

Writers At Work is a creative writing center based in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded by Terry Wolverton in 1997, WAW provides ongoing weekly workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; special workshops on a variety of topics; one-on-one consultations with writers; manuscript review; and occasional public readings, writing retreats, and publication projects. We exist to provide opportunities to deepen one’s craft, find supportive community, and cultivate an audience for one’s work.

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CONGRATULATIONS!: Sylvia Sukop’s “Early Harvest” in Obit Magazine and more good news

Sylvia Sukop reads from her memoir, Difficult Light, at The Rubin Museum of Art

Sylvia reads about her brother's last days. Photos courtesy of Killing the Buddha.

Congratulations to Sylvia Sukop!  She was awarded the final winner of the Remember That You Will Die writing contest, co-sponsored by The Rubin Museum of Art and Killing the Buddha.

An excerpt from her memoir, Difficult Light, was published in Obit Magazine.  Enjoy Sylvia’s essay, “Early Harvest” here. Check out the event audio from The Rubin Museum of Art reading here on the Killing the Buddha website.

Congratulations again to Sylvia who will be headed to the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency this fall!

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PUBLISHED: Mehnaz Turner’s “The Alphabet Workbook” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Congratulations to Mehnaz for the publication of her short noir story (originally a poem!) in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine!

Order a print copy of the August issue to read Mehnaz’s “The Alphabet Workbook.”  Check it out here.

Check out a review written by Steven Torres on the blog, Nasty. Brutish. Short.

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PUBLISHED: Rachelle Cruz’s “I Am Still Alive” in inaugural issue of Lantern Review

Check it out here.

From Lantern Review Blog:

At long last, the inaugural issue of Lantern Review is now live on our web site!

We’re thrilled to be able to present a volume of more than 30 extraordinary pieces, in a wide range of styles, and by poets of multiple generations.  Contributors to this issue include Eileen Tabios, Jon Pineda, Barbara Jane Reyes, Luisa Igloria, Angela Veronica Wong, Changming Yuan, Melissa Roxas, Sankar Roy, Subhashini Kaligotla, Vanni Taing, Rachelle Cruz, Jai Arun Ravine, Craig Santos Perez, as well as many others.  The issue also includes a special feature devoted to work created in the context of Kundiman’s vibrant community, in the form of our Community Voices section.  Before entering the issue, you might want to take a moment to check out our recommendations for optimum viewing, located here.  If you want to proceed to the issue right away, click here or on the cover image at the top left of this post.

We are still very much learners when it comes to producing and supporting a web-hosted magazine, so we’d appreciate any feedback or questions you might have about readability and navigation issues. (Feel free to drop us a line via email).

Thank you so much to all of you for your continued support, enthusiasm, and patience as we’ve wrestled with the process of making our dream become a reality.  We are honored to have the opportunity to present such a stellar body of work in our very first issue, and hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Many thanks again,
Iris & Mia
LR Editorial Board

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PUBLISHED and more!: Erika Ayon’s “Shooting Ladybugs” in Splinter Generation

Lots of good news this month from MMIX writers!

Congratulations to Erika Ayon!  Her poem “Shooting Ladybugs” was published in the multigenre online journal, Splinter Generation.  Check it out here.

On June 30, 2010 @ 7:00pm, Erika will be reading as part of the annual Newer Poet reading part of the ALOUD series at Central Library. This event is free!  For more details and reservations, check out the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ website here.

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PUBLISHED: John Boucher’s “Speaking in Tongues” featured in inscape

Congratulations to John!  His nonfiction piece, “Speaking in Tongues,” was published and reviewed in inscape’s 2009 issue.  inscape is Washburn University’s literary journal.

You can read the review — written by Terri Denton and featured on — below:

John Boucher’s nonfiction piece, “Speaking in Tongues,” is a heartbreaking rendition of the loss of his life-partner and lover, Rex. Reading this, I was brought nearly to tears. Pouring out his soul, the author writes, “When Rex got off the phone, he found me waiting on our couch. The couch we picked out. / The couch we made love on / the couch we watched TV on / the couch we read to each other on / [. . .] the couch we almost broke-up on / the couch I would wait with my parents to go to his funeral. The couch I finally had to throw out.” Further in Rex’s story, Boucher has asked Rex’s estranged mother if she’d like something of Rex’s. Rex’s sister, Ruth, leaves a message on John’s answering machine with Rex’s mom’s request: “She said what she’d really like is a picture – of you both. She said when you spoke to her at that restaurant it was just like talkin’ to married people.” When Boucher explains that he sent the last picture that was saved on Rex’s camera – of the two of them at John’s father’s birthday – it is a palpable loss that the reader feels. It is as if Boucher’s loss belongs to each and every one.

For more information on inscape, click here.

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Mid-April Update

MMIX Writer, Thi Dao will be reading at The World Stage on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

Thi Dao is the featured reader at The World Stage Performance Gallery’s Anasi Writers’ Workshop and Reading on Wednesday, April 14th.  The Writers’ Workshop starts at 7:30 pm, where poets and writers are welcome to workshop poems and stories.  The reading begins at 8:30 pm.

World Stage Performance Gallery

4344 Degnan Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008


Published!:  Mehnaz Turner’s poem “Shakespeare Was Punjabi” is a featured poem this week at Asia Writes.

Check it out here.


Don’t forget to check out MMIX readings this month:

  • 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.

We hope to see you there!

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