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National Poetry Month Happenings

Hi, everyone!

Just a quick update with a few poetry events where Mehnaz Sahibzada and I (Rachelle Cruz) will present work.  Hope to see you there!

*Sunday, April 14th – FREE Poetry Workshop and Reading at Skylight Books.  Hosted by the wonderful Terry Wolverton.

You want to celebrate National Poetry Month but you’re chagrinned to admit you just don’t understand poetry? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to write poetry, but don’t really know how it’s done? Join Skylight Books and Writers At Work’s Terry Wolverton on Sunday, April 14 from 2-4 p.m. for a free workshop, The Secret Life of Poems. Terry has invited 6 next generation poets—Ashley Blakeney, Rachelle Cruz, Ashaki M. Jackson, Eden Jeffries, Menhaz Sahibzada and Andrew Wessels —  to discuss their writing process and the techniques they use to create their poems. Participants will learn the fundamentals of writing and reading poetry.

Poetry is meant to be heard as well as read.  Join us on Sunday, April 14 at 5 p.m. as we hear the delightful and provocative poems of Poets At Work members Kim Dower, Yvonne M. Estrada, Steven Fleet, Dylan Cameron Gailey, Brett Guitar Hofer, Eric Howard, Sharon Venezio, Terry Wolverton and Helen Yeoman.  They will be joined by a dynamic group of next generation poets—Ashley Blakeney, Rachelle Cruz, Ashaki M. Jackson, Eden Jeffries, Menhaz Sahibzada and Andrew Wessels.

*Sunday, April 20th, 12-2 pm – Dancing Girl Press and Finishing Line Press at the Smokin’ Hot Literary Lounge.  Hosted by Kaya Press at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.  Booth #380.
Reading by Dancing Girl Press and FInishing Line Press authors at 1 pm:
*Rachelle Cruz
*Kate Durbin
*Lauren Eggret-Crowe
*Vickie Vertiz
And more on the Smoking Hot Lit Lounge below!
The booth will feature indie presses from LA, readings and workshops in our lounge (couches! rugs! lamps!), and fun interactive literary games. Stop by and make a bookmark, participate and watch our special #HOTLIT Instagram feed, or just curl up on our couch with some smokin’ hot indie literature. Readings & Workshops by: Deborah Miranda (Bad Indians, HeyDay Press), Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut (Magnetic Refrain, Kaya Press), Richard Rayner, Dancing Girl Press, Boxcar Poetry Review, Writ Large Press, Southern California Review, and SO MUCH MORE.

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MMIX Writers featured in STRANGE CARGO: An Emerging Voices Anthology

We hope to see you at the release party at Skylight Books!

Sunday, Sept. 12th @ 5 pm

1818 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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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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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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Spring 2010 News: Sylvia Sukop’s new website and April readings

Happy Spring!

Some announcements:

*MMIX member and nonfiction artist, Sylvia Sukop’s photography work can be found at her new website.

*MMIX Writers will be joining and celebrating Sylvia’s show at the following reading:

Public reading and reception:
Sunday, April 18, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
The artist joins fellow members of MMIX Los Angeles Writers who will read from their work related to the theme of childhood

All events take place at:
MorYork Gallery
4959 York Blvd. at Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042


*MMIX Reading at Cafe Muse in Hollywood on Thursday, April 22 at 9pm
6547 Santa Monica Blvd., between Highland and Vine
Hollywood, CA 90038

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Published: Mehnaz Turner in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Be on the lookout for Mehnaz Turner’s short story, “The Alphabet Workbook” in the August 2010 print edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Click here for their website and more information.

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MMIX Writers at MOCA

Our reading in celebration of MOCA’s First Thirty Years was a success.  Thank you to all who attended the reading!

With more than 500 works by 200 artists, MOCA’s First Thirty Years exhibit is ongoing.  Please visit for information on the collection and visiting the museum.

Enjoy the photos below, courtesy of Sylvia Sukop.

Erika Ayon reads poems inspired by MOCA's "Chocolate Room"

John Boucher performs an excerpt entitled The Zoo, which was inspired by his mother

Marissa Tinloy shares an excerpt from her novel entitled Hang Upside Down.

Rachelle Cruz reads a poem influenced by Japanese Conceptual Artist, On Kawara's "I Got Up At..." Postcard series

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MMIX Reading at MOCA tomorrow!

Hope to see you all there!


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.

INFO 213/621-1745 or


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Parnaz Fountan receives Barbara Deming/ Money for Women Foundation Award

edited January 17, 2010:

Congratulations to Parnaz Fountan who recently received the Barbara Deming/Money for Women Foundation!

Please visit for more information on receiving grants for art.

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