Out of the Past - SoCal's Beat Era
Bob Hare (1932-2012) in a 2009 appearance at the Hermosa Beach Historical Society
From 1958 to 1963, in Hermosa Beach, Bob Hare owned and operated The Insomniac coffeehouse, a popular Beat Era poetry and music venue. Below, an image of him appears in a drawing from the period. The Hermosa Beach Historical Society has a detailed article on the Insomniac's place in the Beat Era.
Merilene Murphy (1955-2007) poet, literary activist and publisher, was a prominent figure in the LA poetry scene . Her portrait (left) by photographer Mark Savage hangs today at The World Stage performance gallery in Leimert Park. In this video, poet Regina Higgins reads Murphy's poem, "Fat Grass & Slow Rain," at a 2007 World Stage tribute to the late poet.
Niloufar Talebi (left) and Hèléne Cardona (right) describe how they approached the challenge during their appearances at a Tebot Bach event in Huntington Beach as part of the 2008 Orange County Poetry Festival.
The Legacy of Merilene Murphy
How do you translate a poem?
The growth of Red Hen Press
Red Hen Press, founded in 1994 by Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull, has published hundred of poetry titles and become Southern California's largest independent literary press and one of the biggest on the west coast. In this video, Managing Editor Kate Gale, speaking at Red Hen's 17th Anniversary event, describes the Pasadena-based non-profit's continued growth.
2007 film drama about LA poets
Director E. Paul Edwards describes his independent feature, Fighting Words, a romantic drama set in the LA poetry scene.
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Falling Star Magazine
Matt McGee, editor of Falling Star Magazine, talks about his interest in story in poetry and reads an example during a 2007 appearance at Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center, Venice, CA.
The long-time co-host of Redondo Poets at Coffee Cartel warms up the crowd with an unusual dare.