My friend, the brilliant poet Pireeni Sundaralingam has just sent an announcement about one wild and crazy literary event and one more subdued literary event, both in Los Angeles this weekend.
I pass this message along to all you LA literati:
I'm involved in an amazing one-of-a-kind event in LA this weekend and was wondering if you'd be able to help me spread the word. It's a hilarious live improv battle between two teams of poets on stage: involves name-calling, lying, debating, and duking it out line break by line break. There's an East Asian team pitted against a South Asian team and the Japanese American National Museum has kindly offered to host this duel-to-the-death. Promises to be very entertaining and should have an appeal for a wide range of audience, not just poets.
It'd be lovely to see you there. And would you be able to help me spread the word? It'd be great to have a good turn-out so feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would be interested in watching blood, rice and sonnets hitting the fan...
"When the Mango Hits the Fan: A Tag team poetry-read off"
Saturday 22 January 2011; 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Japanese American National Museum:
369 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
tel: 213 625 0414
Team 1: Sesshu Foster, Karen Anhwei Lee, Viet Le, Amy Uysematsu
Team 2: Vandana Khanna, Bhargavi Mandava, Amar Ravva, Pireeni Sundaralingam
I'm also part of a more traditional poetry reading at Beyond Baroque,
celebrating INDIVISIBLE, our new anthology of contemporary South Asian American Poetry (U. Arkansas Press).
Friday 21 January; 7.30- 9.30pm
Address: 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
Tickets*: $7 general admission; $5 students; Free for members
Poetry reading and book signing
with Vandana Khanna , Bhargavi Mandava, Amar Ravva, and Pireeni Sundaralingam
Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry
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