Literary Icons Unite for Best Poetry Hour at Art Share LA

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Art Share LA and curator Daniel Lisi showcase great literary talents with the monthly reading series Best Poetry Hour.

By Daniel Barron


Dedicated followers of Yay! LA Magazine know that Los Angeles is home to a thriving literary scene, supported by writers from a wide range of backgrounds. As a former employee of PEN Center USA and Write Bloody Publishing, Daniel Lisi has spent the last few years becoming well-immersed in this community, and since January of this year he has parlayed these connections into a way of showcasing some of the city’s most exciting voices. His Best Poetry Hour, which he personally curates, occurs monthly at the Art Share LA space in Downtown LA. It has quickly evolved into a who’s-who of defining local talents, among them Saeed Jones, Sierra DeMulder, Beau Sia, Anis Mogjani, and Derrick Brown.

Many of these names will be present at the next installment of Best Poetry Hour, which will take place on Thursday, April 30th at 8pm. Headlining the night along with Brown will be actress Amber Tamblyn, who recently released a new poetry collection titled Dark Sparkler (which you can purchase here).

Information on the full lineup can be found below:



jeremy radin

JEREMY RADIN was born in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, where he began performing in musicals at thirteen-years-old because he had a lot of energy and Ritalin wasn’t working. Since then, he’s appeared in several television shows, movies, and plays. As a poet, he’s been published (or is forthcoming) in various journals including Union Station, Nailed, Sundog Lit, Souvenir, and Freezeray. He’s shared stages with renowned poets such as Andea Gibson, Derrick Brown, Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, Danez Smith, Mindy Nettifee, Beau Sia, Rachel McKibbens, Jon Sands, and Shira Erlichman. He’s toured the U.S. with his debut book Slow Dance with Sasquatch (Write Bloody Publishing, 2012) where you may have seen him in a restaurant aggressively eating pancakes by himself.




carrie rudzinski

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Named “Best Female Poet” at her first national poetry competition in 2008, CARRIE RUDZINSKI is a poet, artist, and filmmaker who has performed her work across the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and India.

Ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of The World Poetry Slam and 7th in the world at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam, Carrie has represented Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles over the course of eleven national poetry competitions. She also took 2nd place at the coveted Underground Individual Competition at the 2011 National Poetry Sam, where poets are judged by an audience of their peers.

She has taught poetry workshops around the world and accepted a part-time faculty position at California State University Northridge to teach Poetry and Performance for the Spring 2014 semester.

Her work has been published in such collections as University of California Press Vol. 3, Words Dance, Muzzle, OnMag, Catalyst Vols. 10 11, and Alight, and is forthcoming in two Write Bloody Press anthologies. She has released three poetry books: A History Of Silence (2010), The Endless Return Home (2012), and The Shotgun Speaks (2013), as well as an ebook version of A History of Silence on Amazon Kindle.

Her two CDs, Barefoot Whale Riders and Live at The Boston Poetry Slam, are available on iTunes.



beau sia

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BEAU SIA is the son of Chinese immigrants from the Philippines and a world-renowned poet and performer. Raised in Oklahoma City, he discovered poetry as a way to express himself in an environment where he felt invisible. After high school, Beau moved to New York, to pursue his dreams of becoming a poet and to attend NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program at The Tisch School of The Arts. His life as a poet would come quicker than expected, after he won his first poetry slam at The Nuyorican Poet’s Café.

Since that night, Beau Sia has become an integral figure in Spoken Word. He has been on six National Poetry Slam teams, four having advanced to the finals, two of which were National Champions. He was one of the writers and performers for Norman Lear’s Declaration of Independence Road Trip. He has been featured on every season of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices. He was also an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.

Through his work in Poetry Slam and Spoken Word, Beau Sia has been given other avenues to share his work and voice. He is the author of the poetry books A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge and The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time. He has toured from Johannesburg to Sydney, performed in front of students from Harvard to UT-Austin, and shared his work on stages such as The Apollo and Radio City Music Hall. In recent years, he has been fortunate to also develop as an educator in poetry, facilitating workshops for Urban Word and Youthspeaks.

Beau continues to evolve as an artist, developing as an Actor, Director, and Content Creator- but poetry will always be his first love. He has spent over twenty years on his craft, and after all the accolades and accomplishments, feels he is starting to truly understand the power of poetry. It is with this understanding of poetry as culture, as healing, as transformation, that he moves forward in his work. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is building his first solo play and working on a new book of poetry.



sierra demulder

SIERRA DEMULDER is an internationally touring performance poet and educator. She is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion and the author of The Bones Below and New Shoes on a Dead Horse (2010, 2012, Write Bloody Publishing). Sierra is the recipient of a 2014 McKnight Fellowship. Her work has been featured on NPR, The Huffington PostThe Advocate, and more. In addition to performing, Sierra is the curriculum director of the Gustavus Adolphus College Institute of Spoken Word and Poetry Slam, an annual writing summer camp for high school students, and one of the founders of Button Poetry, the largest digital distributor of spoken word in the world. Sierra holds a BA from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her dog, Fidelis.



anis mojgani

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ANIS MOJGANI is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. A TEDx Speaker and former resident of the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program, Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Forklift Ohio, Used Furniture Review, and Thrush.

A founding member of the no longer touring Poetry Revival, Anis is also the author of three poetry collections, all published by Write Bloody PublishingSongs From Under the River (2013), The Feather Room (2011), and Over the Anvil We Stretch (2008). A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, he still tries to make tiny spaces for visual art, doing the covers for his own books, and occasionally providing work for others, be it illustrations, the random poster, or whatever else may spark up. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Austin TX, though finds himself often away from there. He is represented by Blue Flower Arts.




derrick brown

DERRICK BROWN is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of five books of poetry and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He is from Austin TX.



amber tamblyn

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AMBER TAMBLYN was born and raised in Venice, California and is a 3rd generation Californian.  She has been a writer and actress since the age of nine. She has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film.  In 2007 she won the Locarno Film Festival award for Best Actress for her work in the film Stephanie Daley, in which she starred opposite Tilda Swinton.  She most recently appeared in FOX’s television show House and in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed film, 127 Hours opposite James Franco.  She will next appear in Horton Foote’s Main Street opposite Colin Firth.  Amber is probably most recognized for her work as Joan on the CBS television program Joan of Arcadia.

Amber’s first published poem  “Kill Me So Much” appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle when she was twelve, having been submitted by her writing mentor Jack Hirschman (Poet Laureate of San Francisco 2009).   In the years that followed, Amber self-published two collections of poetry, art and photography entitled Plenty Of Ships and Of The Dawn.  She collaborated with Semina Culture artist George Herms to create a limited edition book of collage and haiku dedicated to Jazz Musician Thelonious Monk entitled, The Lonliest.  In 2005 Simon & Schuster published her debut collection of poetry Free Stallion which was written over more than a decade.  Lawrence Ferlinghetti called the book, “A fine, fruitful gestation of throbbingly nascent sexuality, awakened in young new language.”  The book won the Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing in 2006.  Her work has since been published in New York Quarterly, San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Pank Magazine, Teen Vogue, CosmopolitanInterview and others.  She is the Executive Producer of “The Drums Inside Your Chest”,  an annual poetry concert that showcases outstanding contemporary poets (  She is the co-founder of the nonprofit Write Now Poetry Society which works to build an audience for unique poetry events ( Her second book of poetry and prose Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press) was published in the Fall of 2009 and was an Independent Best Seller.  She currently writes for The Poetry Foundation and is a poetry reviewer for Bust Magazine. Currently, she is working on a collection of persona poems accompanied with paintings by Marilyn Manson about child star actresses who grew up into virtual unknowns and died young.  She lives in New York City with her betrothed, comedian David Cross.



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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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