Today at the Eagle Rock Plaza @ the Metro Cafe at 7 pm

Wed., Nov. 18th, 7-10 p.m., for the LIGHT THE SKY POETRY SERIES @ EAGLE ROCK PLAZA — our featured poets will be:

William Archila,
Jamie Asaye FitzGerald,
Lory Bedikian,
Rachelle Cruz.

Logistics for Wed., Nov. 18th, 2009:
Light the Sky Poetry Series @ Eagle Rock Plaza
Metro Café, Upper Level, 7-10 p.m.
2700 Colorado Blvd. (where the 134 meets the 2)
Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 256-8763

Map of the Area: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Los+Angeles+&state=ca&address=2700+Colorado+Blvd&zipcode=90041

The Poets:
William Archila was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, and earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. His poems have been published in The Georgia Review, AGNl, Poetry International, The Los Angeles Review, Notre Dame Review, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily and Portland Review among others. He is a PEN Center USA West Emerging Voices fellow. In his first book, The Art of Exile, Archila asks readers to engage with a subject seldom explored in American poetry: the unrest in El Salvador in the 1980s and its impact on Central American immigrants who now claim this country as home. The Art of Exile is the recent winner of the Emerging Writer Fellowship Award from the Writer’s Center. “A poet of the heart and head, of the personal and public, at times William Archila’s poignant poems make me hear and feel an echo of Pablo Neruda and Cesar Vallejo,” from the introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize winner.

Jamie Asaye FitzGerald was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has published poetry in journals Snow Monkey, Ariel, LORE, Speechless the Magazine, Poetic Diversity and Media Cake; and in the anthologies Hunger and Thirst (City Works Press, 2008) and Return from… Beyond the Valley of the Contemporary Poets (tcCreativePress, 2008); and on Seattle’s public buses. She has received an Academy of American Poets College Prize and the Edward G. Moses Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. She currently works for Poets & Writers in its Los Angeles office.

Lory Bedikian received her BA from UCLA with an emphasis in Creative Writing/Poetry where she was twice nominated for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize in Poetry. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon, where she was awarded the Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award for Poetry. Her manuscript has been selected several times as a finalist in both the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition and in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Competition and has received grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial fund as well as from AFFMA: Arpa Film Foundation for Music & Art. Her poems have been published in the Connecticut Review, Poetry International, Poet Lore and Heliotrope among other journals, have been included in Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets and are forthcoming in the Portland Review. She currently teaches poetry workshops in Los Angeles.

Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She has taught creative writing, poetry and performance to young people in New York City, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. She has self-published many chapbooks, in addition to being featured in Dark Phrases Magazine and Maganda Magazine. She hosts “The Blood-Jet Writing Hour” Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio. She recently received the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellowship in 2009, and is working towards her first collection of poems, tentatively titled Ascela at the World’s Greatest Fair.

LIGHT THE SKY POETRY SERIES takes place the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Metro Café on the Upper Level of Eagle Rock Plaza, 2700 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323-256-8763). Featured readings are 7-10 p.m. There is no cover charge, and–due to time constraints–there is no open mic at this time. Parking is best on the Upper Level; enter through the center doors — the Metro Cafe is the first on the right.

For more information about the series and directions visit: http://www.LightTheSkyPoetrySeries.com.

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