Los Angeles Poetry Scene

I will admit, the title seems mythological, but there are a few long standing poetry venues in Los Angeles that are worth taking a stroll to.

Beyond Baroque

The celebrated Beyond Baroque in Venice has been a staple of Los Angelian poetry for 40 years. They host open mics  on the first Sunday of the month and poetry workshops every weekend. A wide variety of poets have graced their stage with a focus on the “written word.” Check out their website for details on their multiple monthly readings.

Poetic Research Bureau

The PRB speaks for itself on its website:

“As a literary service, the PRB attempts to cultivate composition, publication and distribution strategies that enlarge the public domain. It favors appropriations, impersonations, ‘compost’ poetries, belated conversations, unprintable jokes and doodles, ‘unoriginal’ literature, historical thefts and pastiche. The publication emphasis is on ephemeral works, short-run magazines and folios, short-lived reprints and excerpts in print-on-demand formats, and the occasional literary fetish objects of stupidly incomparable price and value.

The Bureau also hosts a reading series in its Luna Theatre, and invites writers whose work lacks the ‘commercial tendency’ while harboring the bright, high-minded intentions that often lead to broad panic, righteous perversions, improbable arguments, and the ill-served cul-de-sacs of genius.”

Interesting readings are also pouring in constantly. Give them an ear.

The Hammer Museum

The Hammer has showcased some delightful poets and writers and continues doing so monthly. The readings are organized and hosted by our own, Stephen Yenser, poet and professor at UCLA.  Upcoming poet is Maureen McLane.



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