Olivewood Cemetery poem up @ Diagram, LA Review release party + Verbal Coliseum 3

Some quick news in the midst of this busy week –

1) Poetry month is over and I’ve happily won a copy of  Victoria Chang’s Salvinia Molesta and chosen two winners – eldritch00 and Evie Shockley — for my National Poetry Month Book Giveaway, using the happy random number generator:

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2)  A poem from my Riverside Chinatown series, “Olivewood Cemetery,” is now up at Diagram.

3)  I’ll also be reading/performing at these two events:

a) The fabulous Stephanie Hammer interviewed me for the Los Angeles Review & we are going to chorally reproduce/recite our conversation at the Skylight Books release party with the help of Nicelle Davis & Noel Mariano.

Los Angeles Review Reading & Publication Release for Volume 7

Wednesday, May 5, 7:30pm, Free

Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Ave, Los Angeles

Featuring CHING-IN CHEN ~ DONNA EMERSON ~ STEPHANIE HAMMER ~ BONNIE ZOBELL ~ KIM YOUNG ~ HOWARD RAPPAPORT ~ RYAN RIDGE ~ TYKE JOHNSON

b) Verbal Coliseum 3

May 6th 2010, 7-9pm, Free admission

Spoken Word poetry slam held from the historic second floor balconies of the UCR Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside, melding music and movement to investigate identity, both personal and collective, and explore a sense of place and the human experience.

Nationally recognized and HBO Def Poetry alums Joe Hernandez-Kolski and Besskepp will headline the event from 7-8, followed by spitters and sound souljahs from the Inland Empire from 8-9pm.

A two-time HBO Def Poet, Joe Hernández-Kolski has shared the stage with everyone from Saul Williams to John Mellencamp to Carlos Mencia. Born and raised in the City of Chicago, Joe graduated from Princeton University where he majored in Civil Rights History w/minors in African-American Studies and Theater & Dance. Besskepp (Cory Cofer) is an HBO Def Poet, an award-winning teacher, and author of the book Up the Street Around the Corner.

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