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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Paul Tran, ”ALL THE FLOWERS KNEELING” w/ Hieu Minh Nguyen & Fatimah Asghar

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, skylit, live on crowdcast, asian-american by skylightbooks on June 15th, 2022
Visceral and astonishing, Paul Tran's debut poetry collection All the Flowers Kneeling investigates intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. imperialism in order to radically alter our understanding of freedom, power, and control. In poems of desire, gender, bodies, legacies, and imagined futures, Tran’s poems elucidate the complex and harrowing processes of reckoning and recovery, enhanced by innovative poetic forms that mirror the nonlinear emotional and psychological experiences of trauma survivors. At once grand and intimate, commanding and deeply vulnerable, All the Flowers Kneeling revels in rediscovering and reconfiguring the self, and ultimately becomes an essential testament to the human capacity for resilience, endurance, and love.
 
Join us for this conversation between Tran and fellow poets Hieu Minh Nguyen and Fatimah Asghar, recorded live on our Crowdcast on February 24, 2022.
 
Moderated by Halley Parry.
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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: H. Melt, ”THERE ARE TRANS PEOPLE HERE” w/ Kemi Alabi

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, trans, live on crowdcast by skylightbooks on June 3rd, 2022
There are trans people here in the past, the present, and the future. H. Melt's writing centers the deep care, love, and joy within trans communities. This poetry collection describes moments of resistance in queer and trans history as catalysts for movements today. It honors trans ancestors and contemporary activists, artists, and writers fighting for trans liberation. There Are Trans People Here is a testament to the healing power of community and the beauty of trans people, history, and culture.
 
Join us for this conversation between Melt and Against Heaven author Kemi Alabi, recorded live on our Crowdcast on April 8, 2022.
 
Moderated by Yves Nuno.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tommy Pico

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, film/tv, About the Author by skylightbooks on June 1st, 2022
Join us for an amazing conversation with poet, podcaster, and TV writer Tommy Pico, as he discusses his career and the delineating differences between his different creative pursuits.
 
Hosted by Lance Morgan.
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SKYLIT: SUMMERTIME: ODES TO LA w/ Carlos López Estrada

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, fiction, anthology, latinx, BIPOC, skylit by skylightbooks on November 30th, 2021
Summertime Odes to LA is an anthology of creative work, brought to you by the minds behind the feature film Summertime (2021). The book showcases an array of work that uncovers the often unseen corners of Los Angeles: poems from the movie, behind the scenes photographs, and deleted scenes. Along with new musings, such as essays, paintings, and collaborations with over 40 visual artists. An artful ode to the city we call home, SOTLA invites readers to dive into the stories of everyday people from a city with mythic grandeur. This anthology takes you on a journey through the valley of angels, illuminating the glamour, risk, heartache, and love that live in all of us—not just on Hollywood Blvd. SOTLA is your portal to & portrait of Los Angeles.
 
Director Carlos López Estrada is joined by the following SOTLA contributors who give readings in this episode:
 
Gordon Ip
Paolina Acuna-Gonzalez
Marcus James
Hanna Harris
Zachary Perlmuter
Bene’t Benton
Marquesha Barber
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SKYLIT: Teresa K. Miller, ”BORDERLINE FORTUNE,” and Amanda Moore, ”REQUEENING”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, skylit by skylightbooks on November 22nd, 2021
Borderline Fortune is a meditation on intangible family inheritance—of unresolved intergenerational conflicts and traumas in particular—set against the backdrop of our planetary inheritance as humans. As species go extinct and glaciers melt, Teresa K. Miller asks what we owe one another and what it means to echo one’s ancestors’ grief and fear. Drawing on her family history, from her great-grandfather’s experience as a schoolteacher on an island in the Bering Strait to her father’s untimely death, as well as her pursuit of regenerative horticulture, Miller seeks through these beautifully crafted poems to awaken from the intergenerational trance and bear witness to our current moment with clarity and attention.
 
Amanda Moore's debut collection of poetry, Requeening (Ecco, Oct. 26, 2021), was selected for the 2020 National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, ZYZZYVA, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and her essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review and Hippocampus Magazine as well as on the University of Arizona Poetry Center's blog. Serving as poetry editor at Women's Voices for Change and a reader at VIDA Review and Bull City Press, Moore is a high school English teacher and lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco.
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SKYLIT: Melissa Lozada-Oliva, ”DREAMING OF YOU”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, fiction, novels, skylit by skylightbooks on November 1st, 2021
Melissa Lozada-Oliva's Dreaming of You is an absurd yet heartfelt examination of celebrity worship.
 
A young Latinx poet grappling with loneliness and heartache decides one day to bring Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla back to life. The séance kicks off an uncanny trip narrated by a Greek chorus of gossiping spirits as she journeys through a dead celebrity prom, encounters her shadow self, and performs karaoke in hell.
 
In visceral poems embodying millennial angst, paragraph-long conversations overheard at her local coffeeshop, and unhinged Twitter rants, Lozada-Oliva reveals an eerie, sometimes gruesome, yet moving love story.
 
Playfully morbid and profoundly candid, an interrogation of Latinidad, womanhood, obsession, and disillusionment, Dreaming of You grapples with the cost of being seen for your truest self.
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SKYLIT: Sebastian Moya, ”BLUETO”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, latinx, skylit by skylightbooks on October 29th, 2021
Poet Sebastian Moya reads from and discusses his upcoming poetry collection BlueTo with Skylight's Lance Morgan.
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SKYLIT: Christian James Madsen, ”TO THE TORCHES” w/ Elaine Madsen

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, skylit by skylightbooks on October 22nd, 2021
Poet Christian James Madsen discusses his poetry collection, To the Torches, with his grandmother, Elaine Madsen.
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SKYLIT: Tanya Ko Hong, ”THE WAR STILL WITHIN”

Posted in skylight books, book stores, books, poetry, skylit by skylightbooks on October 1st, 2021
The War Still Within is Tanya Ko Hong's fifth book, and contains 36 poems (25 of which are reprinted from a range of literary venues). This collection also includes "Comfort Woman," her well researched and vividly imagined sequence of six poems based on the experiences of the Korean "comfort women" who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
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SKYLIT: Shy Watson, ”HORROR VACUI”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, skylit by skylightbooks on September 28th, 2021

Join poet Shy Watson as she discusses her new collection, Horror Vacui.

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SKYLIT: NYU Poetry Program Reading

Posted in skylight books, book stores, books, poetry, New York, skylit by skylightbooks on August 30th, 2021
Join the NYU Creative Writing Poetry Program for a group reading, led by Garrett Kurai. Participants include: Aaron Balkan, Nellie Bridge, Taj M. Greenlee, Viola Lee, Lucyna Prostko, Rodrigo Rojas, and Sara Wallace.
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SKYLIT: “NEPANTLA FAMILIAS” Group Reading

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, anthology, essays, latinx, skylit by skylightbooks on August 2nd, 2021
Nepantla Familias brings together Mexican American narratives that explore and negotiate the many permutations of living in between different worlds—how the authors or their characters create, or fail to create, a cohesive identity amid the contradictions in their lives. Nepantla—or living in the in-between space of the borderland—is the focus of this anthology. The essays, poems, and short stories explore the in-between moments in Mexican American life—the family dynamics of living between traditional and contemporary worlds, between Spanish and English, between cultures with traditional and shifting identities. In times of change, family values are either adapted or discarded in the quest for self-discovery, part of the process of selecting and composing elements of a changing identity.
 
Join us for a group reading featuring key contributors from the collection.
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SKYLIT: WAYFINDING Poets

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, poetry, anthology, nature, skylit by skylightbooks on July 11th, 2021

Wayfinding is a poetry anthology curated and edited by Amy Beth and Derek Wright, published by Finishing Line Press. More than 50 poets share moments of transformation and wonder that have been inspired by parks and public lands, alongside original photography by Derek Wright, and short essays by Amy Beth and Derek Wright. This is a striking color print book of poetry, and the perfect gift for outdoors enthusiasts and readers alike who enjoy the intersection of parks and poetry.

 

This episode features readings by Mary ArderyMike GoodAllyson WhippleKristin Bryant Rajan, and Pamela Hobart Carter.

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, & Michael Kowaleski

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SKYLIT: Laura LeMoon, “A THOUSAND LITTLE DEATHS”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, Memoir, Feminism, essays, skylit, sponsored by skylightbooks on July 3rd, 2021
A Thousand Little Deaths is a story molded from experience and thrown into verse. For many, poetry is a method of healing, a method of activism, a method of releasing all the pain you've held inside of you in a single burst. Laura LeMoon offers us this brief chapbook of her life in an attempt to share a journey not many are familiar with, taking on existential issues such as death and how absurd life can be when it throws the impossible at you. It's a test of endurance, throwing readers into a world most have probably only seen through television or stereotyped novels. It's a hard read. It's an essential read. And the moment you open up it's pages, LeMoon's words will go right for your gut, sending you spiraling as you move along with her journey.
 
SPONSORED EPISODE:
 
This episode is brought to you by Rare Bird Lit and Unstoppable by Joshua M. Greene.
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Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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SKYLIT: “Katharine Coles, “THE STRANGER I BECOME”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, essays, skylit by skylightbooks on June 16th, 2021
The Stranger I Become probes the permeable boundary between inner life and outer, thought and action, science and experience. Poet Katharine Coles begins her lyric essays with a meditation on "the urge to move beyond, to understand myself as a stranger, estranged." The essays travel, always on foot, from Coles's home with its kept and wild birds, into the canyon her home overlooks, itself populated with creatures ranging from voles to owls, moose, bobcats, and coyotes. From there, always looking, always walking, in the company of the words that move her, they traverse her neighborhood and distant places in this country and the world. All along, they consider the poetry that inhabits her: the winged creatures of Dickinson, Ashbery's "reflections," Keats's "irritable reaching," Anne Carson's ever-unreachable apples, and more. Taken together, they make up what Lance Olsen calls "a poetics of the vivid."
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Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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