Your Team - The Los Angeles Poet Society

 

Our goal is to keep you informed and tell you what's going on around town in the Literary Arts. It takes a village to help bridge LA. Here are our Villagers. 

Jessica M. Wilson

Executive Director, Founder

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Jessica M. Wilson is a Chicana Poet from East Los Angeles, CA. She has an MFA in Writing from Otis College of Art and Design and a BA in Creative Writing and Art History from the University of California, Riverside. She is the Mother of the Sun and the Moon.

 

She began the Los Angeles Poet Society as an answer to bring the LA literary 'scene' into light -- so there would be transparency between Poets and Poetry Venues, Publishers, Musicians and Artists and all creatives.

 

To bring the community together, she began the Literary Series: Writers' Row, Writer Wednesday, SoapBox Poets Open Mic, Tonalli Thursday, and the Salon @ NoHo.

 

Jessica is a Poet Teacher with California Poets in the Schools, and believes in the power of the word! She is 100 Thousand Poets for Change Artivist and Curator, and Revolutionary Poets Brigade in Los Angeles!

Jessica is the author of Serious Longing, a collection of poems published by Swan World Press, Paris, France.

 

She is a Beat Poet and dedicates her words to the freedom of Mohammad ibn Al Ajami and other humans being repressed and denied the right to speak their truth.

Author page: www.jessicamwilson.com

Jeffrey Bryant

Website Sponsor

Jeffrey Bryant is a Writer living in LA, published in LA Weekly, LA Times, Poetic Diversity, Coiled Serpent.

Alex Petunia

Open Mic Host & Curator
One Mic, One Globe

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Alex "Petunia" Trubatisky has worn a kaleidoscope of hats, including drumming in an all-girl rock band, hippo-ing in a space ship, and road tripping with the moon and her poetry. Whenever she can, she will hug a tree, frolic barefoot in with the Earth and share a breath with you. Her poetry has been published in works such as the In the Words of Women's International Anthology and the Las Lunas Locas' 
I Rite to Live Anthology. She is currently working on her first book through the Community Literature Initiative's Poetry Publishing Program. Between pen adventures, she is sipping tea with a snake around her neck, puppies by her side and a cat meowing for more poems. 

Alex hosts One Mic One Globe each 3rd Wednesday of the month. 7pm PST
 

Susan Gonzalez

Fundrasing

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Susan Gonzalez is a Volunteer with the American Red Cross, she is an active Eagles Lodge Member and fundraiser, and Outreach and Fundraising Associate for Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore. 

Rosie Alonso

Editor - in - Chief
Acid Verse

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Rosie Angelica Alonso was born in East L.A and received an MFA in poetry from Cal State University, San Bernardino. Her poetry recounts stories of the working class people in the barrios, the myths of La Virgen Roachalupe, and the overlooked Chicano punk culture in East Los Angeles. Her poetry collection, The Cockroach Manifesto, is forthcoming in 2020.

Juan Cardenas

Associate Director

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Juan Cardenas is a Flutist, Vocalist, Poet, Activist, and Educator to the bilingual community, specializing in teaching poetry and music to the youth. He is a Poet Teacher with California Poets in the Schools working with native Spanish speakers and youth of diverse cultural backgrounds. 

 

"Literature and creative expression were the gateway to discovering who I was, it made the everyday living simpler to understand, and school a lot easier to handle; not to mention motivating. I am able to see how poetry impacted my life at a young age in a positive way. I am now aware of the different directions my life could have gone as I see today’s youth. As an immigrant growing in a Latino community, I first-handedly felt  the lack of literary outlets in the community. Unfortunately, I still feel its presence in North Hollywood. I would like to be the bridge to the community to literal creative arts." ~ Juan Cardenas

 

Juan is part of 100 Thousand Poets and Musicians for Change, and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade - Los Angeles. He is the Author of The Beat of an Immigrant Chicano, from Swan World Press. 

Norman Molesko

Senior Advocacy Partner

Norman Molesko is a pioneer in promoting and conveying Senior Advocacy. How so? Because he covers many aspects of Senior Advocacy through the means of poetry, Senior life, Senior experiences, Senior concerns and Senior issues, in his workshop of words, gestures and communications.

 

He is a storyteller - poet - entertainer – since the year 1999 and focuses on the mind, body, spirit and soul.

Karo Ska

Production Assistant, Editor
Open Mic Host & Curator
The Loop, SoapBox Poets Open Mic

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 Karo Ska (she/they) is a South Asian & Eastern European non-binary femme, migrant poet, living on occupied Tongva Land (aka Los Angeles) with their black cat muse. Anti-capitalist & anti-authoritarian, they find joy where they can. Their first chapbook, gathering grandmothers' bones was released on February 29th, 2020. For updates, follow them on instagram @karoo_skaa or check out their website karoska.com.

Poets and Muses

Poetry Podcast

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Imogen Arate is an award-winning poet who has written poetry since her tween years, in four languages and published in two.

You can find her poems onlinein print and during the second half of  each Poets and Muses episode.

Her poems “A Declaration of Loyalty ” and “Sanctuary” took home the second and third prize of the 2020 National Federation of Press Women at-large Communications contest.

She is also the 2019 Phoenix Poetry Slam Erotic Haiku Deathmatch Champion.

Poets and Muses

Website: https://poetsandmuses.com/

Instagram: @poetsandmuses (https://www.instagram.com/poetsandmuses/)
Twitter: @PoetsandMuses (https://twitter.com/PoetsandMuses)

Sign up for our wkly newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/17795d5229aa/poetsandmuses_weekly_newsletter

Chris Wilson

Event Curator
Voices of Color

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Chris Wilson is a merging Writer, and also a public servant. Chris currently serves the city of Signal Hill as the Planning Commissioner.  

Chris is the Host of our Instagram showcase, Voices of Color. 

Kelsey Bryan-Zwik

Blog Writer
Media Editor

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Kelsey Bryan-Zwick (she/they) is a Spanish/English speaking poet from Long Beach, California.  Disabled with scoliosis from a young age, her poems often focus on trauma, shedding light on what has been an isolating experience.  She does this with the belief that this kind of advocacy can help change the hearts and minds needed to create a more equitable and sustainable future.  A graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing she is the founder of the micro-press BindYourOwnBooks.  Her poems can be found in Spillway, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, petrichor, Redshift, Rise Up Review, Cholla Needles and Right Hand Pointing.  Kelsey is a Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net nominee and her first full-length book of poems, Here Go the Knives, is to be published by Moon Tide Press in January 2022.  You can find her at www.kelseybryanzwick.wixsite.com/poetry and on Instagram @bindyourownbooks @theexquisitepoet.