Inaugural Literary Evening

Join us on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 7-9pm for a poetry event! We are honored to be welcoming at the inaugural event of our new literary series three renowned poets:


Nicelle Davis is a California poet, collaborator, and performance artist who walks the desert with her son J.J. in search of owl pellets and rattlesnake skins. Her most recent collection, In the Circus of You is available from Rose Metal Press. The author of two other books of poetry, Becoming Judas, is available from Red Hen Press and her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. Another book of poems, The Walled Wife, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2017. She is editor-at-large of The Los Angeles Review. Photo credit: Sascha Vaughn

6c100496-7aba-41e4-9e0a-093f77cddc4a Luis J. Rodriguez is the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. For Luis poetry is soul talk, a prophetic act, a powerful means to enlarge one’s presence in the world. Luis is also a novelist/memoirist/short story writer/children’s book writer as well as a community & urban peace activist, mentor, healer, youth & arts advocate, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He has 15 books in all genres, including the best-selling memoir, “Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” His latest book is the sequel, “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.” He is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, now in its 25th year, and co-founder/president of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. And he’s co-convener of the Network for Revolutionary Change. Luis is dedicated to a clean, balanced, abundant, cooperative, healing world. No more capitalist private property relations, exploitation, war, or inequities. “In essential things, unity; in nonessential things, liberty. In all things compassion.” Photo credit: Arlene Mejorado


Suzanne Lummis‘ most recent book, Open 24 Hours, received the 2013 Blue Lynx Poetry Prize. She’s a longtime teacher for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, co-founder of The Los Angeles Poetry Festival, which produced the citywide series Night and the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film, and the 2015 recipient of Beyond Baroque’s George Drury Smith Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review, The New Ohio Review, Ploughshares and The New Yorker. She’s the editor of the new anthology of 112 poets, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (out this April) from the Pacific Coast Poetry Series/Beyond Baroque Books. And she’s a member of the serio-comic performance trio ‘Nearly Fatal Women’. Photo credit: ‘Keith’s Secret Service Hat’ by Alexis Fancher

In celebration of our 75th year as your local independent bookstore on Larchmont Blvd, Chevalier’s Books will be launching a monthly literary series. Under the aegis of our new owners, Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter and in tandem with authors Rich Ferguson, CLS Ferguson and Stephanie Hammer, we will be hosting authors from across the spectrum of our vibrant, SoCal literary scene.

Our bookstore is delighted to reach out to the community through the power of words. On the first Thursday evening of every month, Chevalier’s will offer a space to gather, to chat, browse, and connect with your literature loving neighbors as you listen to some of the wonderful creative writers who live in our midst.

This event will be infused with a bit of open mic poetry (and wine and cheese), so bring your own poems to share!