Please join Chevalier’s for the August installment of our monthly Literary Series, this Thursday the 6th at 7pm, hosted by authors Rich Ferguson and Stephanie Barbé Hammer. This month’s event will feature performers CLS Ferguson, Peggy Dobreer, Kita Shantiris and Milo Martin. As usual, this event will feature open mic performances so please feel free to bring your work!
Crystal Lane Swift “CLS” Ferguson, PhD, speaks, signs, acts, publishes, sings, performs, writes, paints, teaches and rarely relaxes. She and her husband, Rich Ferguson are raising their Bernese Mountain Boarder Collie mutt, Sadie, in Hollywood, CA. You can visit her website here.
Peggy Dobreer has one book of poetry titled In The Lake of Your Bones (Moon Tide Pres, 2012). She was a Pushcart nominee for Best of the Small Press for Cadence Collective last year. Coming to poetry from years of dance and improvised performing arts, Peggy shares her experience with movement imagery in her E=Mc2BODIED POETRY WORKSHOPS. Peggy is available to come to your classroom with California Poets in the Schools, and is host and curator of The RwIrGiHtTe READ at Stories Books and The Rapp Salo(o)n in Santa Monica. Please contact Peggy at her website here.
Published in the U.S., Ireland, and England, Kita Shantiris’ poetry has appeared in Ambit, Crannóg, the Fish Anthology, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, The Moth, Slipstream, Wisconsin Review and other journals. In 2012, she won 2nd Prize in the 2012 Ballymaloe International Poetry Contest judged by Leontia Flynn. In her other life, pyschologist Dr. Kita S. Curry runs Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, a non-profit in Los Angeles. For that work, she has been honored for erasing the stigma associated with mental illness and bringing services to communities of color. You can visit her website here.
Milo Martin, a native Californian originally from the Monterey Peninsula, the East Bay and San Francisco, found his way to Los Angeles, coming up in the East Hollywood ONYX poetry scene in the mid-late 90s. He co-founded the original Hollywood/Los Feliz Poetry Slam Team in 1997, later winners of the National Slam in 2004 and 2005. He has toured Europe extensively with the international poetry troupe, POESIE UNITED. His work has been translated into four languages. He is considered to be one of the main progenitors of the Utopian Nihilist poetry movement of the early 21st century.