Join us at 7:30pm Saturday, October 24 for an evening of readings hosted by Iris Berry of Punk Hostage Press and featuring the writers:
Iris Berry co-founded Punk Hostage Press and Words As Works with A Razor in 2012. She is a native Angelino, a musician, writer, publisher, editor, Author of 3 books, former ring girl for Mexican wrestling, and an indie film actress. In 2009 she received her 2nd certificate of merit and achievement from the City of Los Angeles for her contribution as a Los Angeles writer and Historian, and the charity work she has done, producing large-scale fundraising events. Berry is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center.
photo by Mark Hanauer
A universe in sleep’s clothing, S.A. Griffin lives, loves and works in Los Angeles. Recently caught huffing Donald Trump’s combover in search of a higher low, he drives too fast, sleeps too little and thinks too much. His latest book, Dreams Gone Mad With Hope (Punk Hostage Press) was released in 2014. Editor for The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Firecracker Award), he was privileged to edit The Official Language of Yes by the late, great Scott Wannberg, now available from Perceval Press. From 1989-2009 he toured the U.S. and Canada with The Carma Bums making the scene in his 1959 Cadillac Sedan. April-June of 2010 he toured the United States with Elsie The Poetry Bomb, a Vietnam era practice bomb converted into an art object and filled with poetry from around the world, all done in an effort to foster civil disagreements. Father, husband and Vietnam era vet; he is owned by two cats.
Susan Hayden is a Poet, Novelist & the Author of at least 10 plays. She is the Creator/Producer of Library Girl, a mixed-genre literary series now in its 6th year at Ruskin Group Theatre. Most recently, she was named Artist In The Community and received The Bruria Finkel Award for Volunteerism from the Santa Monica Arts Commission. Hayden’s novel. Cat Stevens Saved My Life, was a Top 100 Finalist in the Inaugural Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award w/Penguin Press. Her short fiction, essays and plays have been published in The Black Body (Seven Stories Press), Storie: All Write (out of Rome, Italy), I Might Be The Person You Are Talking To (Padua Playwrights Press 2015) & numerous other anthologies. Her book of poems will be published by Punk Hostage Press sometime in 2016.
Jon Hess is a New Yorker, who calls LA home. A writer, an awarding filmmaker and a teacher. He has directed a dozen films, including: “Watchers” for Universal Pictures from the novel by Dean R. Koontz and “Excessive Force” for New Line Cinema featuring James Earl Jones. Jon Hess also developed and co-produced the controversial “American History X” for which Edward Norton was nominated for an Academy Award. Jon Hess graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and received his MFA from the American Film Institute. More recently Jon graduated with an MFA from Antioch University with a dual major in creative non-fiction and fiction. His book of poems will be published by Punk Hostage Press and available in early 2016.
Alexandra Naughton is a problem. Alexandra Naughton has a problem. Alexandra Naughton is probably the Courtney Love of Bay Area poetry. With a prominent internet persona and following, she is the founder of the BE ABOUT IT reading series, zine, and small press. She is the author of I Will Always Be Your Whore: Love Songs for Billy Corgan, and YOU COULD NEVER OBJECTIFY ME MORE THAN I’VE ALREADY OBJECTIFIED MYSELF both on Punk Hostage Press. Her debut novel, American Mary, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2016. You can find out more about her here: http://thetsaritsa.tumblr.com/
Michael Marcus New York born, L.A. Raised writer. His years of drug and alcohol abuse (coupled with improv, story telling, and prose) have created just the kind of stuff you want to hear, but are too afraid to ask. He currently has a television show being shopped about his loving maniacal felonious family. To put it simply “It’s sort of like the Sopranos but more like the Shapiro’s.” He also has a couple of other things in development that he surely isn’t going to fucking reveal from here right now. He also has a book coming out on punk hostage press in the not so distant future depending on who you ask, but the truth is, we’re looking at early 2016.