Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Exposition Review, a multi-genre literary journal and literary hub for Southern California, hosts the launch party and reading at Chevalier’s for their 2017. Reader-contributors will include Gwen Goodkin, Arthur Keng, Robert Kerbeck, Konstantin Kulakov, Alessandra Castellanos, Maryann Aita, Jack Liskin, Christina Craigo, Melanie Kachadoorian, MK Punky, Lena Ford, and Vivian Enriquez. This occasion promises to pull together some of the brightest literary minds in LA for a celebration of literature in our fair city. Talk, reading, with reception to follow.
Originally from West Virginia, Christina Craigo was educated in Pennsylvania and New York. She holds an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She currently lives in Colorado, where she works as a contract grant writer for nonprofits and devotes an increasing portion of her time to fiction.
Based on his short stories, fifteen of which have been published in the last year, Robert Kerbeck was selected for mentorship by the managing editor of Tin House. His work has most recently appeared in Word Riot, Cream City Review, Cortland Review, and Drunk Monkeys with stories forthcoming in Gargoyle and The MacGuffin. Robert was the recipient of the upstreet short fiction scholarship at the 2016 VCFA Postgraduate writers’ conference. His first play, Putin and the Snowman, opened Off-Broadway this past July. One of his short stories was adapted into the film, Connected, opening in 2017.
Maryann Aita is a writer and educator in Brooklyn, NY. She writes creative nonfiction, poetry, screenplays, and hybrid forms. In addition to The Exposition Review, her work is forthcoming in Big Muddy. Her teleplay, “The Matchbreaker,” won the Best Original Comedy Pilot at the 12th Annual Broad Humor Film Festival.
Melanie Kachadoorian has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and teaches at Fresno State. Her work has appeared in Monkey Puzzle and If and Only If.
A Los Angeles native, Alessandra Castellanos writes poetry, fiction, and memoir that draw upon her vibrant and tenacious ancestral heritage in Guatemala and California. Her conjured worlds encompass feral spirits, otherworldly legends, and the disconcerting realities of domestic workers in Hollywood celebrity homes. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Offing, Drunken Boat, Lunch Ticket, RipRap Journal, Chaparral, Duende, and The Round, among others. Castellanos is a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective.
Konstantin Kulakov is an award-winning Russian-American poet born in Zaoksky, Soviet Russia in 1989. He is the recipient of the Greg Grummer Poetry Award, judged by Brian Teare. Kulakov’s debut collection of poems, Excavating the Sky, was lauded by Kirkus, Cornel West, and David Rosenberg. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Phoebe, Tule Review, The Christian Century, Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, and Tidal Basin Review. Select poems have been translated into Russian, including a forthcoming translation into German. He lives in New York.
Jack Liskin is a California poet, the immigrant son of a Holocaust survivor, who in previous manifestations directed USC’s Physician Assistant Program as a faculty member of the School of Medicine; established a Trager practice (a form of hands-on bodywork which he described in Moving Medicine, his biography of its founder, Milton Trager, MD); completed apprenticeships with the Huichol Indians of Mexico at two of their sacred sites; and farmed and sold his produce at Southern California farmer’s markets. His recent poems have appeared in The Interpreter’s House, Slant, Earth’s Daughters, 3rd Wednesday, Stoneboat, Plainsongs, and Iconoclast.
MK Punky was a founding member of the ’80’s hardcore band The Clitboys. The author of many books, most recently the novel The Termite Squad, and the winner of the 2016 Barrelhouse Prize for fiction, MK Punky serves as poet laureate of Vista Street Community Library in Los Angeles.
Arthur Keng is a Los Angeles-based playwright and actor whose written work has been extensively featured in PlayGround-LA’s Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series. Short plays presented through Monday Night PlayGround include Forced Position (selected for this year’s edition of Exposition Review,) Antic Resolutions (selected for PlayGround-LA’s Best of Playground 2016,) Dream Enforcement, Over the Falls, and more. As an actor, Arthur has performed at theaters across the country including TheatreWorks and Berkeley Rep, among many others. Television appearances include roles on Silicon Valley, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Criminal Minds, and others.
Lena Ford is a Los Angeles-based playwright. Her short play, Date Night was recently performed at the Zephyr Theatre as part of Playground-LA. She is Head of Seedlings New Play Development Reading Committee at Theatricum Botanicum. A recent graduate of USC’s MFA Dramatic Writing Program, her plays tackle social issues and their effect on families and the community.
Gwen Goodkin’s writing has been published by Fiction, Witness, The Dublin Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Atticus Review, jmww, The Rumpus, Reed Magazine, and others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won the Black Fox Literary Magazine Contest as well as the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. She lives in Encinitas, just north of San Diego.
Vivian Enriquez is a Latina high school senior residing in the Los Angeles County. She is part of a mentoring program called WriteGirl where she has cultivated her passion for poetry. She enjoys writing about human experiences along with a variety of concepts. On her free time she likes to help her community from participating in charity drives and walks to volunteering at her local elementary. A dream of hers is to one day publish her own collection of poetry.