Every second Sunday Rattle presents a reading featuring poets from the current issue at the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse. Admission is free. Scheduled poets are subject to change.
Sunday, March 11th, 5pm
Kate Buckley, Nancy Kangas & Echo Wren
Kate Buckley is currently serving as the Poet Laureate of Laguna Beach. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and is the author of A Wild Region, named a Midwest Book Review Selection, and Follow Me Down. Her poem “Zumba with the Church Ladies” appears in Rattle #59. (website)
Nancy Kangas lives in Columbus, OH. Her poetry has been published in print and online, and for over a decade she edited Nancy’s Magazine. She writes for Muse magazine, and is co-directing The Preschool Poets, a series of animated short films based on poems composed by her young students. “Patience” appears in Rattle #59.
Echo Wren is a writer living in San Diego. She escaped from Vietnam as a child, spending time in refugee camps in Hong Kong and the Philippines. She works in a cubicle by day and writes in the middle of the night. She is a former PEN Emerging Voices finalist. “The Last Toothbrush” and “Europa” are her first published poems and appear in Rattle #59.
Sunday, April 8th, 5pm
Alejandro Escudé & Molly Fisk
Alejandro Escudé’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, won the 2012 Sacramento Poetry Center Award. He received a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and is a frequent contributor to Rattle. His poems have also appeared in California Quarterly, Hamilton Stone Review, Main Street Rag, New Verse News, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Tuck Magazine, among many other journals, and in various poetry anthologies. Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, having immigrated many years ago at the age of six, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. (web)
Megan Falley is the author of two full-length collections of poetry from Write Bloody publishing: Redhead and the Slaughter King and After the Witch Hunt, with a third forthcoming in Spring 2018. She currently lives in rural Colorado with three dogs, three cats, and three queers. Her “Ode to Red Lipstick” appears in Rattle #59. (web)
Molly Fisk is the Poet Laureate of Nevada County, CA, and author of two poetry collections and three books of radio commentary. She’s received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and works as a life coach and creative writing teacher in the Sierra foothills. Her poem, “Violence Fractal” appeared in Rattle’s “Poets Respond” series last November. (web)
Sunday, May 13th, 5pm
Dalia Elhassan, Dion O’Reilly & Lizabeth Yandel
Dalia Elhassan is a Sudanese-American poet by way of Miami and New York City, and is currently attending The New School. Her work has placed in several competitions in the past and appears in a number of publications, including Kenyon Review, Sierra Nevada Review, and Oakland Arts Review. She is the recipient of the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize for nonfiction and has performed at venues including the 2017 Justice Speaks! Conference at Seattle Pacific University. Her poem “Final Portrait of the Sudanese” appears in Rattle #59.
Dion O’Reilly lives on a farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband Michael. She has worked as a barista, waitress, theater manager, artist, fitness instructor, graphic designer, and high school teacher. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Sun, Rattle, Spillway, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. She is the creator and publisher of the PMS Coloring Book. Her poem “Everything That’s Old” appeared in Rattle’s Poets Respond series last October. (web)
Lizabeth Yandel is a writer and musician based in San Diego, originally from Chicago. She is currently completing a lyric novella about the city of New Orleans, as well as a poetry chapbook, Service, which is inspired by her long, dysfunctional relationship with the service industry. Her poetry can be found in Popshot Magazine, Lumina Journal, and 1932 Quarterly Journal. “Elegy for Charles Porter” appears in Rattle #59