The Rattle Reading Series

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.

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffee House

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd.
La Cañada-Flintridge, CA 91011 (map)



Sunday, February 10th, 5pm

Alex Hoffman-Ellis & Deborah P. Kolodji
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Alex Hoffman-EllisAlex Hoffman-Ellis is a plant ecology technician at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, as well as a recently retired NFL and CFL football player. Planning to return to college, he spends his spare time road tripping, foraging for herbs/mushrooms, and walking on his hands along the nearest coastline, splitting his time between the Pacific Northwest and Minnesota. His poem “Modern Day Gladiator” appeared in Rattle #60’s tribute to athlete poets. (web)

Deborah P. KolodjiDeborah P. Kolodji lives in Temple City, where she works as a senior technical consultant for a business software firm. She is the moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group, Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America, and a member of the Board of Directors for Haiku North America. Her first full-length book of haiku and senryu, Highway of Sleeping Towns, was published in 2016 and won a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award. Four of her haiku appear in Rattle #62. (web)



Sunday, March 10th, 5pm

Jefferson Carter & Florence Weinberger
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Jefferson CarterJefferson Carter has poems in such journals as Carolina Quarterly, Barrow Street, Cream City Review, and New Poets of the American West. Chax Press published his 9th collection, Get Serious: New and Selected Poems, which was chosen as a Southwest Best Book of 2013 by the Tucson/Pima County Public Library. His newest book, Diphtheria Festival, is now available from Main Street Rag. He lives in Tucson where he volunteers with Sky Island Alliance, a regionally-based environmental organization. Two of his poems appear in Rattle #62. (web)

Florence WeinbergerFlorence Weinberger was born in New York City, raised in the Bronx, educated at Hunter College, CSU-Northridge and UCLA is the author of five published collections of poetry: Ghost Tattoo, The Invisible Telling Its Shape, Breathing Like a Jew, Carnal Fragrance, and Sacred Graffiti. Her poem “Nascent January, 2018, After Rain” appears in Rattle #62. (web)



Sunday, April 14th, All Day

Jim Gustafson & Jennifer Perrine
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NOTE: The April reading will be held in Wrightwood as part of the day-long Wrightwood Minifest, including both our regular reading and a pair of free writing workshops. Click here for more information!

Jim GustafsonJim Gustafson is the author of three books of poetry: Friar Fred’s Diary (Big Table 2018), Unassisted Living (Big Table 2017), and Driving Home (Aldrich Press 2013). He holds an M. Div. from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Tampa. He teaches Creative Writing at Florida Gulf Coast University. Jim and his wife Connie live in Fort Myers, Florida. For more information, visit

Workshop: “The Four Temperaments in Poetry”

Based on the essay by Gregory Orr of the same title. Jim has trained salespeople to spot four different personality styles of prospects. In Orr’s essay, he discovered that by helping a poet identify their personality style, he can show them areas in which revision will enhance their poem. Participatants will take a personality profile, and write/revise one poem over the two hour workshop.


Jennifer PerrineJennifer Perrine is the author of three books of poetry: No Confession, No Mass, winner of the 2016 Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award and the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry; In the Human Zoo, recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize; and The Body Is No Machine, winner of the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. She is a 2019 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient in poetry. For more information, visit

Workshop: “Under Pressure: Extreme Experiments in Writing”

What happens when someone puts severe restrictions on the way you write? What if Edgar Allen Poe wanted to write “The Raven,” but couldn’t use the letter E? What if Shakespeare had to compose his sonnets using only rhymes someone else had picked out for him? Participants will look at poems and prose created under these kinds of extreme constraints, and write to learn what happens when accepting such outrageous challenges.