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, October 8th, 5pm

C. Wade Bentley, Donna Hilbert & Lee Rossi
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C. Wade BentleyC. Wade Bentley teaches and writes in Salt Lake City. His poems have been published in many journals, including Cimarron Review, Best New Poets, and Poetry Daily. A full-length collection of his poems, What Is Mine, was published by Aldrich Press in January of 2015. Most recently, his poem “Spin” appeared in Rattle #54. (website)

Donna HilbertDonna Hilbert’s latest book, her fifth, is The Congress of Luminous Bodies, from Aortic Books. She has led workshops in venues in the U.S. and U.K., and now leads private workshops in Long Beach, California. Her book, Orchards of Our Mothers: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming. Her poem “Rambler” appears in Rattle #57. (website)

Lee RossiLee Rossi’s most recent book is Wheelchair Samurai. New poems appear in Southwest Review, Spillway, and Clackamas Review. He is a member of the Northern California Book Reviewers and a contributing editor at Poetry Flash. His next book, Darwin’s Garden, will appear in 2018 from Big Yes Press. His poem “Microcosmology” appears in Rattle #57. (book)



Sunday, November 12th, 5pm

Edward Derby, William Evans & Al Ortolani
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Edward DerbyEdward Derby’s poems have also appeared in FIELD and Prairie Schooner, among others. His short documentary, Rowers Don’t Wear Life Jackets, was an official selection of the 2016 Oregon Independent Film Festival. He teaches creative writing in Portland, Oregon. His poem “Andrew Describes How to Slaughter Chickens” appears in Rattle #57. (twitter)

Evan WilliamsWilliam Evans is a writer from Columbus, Ohio, and the founder of the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam. In addition to being the editor-in-chief of Black Nerd Problems, William has published two collections of poetry on Penmanship Books, including In the Event You are Caught Behind Enemy Lines. His poem “I Say Cathedral When I Mean Gunpowder” appears in Rattle #57. (website)

Al OrtolaniAl Ortolani has taught in Kansas public schools for 43 years and lives in Lenexa. His collection Paper Birds Don’t Fly was released in 2016 from NYQ Books. His other books have been named a 2017 Kansas Notable Book, and a finalist for the Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Most recently, his poem “The Taco Boat” appears in Rattle #57. (website)