Reading Series

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 9th, 5pm

Brendan Constantine, John Guzlowski & Raquel Reyes-Lopez
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Brendan ConstantineBrendan Constantine was born and lives in Los Angeles. His first collection, Letters to Guns, was released in February 2009 from Red Hen Press. His other collections are Birthday Girl With Possum (2011), Calamity Joe (2012), and, most recently, Dementia, My Darling (2016). He is poet in residence at the Windward School and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. (website)

John GuzlowskiBorn in a refugee camp after World War II, John Guzlowski came with his family to the United States as a Displaced Person in 1951. His poetry, fiction, and essays remember his parents, who survived their slave labor experiences in Nazi Germany. A number of these poems appear in his books Language of Mules and Lightning and Ashes (Steel Toe Books), and Third Winter of War: Buchenwald (Finishing Line Press). (website)

Raquel Reyes-LopezRaquel Reyes-Lopez’s debut poetry chapbook Born to Electrify is published with Sadie Girl Press. She has served as a board member for the Friends of The Montebello Library. Her poetry can be found in Rattle, Cadence Collective: Long Beach Poets, East Jasmine Review, and elsewhere. She hosts an open-mic called Moon Pixel every last Friday of the month at Half Off Books in Whittier, California. (website)



Sunday, November 13th, 5pm

Michelle Bitting & Clint Margrave
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Michelle BittingMichelle Bitting has work published or forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Narrative, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Passages North, Linebreak, diode, Anti-, the L.A. Weekly and others. In 2007, Thomas Lux chose her full-length manuscript, Good Friday Kiss, as the winner of the DeNovo First Book Award and C & R Press published it in 2008. Her book Notes to the Beloved won the 2011 Sacramento Poetry Center Award. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University, Oregon. (website)

Clint MargraveClint Margrave is the author of The Early Death of Men, a collection of poems published by NYQ Books. His work has also appeared in New York Quarterly, Rattle, Cimarron Review, Verse Daily, Word Riot, and Ambit (UK), among others. In 2016, NYQ Books published his second full-length collection, Salute the Wreckage. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. (website)