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, January 8th, 5pm

Heather Altfeld, Brionne Janae, & Arash Saedinia
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Heather AltfeldHeather Altfeld’s first book, The Disappearing Theatre, won the Poets at Work Book Prize, selected by Stephen Dunn. She won the 2015 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry with Nimrod International Magazine. She grew up in Claremont, CA, and is currently a lecturer in composition at California State University, Chico. (link)

Brionne JanaeBrionne Janae is a California native, teaching artist, and poet in the process of leaving Boston, where she completed an MFA at Emerson College. Brionne could be anywhere this time next year. A recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emering Artist award, Brionne is also a proud Cave Canem Fellow. Her first manuscript, After Jubilee, will be published by Boaat Press in the Winter of 2017.

Arash SaediniaBorn in Esfahan and raised in Los Angeles, Arash Saedinia is a poet, filmmaker, curator and educator. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and B|taa’rof, among others.



Sunday, February 12th, 5pm

Jose Hernandez Diaz & Marjorie Saiser
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Jose Hernandez DiazJose Hernandez Diaz holds degrees in English and creative writing from the University of California, Berkeley, and Antioch University Los Angeles. His poetry and prose poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Gigantic Sequins, Green Mountains Review, Huizache, Los Angeles Review, Lumina, New Delta Review, Parcel, Pleiades, The Progressive, Whiskey Island, and other journals. Diaz has served as an editor for Floricanto Press and Lunch Ticket and is an NEA Fellow in Poetry. He currently lives in Los Angeles. (link)

Marjorie SaiserMarjorie Saiser is the author of five books of poetry and co-editor of two anthologies. Her work has been published in American Life in Poetry, The Writer’s Almanac, Nimrod, Poetry, RHINO, Chattahoochee Review, and other journals. She has received the WILLA Award and nominations for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Nebraska and Arizona. (link)



Sunday, March 12th, 5pm

Kien Lam & Emily Ransdell
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Kien LamKien Lam Kien Lam lives in Los Angeles and writes about League of Legends e-sports. He received his MFA from Indiana University and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Indiana Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. (link)

Emily RansdellEmily Ransdell lives in Camas, Washington. Her work has appeared in The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry, Whitefish Review, and elsewhere. She was Runner-up in Prime Number’s single-poem contest and will be featured on Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column later this year. (link)