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 13th, 5pm

Shaneen A. Harris & Delphi Sky
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Shaneen A. HarrisShaneen A. Harris was born in Akron, Ohio. She is the self-published author of Reflections of My Thoughts: I Used to Believe in Unicorns and I Still Do and Because God Said So; in addition, she has a spoken word compilation entitled Simply Complex. Her work has also appeared in Postcard Poems, Prose Magazine, The Rubbertop Review, and Crab Orchard Review’s special issue “Ka-Ching.” She currently resides in Wadsworth, Ohio, with her husband and three children. Her poem “How We First Handled Brother” appears in Rattle #62. (web)

Delphi SkyDelphi Sky is winner of the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize and Academy of American Poets University Prize. As the first woman in her family to earn a college degree, she graduated from UCLA with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. She’s currently pursuing an MFA with Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her poetry has been published and/or forthcoming in Westwind, ROAR Feminist Magazine, and Rattle. Her poem “Newlyweds” appears in Rattle #62.



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)