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, June 10th, 5pm

Emily Sernaker, Stephen Taylor & Alexandra Umlas
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Emily SernakerEmily Sernaker is a writer and human rights professional living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Ms. Magazine Online, The Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s, The Sun, and The Rumpus. She is a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poem “I Have Confidence” appeared in Rattle #55, and two poems have appeared in Rattle’s Poets Respond series. (web)

Stephen TaylorStephen Taylor teaches writing and mythology at Glendale College. He has won an L.A. Arts Council Literature Award and is a two-time finalist in The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. His first story collection, Cut Men, was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2005, and a new collection will appear soon. His “Prenuptial Agreement” appears in Rattle #60.

Alexandra UmlasAlexandra Umlas lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband and two daughters. She has an MA in Education and is currently an MFA student at California State University, Long Beach. Her poem “Touring the B-17 Bomber at the Palm Springs Air Museum” appeared in Rattle’s Poets Respond series last fall. (web)



Sunday, July 8th, 5pm

Kim Dower & Rick Lupert
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Kim DowerKim Dower’s has been City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, since October 2016. She is author of three collections of poetry, all from Red Hen Press: Air Kissing on Mars, which was on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list, Slice of Moon, and Last Train to the Missing Planet. Her fourth collection, Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave will be out next spring. Kim’s work has been featured in The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, and Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. She teaches Poetry and Dreaming in the B.A. Program of Antioch University. Her poems have appeared in Rattle several times, including “The Delivery Man” in issue #60 this summer, and “I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom” in issue #48. (web)

Rick LupertRick Lupert created a the Poetry Super Highway and hosted the Cobalt Cafe reading for almost 21 years. He’s authored 22 collections of poetry, most recently Beautiful Mistakes and God Wrestler, and edited the anthologies A Poet’s Siddur, Ekphrastia Gone Wild, A Poet’s Haggadah, and The Night Goes on All Night. He writes the Jewish poetry blog From the Lupertverse for Jewish Journal, and the daily web comic Cat and Banana with poet Brendan Constantine. Rick works as a freelance graphic designer. His poem “Rules for Poetry” appears in Rattle #33.



Sunday, August 12th, 5pm

Athena Kildegaard & John Lazear Okrent
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Sonia GreenfieldSonia Greenfield was born in Peekskill, New York, and her book, Boy with a Halo at the Farmer’s Market, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of places, including in the 2018 and 2010 Best American Poetry. Her chapbook, American Parable, won the 2017 Autumn House Press/Coal Hill Review prize. She lives with her husband and son in Hollywood where she edits the Rise Up Review and directs the Southern California Poetry Festival. Her poems have appeared in Rattle #36, and five times in Poets Respond, most recently with “Ghost Ship.” (web)

Athena KildegaardAthena Kildegaard is the author of five books of poetry: Rare Momentum, Bodies of Light, Cloves & Honey, and, most recently, Ventriloquy and Course from Tinderbox Editions. Her poems have appeared widely in journals, in anthologies, on KAXE radio, and on The Writer’s Almanac. She teaches at the University of Minnesota–Morris. She was a founding board member of the Lake Region Writer’s Alamanac and the founding director of the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. Her poem “Allurement” appears in Rattle #60. (web)

John Lazear OkrentJohn Lazear Okrent is a family doctor currently working at a mental health clinic in Kent, Washington. Prior to moving to Washington, he lived in New York, where he worked as the doctor at various homeless shelters. His poetry has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, The Bridport Prize, and Field. His poem “After Seeing a Picture in the New York Times …” appears in Rattle #60.