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, April 9th, 5pm

Sarah Bates & Truth Thomas
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Sarah BatesSarah Bates lives in Marquette, Michigan. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in RHINO, Colorado Review, Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction, and Hotel Amerika, among others. She was the winner of the 2016 Washington Square Review Poetry Award. Her poem “When a Guy at the Bar Tells Me I Sound Damaged” appeared in Rattle’s Poets Respond series this January. (link)

Truth ThomasTruth Thomas is a singer-songwriter and poet born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Washington, D.C. He is the Capitol Records recording artist formerly known as Glenn Edward Thomas and studied creative writing at Howard University. He earned his MFA in poetry at New England College and his collections of poetry include: Speak Water, winner of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry; Bottle of Life, a finalist for the People’s Book Prize in London; A Day of Presence; and Party of Black. He is the founder of Cherry Castle Publishing, creator of the Skinny poetry form, a former writer-in-residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), editor-in-chief of The Skinny Poetry Journal, and serves on the editorial board of the Tidal Basin Review. One of his poems, “Boardwalk Empire,” appears in Rattle #55 this spring. (link)



Sunday, May 14th, 5pm

Elise Liu & Austin Smith
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Elise LiuElise Liu is a Chinese-American global nomad based in San Francsico. She doesn’t like borders. Her recent work appears in The Millions, Thought Catalog, The Newer York, Ember, and the Found Poetry Review. One of her poems, “She Runs from the River,” appeared in Rattle’s Poets Respond series in July 2014.

Austin SmithAustin Smith’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, POETRY, Threepenny Review, Yale Review, Sewanee Review, Hopkins Review and ZYZZYVA, among others. His first poetry collection, Almanac, was selected by Paul Muldoon for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, and was published by Princeton University Press in 2013. He lives in Oakland, California, and teaches at Stanford University. One of his poems, “We Defy Augury,” was published by Rattle’s Poets Respond series this January. (link)