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Performing Arts

LA Poets in Place

Friday, April 24, 2020, 6:00–7:00 p.m. 

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About the Event

Connections will not be cancelled, creativity will continue, and voices will be heard. Dryland Literature and the Autry celebrate National Poetry Month with a new digital series. Each program features readings by L.A. poets, discussions, and a prompt where participants are encouraged to create new pieces. Tune in to decompress, listen to original poetry, and find your voice.  

Dryland is working towards the creation of their next publication and participants are encouraged to submit works to their open call: Submit

If you couldn't make it to the last reading, you can see the recordings below.

>Friday, April 10: Neighborhoods


Friday, April 24, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | L.A. Poets in Place: Food 

Featured Poets: Nikolai Garcia & Karo Ska  

Discussion Host: Viva Padilla, Founding Editor-in-Chief Dryland & Erick Huerta, Host of Órale Boyle Heights podcast    

Series Contributor: Jenise Miller  

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Nikolai Garcia is a founding member of the Coleman Collective and Assistant Editor for Dryland. His poems have been published in Latino Book Review, Cultural Weekly, Drunk Monkeys, Sad Girl Review and other literary journals. His first chapbook, Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees, was released by DSTL Arts last year. He sleeps in Compton and makes friends on social media: @hellokommie 
Karo Ska (she/they) is a South Asian & Eastern European non-binary femme poet, living on occupied Tongva Land (aka Los Angeles) with her black cat muse. Anti-capitalist & anti-authoritarian, she tries to find joy where she can. Her first chapbook, gathering grandmothers' bones, was released on February 29th, 2020. For updates, follow her on Instagram @karoo_skaa or check out her website karoska.com.  
Erick Huerta is an undocumented immigrant with a temporary work permit via Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He is a digital strategist and communications consultant for non-profits, labor unions, and grass-roots organizations. Putting his background in journalism to good use, he was a digital organizer for the immigrant youth movement most commonly known as the "Dreamer" movement for more than 10 years. At the same time, Erick was blogging and informally documenting the changes in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights. His latest project is hosting his podcast, Órale Boyle Heights. 
 Viva Padilla is a poet and the founding editor of Dryland, an independent print literary journal founded in South Central Los Angeles in 2015. She is a first-generation Chicana, a daughter of Mexican immigrants who crossed the border. She has been in the trenches at the LA Times, Red Hen Press, and Punk Hostage Press. Her poetry has been featured in Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from LA's Cultural Quakes & Shifts, Acentos Review, wearemitu, and others. She has performed alongside poets like Luis Rodriguez, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Matt Sedillo. Last October, she featured at Casa De Las Americas in Havana, Cuba for their Latinos en Los Estados Unidos conference. In December 2019, Dryland and Padilla were featured on the front page of the L.A. Times California section. She is currently working on a bilingual poetry manuscript. You can follow her on IG or twitter @anotchka  
Jenise Miller is an Afro-Panamanian urban planner and writer from Compton. She is a Pushcart-nominated poet, a Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) alumna, and the inaugural DSTL Arts Poet/Artist-in-Residence.  Her work maps the diverse and powerful images of the places and communities she is from and has been published in KCET Artbound, Boom California, Cultural Weekly, Dryland Literary Journal, the Acentos Review, and her poetry chapbook, The Blvd. She is a proud descendant of Black Panama Canal workers. Follow Jenise on IG and twitter @jenisepalante or by visiting her website