Dirty Laundry Lit: Hungover

PEN Center USA Presents DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT: HUNGOVER

Dirty Laundry Lit is a quarterly reading series that blends live music and literature and features diverse writers from all over the nation.

Saturday, October 6, 2012 @ 7 PM
The Virgil
4519 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029

$5 at the door

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Mark Haskell Smith is the author of four novels, Moist, Delicious, Salty, and Baked, and the non-fiction book Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup. He has written for film and television. He lives in Los Angeles and likes Mexican food.
Jennine Capó Crucet’s first book How to Leave Hialeah won the John Gardner Prize, the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Devil’s Kitchen Award, and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald, the New Times, and the Latinidad List. Her stories have appeared in the PEN/O. Henry Prize Anthology 2011, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, Epoch, and elsewhere. She serves on the Executive Board for Vida: Women in Literary Arts. After several years of nonprofit work in South Central LA as a counselor to first-generation college students, she joined the creative writing faculty at Florida State University as an assistant professor in 2011.
Jenny Johnson's poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, The Southern Review, Blackbird, and Best New Poets 2008. She was the recipient of the 2011 Chad Walsh Poetry Prize for her poem “Aria." She has also been awarded a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, as well as a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She taught public school for several years in the Bay Area and spent ten summers on the staff of the University of Virginia Young Writer's Workshop. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College. Currently, she is a Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more at www.jennyjohnsonpoet.com.
Marissa Landrigan's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Guernica, Orion, and Diagram, among others, and she is a regular nonfiction contributor at The Nervous Breakdown. She received her MFA in Creative Writing & Environment from Iowa State University, where she completed a food memoir tentatively titled The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat. She currently lives and teaches in Pennsylvania where she blogs about becoming un-vegetarian at wemeatagain.com.
David Von Behren is the author of Kamikaze Angels and the Chronicles of Light, Book of Muses, and Pinta Parade as well as a poetry chapbook, “When You are Naked and Drunk and You Need Someone to Hold You, Baby.” A veteran of the Illinois Indie poetic circuit, his work has been featured in Broadside, GobZine, Rotating Tables, and the radio program "Blackstarsea." He attended Bradley University, where he received the James Ballowe personal essay award, and Illinois State University. Learn more at miredmusings.blogspot.com.
Natashia Deón is a Los Angeles attorney and creator of the reading series Dirty Laundry Lit. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. Her work has appeared in The Rattling Wall, The Feminist Wire, and Strange Cargo, among others, and is forthcoming in Welcome Table Press's You: An Anthology of Essays in the Second Person. A 2010 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship recipient, and 2011 VCCA Fellow, Deón is also a creative writing instructor for PEN In The Classroom and 826LA.