40th Annual UCR Writers Week
Feb
15
1:00 pm13:00

40th Annual UCR Writers Week

Kima Jones will moderate a conversation between YA authors Lilliam Rivera and Brandy Colbert. More here: http://events.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/display.cgi?comp_id=44894:20170214090000&unit=2

A Day of  Writing Resistance at #AWP17: an afternoon of workshops
Feb
8
1:00 pm13:00

A Day of Writing Resistance at #AWP17: an afternoon of workshops

  • Mule and Bone

Join Kima Jones, publicist with Jack Jones Literary Arts, and her client Desiree Cooper, author of Know the Mother, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book at #WritingResistance. Kima and Desiree will facilitate a workshop on amplifying your platform to get your work in the hands of those who need it most. 

Scratch anthology launch
Jan
26
7:30 pm19:30

Scratch anthology launch

  • Skylight Books

Kima Jones will lead a moderated discussion on money and publishing to launch Manjula Martin's anthology, Scratch. Susan Orlean, Julia Fierro and Harmony Holiday are panelists.

Publishing and Diversity
Jan
25
5:30 pm17:30

Publishing and Diversity

Join Yi Shun Lai, Camille Griep, Rachel Kahan and Kima Jones at Claremont McKenna College to discuss the current state of the publishing industry, with a particular focus upon underrepresented authors and genres. The panel is scheduled to take place on January 25, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 in the Athenaeum. 

Revolutionary Oddball:  H.T. Tsiang
Oct
20
7:00 pm19:00

Revolutionary Oddball: H.T. Tsiang

  • pin Otros Libros / Other Books

We continue to celebrate the work of author H.T. Tsiang, a Chinese immigrant writer whose radical novels and poetry—mostly self-published in the 1930s—were decades ahead of their time.

This event will feature readings by authors whose work is in conversation with Tsiang's, including Floyd Cheung, editor of a series of Tsiang books published by KAYA Press — including Tsiang's last novel AND CHINA HAS HANDS, re-published this month, Kaya authors Sesshu Foster and Ed Lin, along with Jen Hofer, Kima Jones and Iris De Anda, will read excerpts from Tsiang as well as their own work.

This event will also be a soft-launch of a new space that Kaya Press is sharing with Seite Books and Tiny Splendor in Boyle Heights! Come celebrate Tsiang and our new digs.

Thursday, October 20th

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Otros Libros / Other Books
2006 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Jack Jones Loves Memphis!
Sep
11
4:00 pm16:00

Jack Jones Loves Memphis!

  • Studio 688

Join Jack Jones for a Sunday afternoon celebration following the Mid-South Book Fest. Free entry, cash bar, food trucks and the best music in Memphis. Literati and cultural producers welcomed. RSVP via Eventbrite.

 

Mid-South Book Festival
Sep
10
Sep 11

Mid-South Book Festival

  • Playhouse on the Square

The 2016 Mid-South Book Festival will be held September 10th at Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse.  

This year's festival will feature:

  • Author panel discussions and presentations featuring 75 authors from around the United States
  • Author signings
  • Student Writers Conference (for ages 13-17)
  • A Writers Conference (for ages 18 and up)
  • A street fair on Cooper Ave featuring food trucks, author presentations, and children's activities
  • The Well Read Reception for book lovers to meet their favorite authors
  • Literacy Summit for educators and nonprofit leaders
  • Much more!
Margarita Mixer with PEN Center USA
Aug
25
6:00 pm18:00

Margarita Mixer with PEN Center USA

  • Malo

PEN Center USA is partnering with POPS the Club, VIDA, and 826LA for a Margarita Mixer to celebrate literary organizations and volunteers.

Network with members of L.A.'s literary community and find a way to get involved. We want volunteers to discover literary organizations. We hope to inspire partnerships among the literary community.

You'll also be entered to win a giveaway from our sponsoring organizations. Come during Happy Hour and receive a complimentary margarita—while they last! Cash bar to follow. 

A full list of participating organizations will be announced shortly.

Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 6 PM to 9 PM:
6-7 PM Malo Happy Hour
7:30 PM Volunteer Introduction

Malo Restaurant
4326 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
2nd Floor

Mississippi Book Festival
Aug
20
Aug 21

Mississippi Book Festival

Established as a non-profit organization in 2013 by a group of literacy advocates, the first Mississippi Book Festival was held on the lawn of the state Capitol, in August 2015, and attracted more than 3,700 enthusiastic attendees. This year's book fest is August 20th. Kima Jones will be on a panel moderated by Jesmyn Ward.

More here: http://msbookfestival.com/

Queens Book Festival
Aug
7
5:00 pm17:00

Queens Book Festival

5PM PANEL 8: A Look Inside the Publishing World (This panel will be held on the Culinary Stage)

In the 21st century, advances in technology has forged new avenues for authors to publish their work. No longer do writers have only the option of submitting manuscripts to traditional publishers and independents. Publishers who wish to start their own companies have more options as well. This panel will look into the several choices of publishing in the literary world.

Moderator: Sarah Weinman

Sulay Hernandez

Mitchell Davis

Bani Amor

Flatiron Writers Present: Publicity and the Writing Life With Publicist Kima Jones
Jul
9
12:00 pm12:00

Flatiron Writers Present: Publicity and the Writing Life With Publicist Kima Jones

  • Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

Publicity means sales. But how does publicity work? This workshop (for poets, fiction and non-fiction writers), taught by Los Angeles book publicist Kima Jones, helps writers and artists develop social media strategies that support their larger artistic goals by teaching the how-to’s of personal brand curation and writing compelling content that leads to online community growth.

WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 2016, noon to 2 p.m.
WHERE:  Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies (2nd Floor Boardroom) in the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Building, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC28801
COST: $35

http://www.flatironwriters.com/2016/04/21/flatiron-writers-present-publicity-and-the-writing-life-with-publicist-kima-jones/

Apr
21
1:00 pm13:00

Publicity and The Writing Life

  • Cal State Fullerton

Kima Jones will discuss the intersections of writing and publicity as part of a National Poetry Month celebration at Cal State Fullerton.

Apr
10
3:30 pm15:30

LA Times Festival of Books

  • USC

History Through Fiction's Lens
Sunday | 4/10/2016 | 3:30:00 PM in Annenberg Auditorium


Moderator/Interviewer
Kima Jones

Panelists

K. Anis Ahmed
Dominic Smith
Bernice McFadden

Feb
23
6:00 pm18:00

Black History Month Celebration

  • Cal State Channel Islands

The Black Student Union at Cal State Channel Islands presents a week of programming in honor of Black History Month. Please join them for poetry and refreshments.

Requiem for Sandra Bland
Feb
3
7:30 pm19:30

Requiem for Sandra Bland

  • Art Share

On July 13, 2015, three days after her arrest, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead in her Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, about 200 miles south of Dallas. Officials say she used a plastic bag to hang herself, a finding her family has questioned. On that day, Sandra Bland's voice was taken from the world. As poets, as Americans we cannot let her prematurely wither away without recourse. This young woman's voice needs to be heard here in Los Angeles. 

Join LA poets on February 3, 2016 in remembering Sandra's life.

Machine Dreams: A Symposium on Robots, Arts, and Difference
Jun
11
9:00 am09:00

Machine Dreams: A Symposium on Robots, Arts, and Difference

  • UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library

June 11 - Opening Celebration 

Machine Dreams: A Reading 

Performances by: 

Neil Aiken 
Kenji Liu 
Kima Jones 
Takeo Rivera 
Margaret Rhee 
Miyoko Conely 
Chiwan Choi 
Bryan Worra 
Mark Marino 

June 12 - Symposium 

Critical talks, Performances, Discussion 

9 - 5 pm

Keynote by: Minsoo Kang, author of Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination

Karen Tei Yamashita, UCSC 
Amanda Davis, University of Chicago 
Takeo Rivera, UC Berkeley 
Neil Aiken, USC 
Anne McKnight, Shirayuri College 
Special performance by: 
micha cárdenas, USC 

& more!

Co-organized by: Lucy Burns, Margaret Rhee, and Neil Aitken

Sunday Brunch
Jun
7
12:00 pm12:00

Sunday Brunch

Sunday poetry reading and lite fare featuring:

Kate Durbin

Ashaki Jackson

Hannah Sanghee Park

Khadijah Queen

 

Hosted by: Kima Jones

 

LitFest Pasadena
May
9
1:00 pm13:00

LitFest Pasadena

  • Vroman's

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!: Black Lives Matter


Kennan Davis, Joel Jacobson, Kima Jones, Emory Holmes, Gary Phillips, Lisa Teasley; Jervey Tervalon, LitFest Literary Director, Moderator

AWP 15: I Can Change; I Can Change: Transformation on the Page
Apr
10
1:30 pm13:30

AWP 15: I Can Change; I Can Change: Transformation on the Page

Auditorium Room 2, Level 1 
Friday, April 10, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

 

"I can almost always tell immediately that what I’m looking at is a moment of transition in someone’s life." The moment that Russell Banks is describing can be vital to a story. Some would argue that it's the reason readers turn the page. This panel will explore the question: how does a writer discover that moment of transition? From James Joyce's epiphany, to the questions of character desire and conflict, how did these authors find that illuminated moment of change?

Kimbilio at AWP 2015 Minneapolis
Apr
7
7:00 pm19:00

Kimbilio at AWP 2015 Minneapolis

  • InterMedia Arts

Kimbilio Fiction is an annual week-long workshop in Taos for black writers of fiction. Kimbilio was conceptualized in the same way that Cave Canem works for black poets: invite the best emerging black fiction writers to spend a week in the mountains workshopping, revising and writing and give them three opportunities to return in five years. Our instructors include Mat Johnson, ZZ Packer, Dolen Perkins Valdez, Jeffrey Renard Allen and Director David Haynes. Kimbilio is proud to host its first public reading at AWP Minneapolis.

Patient. Los Angeles.
Mar
12
7:00 pm19:00

Patient. Los Angeles.

  • Here and Now

Bettina Judd's debut collection, patient., winner of the 2013 Hudson Book Prize, comes to Los Angeles.

In patient., a researcher lives with the ghosts of enslaved women after they visit her hospital bed. To appease them, she traces the stories of Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy, three of the women who were subject to experiments by the father of American gynecology and finds that she is entangled in a history of medical subjection and display.

Hosted by Kima Jones, poets Ashaki M. Jackson and Bettina Judd will be reading embodied and haunting poems at Here & Now as a part of the Los Angeles stop on the Official Patient. Poems Book Tour.

BLACK POETS BEAR WITNESS
Mar
5
7:00 pm19:00

BLACK POETS BEAR WITNESS

  • Cal State Channel Islands

Poets Ashaki M. Jackson and Kima Jones lend their voices to the nationwide exploration of law-sanctioned violence against Black bodies. Jackson and Jones will read from the canon of Black protest poems that call out the prolonged pattern of injustice, murder and grief and will share work from their personal collections that speaks to the issue.

Vertigo at Midnight Opening Reception
Feb
25
4:15 pm16:15

Vertigo at Midnight Opening Reception

  • Scripps College

The theme of the inaugural Midnight Vistas conference concerns the collective emancipatory potential of Afrofuturism as a “movement.” Quite rightly, the prospects of Afrofuturism range far beyond what may be its distinctive skilled means in the practical service of freedom. But, specifically, we wish to consider that great range of capability in light of such service. We find promise in the notion of Afrofuturism as a kind of movement deeply constituted by both a conscious and critical concern with movements as such. As a social practice, it appears to arise out of an anxiety in contemporary black life about the efficacy of social movements as they have heretofore worked. But, if so, such unease within Afrofuturism may yet carry with it a vision that helps us to depart/impart earlier movements and search out effective ways forward. As a speculative concern with what is via what could be, free black extrapolation about the possible may produce potent new methods in both the critical practice and theory of this important cultural movement.