Kima Jones will host Lilliam Rivera's debut book launch in Boyle Heights.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
4326 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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/
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
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
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.
June 11 - Opening Celebration
Machine Dreams: A Reading
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
Co-organized by: Lucy Burns, Margaret Rhee, and Neil Aitken
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 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.
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.
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.
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.