Featured Guests

Oct 2, 2014 - Karineh Mahdessian

karineh mahdessian Anansi Oct 2 2013
rineh mahdessian learned english by reading nancy drew books and watching married with children.  she has a great affinity for really large earrings. she enjoys tacos from highland park taco trucks. she will challenge anyone to a thumbwrestling match. anytime.  anyplace.  she always has her 
chess set riding around in the trunk of her car. and she is absolutely in love with haikus.
7:30 pm
$5 donation

October 9, 2013 - Julio Rodriquez

Julio RodriguezJulio Rodriquez Oct 9 2013 Anansi Feature, CongPoet, Panamanian-Puerto Rican, raised in Buffalo, New York. Living in Los Angeles since 1976. Works as a Registered Nurse for

L. A. County. Has played congas for the New Song movement of Latin America and salsa and cumbia bands. Started writing poetry three years ago and morphed into the CongaPoet, finding his niche in the artistic world.

    He has been featured locally in most of  L. A.'s poetry venues. He has played live on Killradio and Monster Rock radio. He donates a lot of time for fundraisers. He loves being part of the street scene playing on York Boulevard for the Highland Park Art Walk every second Saturday of the month. Julio is a revolutionary. His birthday falls between Martin Luther King's and Mohammed Ali's birthdays.

7:30 pm

$5 donation

October 16, 2013 - El Rivera

El Rivera is an African-American female born in Harlem, at the crest of a wave. Orphaned at age 11, and reared as a ward of the state of Maryland. Upon turning 21, moved to Los Angeles where she continues to reside.

El Rivera considers herself a performance poet and wrote her first poem at age 11, although she does not remember when she did not compose.

She believes the only performance is change and sincere efforts are rewarded. 

El Rivera

7:30 pm

$5 donation

October 23, 2013 - Teresa Mei Chuc

Teresa Mei Chuc Oct 23 2013 Anansi Feature
Teresa Mei Chuc was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War. She teaches literature and writing at a public inner-city middle school. Teresa received her Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry) from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Teresa is the author of Red Thread: Poems (2012).

7:30 pm

$5 donation

October 30, 2013 - Rick Lupert

Rick Lupert Oct 30 2013 Anansi Feature
Rick Lupert has been involved with L.A. poetry since 1990. He created the Poetry Super Highway ( http://poetrysuperhighway.com ) and has hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading since 1994. He’s authored 16 collections of poetry, including “The Gettysburg Undress,” "Nothing in New England is New" and "I’m a Jew, Are You?", and edited “A Poet’s Haggadah”, the Noir anthology “The Night Goes on All Night.” and “Ekphrastia Gone Wild” under his imprint Ain’t Got No Press. He is regularly featured at venues throughout Southern California and works as a music teacher and graphic designer for anyone who would like to help pay his mortgage.


"Nothing in New England is New" by Rick Lupert

A new poetry collection written in New England, America



$5 donation


Past Performers

September 25, 2013 - Uncle Ruthie Buell

Uncle Ruthie Buell Sept 25 2013 Anansi Feature

7:30 pm
$5 donation

September 18, 2013 - Matt Sedillo

Matt Sedillo Sept 18 2013 Anansi Feature
Born in El Sereno California in 1981, Sedillo writes from the vantage point of a second generation Chicano born in an era of diminishing opportunities and a crumbling economy. His writing; a fearless, challenging and at times, even confrontational blend of humor, history and political theory, is a reflection of those realities. The poetry of Matt Sedillo is alternates between pure liberating adrenaline of revolutionary energy and the sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people not profits. Passionate, analytical, humorous and above all sincere, a revolutionary poet fortunate enough to be living in interesting times, Matt Sedillo's work speaks to those who know a new world is not only possible but inevitable. 

Matt Sedillo is the author of For What I Might Do Tomorrow (Caza De Poesia 2010),  a member of the Inland Empire Lionlike Mindstate national slam team of 2009, member and Grand Slam Champion of the Damn Slam Los Angeles national slam team of 2011 (of which a story appeared in the Los Angeles Times), participated in the 2012 San Francisco International Poetry Festival, has appeared in a number of anthologies as well as Russell Simmons All Def Digital and has performed at countless universities across the nation.


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August 2013
August 7, 2013 - Gerda Govine Ituarte, EdD
August 14, 2013 - Scraploverzulu
August 28, 2013 - Abel Salas
August 21, 2013 - Bernard Irby

July 2013
July 3, 2013 - Yazmin Monet Watkins
July 10, 2013 - David M. Oliver aka Judah 1
July 17, 2013 - Judy Juanita
July 24, 2013 - Luivette Resto
July 31, 2013 - Imani Tolliver & Jason Luckett

June 2013
June 5, 2013 - 2013 Southwest College Poetry Winners
June 12, 2013 - 2013 Southwest College Poetry Winners
June 19, 2013 - Sara Messenger
June 26, 2013 - Alexandria Gurley

May 2013
May 1, 2013 - Antonio Edwards, Jr.
May 8, 2013 - Cayenne
May 15, 2013 - The Oracle
May 22, 2013 - Tchikosase Aje
May 29, 2013 - Joshua Reuben Silverstein

April 2013
April 3, 2013 - Dr. Melissa F. Alvarado
April 10, 2013 - Katherine Czerwinski
April 17, 2013 - Jerry Quickley
April 24, 2013 - Hiram Sims

March 2013
March 13, 2013 - Gloria Erendina Alvarez w/Kristopher Manuel Escajeda
March 20, 2013 - Johanna Derbolowski
March 27, 2013 - Cory "Besskepp" Cofer