San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
THE 6th ANNUAL BEYOND BAROQUE AWARDS DINNER
THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENTS
The George Drury Smith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry
The Distinguished Service Award
The Alexandra Garrett Award for service to Beyond Baroque
The Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center will honor two Los Angeles poetry icons at its 6th Annual Awards Dinner on Sunday, April 10. The event will take place at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., starting at 6:00 p.m.
Beyond Baroque’s Annual Awards dinner is becoming a major event on the Los Angeles literary calendar, and we invite you to participate in this landmark event by attending the dinner or making a donation to Beyond Baroque in one of the winner's names by using the Donation ticket type.
ABOUT OUR HONOREES:
Luis Rodriguez will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Previous recipients include S.A. Griffin, Amélie Frank, Rick Lupert, Mike Sonksen, and Elena Karina Byrne. The award is given to a Los Angeles based poet who has inspired public interest in poetry through his or her good works, and raised the pursuit and practice of poetry to new heights through community action. In addition to being the Poet Laureate of Los Angles, Rodriguez has received numerous awards including a Chicago Sun-Times Book Award, a Carl Sandburg Book Award, and a Sundance Institute Arts Writing Fellowship. He is also founding editor of the small press, Tia Chucha Press, publishing for over 25 years, and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. His 1993 memoir “Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.,” with close to half a million copies sold, became one of L.A.’s most checked out books in libraries—and one of the most stolen. Luis’s last memoir, “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing,” became a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award.
Holly Prado will receive the George Drury Smith Award, named after the founder of Beyond Baroque. Previous recipients include David St. John, Wanda Coleman, Eloise Klein Healy, Bill Mohr, and Suzanne Lummis. The award is given to a Los Angeles based poet whose work has raised the profile of poetry outside the bounds of Los Angeles and has brought widespread attention to the craft of poetry in Los Angeles. Prado spent her early years in Nebraska and Michigan before making Los Angeles her homein 1960. After teaching high school, she was hired in 1973 by Poets in the Schools as a Master Poet-Teacher. She has taught at various alternative education organizations and taught poetry in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC for twenty years. She has continued to teach privately as well. She was the recipient of the Fin de Millennium, first place, given by the Los Angeels Poetry Festival. She was honored by the City of Los Angeles with a Certificate of Achievement for 35 years of accomplishment in the Los Angeles poetry community. She is a founding member of Cahuenga Press, a poets publishing cooperative.
Sherman Pearl is a retired journalist and publicist who came to poetry in his senescence. Since then he has published four books (latest: The Poem in Time of War, Conflu:X Press, 2004) and is working on a fifth. He is among the founders of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival and a former co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets. Sherman's work has appeared in more than 40 literary journals and anthologies (notably Sam Hamill's Poets Against the War anthology). His awards include 1st prize in the 2003 competition of the National Writers Union, judged by Philip Levine. Most recently, he was honored with an International Publication Award by the Atlanta Review. He served as the President of the Board of the Beyond Baroque Foundation from 2010-2014.
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Dinner will take place at The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Free Parking is located a few blocks away on 4th Street, just south of Hill.
Doors at 5:45 | Cocktails at 6:00 | Dinner at 6:30 | Awards Ceremony at 8:00 PM
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Beyond Baroque LIterary | Arts Center
Beyond Baroque is one of the United States' leading independent Literary/Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to literary and cultural production, contact, interaction, and community building. Founded in 1968, it is based in the Old Town Hall in Venice, California, near the Pacific Ocean. It offers a program of readings, new music, free workshops, publishing, bookstore, archiving, and education. Learn more at beyondbaroque.org.