Beyond Baroque Awards Dinner: The Beyond Salon

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Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club

1210 4th Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401

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The Beyond Salon: Honoring Richard Modiano, Harryette Mullen, Diane Luby Lane, and Johanna Drucker

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David Amram, Vince Bell, Jerry Casale

Emcee: Brendan Constantine

Salon Hosts: Will Alexander, David Amram, Barbara Bain, Victoria Chang, Kim Dower, S.A. Griffin, Susan Hayden & Steve Hochman, Ron Schneider, Hiram Sims, David St. John, Russ & Bonnie Tamblyn, Pat Thomas, V. Vale

Cocktails, Reception, Dinner, Awards, & Entertainment

This November we launch the next 50 years of Beyond Baroque with the Beyond Salon, an evening of words, music, food, wine, and wit at the historic Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club. Join us in honoring our executive director emeritus Richard Modiano for his years of exemplary service to Beyond Baroque; the visionary poet Harryette Mullen for her outstanding achievements in poetry; Get Lit-Words Ignite founder and director Diane Luby Lane for her service to the young poets of Los Angeles; and UCLA professor and writer Johanna Drucker for her extraordinary generosity in organizing and cataloguing Beyond Baroque’s 50,000 item archive.

The Beyond Salon takes its inspiration from New York’s legendary Algonquin Round Table, where a circle of supremely inventive writers, actors, critics & playwrights gathered for a daily mixture of lunch and biting wit. Guests at the Beyond Salon have the option of purchasing a salon seating ticket which allows them to sit at a table with one of twelve table hosts from the poetry, literary and music worlds, and which also includes a reception with the hosts, for $125. Tickets are also available at $100 for a non-hosted table. All will enjoy a stimulating atmosphere of creative, lively conversation.

Payments are also accepted by check. Please mail to: Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Parking is available in a City of Santa Monica public parking garage five minutes walk from the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club.

Please consider supporting Los Angeles poetry, literature, and art by sponsoring the Beyond Salon, or by placing an ad in our program book. Further information about the benefits of being a sponsor is available here.

ABOUT OUR HONOREES:

Richard Modiano

Richard Modiano is the Executive Director Emeritus of the Beyond Baroque Foundation. He has served Beyond Baroque first as a member of the board of trustees, and then as executive director from 2010 to 2019. In that time he produced and curated hundreds of literary events; oversaw the creation of the Young Poets’ Development Program with then Board President Sherman Pearl; established the Mike Kelley Art Gallery by naming Robert Branaman as curator; organized the landmark 2018 Beyond Beat Festival with S.A. Griffin; oversaw the organization’s historic 50th anniversary celebrations; and helped launch the Pacific Coast Poetry Series imprint of Beyond Baroque Books to widespread acclaim. His devotion to poetry and literature relaunched Beyond Baroque for a new generation of writers and artists. Richard is a globally respected poet, a rank and file member of the Industrial Workers of the World, and the publisher of the Moon & Sun Review.

Harryette Mullen

Harryette Mullen teaches courses in American poetry, African American literature, and creative writing at UCLA. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published widely and reprinted in over one hundred anthologies, and her work has been selected four times for the Best American Poetry anthology series. She is a recipient of a Jackson Poetry Prize, United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Katherine Newman Award for Best Essay on Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, and a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poetry books include Recyclopedia (Graywolf, 2006), winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California, 2002), a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A collection of her essays and interviews, The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be, was published in 2012 by University of Alabama Press. Her most recent collection of poetry, Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary, was published by Graywolf Press in 2013.

Diane Luby Lane

Diane Luby Lane is the founder and executive director of Get Lit–Words Ignite, a Los Angeles-based arts education nonprofit that is transforming the landscape of teen literacy by empowering new generations in literature, self-expression, and performing arts. She is also the founder of the Get Lit Players, an award-winning classic teen poetry troupe that has collaborated with the United Nations, Dove, and Women in the World, and toured at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the White House, and more, igniting communities across the globe with art and social consciousness. Lane is also the founding producer of Get Lit's Classic Slam, the largest youth classic poetry festival in the world.

Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008, 2nd edition late 2012). She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL, the online Museum of Writing in collaboration with University College London and King's College, and a letterpress project titled Stochastic Poetics. A collaboratively written work, Digital_Humanities, with Jeffrey Schnapp, Todd Presner, Peter Lunenfeld, and Anne Burdick is forthcoming from MIT Press. In 2017 and 2018, she selflessly donated innumerable hours to cataloging Beyond Baroque’s extensive archive of rare literary material.

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