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New Short Fiction Series: This is California

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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach House Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Featuring authors elena felix, Sandra Giedeman, Odie Hawkins and Marc Morgenstern and actors Stevie Johnson, Judy Theodora Marcelline, Alison Minami and Sally Shore.

"It's a spoken word series and it's also L.A.'s only live literary magazine … It's not really a reading, but more of a hybrid of live interpretation and the written word. It's literary performance." Variety

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elena felix likes how her name looks in writing with no caps. She also likes to write short, short stories. Seen in Vestal Magazine and Cease Cows, as well as other publications. After working for advertising agencies in Mexico City and in L.A., felix now studies writing at the UCLA Extension Writers Program and has twice participated at the Tin House Summer Workshop. She spends most of her time at an animal sanctuary and is currently finishing a screenplay about the complexity of dualities.

Sandra Giedeman is a poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection, In This Hour was published by Green Tara Press. She’s a former editor and past president of the Orange County Chapter of PEN. Giedeman’s work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. She is winner of the Mudfish Poetry Prize selected by Charles Simic and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Giedeman is a longtime California resident and loves living in Southern California.

Odie Hawkins is an alumnus of the Watts Writers Workshop, (established by Budd Schulberg). His instructors were Louise Meriwether, John W. Bloch, Al Jenner, Robert Lewin and Harlan Ellison. Hawkins is the author of twenty-nine novels, many short stories, a dozen screenplays, fifty radio scripts (with Mutual Radio Theater and The Sears Radio Theatre). He considers himself “the Father of the Pan-African Occult” genre and offers a number of books to validate his claim. Hawkin’s latest is titled Ancestral Meridians.

Marc Morgenstern is a lapsed journalist, music marketer, and recent graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. He first took up short story writing at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Morgenstern’s stories have been published in Soundings Review, JMWW, Klipspringer and Digital Papercut, and his non-fiction work has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and the Times of Trenton NJ. He traveled across the U.S. with an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, an experience that he presented on The Moth’s Los Angeles stage. Morgenstern recently ended his term as chair of the Santa Monica Public Library Board.

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Stevie Johnson is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and is an award-winning writer, actor and professor. His over 100 commercial, film and TV credits include Beverly Hills 91210, JAG, The X-Files, The Shield and Cold Case. Johnson has worked with the Guthrie Theatre teaching trial attorneys how to improve their stage presence and incorporates Integrative Body Psychotherapy practice to help his students reinforce the mind-body connection behind the podium, in front of the camera and on stage.

Judy Theodora Marcelline was born in Trinidad & Tobago. She moved with her family to Toronto, Canada then eventually relocated to Los Angeles, California. Marcelline received critical acclaim for her performance as Helene Gasana in Eric Henry Sander's The Heliopause, one of many stage productions with The Link Theatre Foundation. She also wrote and directed the short film Grey Matters which screened at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and the New York Short Film Festival.

Alison Minami is a writer and performer. She has been the recipient of the Gluck Fellow Program for the Arts, a student at the David Henry Hwang Writers' Institute and a 2016 participant at the Sewanee Summer Writers’ Conference. She is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and of Playground LA, a ten-minute playwriting collective, for which her play This is a Banana was selected for showcase in 2016. Minami wrote and performed Shizzie's Story, a one woman play commissioned by Enrichment Works that toured over 80 LAUSD schools, and storytelling has been featured on the Moth Radio Hour.

Spoken word artist Sally Shore, co-founder and Executive Director of Lit Crawl L.A., was a 2001 Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Regional Arts Grant winner for her New Short Fiction Series™. She appears frequently in spoken word festivals and art events including ARTMaggedon, Pacific Standard Time, KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum, When Words Collide, California State University Los Angeles’ Cup O’Culture Series, the NoHo International Arts Festival, “Live” from the Red Tent, the Newport Beach Public Library’s Manuscript Literary Lecture Series and The World Stage. Shore, a regular on both NBC’s Suddenly Susan debut season and the 2000 season of BET’s Live from L.A./Saturday Night Slam, has also appeared on TV’s Pink Collar Crimes, Bless This House and General Hospital. Profiled on HGTV's Party At Home, she has also recorded a spoken word guest track on D-Zire’s debut album.

The New Short Fiction Series is L.A.’s longest running spoken words series. Resident at The Federal Bar for its 23rd season in 2019, the series brings the freshest new voices in West Coast short fiction to Los Angeles audiences. The New Short Fiction Series is directly responsible for placing 6 newly released books on the Los Angeles Times’ bestseller list and has been the “jump off” for many collections and novels from unpublished stories featured in the series. Sally Shore produces this monthly live program, performing with a rotating guest cast of some of L.A.’s most talented working actors. newshortfictionseries.com

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Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

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