Poetry & the Art of Listening w Writer-in-Residence Dinah Berland & Guests
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Poetry & the Art of Listening w Writer-in-Residence Dinah Berland & Guests

Poetry & the Art of Listening w Writer-in-Residence Dinah Berland & Guests

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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Pictured, left to right (Chuc, Romo, Burgos, Berland)
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6:30-8pm: Readings and discussion

Poetry and the Art of Listening
An evening of readings and discussion with Billy Burgos, Teresa Mei Chuc, and Daniel Romo

moderated by Dinah Berland

Join Beach House writer-in-residence Dinah Berland and featured guests on the theme of “how poetry can spark empathy across difference.”

Billy Burgos is a native of Belize, Central America. He lives in the same Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles where he grew up. He is an active member of The Anansi Writer’s Workshop and a mainstay in the local poetry scene. Along with serving as a curator for gotpoetry.com for 6 years, Billy is also the host of Blogtalk Radio’s poetry show Word Ballast, for which he’s interviewed poets of color such as Nikkey Finney, Nikky Giovanni, Thomas Sayers Ellis and Jericho Brown. He has been published in numerous journals both in print and online. Billy is the co-editor of the poetry broadsheet Sic 3 and also serves as poetry facilitator of The Beyond Baroque poetry workshop, a literary mecca in Venice, CA. In 2009, Billy was chosen as newer poet to watch by the LA Poetry Festival.

Teresa Mei Chuc was born in Saigon and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012, she is author of two full-length collections of poetry, Red Thread (Fithian Press, 2012) and Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014), and her work is forthcoming in the anthology, Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees. Her newest chapbook of poetry is How One Loses Notes and Sounds (Word Palace Press, 2016), and she is editing the poetry anthology, Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands. She is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shabda Press, a member of Coast to Coast Poetry Press Collective. Teresa has a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College and teaches literature and writing at a public high school in Los Angeles.

Daniel Romo is the author of When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His poetry and photography can be found in The Los Angeles Review, Gargoyle, The Good Man Project, Yemassee, and elsewhere. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and he is an Associate Poetry Editor at Backbone Press. He lives in Long Beach, CA and loves football, but he bleeds Dodger Blue… a lot... Talk poetry or sports with him at danjromo@gmail.com.

Moderator Dinah Berland is a widely published poet and book editor with a background in art. Her poems have appeared in more than two dozen journals, including The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, New Letters, and Ploughshares, and are included in many anthologies. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, received an Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Poetry from the California Arts Council, and won an international poetry prize from the Atlanta Review. Her book Hours of Devotion (Schocken, 2007) is a verse adaptation of the first (1855) full-length book of Jewish prayers "written by a woman for women."

During her residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House (1/10/17 - 3/14/17), Berland will be working on a chapbook of poems, titled Fugue for a New Life, presenting three public events and an 8-week workshop with the theme of “poetry and the art of listening.” She will also be holding public office hours every Friday from 11am-1pm and posting weekly updates at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.


Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site. Picnickers welcome (no pets, alcohol or glass permitted onsite.)

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email culture@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch!

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.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer and 3pm in the off season, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

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