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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach House Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Pictured: Sara Borjas

For this second event of the Icons series, Writ Large presents poet Sara Borjas, visual art by Ana Chaidez and music by Denise Carlos.

"Icons & Influences" is the title of this new three-event discussion series from Writ Large Press. At each event three artists are invited to read, show, or perform a work that profoundly influenced them, then present one of their own works. Over the course of these readings and discussions, the touchpoints and inspirations of contemporary artists working in a variety of modes and cultural backgrounds will be explored.

Sara Borjas is a 3rd generation Chicana, a pocha, and a Fresno poet. Her debut collection of poetry, We Are Too Big for This House, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2019. She digs oldiez, astrophysics, aromatics, and tiny prints. Borjas earned a B.A. in English Literature from Fresno State and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for Performative Arts from University of California, Riverside. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. Her poetry can be found in TinderBox, The Offing, Entropy, Queen Mob's Tea House, Cultural Weekly, The Acentos Review, and Luna Luna, amongst others. She is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow, a 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference Fellow at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a 2013 Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw Valley Fellow. She is the recipient of the 2014 Blue Mesa Poetry Prize. Borjas was also named runner-up for the 2010 Larry Levis Undergraduate Memorial Prize judged by Phillip Levine and thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Los Angeles but stays rooted in Fresno. saraborjas.com

Denise Carlos grew up in the Huntington Park neighborhood of South East L.A. with her older sister and parents. Her father is from Mexicali, Baja California and her mother from Amacueca, Jalisco and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s to work and raise their family. One of Denise’s nicknames growing up was “Diantre”- meaning “little devil” in Spanish. Speaking mostly in double-entendres, she is known for her silly humor and comedic nature. Carlos holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis on women and children from Loyola University, Chicago and works on the daily to help develop critical thought around community feminisms, sexuality, and self-love. She has been dancing folklorico for over half her life! When she is not with Las Cafeteras, you will find Denise zapateando with Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles. Two of her favorite life teachings are “Que Viva La Vida” and “Dance as if nobody is watching.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ana Chaidez is a multimedia artist who is inspired by the formations and movement of negative space and time. Her current body of work is about translation. Chaidez has collaborated on multiple books with poets such Rachel McLeod Kaminer, Soham Patel, Regis Armani Peeples, and with publishers CCM and Wirecutter Collective.

Writ Large Press is a downtown LA based small press. Founded in 2007 to publish overlooked Los Angeles writers, WLP continues to experiment with the idea of publishing and explore the role of the book in society with DTLAB, a pop-up bookstore and performance space project, PUBLISH!, a continuing underground publishing project, and Grand Park Downtown BookFest, a festival for LA writers and publishers. As of June 2017, the Press is in a partnership with Civil Coping Mechanisms and Entropy. The three publishing entities are known as The Accomplices.


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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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