Looking for a fun, free, and inspiring way to spend a weeknight? Want to mingle with some of Los Angeles’ most talented writers? Then join us on June 6th at the 20th annual Publication Party where you can talk with some of the published authors who teach at the Writers’ Program. Not to be forgotten—the delicious free dessert bar immediately following the readings!

Held at the picturesque Skirball Cultural Center from 7-9pm, the evening includes readings by 18 Writers’ Program instructors from work they’ve published in the past year, as well as book signings and a reception with complimentary coffee and sweets. And did we mention the two words certain to pique the attention of any true Angeleno? Free parking. Come join us for an evening of creativity and celebrate the Los Angeles literary community.

The following instructors will be reading their essays, poetry, or novel excerpts at the event this year:

Francesca Lia BlockThe Elementals
Laurel Ann Bogen“Midway”
Michael Buckley“OSHUN 2022”
Rick Bursky“But First,” “The Pity,” “We,” and “I’m No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance”
Stephen CooperThe Road to John Fante’s Los Angeles: A Biographer Reflects
Samantha Dunn“Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories that Kept Us Small”
Dan FantePoint Doom
Amy FriedmanDesperado’s Wife: A Memoir
Jim GavinMiddle Men
Alison Singh GeeWhere the Peacock Sings: A Palace, a Prince, and the Search for Home
Reyna GrandeThe Distance Between Us
Shawna Kenney“Possession”
Leslie LehrWhat a Mother Knows
Suzanne Lummis“Black Dress and Venetian Blinds”
Lou Mathews “Written Out”
Matt Sumell – “Rape in the Animal Kingdom”
Stephanie Waxman“Corn Silk”
Harry Youtt “Finding the Pleiades” and “Sandholes and Answers”

Doors open at 7pm and readings begin at 7:30pm, with the reception immediately following. Books will be for sale courtesy of Small World Books.

Questions? Send us an email at writers@uclaextension.edu or call us at (310) 825-9415. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Alicia Wheeler is the Program Representative for Creative Writing (Online) and Events. Write to her at awheeler@uclaextension.edu.

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