It’s back! Our 22nd Annual Publication Party is just two short weeks away on June 11. Whether you’re a Pub Party regular or a newbie, YOU and all your friends are invited to join the fun, FREE, inspiring night where you can mingle with talented LA writers who also happen to be Writers’ Program instructors. And of course, we’ll have a dessert bar and complimentary coffee available for all our guests, because what kind of writers’ party doesn’t include coffee?

So what exactly is a Publication Party? Held at the gorgeous Skirball Cultural Center, the evening includes readings by 18 Writers’ Program instructors from work they’ve published this year, followed by book signings and a reception with coffee and sweets. Parking at the Skirball is free, so all you need to do is show up and join the fun!

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

Barbara Abercrombie — “Drama, Mystery and the Episcopal Church”

Laurel Ann Bogen — “A Thousand Sincere Apologies” and “The Meeting of Tongues”

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard – “The Incident”

Mike Buckley – “All Original Brightness”

Rick Bursky – “Prognosis,” “The Juggernaut,” “Supramundane,” “I Carry A Moth In A Pillbox With Me Everywhere”

Stephen Cooper – “Isaac Babel”

Nathan Deuel – “Friday Was the Bomb”

liz gonzález — “Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond”

Daniel Jaffe – “Gift-Wrapped”

Rachel Kann – “Daiyenu”

Shawna Kenney – “A Foster Home for the Holidays”

Suzanne Lummis – “How I Didn’t Get Myself to a Nunnery”

Lou Mathews – “Not Oliver Stone”

Colette Sartor – “F-Man”

Peter Serchuk – “Better Kept,” “In the Next Canyon,” and “Principles of Welding”

Nancy Spiller – “Suicidal Thoughts: The Creative Lives and Tragic Deaths of a Prince and a Pauper”

Ian Randall Wilson – “The Complex: A Novella”

Harry Youtt – “Going Out,” and “The Fly’s Wife”

Doors open at 7pm and readings will begin promptly at 7:30pm. The reception will immediately follow the event where we will also have the readers’ books for sale, courtesy of Small World Books.

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500

Directions and Parking

Please RSVP for you and your guests by emailing If you have any questions, send us an email or call us at (310) 825-9415.

Phoebe Lim is the Program Assistant for Creative Writing (Online) and Events. Contact her at 310-825-0107 or

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