Small Press Author Reading Series

In light of so many cancelled book tours as of late, Hidden Timber Books is hosting other small press authors via Zoom for readings. These events are FREE, all you need to do is register for the link to join. Attend one, attend them all, and spread the word! *Please make note of time zones listed.

(If you need accommodations for the reading, please contact us several days prior to the event. We’ll do our best to make it accessible.)

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THE FRIDAY FRAMEWORK with Host, F. Douglas Brown
a new series featuring poets whose work examines how to create better societal or personal structures 

Celebrating Poets Bridgette Bianca, Aricka Foreman, and Nandi Comer

What does it mean to build or make or create when the world is either endangering one’s freedom, one’s livelihood, or one’s opportunity to be more? What does it mean to live under the demands that society and personal structures have established for far too long? In these complex times, we need guidance to answer these complex questions and unpack the ideas of struggle, erasure, mixed/ re-mixed by joy and celebration. 

THE FRIDAY FRAMEWORK will connect three BIPOC poets whose work serves both as a springboard for greater understanding of the self while also providing an example of how one fearlessly counters the duress their work addresses or may have been created under.

THE FRIDAY FRAMEWORK is liberation in its finest hour, and this October event launches a new series of Small Press Author Readings focused on poetry and curated by F. Douglas Brown.

Friday | October 2, 2020 | 7:30pm Central

bridgette bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. When she is not sharing her own poetry at venues all around Southern California, she co-curates two literary series, Making Room for Black Women and the Women’s Center for Creative Work Reading Series. be/trouble (Writ Large Press) is her debut collection of poetry.

be/trouble (Writ Large Press/The Accomplices) is, in many respects, a love letter to Los Angeles. Even when the city isn’t formally mentioned, it is always in the backdrop, always present, and we are always aware that Los Angeles offers as much danger as it does glamour as much grit as beauty. This is the Los Angeles not shown on television and movies: the everyday minituatea of Black Angeleno life. If you’re lucky enough to be a part of it then you know this heritage was handed from one generation to the next. You know that many reservoirs of that heritage are disappearing with little acknowledgment or news. If you are lucky enough to know then you’ve already had the best catfish, you’ve been to the best card games, you’ve seen the low riders glide up Crenshaw Blvd, you’ve heard the drum circle from Leimert Park. bridgette bianca has written a book that highlights these experiences. The very least we can do is pay attention.

NANDI COMER is the author of the American Family: A Syndrome (Finishing Line Press) and Tapping Out (Northwestern University Press). She is a Cave Canem Fellow, a Callaloo Fellow, and a Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow.  Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Muzzle, The Offing and Southern Indiana Review. She directs the Allied Media Projects Speakers Bureau and is a founding member of the collective, Detroit Lit.

The harsh realities of being migrant and immigrant, being birthright and oppressed, are as hard-pressed as the plancha move to the body. Each poem in Tapping Out is a “freestyle movement” of language and complexity put on full display, under the bright lights and roars of survival. Comer’s splendid and barbed, Detroit style of language melts the masks with searing words.

ARICKA FOREMAN is a poet, editor and educator from Detroit. Author of  Dream with a Glass Chamber and Salt Body Shimmer (YesYes Books 2019), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her poems, essays and features have appeared in The OffingBuzzfeedVinylRHINOThe Blueshift JournalDay Oneshuf PoetryJames Franco ReviewTHRUSHPlease Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin), among others. She lives in Chicago.

Salt Body Shimmer [YesYes Books] delivers girls and women with their hearts and strides unbroken, however provoked by deadening violences. Aricka Foreman’s deft lyric is both canopy and camouflage, beyond able to outwork predators and the hard silences they will against laughter, booty clap, and no. Aricka Foreman’s debut collection declares its right to everyplace, finds its heroes, and offers “a spell for everything.” I’ve not read or heard poems like these. “Out of a grave vision,” Foreman condenses the accumulated pain of subjugations and raises a dazzling mist to cool our eyes, our tired flesh.”

—Ladan Osman, Exiles of Eden

F. DOUGLAS BROWN of Los Angeles is author of Zero to Three (University of Georgia), the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient selected by Tracy K. Smith. He also co-authored with poet Geffrey DavisBegotten, a chapbook of poetry from Upper Rubber Boot Books as part of URB’s Floodgate Poetry series. 

Mr. Brown, an educator for over 20 years, teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, an all-boys Jesuit school. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly (VQR), Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review (CQR), The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. When he is not teaching, writing or with his two children, Isaiah and Olivia, he is busy DJing in the greater Los Angeles area.

Donna Miscolta

Set in California in the 1960s and ’70s, the linked stories in Living Color take Angie Rubio year by thorny year from kindergarten through high school, offering a humorous, biting, but always compassionate portrait of the artist as a shy, awkward Mexican-American girl. Against the backdrop of the Cold War and civil rights eras, Living Color delivers the milestones of American girlhood—slumber parties, training bras, proms—through the eyes of “brown, skinny, and bespectacled” Angie, who learns early that pageant winners, cheerleaders, and the Juliets in school plays are always white, and that big vocabularies are useless in navigating cliques and clubs.

Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 7pm Central/5pm Pacific

DONNA MISCOLTA (photo by Meryl Schenker) is the author of three books of fiction: When the de la Cruz Family Danced, Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories, and Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories. Her first book, the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced was published in 2011 by Signal 8 Press, a Hong Kong-based, independent publisher as a result of the editor reading an excerpt from the manuscript in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Both Cha and Signal 8 focus on writing that reflects the Asian and Asian American experience. Donna was born in San Diego and grew up in National City, California.

Jody A. Forrester
GUNS UNDER THE BED: Memories of a Young Revolutionary
(Odyssey Books)

From Foreword Reviews: “Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary by Jody A. Forrester is a raw, honest memoir about a woman’s path to expressing her beliefs and living her own truth. It’s a lesson in finding out who you are and what you believe in, and having the courage to live it in the face of adversity. It’s also about honesty and knowing when it’s time to move on.  Guns Under the Bed is a cutting-edge memoir that echoes today’s troubled times.”

Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 2pm Central

Jody A. Forrester was born and raised in Los Angeles during the uneasy Fifties and tumultuous Sixties. She graduated from high school in 1969, when the Vietnam War was raging and the country increasingly divided along racial and class lines. While a freshman at San Jose State University, she joined a communist organization advocating armed overthrow of the United States government. In Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary, Jody reaches into her past to understand how she came to embrace such a violent culture.

Jody’s essays and short stories have appeared in the Sonora Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, WriteRoom, Dreamers Writing, Citroen Review, Gazelle and several others. A story received an honorable mention in the Anderbo/Open City Competition (2009) and another story was featured in the 6th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show (2010) in Los Angeles. She lives in Venice, California with her husband, John Schneider, and Australian Shepherd Charley, in the house by the beach where they raised their two daughters, Emily and Erin.

Jody will be interviewed by Pat Thomas. Pat Thomas is the author of the book Did It! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary  a history of the infamous Rubin – the first biography of the co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant. He is also the author of Listen, Whitey! The sights & sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, which examines the relationship between the Black Panthers and music of all genres (published by Fantagraphics Books).

Thomas is editor of  My Week Beats Your Year: Encounters with Lou Reed – an anthology of interviews with the iconic musician (published by Hat & Beard Press) and a contributor to Kerouac on Record: A Literary Soundtrack published by Bloomsbury.  He was a consultant to the PBS documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and compiled the 3-CD box set The Last Word On First Blues for the Allen Ginsberg Estate, released by Omnivore Recordings.

Cynthia McCain
THE DREAM OF FALLING (Finishing Line Press)

The Dream of Falling Is Cynthia McCain’s most recent chapbook, issued by Finishing Line Press. The poems in this book speak of “things that no one knows to listen for.” Observations of nature, poems celebrating hippos and book clubs, or coping with a broken arm, reveal a writer delighted by details and beauties found in unexpected corners. She sings in praise of Robnett’s Hardware, and solitary walks. While her poems may travel as far as China and the Limpopo River, most reflect the valleys and forests of western Oregon she has explored with such open eyes and open heart.

Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 2pm Central

CYNTHIA McCAIN’s poems have appeared in Blue Heron Review, HEART, The Rumpus, and Halfway Down the Stairs, among other publications. Her first chapbook, Woman and Horse, appeared in 2019.

Following a long career as a forest ecologist in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in the country outside Corvallis, Oregon, where it’s quiet, there are a lot of birds, and it’s easy to go for walks.

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