Avenue 50 Studio proudly presents

POESIA PARA LA GENTE:     Poesia Under The Freeway


A site specific one-time event on a Saturday afternoon, to stimulate intercultural understanding and erase social stigmas.

Saturday, May 25 | 10AM-12PM | FREE

featuring poesía in Español & English





and the day laborers from Home Depo


with music accompaniment/poetry by:



Special Guest Musical Appearance TBA




Special thank you to:


Antigua Coffee House

3400 No. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA  90065

For providing the coffee for our poets, guests, and day laborers


La Morenita Tortilleria & Bakery

1157 Cypress Ave

Los Angeles, CA  90065

For providing the pan dulce for our poets, guests and day laborers


Location of Poesia event:

The IDEPSCA Day Laborer Program Cypress Park Community Job Center


The Home Depot

2055 North Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90065


Meet our Poets:

IRIS DE ANDA is a writer, activist, and practitioner of the healing arts. A native of Los Angeles she believes in the power of spoken word, poetry, storytelling, and dreams. She has been published in Mujeres de Maiz Zine, Loudmouth Zine: Cal State LA, OCCUPY SF poems from the movement, & online @ La Bloga. She is an active contributor to Poets Responding to SB 1070. She performs at community venues & events throughout the Los Angeles area. She hosted The Writers Underground Open Mic 2012 @ Mazatlan Theatre & 100,000 Poets for Change 2012 @ the Eastside Cafe. Her book CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon will be published in 2013. Follow her story @

JULIO the CONGA POET is a Puerto Rican-Panamanian percusionist, raised in Buffalo NY and has lived in Highland Park California since 1976. He's been writing poetry and lyrics to accompany his Conga, since 2010. " Watch out World, I finally found my niche " !!!

Cultivated by the sun and moon, which peek past the shoes dangling from the phone lines, REBECCA GONZALES was raised One blocks East of El Pino. Rebecca collects the energy of the streets of Boyle Heights, with the passion of poetry and sweetness of her son’s laughter to find positivity and optimism for the future. As a Mother she is humbled as a poet she is obedient and as a women she is unapologetic.

Uniformity always comes in a dress size to small to fit my frame of mind. I play Hop-scotch over land mines of intention, Look pleasure straight in the eye and taste every joy worth it, I will walk on broken glass to get to myself.

ABEL SALAS is a poet and journalist based in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared in The Austin Chronicle, ZYZZYVA: A Journal of West Coast Art & Literature, Washington DC's Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cipactli, In Motion Magazine, Kuikatl: A XicanIndio Literary & Arts Journal and Huizache, the new literary journal published by Centro Victoria under the direction of Dagoberto Gilb. He currently edits and publishes Brooklyn & Boyle, a community arts newspaper distributed widely in LA’s East Side, and he has shared his poetry with audiences across the U.S., Mexico and Cuba, where he participated in the 13th Annual International Poetry Festival. His work as a journalist has been featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, LA Weekly, Latina Magazine, The New York Times, The San Antonio Current, The Brownsville Herald, OYE Magazine, Texas Observer, The Austin Chronicle and The Austin American-Statesman. A Co-founder of Corazon del Pueblo in Boyle Heights, Salas was also an early organizer with Poets Responding to SB1070 and coordinated a public reading on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Watch his most recent video poem here:

MATT SEDILLO is a two-time national slam poet, grand slam champion of the Damn Slam Los Angeles 2011 and the author of For What I Might Do Tomorrow published by Caza De Poesia 2010. His poetry has been published in anthologies alongside the likes of such literary giants as Amiri Baraka, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hircshman and Luis Rodriguez. Sedillo is a frequent guest on numerous programs on KPFK 9.07 FM and has also been featured twice on Radio Free Atlanta 8.93 FM. An interview and excerpt of his work was featured in a story that appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Sedillo's poetry is currently a part of the curriculum in the course Illegal: Undocumented Latinos in the US taught by Dr. Robert LeRoux Hernandez at Holy Cross University. Sedillo has appeared as a guest performer and panelist at the following colleges and universities: Loyola Marymount University, Arizona State University, Pasadena City College, Pitzer, Cal State San Bernadino, St. Edward's University, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Azusa Pacific University, Redlands University, Cal State San Bernardino, El Camino College, Compton College, Cal State Northridge, Southwest College and SOKA University. In addition to colleges and universities Matt has performed at the 40th and 41st Chicano Moratorium, on the main stage at an Occupy LA rally, at the 16th annual October 22d Coalition Against Police Brutality march and rally, the North Hollywood Music Festival, the Los Angeles International Film Festival, INKSLAM 2010 and 2011, Santa Ana's Noche del alteres 2010 (in front of an estimated 8,000) and 2011 and in countless venues throughout the country.

JESSICA CEBALLOS is a writer, photo-taker, music-maker, volunteer, community advocate and cultural wanderer. Third generation Southern-Californian, Jessica has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles for her work bringing literary arts to the community. Her work has most recently appeared in Centre Review, Hinchas de Poesia, RA, and the Haight Ashbury Journal, among others. She has featured at places such as La Palabra, The Paloma Room, Beyond Baroque, and at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA. She organizes and hosts two monthly readings, one at Avenue 50 Studios in Highland Park and the other at Beyond Baroque in Venice. She's currently working on a novel and her first book of poetry.


What is Poesia Para La Gente?

Poesia Para La Gente (Poetry for the People) is a program that brings poetry to the people of the community, in non-traditional places. Some of these places have been affected, in one way or another, by economical hardship or various forms of social stigmas. All locations are unique in providing a safe setting for artistic expression.


Why Home Depot?

We've chosen the Day Labor Program of IDEPSCA (Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California) at the Cypress Park Community Job Center, located at the Home Depot of Cypress Park. Our goal is to share the power of poetry with our brothers enlisted in the IDESCA labor program, also known as day laborers. These hard working residents of the community have experienced continuous on-going economic struggle, not only because of the slow growth in development within the industries providing these necessary positions, but also because of on-going social stigmas continually recycled by a misinformed population. By providing a welcoming non-traditional, unique, and one-time-only public platform for sharing the power of the spoken word, we hope to stimulate intercultural understanding within the diverse population of the North East Los Angeles area...and beyond.


Poesia Para La Gente is a program of the Avenue 50 Studio's monthly La Palabra Poetry. This program has been made possible by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.







Friday May 17, 6:00 - 7:30PM

An evening of spoken word hosted by the LAartlab crew from Lincoln High School, featuring emerging writers and

Special Guests include

Sumiko Braun and Maia Mayor

An evening of spoken word hosted by the LAartlab crew at Lincoln High School, featuring teen poets and special guests including Sumiko Braun and Maia Mayor. Join us in supporting these young writers, it will be the first time many them share their work with an audience.

Sumiko Braun is a poet, musician, actor, and parent. Currently, she produces, writes, and acts in her own comedy web series about a jaded group of superheroes called The New Order and lives in LA with her son.

Maia Mayor is a member of Get Lit Players, and has been featured on KPFK, and has performed all over Los Angeles County at numerous venues including The Actors Gang, the Wiltern Theater, the Skirball Center, and USC, where she demonstrated response poems for California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes.

LAartlab is an independent, all-volunteer collective helping teens and young adults engage in the various facets of the Los Angeles art community and California's creative economy by providing hands-on opportunities to help design, produce and host art events. LAartlab has produced and hosted events at a number of prominent venues including; the Japanese American National Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Slanguage Studio, Inner-City Arts, and the Los Angeles Music Center. In addition to producing events, LAartlab team members design and facilitate art workshops for public venues and award LAartlab Artist Scholarships to graduating high school students.


Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 North Avenue 50
Los Angeles, Ca 90042
(323) 258-1435



Saturday, April 27 from 12 pm-2pm








5535 York Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90042


(parking is available across the street in the church lot)




Hosted by Jessica Ceballos


"And bring a 'lil cash if you can!  We would love for all to support Guerrero's and the community by doing some local Saturday afternoon shopping. Guerrero's Produce has been an important part of the community since 1991, creating a bridge between Highland Park's cultural diversity, and the ever-growing changes the future brings to this North East Los Angeles neighborhood. They have a beautiful selection of produce, a butcher, seafood, dulce, everything you need! Thanks!"






LUIVETTE RESTO was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. Her first book of poetry Unfinished Portrait was published in 2008 by Tia Chucha Press and later named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. She is also a contributing poetry editor for Kweli Journal, a CantoMundo fellow, and the hostess of a monthly poetry reading series called La Palabra located at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles. Her book Ascension just came out this April courtesy of Tia Chucha Press.



GLORIA ENEDINA ALVAREZ: Chicana poet/intermedia artist, playwright, librettist, literary translator and curator, presently teaches creative writing and works as a consultant in public schools, universities, libraries, museums, and art centers. Her literary/artistic efforts have been recognized by the CAC, National Endowment for the Arts, Cultural AffairsDepartment, City of L.A., COLA Award, Poets & Writers, Inc., among others †She has published and read widely in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Her plays and librettos for opera, Los Biombos, Cuento de un Soldado/Story of a Soldier, El Nino, have been produced internationally. Her books of poetry in English and Spanish include La Excusa/The Excuse and Emerging en un Mar De Olanes. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and numerous periodicals.



RYAN SCOTT NANCE hasn't ever been to Turkey, not once. Nor ever to Saint Peter's Basilica. Never has he made a living selling potatoes. There was a time when he did travel, but that time has passed. There was a moment, a decade ago, when the faint smell of mildew in the stacks of the Butler Library was reward enough. There will be a day, in the not too far-off tomorrows, when he will try to use whatever it is he has at hand to make you happy. Today is not that day. In the meantime, he has poems (appearing in The Diagram, Drunken Boat, Mantis, Literary Imagination, Red China Magazine and Graffiti Rag) that he has written in hopes they will feel good on your tongue and he has websites he hopes will let you do what you want to do and finds a lot of the things in the world fascinating.



YAGO S. CURA is a substitute librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library. He publishes Hinchas de Poesía (, an online literary journal of Pan-American writing, and is proprietor of Hinchas Press. Yago has had poetry published in Lungfull!, LIT, Exquisite Corpse, PALABRA, Skanky Possum, Versal, 2nd Avenue, New Orlean’s Review, Tidal Basin Review, U.S. Latino Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, La Fovea, and COMBO. He moderates a Spanglish poetry blog, Spicaresque (, which has had more than 40,000 visitors and a librarian blog, The Shusher ( which documents his outreach efforts on behalf of the L.A. Library Foundation and has had more than 1,000 visitors.








What is Poesia Para La Gente?




Poesia Para La Gente (Poetry for the People) brings poetry to the people of the community who are less likely to use this art form as a means to express themselves, or who might not have access to it. We do this by holding open-mic readings in non-traditonal public spaces, inviting the community to share the power of poetry!




Poesia Para La Gente is a program of the Avenue 50 Studio's monthly La Palabra Poetry. Brought to you by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation,


Poesia Para la Gente creates site-specific performances in non-traditional public spaces.





Sunday, April 28, 2013 starting at 2:00 pm







Hosted by Luivette Resto



Open mic before featured poets



Another Chair

                           By Ron Baca


Five sixty something years olds

huddled together

shivering in rain  cold   wind

under umbrellas

hats   gloves




Could've been six

but for the one in the


an 8" x 10" marker

ashes in an



Talking  laughing  remembering



of our lifetime



Some sad & sobering

some funny  hilarious

some ridiculously crazy

some have a


of one in a




Rain and wind and cold

drive us into the warm shelter

of our cars.

A short drive to a local restaurant...

each thinking without saying it:

we would like one more chair




November 2010

Riverside National Cemetery

Riverside, CA



 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *




                                  by Phoebe MacAdams



This morning the birds


ate most of the black sunflower seeds.


I fill up the feeder,


watch squirrels on the grass,


look at asparagus fern in the garden


and read old poems.


I move from room to room,


think about my mother, my sister.


I sit quietly for a long time


then mail letters and observe the hummingbird.


I am thinking of the Eastern Sierras


and the sweep of mountains up to


the red tailed hawk’s air current glide.


Now I am looking at the yellow Buddha cat


and the bright red minutes of Holly’s clock.


The first time I heard a poem,


the poet fell right off the stool


and I thought:   why yes,


that must be the voice of God.










Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 2-4 pm (not 3PM, can't change it on the FB page)


Hollywood Institute of Poetics
is very excited, eager, ecstatic, enthralled and elated
to present the March lineup for:





Chiwan Choi
Brendan Constanine
Mandy Kahn
Ryan Nance

Hosted by:
Jessica Ceballos

with OPEN MIC after the feature.
SIGN UP begins at 1:45!

light refreshments and edible delights will be available for consumption, as will books for purchase and signing!

at the VERY AWESOME...

Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042
323 258 1435

CHIWAN CHOI is the author of two poetry collections, The Flood and Abductions. He is also a founding editor of Writ Large Press. Currently, he is serving as Executive Director of a new large scale project, LA Writ Large. <>

BRENDAN CONSTANTINE is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in Field, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Rattle, Zyzzyva, and other journals. New work is forthcoming in Ghost Town. His most recent collections are 'Birthday Girl With Possum' (2011 Write Bloody Publishing) and 'Calamity Joe' (2012 Red Hen Press). He currently teaches at the Windward School and is adjunct professor with Antioch Los Angeles. Mr. Constantine also regularly offers workshops in hospitals, foster care centers and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. <>

MANDY KAHN is coauthor (with Aaron Rose) of the nonfiction book Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century's Identity Crisis (JRP/Ringier), which was also released as a record with a score by No Age. The book had its launch at Colette in Paris and for a month beforehand, excerpts from its text were installed at Colette as wall art. Kahn has given many readings and talks in conjunction with the book's release, including those at Motto (Berlin), the Shoreditch House (London), Printed Matter (New York), Art Center College of Design (Pasadena), Family (Los Angeles), the Celebrity Author's Luncheon for CALM (Santa Barbara) and for an audience of 2700 at the Davies Symphony Hall as part of Pop-Up Magazine (San Francisco). Her poetry is anthologized in From Totems to Hip Hop, 1900-2002 (edited by Ishmael Reed) and her recent poetry readings include L.A.-based events at the Last Bookstore, Skylight Books, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, the Silverlake Jubilee Festival, the Standard Hotel, and two readings for the PEN Center USA-sponsored literary magazine The Rattling Wall. The magazine World Literature Today called Kahn "a rising star of West Coast poetry." As writer-in-residence for the site-specific art event the Series, she composes poetry and prose to accompany new works of music, dance and performance art.

RYAN NANCE hasn't ever been to Turkey, not once. Nor has he ever been to Saint Peter's Basilica. Never has he made a living selling potatoes. There was a time when he did travel, but that time has passed. There was a moment, a decade ago, when the faint smell of mildew in the stacks of the Butler Library was reward enough. There will be a day, in the not too far-off tomorrows, when he will try to use whatever it is he has at hand to make you happy. Today is not that day. In the meantime, he has poems he has written that he hopes will feel good on your tongue and he has websites he hopes will let you do what you want to do and finds a lot of the things in the world fascinating.

Poems <>
Blog <>

Jessica Ceballos <>





Sunday, February 24, 2013 starting at 2:00 pm




Sunday, January 27, 2013 starting at 2:00 pm





Sunday, January 13, 2013 starting at 2:00 pm







Avenue 50 Studio is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the California Community Foundation; the Department of Cultural Affairs; and The James Irvine Foundation



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(323) 258-1435