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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Small Press Book Festival


Beyond Baroque, The Culver City Arts Foundation and Vagabond are happy to announce the creation of the Small Press Book Festival to take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at The Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City.

Small presses around the region are all invited and welcome to join the festival. Tabling is available with a very modest $25 registration fee. There will be publishing and writing workshops, performances and presentations as well as family friendly and multicultural activities throughout the day.

All are welcome to this free community event.

Participants include:

Beyond Baroque, The World Stage Press, Tia Chucha Press,
Spectrum Publishing, Lummux Press, What Books Press,
Green Tara Press, Magra Books, Rose of Sharon Press, UCLA,
Paperback L.A. and Prospect Park Books, LITAS-HART Publishing,
Community Literature Initiative, Los Angeles Poetry Society, Poets&Writers, Los Angeles Review of Books, Caza de Poesia, Culver City Historical Society, Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, Culver City Crossroads, AK Press, AVEditor, Vagabond … and more.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER
Space is limited.

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EXTREME (an anthology for social and environmental justice)


Poetry. Latinx Studies. Italian Studies. Environmental Studies. This book is 8.5 x 8.5 with 25 full color illustrations. Power, it is said, never concedes a thing without a fight, we all know this to be true. The struggle seems to always be with us. This is no different. We fight, not because we want to, but because we must—our combined future and very lives depend on it. We fight as an affirmation that we believe in a better future that we have the power to bring into being. This book, EXTREME (AN ANTHOLOGY FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE), comes neither at the beginning nor at the end of that struggle, but as a continuation at a critical juncture in time, bringing forth the poetic voices of today in a scope that is both American and international in the same breath, that speaks to who we are at the root of our humanity.

As poets (by which we mean all artists) our duty here is two-fold, to both speak the truth to power, of the reality of the world in which we live, and also to set loose our own imaginations, to dare to let ourselves dream of a better world and way of life that cares equally for the planet on which we live and for those who live on it, for this is how we spark the light within others to make those dreams become a reality. So yes, we do say that another world, one that is sustainable for future generations, where human rights and our ecology is restored, is not only possible, but inevitable, for it is we, those of us who are writing and reading and living these pages herein, who are going to make it happen, through the power of our words and actions.

Includes such poetic greats as Jack Hirschman, Neeli Cherkovski, Antonieta Villamil and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, to name a few.

"Prophetic poets are the courageous and compassionate vanguard of a better world to come even in our bleak time. This book keeps our flame lit and our fire burning!"—Dr. Cornel West


NOW AVAILABLE from VAGABOND: 
EXTREME (an anthology for social and environmental justice)
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The Mystic Thrones of Night


THE MYSTIC THRONES OF NIGHT

“Victor Avila's The Mystic Thrones of Night is a passport to the eternal shores of the imagination. What is touched and tasted, a fragrance caught and a view from the corner of one's eye, is only a hint of the majesty that lies beyond. Here, Aztec gods mingle with Jesus Christ, offering a bounty of delights and salvation from the dread of death. Figures of the past, from the ancient to the contemporary, Archimedes, Lorca, Vallejo, and Malcolm X, inspire and accompany the poet through his paces. The Mystic Thrones of Night is filled with painful tears and urgent shouts for justice, but also of those many quiet moments; a solitary stroll at night, a meditation in a car, the precious company of a lover. Avila creates characters and weaves stories for them to breathe in; with a power that leaps off the page. When stated simply, his poems surprise with riddles, when written with eloquence, they cut through Gordian knots of truth. If you have the heart of a poet, the passion of a romantic, the faith of a philosopher, and the resolve of a revolutionary, dive deep into Avila's The Mystic Thrones of Night.”

~ David A. Romero, nationally touring spoken word artist,
author of Diamond Bars: The Street Version and Fuzhou.
 Now Available - Only $12 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sing to Me of a World to Win


Poetry. "Henry Howard carries on the vision of Jose Marti, with this song of resistance in a time of sociopathic governance. He becomes incarnate with the person crying in the wilderness of oppression. His song is one of communion and the splendor of truth. Henry also writes with the legacy of Eduardo Galeano, telling the story simply and leaving the oppressors self condemned. His call to, 'join us' recalls the urgency of Otto Rene Castillo. While living in Guatemala on March 19, 1967, I was told of his death. He was burned at the stake following four days of torture and mutilation by the Guatemalan Army. His poetry, like that of Henry Howard's calls for a world to win through unifying poetry, love and action...resistance...So thanks very much Henry for using your great gifts once again. We hear your call to sing. May we all be part of the lyrics!"—Blase Bonpane

 "As for so many, the martyred Victor Jara changed my life with his wonderful songs of peace, justice and beauty. Henry Howard captures his spirit perfectly.  Thank you, Henry. Victor Jara, Presente!"

~ Paul Baker Hernandez

132 pages. Full color illustrations.

Now Available ONLY $12

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

RISE (an anthology of Power and Unity)


Poetry. African & African American Studies. "These are songs of standing up to darkness and transforming it into music. The creative processes these poets use to channel their visionary works, are the same creative processes that we channel in revolutionary struggle in the streets or the halls of power. What is really happening behind the smoke and mirrors? Why is it happening? What—if anything—can we do about it? The poems in this anthology are forged in the politics of revolt. They are conjurations, spells to envelop our consciousness through sounds and images, music and meanings. Constructive social change needs a high level of consciousness, and these poems leave us strengthened in our struggle to leave a livable world to our grandchildren. Keep this book beside your pillow, let it fill your dreams."—John Curl

Contributors include: Eugene B. Redmond, Angel L. Martinez, Adam Gottlieb, Dorothy Payne, Eric Allen Yankee, Adrian Ernesto Cepeda, Dee Allen, Eleanor Goldfield, Irene Monica Sanchez, Anmarie Soucie, Anika Paris, M.A. Peterson, Henry Howard, Carlos Raul Dufflar, Jackie Lopez, Elizabeth Marino, Alessandra Bava, Tim Hall, Victor Avila, Juan Cardenas, Chris Devcich, Teresa Mei Chuc, Michael Castro, Karen Melander-Magoon, Iris De Anda, Antonieta Villamil, S.L. Kerns, Gabor Gyukics, Lynn White, Luis J. Rodriguez, Dawnna Mathieu, Sherman Pearl, Paul David Adkins, Megan D. Robinson, Joshua Hegarty, Jeffery Martin, Jessica M. Wilson Cardenas, Arthur Hurts, Ernest Rosenthal, Peter Coco, Patrick A. Harford, David A. Romero, R. Bremner, Gloria Vando, Camari Carter, Diamanda Galas, Fred Dodsworth, David S. Pointer, El Williams III, Dylan Garcia, John Kaniecki, Tim Kahl, Ayo Ayoola-Amale, Michael Schiffman, Christian Elder, Jack Hirschman, Maria Elena Danelli, Nina Serano, Issac J Torres, Mahnaz Badihian, Stan Ginsburg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

IMPOSING DEMOCRACY






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IMPOSING DEMOCRACY
by Mark Lipman, recipient of the 2015 Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award is a writer, poet, multi- media artist and activist. He is the author of six books, most recently, Poetry for the Masses and Global Economic Amnesty. Co-founder of the Berkeley Stop the War Coalition (USA), Agir Contre la Guerre (France) and Occupy Los Angeles, he has been an outspoken critic of war and occupation since 2001. Mark uses poetry to connect communities to the greater social issues that affect all of our lives, while building consciousness through the spoken word. Currently, he is a member of POWER (People Organized for Westside Renewal), the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World); Occupy Venice, the Revolutionary Poets Brigade and 100 Thousand Poets for Change.




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Friday, September 9, 2016

The Border Crossed Us (an anthology to end apartheid)


NOW AVAILABLE:

The Border Crossed Us 
(an anthology to end apartheid)

Winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award
(Best Poetry Anthology)





We are very happy to announce that the release of The Border Crossed Us (an anthology to end apartheid).

This important collection of poetry and artwork on Immigration and Palestinian Justice 
is an incredibly powerful body of work that stands out as a strong example 
of the growing world-wide solidarity between all people for a better, more just planet.

Poetry. Latinx Studies. Native American Studies. Middle Eastern Studies. Winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award for Best Anthology. "Required Reading" for the 2017 Latino Book Review. Includes 25 full-color illustrations. This collection combines the themes of Immigration Justice in the U.S. and Justice for Palestine.

"Here in THE BORDER CROSSED US (AN ANTHOLOGY TO END APARTHEID), poets weigh in with images, metaphors and poetic turns that teach and illustrate the dilemmas and injustices currently under-girding the immigration issue.

"In this collection, we see poems of lament and affirmation, like Dorothy Payne's: 'So with hot woman-words / and a wildfire of revenge, / I'll unbury the mothers / and cradle brown men / still hanging from limbs / to restore to the soil / a borderless nation /...'. Or Antonieta Villamil's: 'Say that I bring in my sight / the eye of the hurricane / and under my fingernails / the earth I could not dig for my dead.'

"We have odes to the Gaza Strip, to Honduras, South Texas, Colombia, South Africa, the Arab Spring, Los Angeles, Indian lands, and so much more. We have poems in Arab and Hebrew. English, Spanish and anguish. From across this country and other nations, from 'endless' borders to poems without end."—Luis J. Rodriguez, Los Angeles Poet Laureate

 




8.5 x 8.5; full color illustrations; 220 pages