Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Celebration of A Visionary: A Tribute To Lynn Manning (1955-2015)


Lynn Manning (1955-2015). Poet, playwright, director, producer, artist and athlete.

Come help celebrate the life of the incredible Lynn Manning!

Click on this link to reserve tickets for this event being held at the Los Angeles Theatre Center - Theatre One.
Tickets are free. August 31, 2015, 5:30-11pm.


Blindness: Lynn Manning's Story

The Best of Poetry In Motion LA, Lynn Manning, October 23, 1990.

Lynn Manning with President Obama only a few weeks before Lynn passed away. Lynn was invited to the White House with other disabled athletes from around the country. I was so pleasantly surprised and pleased when I got this beautiful photo in an email.


Rest easy brother.

love,
s.a.





Tuesday, August 18, 2015

National Beat Poetry Festival, Beyond Baroque August 29th 8pm


Voices of The Lady:
The Ghosts of Venice West Remembered

flyer by S.A. Griffin

Beyond Baroque Literary Art Center
681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
August 29, 2015 8pm
Regular admission $10, Seniors/Students $6, Members Free



Curated by Richard Modiano, Beyond Baroque is hosting the Southern California end of this nationwide... international event created by Connecticut's Beat impresario with the mostest, Yvon Cormier. Please join Venice West progenitor Frank T. Rios as we celebrate our Venice West history past and present. We will be reading the poems/words of those being remembered and our own.

Philomene Long
William Margolis
Stuart Z. Perkoff
Tony Scibella
John Thomas
Alexander Trocchi
Saul White
and others

read/remembered by
Michael C. Ford
S.A. Griffin
Pegarty Long
Richard Modiano
Harry Northup
Holly Prado
Frank T. Rios

Tony Scibella and Frank T. Rios outside of 7 Dudley where once upon a time stood Venice West Cafe. Photo from Mary Kerr's documentary about Venice West, Swinging In The Shadows.


Wallace Berman

"The Temple of Man is within you."
David Meltzer


Lady

we are here
for the sweet stigmata
of the poem

S.A. Griffin



tune your skins
don your best black threads
dust off your berets
trim your beards
press your hair
press your luck
beat feet
drop out
drop in
make the scene
get made in the shade

luv, s.a.





Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Official Language of Yes by Scott Wannberg, August 16th at Beyond Baroque!!

The language has landed!!! Book party for
The Official Language of Yes
by Scott Wannberg

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd. 90291

Sunday August 16, 2015
3-6pm

Free food and drink. Special guests. Come and read something from Scott's new book.

Cover photo by Henry Mortensen, layout and design by Michele Perez.

After more than three years of work, and almost four years to the day after Scott's passing comes this wonderful new book for and by Scott Wannberg. The Official Language of Yes from Perceval Press is an 8.5"x11" hardbound volume with over 300 pages; a big beautiful book for a big beautiful man chock full of Scott's words, wit, wisdom, spontaneous jazz riffs and full color reproductions of original art.

Back cover. Beautiful words for Scott by Dave Alvin.

This collection includes some previously published work culled from small press anthologies, broadsides, periodicals and chapbooks with small runs; many rare and years out of print. However, by no means is this a best of or collected as close 90 per cent has never been seen in print. The Official Language of Yes is a true labor of love on the part of all involved. Edited by S.A. Griffin, the book includes a prologue by Viggo Mortensen and introduction by Henry Mortensen. Unbelievably priced at $25, this baby is the poetry deal of a lifetime!

Come to the reading August 16th to get a copy for yourself, or go online and order directly from Perceval Press.




The official poet of yes!!



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Milk: A Poetry Magazine, Double Issue 3/4

Cover by Chris Shellin.

Milk: A Poetry Magazine, Double Issue 3/4!
Edited by Abel Debritto and Joshua Johnson

I am deeply honored to be running with some incredibly esteemed company in this anthology. Cover is letter pressed in two colors, printed and bound by Bill Roberts especially for Milk. Limited to an edition of 250 copies; 54 pages, 8x10, 200 paperback ($12) and 50 hardcovers ($40) these babies are stuffed cover to cover with some of the biggest names in the poetry biz and are guaranteed to become collector's items.

Dig this crazy line-up:

Alexander Adams, Margaret Atwood, Amiri Baraka, Marvin Bell, Rick Benjamin, Robert Bly, George Bowering, Charles Bukowski, Billy Childish, Sandra Cisneros, Andrei Codrescu, Billy Collins, Norman Dubie, Stephen Dunn, Martin Espada, Edward Field, S.A. Griffin, Donald Hall, Jack Hirschman, Erica Jong, Ted Kooser, Ronald Koertge, Joanne Kyger, Micahel Lally, Ursula Le Guin, Philip Levine, Gerald Locklin, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, William Mohr, Andrew Motion, Carol Muske-Dukes, Joyce Carol Oates, David Ossman, Alicia Ostriker, Rochelle Owens, Robert Pinsky, Doren Robbins, Kay Ryan, Gary Soto, Anne Stevenson, Robert Sward, James Tate, Natasha Trethewey, Fred Wah, Diane Wakoski, Charles Webb, Ruth Weiss and C. D. Wright.

Dang.




Cheers, S.A.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New from Rose of Sharon: Natural Geographics by Michael Lane Bruner



New from Rose of Sharon Press, Natural Geographics by Michael Lane Bruner. Photo by Bill Roberts.

No pics of the softcover yet, will get them up soon. Hand made and printed by Bill Roberts each hard bound edition have endpapers front and back taken from old National Geographic magazines.  A very limited run of 100 softbound and 10 unique hardbound editions. Sorry to say there are only 4 hardbound copies available.

A founding member of The Lost Tribe and The Carma Bums, Mike is a full professor of rhetoric and communication theory at Georgia State University. Devoting his time to his academic career lo, these many years, this volume represents his first published collection of verse. About damn time! The Professor and I have been hitting trails on and off the road for over 30 years and it was a true joy and privilege to work with Mike as editor, publisher and friend.  A really beautiful book inside and out.

You can get a copy directly from the author:

Michael Lane Bruner
POB 1215 Tucker, GA  30085

$20 softbound
$50 hardbound

Only 4 of 10 hard copies still available. Photo by Bill Roberts.








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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dreams Gone Mad With Hope by S.A. Griffin

The cover of my new book, Dreams Gone Mad With Hope


In Los Angeles and Southern California at


If you'd like a signed copy, send me an email and I'll be glad to oblige.

Art by the incomparable Matjames Metson,
intro by Village Voice art critic and Pop Surf Culture author Brian Chidester.

S.A. Griffin's words shoot across the page, piercing readers directly through the heart and brain. His writing is the literary version of a Jackson Pollack painting, only instead of paint, S.A.'s work is made of blood, sweat and tears. Sardonic and sharp, forlorn and joyous, he writes like an angel-eyed demon with wings made of vintage onionskin typing paper. His work- hell, his life- is informed by the Beats and their aesthetic, but he veers off into dangerous, previously uncharted territory. This book is S.A.'s own post-modern literary reality show, full of phrases that are as open to interpretation as they are an accurate assessment of the human condition. He is a genius... read him. – Pleasant Gehman, author of "Showgirl Confidential"

Twenty years ago an ex-friend who died in 2013 told me how much he loved S.A.'s latest book at the time, I reread it and it was great, I went home and reread his other books they were great. I am very pleased with S.A.'s new book and will treasure it too and reread it again and again, whether it is the Silver Surfer in Hollywood, Movie Queens at Schwab's or bug infested angels, S.A.'s world speaks to me. – Thomas R. Peters, Jr., owner of beat book shop, author of "100 missed train stations" and "certain birds"

For S.A. Griffin, poetry, art, life, love... it's all about the journey. This latest collection offers a rare glimpse into the unpaved highways of the heart, only stopping to top off the tank and wave to the angels littering the skyline of Heaven or Los Angeles. His poems are often a protest, a call and response, a love letter to a broken home long boarded up, they are points on a map in a story that is still being written, they wear their hearts on their sleeves, rolled up to expose the veins our shared history, parts of a whole, that together-- become everything. – John Dorsey, author of "Sodomy is a City in New Jersey"

S.A. Griffin's Dreams Gone Mad With Hope is beautiful, painful, joyous and absolutely riveting. This very personal collection delves into loss, memory, Los Angeles, America, world and love with a ferocity that is incredible, remarkable, honest and profound. Deeply touching and thoroughly entwined in what the word human means. The musicality and depth of his imagery are reflective of someone with keen perception and an exquisite heart. – Ellyn Maybe, Poet/Musician

s.a. griffin is the man who detonates the poetry bomb. a poet who's been laying it down true for years. he swings hard off the head making music that jumps. – mark hartenbach, author of "bring me the head of marko x"




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