Friday, May 22, 2015

Punk Rock BBQ at Liquid Kitty May 24th w/Saccharine Trust!! FREE!!!!

Check out this killer-diller line-up!!! And it's all FREE!!! Not only is the music and entertainment free, but there also FREE hot dogs!! I am honored to be sitting in with Saccharine Trust, doing a few pieces with the legendary South Bay masters of divine punkitude. These legendary Liquid Kitty Punk Rock BBQs are off the hook. If you really do dig the punk thing, don't miss this!!! Always a great time.

Liquid Kitty
11780 W. Pico Blvd.
LA 90064

Me sporting inverse mohawk with the lovely Lorraine at Liquid Kitty BBQ a few years back. Pretty cool, I can still wear one of my shirts from the 80s! Pic by Gus Hudson.

FTW, GBH and FHD (free hot dogs).
See youse there.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Linda Lerner and S.A. Griffin at Beyond Baroque, June 4, 2015 at 8pm

Flyer by Carlye Archibeque

Poet Linda Lerner

Linda Lerner is a New York city poet, born and raised in Brooklyn where she now lives. She is the author of thirteen poetry collections and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her latest collection, Yes, The Ducks Were Real recently released by NYQ of books as was her previous full-length collection, Takes Guts and Years Sometimes (2011). Her pomes have appeared in The New York Quarterly, Louisiana Review, Paterson Literary Review, Onthebus, Van Gogh's Ear, Home Planet News, BigCityLit, Chance of A Ghost Anthology, Ragged Lion Anthology, Big Hammer, and Danse Macbre. In 1995 she and Andrew Gettler began Poets on the Line, the first poetry anthology on the internet for which she received two grants. If you'd like to hear her read a few poems, follow this link.

So if you're in a New York or L.A. state of mind, mosey on out and hear us lasso the moon with words, should be a good time.

681 Venice Blvd.
Venice 90291

See ya there.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dedicating the Ascot Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library In Honor of Wanda Coleman!

From the Los Angeles Public Library website, a request to dedicate the Ascot Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library at 120 Florence Ave. in honor of our late friend, poet and writer Wanda Coleman. You can click on the image above to find a larger file, or you can follow this link which will take you to the library's pdf.

Wanda remains a tremendous force and was one of those people who absolutely made some serious noise in the void leaving the world a much better place. I can tell you from personal experience over the many years I knew her, and from conversations with others, that she changed lives. Not only as a poet and writer, but as a mentor to countless individuals thru her direct love and support. Wanda wrote about how she was transformed by the library and the worlds of books she discovered in the stacks as a young girl growing up in Watts. What better way to honor not only Wanda, but our great city by celebrating and remembering one of our own. What better way to honor this library and all libraries by letting all those who enter know that knowledge is power and that greatness is born here.

Photo of Wanda Coleman by Rod Bradley

From December 2014 "Should L.A. have a Wanda Coleman Memorial Library?" is a wonderful piece by L.A. Times book critic David Ulin in support of the proposal.

Please take the time to write a letter and ask that the city of Los Angeles dedicate the Ascot Branch in Wanda's name:

Board of Library Commissioners
Los Angeles Public Library
630 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

You have until June 26th, 2015. Keep those cards and letters coming. Thank you, whoever you are.

Love, S.A.

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.


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.

Los Angeles, CA
Covering the world with lines since 1988.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Teach Peace/Girls

Teach Peace by Teachr, same artist who painted Bukowski and Fante on the hood and roof of my Toyota Corolla. Saw this as I was rounding the corner of Highland just south of Franklin speeding towards an interview this morning, had to pull over and get some snaps. Incredible, great job Teachr!! Photo S.A. Griffin.

Girls never looked better. Photo S.A. Griffin.

Teachr's son, by Teachr.
w/love, s.a.

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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