Very honored to have three poems from Dreams Gone Mad With Hope online at Cultural Weekly. Nice L.A. type pic of me at the Pantry looking out the blinds onto 9th and Figueroa taken by Mark Hanauer. Don't I look like myself? Better things to chew on at the Pantry than a toothpick I suppose, like maybe one of their steaks medium rare with some well done potatoes on the side and a cup of coffee, but hey, times are rough. And what the hell, I could stand to lose a few years around my soft middle.
With its luridly pulpy name and a roster of punk luminaries, it's easy to dismiss Punk Hostage Press as a publisher of shamelessly tawdry tales of unrepentant rock hedonism and inevitably morbid self-destruction. While some of those themes do pop up in their books, co-founder Iris Berry thinks of the phrase "punk hostage" less literally, saying it means being "a slave to freedom, doing whatever we want." A member of Beyond Baroque's board of directors, Berry co-founded the nonprofit imprint in January 2013 with prolific local poet A. Razor; it has already published 20 books with another 19 scheduled for release in the next year. "Our writers are part of our machine," Berry says, adding that writers keep the rights to their works and split any profits with the press. The roster ranges from Beat-era veterans to young alt-lit authors alongside such local literary lions as S.A. Griffin and Rich Ferguson, as well as Pleasant Gehman's glittery belly-dancer confessions, Berry's clear-eyed ex-junkie revelations and T.S.O.L. lead singer Jack Grisham's refined yet absurdly unsettling glimpses into semi-human misbehaviors. —Falling James
God Gives Notice is a new satirical short written and directed by Mr. Nuthing Sacred, Jay Sosnicki, in which I play the title character. Great piece starring myself, Joshua Leonard and Mark Sadr with Eddie Tse as Gabe. Was a long night of shooting and a helluva lot of fun working with everyone. Jay has entered his comic short into a few festivals, I imagine that it should do well on the circuit. Good luck, amigo!
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"