Saturday, February 21, 2015

2nd Annual Ongoing Dancer Awards: Mike Sonksen!!

The Ongoing Dancer is an award given annually on Scott Wannberg's birthday as a gift from the estate of Scott Wannberg, in Scott's name. Scott truly loved mentoring and supporting others as best he could. Last year's recipient was Beyond Baroque director Richard Modiano. This year's recipient is poet, writer, teacher, tour guide, Los Angeles historian and community activist Mike Sonksen, better known to many as Mike The Poet... Mr. Los Angeles!

Mike Sonksen with Scott looking over his shoulder (photo by Mark Savage, kisses by Carlye Archibeque). Mike is holding the Ongoing Dancer certificate in his left hand and in his right hand a fresh copy of Scott's second book The Electric Yes Indeed! (1989) published by myself in association with Shelf Life Press. The copy Mike was given is rather unique in that it is a new copy with Scott's signature and no inscription. It was rare that Scott signed anything without an inscription. Photo by S.A. Griffin.

The certificate, with art by Ken Tao, "For dedication to poem, process and community." The Ongoing Dancers was the handle that Scott used for his yahoo E-list.


"so much depends upon a red wheelbarrow..." WCW



Congrats Mike!!
with love,
the ongoing dancer

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's official: The Official Language of Yes by Scott Wannberg!! Happy Birthday Scott!!

Happy Birthday Scott!!

Rory Smith, The Emperor of Everything and Zen Boogie Master Scott Wannberg, Scott happily holding the birthday cake with his image on it. Pretty sure that this was Scott's 38th. Photo by S.A. Griffin.

Close up and personal with the man. Cut the cake!


Once upon a time and many, many moons ago, Scott, Lorraine and S.A. with Ray's Mistakes in hand celebrating overalls, overcoats and over the shoulder at the fantabulous Tiki Ti in L.A. Photo by Edward Mazurek.

And now, dig this!!!

Working hard with Henry and everyone at Perceval Books for an April-May release of Scott Wannberg's new book The Official Language of Yes. A full sized book for a full sized man with an even bigger heart and soul. The Official Language of Yes will be a perfect bound 8.5"x11" book with a full color cover filled with over 300 pages of Scott's soul and vision. Edited by myself with a foreword by Henry Mortensen, this collection includes work from Scott's Master's thesis (San Francisco State University, 1977) up until his very last piece written only hours before his passing. Scott notoriously wrote hundreds and hundreds of spontaneous poems for people over the course of his life and I am very happy to report that full page reproductions of a few originals will be included popping with of all the music, energy and heart that Scott so generously shared with everyone he came into contact with. Not by any stretch is this a collected or best of, but hopefully as complete a dynamic of Scott's work as could be put together. So stay tuned, our operators are sitting by and will keep you posted as the carrier pigeons bring forth the news.


One of the official poems from The Official Language of Yes.


Grab a smile or go get yourself an illegal smile (or legal, depending upon your zip code) and just try to have yourself some fun. Tell 'em Scott sent ya.


Happy Birthday Scott!

love,
everyone



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, January 8, 2015

Monday, December 1, 2014

Three Poems At Cultural Weekly Online


Photo of S.A. Griffin by Mark Hanauer.

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. 

Enjoy your journey at the Cultural Weekly.



cheers,
s.a.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Punk Hostage Press Best of LA Weekly 2014!!



    BEST OF


Best Punk-Rock Press Los Angeles 2014 

Punk Hostage Press

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
P.O. Box 1869, Hlywd., 90078. punkhostagepress.com.

A. Razor, Iris Berry and S.A. Griffin in Point Richmond, June 2014
Photo by Naima Steiner.

Iris Berry and A. Razor in front of the Oakland Tribune Building.
Oakland Beast Crawl, June 2014. Photo by S.A. Griffin.
Thanks guys!! Love always, 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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