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, March 25, 2015

Alexis Rhone Francher: 30 California Poets ~ Opening At Beyond Baroque April 4th!

S.A. Griffin by Alexis Rhone Francher, 2015.

Alexis Rhone Francher: 30 California Poets
Opening Reception and Reading, April 4, 2015 ~ 3-5pm
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd.  90291

Opening for Alexis Rhone Francher at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. On display will be recent photos Alexis has taken of Los Angeles poets, yours truly honored to be included. This is an open ended series, so I would imagine this might the first in a series of gallery shows exhibiting her work. Many of us in this series will be there to share poetry to accompany her fantastic images.

Here's the line-up of rogue's gallery readers for the event:

Linda Albertano
Will Alexander
Laurel Ann Bogen
Brendan Constantine
Michael C. Ford
Jack Grapes
S.A. Griffin
Suzanne Lummis
Bill Mohr
Harry Northup
Holly Prado
Mike (the Poet) Sonksen
Pam Ward

$5 admission, open reception. Prints for sale with all proceeds to benefit Beyond Baroque.

See ya there... photo by Bruce Dickson.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Jack Micheline Tribute Album NYC Record Release Party

Saturday April 18th in New York City, a reading to celebrate the release of Give America A Break: A Tribute To Jack MichelineJack's work (with reminiscences) read by Jack himself, friends, family and poets;  yours truly honored to be included. It's a great album produced by Unrequited Records. While surfing their site, check out some of the other fine recordings that they have for sale. If you are a fan of Jack's, I highly recommend that you get your hands and ears on a copy of this vinyl groove, Tate Swindell has done an absolutely outstanding job. And if you're in NYC, hit this reading. Some genuine heavyweights will be invoking Jack along with Unrequited record producer Tate himself. This gig is FREE! You can't go wrong, but you might go right. Or in my case, left.

"Beauty is everywhere, Baudelaire..." JM


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!


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.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Punk Hostage Press Best of LA Weekly 2014!!


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.

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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