Saturday, September 27, 2014

Only In L.A., Pot Luck Salon featuring Jon Davis, S.A. Griffin and Ellyn Maybe 9/28/14

Only in L.A. Invitational. This event is hosted by the legendary Beyond Baroque Wednesday Night Poetry Workshop. Along with featured readers and performers of poetry and music, there will be an open sign-up for workshop members and anyone else that would like up to five minutes at the microphone. Tables and easels will be provided for those who would like to display current or past art projects. Basic musical instruments and amplifiers will be present.

Featured Poets are 

Jon Davis, the author of five chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry: Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), Scrimmage of Appetite, for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, and Dangerous Amusements, for which he received the Peter I.B. Lavean Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He is director of the low residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, NM.

S.A. Griffin is a Carma Bum, door to door autographed Outlaw Bible salesman and Poetry Bomb builder who lives, loves and works in Los Angeles. He is a universe is sleep's clothing who is sometimes accused of poetry. His latest admission of guilt, Dreams Gone Mad With Hope, was released by Punk Hostage Press in March 2014.

Ellyn Maybe is the author of numerous books and a critically acclaimed poetry/music album, Rodeo For The Sheepish (Hen House Studios.) Ellyn has performed her poetry across America, including; Bumbershoot, the Poetry Project, the New School, Taos Poetry Circus, South by Southwest, Lollapalooza, Albuquerque Poetry Festival and Seattle Poetry Festival. In Europe she has performed at the Bristol Poetry Festival, on the BBC, and in readings and poetry slams in Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart. She opened the MTV Spoken Word Tour in Los Angeles, and in 1998 and 1999 was a member of the Venice Slam team. Ellyn's work  has been included in anthologies from Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution, Poetry Slam, Another City: Writing From Los Angeles, Poetry Nation, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry to American Poetry: The Next Generation.

Featured Musicians are

Matt Cartsonis - guitar, vocal and ocarina, recently returned from dartboard tour of North America with John McCuen.
Phil Cody - guitar and vocal, recently returned form Italian tour to promote latest release, "Cody sings Zevon".
Stevie Mac and the Purple Guitar - unknown local with stellar lineup.
Gary Spain - violin and fiddle and gypsy cab driver, Venice bard.

Only in L.A.
11115 Lucerne Ave., Culver City, CA 90230
September 28, 2014 from 2-6pm

Admission is FOOD! This is a potluck!! Basic staples and set-ups will be provided. BYOB and/or BYOM (Meat) for the BBQ. No chips or desserts please!

Parking is difficult. Try carpooling or ride your bicycle. If these things don't work, try astral projection.

See ya there.


Monday, June 16, 2014

God Gives Notice

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!

See you at the movies,
The Notorious G

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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