LitFest Outer Limits

LitFest Outer Limits features literary performances, poetry readings, literary tours, music, games, and more on the sidewalks and in the courtyards of Pasadena’s Playhouse District all weekend long! LitFest Outer Limits is designed to engage, surprise, and inspire audiences.

Saturday, May 19

4:15pm

The Ovary Office: Women of The World Stage

“Order in the Court!” This LA-based performance poetry group features female poets from The World Stage, a poetry and performance gallery in Leimert Park. Using laughter, pain and audience participation, this poetry courtroom comes alive with vivid vignettes about life in Los Angeles. Hosted by Pam Ward.

Featured Poets: Bridgette Bianca, V Kali, Pam Ward, and Jaha Zainabu

Location: The Stand Courtyard

Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

On the Playhouse District Walking Tour, we’ll check out the stories, architecture, public art, and history of this artistic Pasadena neighborhood. A little bit of everything, and a helpful orientation to the LitFest weekend events! Want to know more about the actors who trained at the Pasadena Playhouse “Star Factory”? Ever wondered about the crosswalk or utility box art installations in the area? Did you know the founder of Vroman’s was a renowned photographer? We’ll talk about all of these and more, so join us!

Meet-Up Location: TBA


5:30pm

Notes & Letters: Spoken Word Poetry and Improvised Music

Notes & Letters offers a unique look at the world by blending music and writing. Presented by Bill Cushing and Chuck Corbisiero.

Location: In front of Vroman’s Bookstore.




Poets: The Bright Lights of Community

Fourteen distinguished poets from the greater Pasadena area share their insights, observations, wit, and humanity in poetry of all styles, in different themes and different voices. Here are Poet Laureates, Pushcart Prize nominees, national award winners, professors, editors, publishers, poetry performers…all showing the timelessness of poetry as the universal human language.

Featured Poets: Annette Wong, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Mira Mataric, Seven Dhar, Carla Sameth, Ricardo Lira Acuna, Tim Callahan, Lois P Jones, Elline Lipkin, GT Foster, Gerda Govine, Hazel Clayton Harrison, Radomir Vojtech Luza, Beverly M. Collins

Location: The Stand Courtyard

Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

On the Playhouse District Walking Tour, we’ll check out the stories, architecture, public art, and history of this artistic Pasadena neighborhood. A little bit of everything, and a helpful orientation to the LitFest weekend events! Want to know more about the actors who trained at the Pasadena Playhouse “Star Factory”? Ever wondered about the crosswalk or utility box art installations in the area? Did you know the founder of Vroman’s was a renowned photographer? We’ll talk about all of these and more, so join us!

Meet-Up Location: TBA

6:30pm

Dramatic Readings from BAD STORIES: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY
Presented by Red Hen Press

Bad Stories is an effort to make sense of our historical moment. The book argues that Trumpism is a bad outcome arising directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. Using literature as a lens, Bad Stories explores our obsession with entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, and our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism.

Location: Vroman’s Bookstore Courtyard





COMBCHELLA: Normalizing Natural Hair through Literature hosted by Camari Carter-Hawkins

Black Women donning their natural hair is frowned upon in many circumstances. From national court cases, school suspensions, and confrontations at work and daily interactions, women have had to fight to normalize their hair in a world that constantly berates what grows naturally from their head. COMBCHELLA features several African American poets who use literature to normalize their hair and their entire being. Come and enjoy poetry readings followed by a Q&A session.

Featured Poets: Camari Carter-Hawkins, Brooke Jean, Shakirah Peterson, Ka’Lynn Youngblood, Rykiell Rhea-Turner

Location: Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard


Sunday, May 20

4:15pm

Poets & Allies for Resistance

Poets & Allies for Resistance presents numerous Black poets from across Southern California reading poems about social justice issues. Poets & Allies for Resistance is a bi-monthly reading series created to participate in the Black Lives Matter conversation.

Featured Poets: Khadija Anderson, Nikki Blak, Eric DeVaughn, James Evert Jones, S. Pearl Sharp, A Kold Piece, October Blu, Marvin Dorsey, and Romaine Washington

Location: The Stand Courtyard

Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

On the Playhouse District Walking Tour, we’ll check out the stories, architecture, public art, and history of this artistic Pasadena neighborhood. A little bit of everything, and a helpful orientation to the LitFest weekend events! Want to know more about the actors who trained at the Pasadena Playhouse “Star Factory”? Ever wondered about the crosswalk or utility box art installations in the area? Did you know the founder of Vroman’s was a renowned photographer? We’ll talk about all of these and more, so join us!

Meet-Up Location: TBA

5:30pm

Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

On the Playhouse District Walking Tour, we’ll check out the stories, architecture, public art, and history of this artistic Pasadena neighborhood. A little bit of everything, and a helpful orientation to the LitFest weekend events! Want to know more about the actors who trained at the Pasadena Playhouse “Star Factory”? Ever wondered about the crosswalk or utility box art installations in the area? Did you know the founder of Vroman’s was a renowned photographer? We’ll talk about all of these and more, so join us!

Meet-Up Location: TBA

6:30pm

The Storytellers of Our Community

Presented by Community LITerature Initiative Readings

Featured Guests: Erika Ayón, Nadia Hunter Bey, Tommy Domino, Penelope Lowder, and Jaha Zainabu

Location: The Stand Courtyard