Jillian Lauren

The Lure of True Crime
Saturday, April 30, 3:30pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

Jillian Lauren is a writer, storyteller, adoption advocate, rock-wife, and lousy kickboxer. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Everything You Ever Wanted and Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, and the novel Pretty. Lauren was the only journalist to extensively interview Samuel Little, the most prolific serial killer in American history. Her true crime book Behold the Monster is scheduled for release in late 2022. Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle, Flaunt Magazine, The Daily Beast, Salon, and many others. Her work has been widely anthologized, including in The Moth Anthology, and True Tales of Lust and Love.

Jimmy “Jimbo” Recinos

2 Covid Books: Local Poets, Doctors, Frontliners, in Poems & Personal Stories
Saturday, May 14, 1:30pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Jimmy Recinos is a poet, writer, photographer, and podcaster in Los Angeles. His blog, JIMBO TIMES: The L.A. Storyteller, has published literature, photography, and more from Los Angeles since 2014. When not writing, photo-walking, or organizing for youth and family education, Jimmy is recording for his new podcast, “J.T.  The L.A. Storyteller Podcast,” and getting his Los Cuentos merchandise– an  urban  fashion  brand  dedicated to working-class Los Angelenos –-in the public sphere, all for and all through Los Angeles, the place he calls home. He credits his mama, his first and foremost teacher, for all his work today.

Jo Kaplan

When the Dark Side Calls: Dissecting our love of horror
Saturday, April 30, 3:30pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

Jo Kaplan is the author of the haunted house tale It Will Just Be Us and the forthcoming gothic western When the Night Bells Ring. Her work (sometimes under the name Joanna Parypinski) has appeared in Fireside Quarterly, Black Static, Nightmare Magazine, Vastarien, Nightscript, Horror Library, and numerous anthologies including Haunted Nights edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton, Don’t Turn Out the Lights edited by Jonathan Maberry, and Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors edited by Doug Murano and Michael Bailey. She teaches English and creative writing at Glendale Community College.

Joe Ide

Mysterious Dimensions
Saturday, April 30, 5:00pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent.  He was born in South Central LA and grew up with his three brothers who he describes as “feral hogs looking for their next meal.”  He read all  fifty-six Sherlock Holmes stories multiple times before he left middle school.  Joe  was a Hollywood screenwriter before he wrote his debut novel, IQ, which won  the Anthony, Macavity and Shamus awards and  was nominated for the Edgar, Barry and Strand Critics awards.  His latest book, The Goodbye Coast stars a contemporary Phillip Marlowe.  Dennis Lehane wrote, ” Joe Ide has chiseled off the rust while keeping the soul of one of American fiction’s icons”  Joe’s sixth IQ novel, Fixit will arrive in bookstores early next year.

Joe Loya

The Uncaged Voice: Transcending Bondages
Wednesday, May 11, 8:00pm
Altadena Library

Joe Loya is an award-winning essayist, actor, playwright, and author of the critically-acclaimed memoir, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell. He wrote for the TV Shows Taken, and Queen of the South, and consulted on the films Ant Man and Baby Driver. Loya co-produced/co-hosted the successful podcast The Score: Bank Robbery Diaries. Optimistic till the end, Loya founded Watcha Media Productions right smack dab in the middle of the pandemic.

Johnny “Brutus” Bender

Poets in Distress - Reading
Saturday, May 14 , 5:40pm
Vroman's Courtyard

Johnny Bender, Aka Brutus Bombastus, Nee’ Chieftain, is one of the co-founders of Poets in Distress, a Southern California poetry performance troupe that was started in 1982. He follows the beat tradition of poetry and met Allen Ginsberg several times, but never won his approval. Ginsberg suggested changing the group’s name to “Poets in Celebration” or “Poets in Joyland.” Bender is a Cal Poly graduate, former city editor of the Pasadena Star-News and former board president of Inlandia Institute.

Jose Recio

2 Covid Books: Local Poets, Doctors, Frontliners, in Poems & Personal Stories
Saturday, May 14, 1:30pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Jose L Recio, M.D., was born and raised in Spain, where he studied medicine and worked in neurosciences. He left Spain for California on an International Fellowship. In California, Dr. Recio specialized in psychiatry. While in practice, he published several papers in specialized journals. Over the last few years, however, he has developed an interest in creative writing. He has recently published a book of fiction: Transitions: Twenty-Four Bilingual Short Stories (Adelaide Books: New York & Lisbon). He writes both in Spanish and English. He and his wife currently live in Los Angeles.

Juanita E. Mantz

The Macondo Writers Workshop: A Homeland For Writers Making Change
Wednesday, May 4, 6:00pm
Altadena Library

Juanita E. Mantz (“JEM”) is a writer, lawyer, performer and podcaster. Her YA memoir, Tales of an Inland Empire Girl, was published by Los Nietos Press in 2022. Her hybrid chapbook, Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender, or how I became a punk rock lawyer, was released by Bamboo Dart Press in 2021. JEM has been published in numerous publications including The Acentos Review, Aljazeera, Bitch Media, Inlandia and The Riverside Press Enterprise, amongst others. She is a proud Macondista and VONA alum and serves as VP on the Inlandia Institute Board. She has presented at AWP, Beyond Baroque, UCR Writers’ Week, and the UCR Punk Conference. JEM produced the ASA 2020 Freedom Course on Combatting Mass Incarceration. JEM is in the low residency MFA program at UNO and works as a deputy public defender in Riverside. On her Life of JEM live video podcast, she interviews writers and artists.

Judith Terzi

East Pasadena Poets - Reading
Saturday, May 14, 3:30pm
Vroman's Courtyard

Author of Museum of Rearranged Objects as well as of five chapbooks, including Casbah, Ghazal for a Chambermaid, and Sharing Tabouli, Judith Terzi’s poetry has appeared in many print and online journals and anthologies. Her poems have garnered prizes and have received Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. One of her poems, ‘Ode to Malala Yousafzai,’ was included on a ‘Heroines’ episode of BBC/Radio 3’s ‘Words and Music.’ She taught French for many years at Polytechnic School in Pasadena as well as English at California State University, Los Angeles, and in Algiers, Algeria. Now, Somehow, a new chapbook of poems on confronting a pandemic, cancer, and other health-related concerns, will be published in 2022. Visit her website at sharingtabouli.com.

Julia Bricklin

The Lure of True Crime
Saturday, April 30, 3:30pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

California native Julia Bricklin is the author of four nonfiction books. Her Agatha-nominated Blonde Rattlesnake: Burmah Adams, Tom White, and the 1933 Crime Spree that Terrorized Los Angeles examines the most explosive trial you’ve never heard of–one that changed Los Angeles’s legal and prison system forever. Her other recent works include the only biography of Annie Oakley’s greatest nemesis, sharpshooter Lillian Frances Smith, and The Notorious Life of Ned Buntline: A Tale of Murder, Betrayal, and the Creation of Buffalo Bill. Bricklin has written for the Saturday Evening Post, Wild West, Zocalo Public Square, and Smithsonian, to name a few. She also writes for several history podcasts.

Julia Callahan

The Future of Publishing
Saturday, May 7, 1:00pm
Red Hen Press

Julia Callahan started her publishing career in the Book Soup annex at age twenty-two. In 2010, she left Book Soup for Rare Bird Books—a downtown L.A.-based publishing and literary publicity company—where she spent 10+ years building the company and working on editorial, marketing, PR, and everything in between. She is now the Western US sales rep for Independent Publishers Group.

Kate Maruyama

Brown and Deep Green Hills: LA's Speculative Lens
Saturday, April 30, 2:00pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

Kate Maruyama’s novel Harrowgate was published by 47North and her novella Family Solstice, named Best Fiction Book of 2021 by Rue Morgue magazine. Her short work has appeared in Asimov’s SF, Entropy, Duende, among other journals and in numerous anthologies including December Tales, Gathering: A Women Who Submit Anthology, Winter Horror Days and Halloween Carnival. She is a member of the SFWA and the HWA where she serves on the Diverse Works Inclusion Committee. She has served as a juror for the Bram Stoker Awards and twice for the Shirley Jackson Awards. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles where she lives.

Coming Soon

Katherine Trejo

Local Authors from Local Presses: Reading
Saturday, May 7, 5:30pm
Red Hen Press

Katherine Trejo is a first-generation Salvadoran-American college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in politics and Latin American/Latino studies from UC Santa Cruz. She lives in Historic Filipinotown with her Boston Terrier Lily, mom, brother, cousins, aunts, grandma, niece, and nephew in the same apartment complex where she was raised. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching cartoons, and listening to K-pop. She co-authored this book with Mr. Scott Martin-Rowe, one of her most influential and favorite teachers in high school.

Kim Fay

Eating Our Words
Saturday, May 14 , 3:00pm
Vroman's Upstairs

Born in Seattle and raised throughout the Pacific Northwest, Kim Fay lived in Vietnam for four years and still travels to Southeast Asia frequently. A former bookseller, she is the author of the newly released Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love, as well as Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam, winner of the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards’ Best Asian Cuisine Book in the United States, and The Map of Lost Memories, an Edgar Award finalist for Best First Novel. Fay now lives in Los Angeles.

Kwei Quartey

Mysterious Dimensions
Saturday, April 30, 5:00pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and retired physician based in Pasadena, California. Quartey was born in Ghana, West Africa, to a Ghanaian father and black American mother, both of whom were lecturers at the University of Ghana. As a crime fiction writer, Kwei made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009 with his debut novel in the Darko Dawson series, WIFE OF THE GODS, set in Ghana, West Africa. The Go On Girl. THE MISSING AMERICAN, released January, 2020, marked the debut of a new, critically-acclaimed series with female PI Emma Djan, also set in Ghana. The novel was a 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee and winner of the 2021 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. SLEEP WELL, MY LADY, the second in the Emma Djan series published January 2021, was a 2022 Edgar Allan Poe nominee.

Larry Wilson

In Conversation with U.S. House Rep. Adam Schiff
Saturday, May 14, 7:00pm
Vroman's Upstairs

Larry Wilson is public editor of the Pasadena Star-News and is on the editorial board of the Southern California News Group. For 12 years he was editor of the Star-News, where he has worked for 35 years this June. A fourth-generation Pasadenan, he attended John Muir and graduated from Blair High in 1973, UC Berkeley in 1977, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1982. He is married to architect Phoebe Wall Wilson, with whom he has a daughter, Julia Wilson Soto.

Leland Cheuk

Pubishing Panel and Writing Workshop
Saturday, May 7, 1:00pm
Red Hen Press

Leland Cheuk is an award-winning author of three books of fiction, most recently No Good Very Bad Asian. Cheuk’s work has appeared in publications such as NPR, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, among other outlets. He is the founder of the indie press 7.13 Books and lives in Los Angeles. You can follow him on Twitter @lcheuk and at lelandcheuk.com.

Linda Dove

East Pasadena Poets
Saturday, May 14 , 3:30pm
Vroman's Courtyard

Linda Dove holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature and teaches college writing. She is also an award-winning poet of four books: In Defense of Objects, O Dear Deer, This Too, and Fearn, as well as the scholarly collection of essays, Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain. Poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, Best of the Net, and Best Microfiction. She lives in the hills just east of Los Angeles, and she serves as the faculty editor of MORIA Literary Magazine at Woodbury University.

Liz Brown

The Lure of True Crime
Saturday, April 30, 3:30pm
Mountain View Mausoleum

Liz Brown is the author of Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire. Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, Design Observer, Elle Decor, London Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Book Review, Slate, and other publications.

Lois P. Jones

East Pasadena Poets - Reading
Saturday, May 14, 3:30pm
Vroman's Courtyard

Lois P. Jones’s work won honors in the 2021 Bridport Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in the Bridport Poetry Anthology. She was a winning finalist for the 2018 Terrain Poetry Contest judged by Jane Hirshfield. Other awards include the 2018 Lascaux Single Poem Prize, the 2017 Bristol Poetry Prize judged by Liz Berry and the Tiferet Poetry Prize. Jones has work published or forthcoming in Poetry Wales, Plume, Guernica Editions, Vallentine Mitchell of London; Verse Daily, and Narrative. Jones’ first collection, “Night Ladder” was published by Glass Lyre Press in 2017 and listed for several awards. Jones is the poetry editor of Kyoto Journal, and a screening judge for Claremont University’s Kingsley-Tufts Awards.