Hunter S. Thompson’s Birthday Bash
F 7/18




Carlye Archibeque 
David Gonzalez
Rebecca Gonzales
Wendy C. Ortiz 
Jim Ruland
Sam Quinones
Héctor Tobar
Ron Zimmerman
Special appearance by Zeta!! (Aka Abel Salas)

Hosted by Jessica Ceballos

Jessica Ceballos is a poet who dabbles in music and photography. She’s a volunteer, community advocate, avid traveler, and cultural wanderer. Third generation Southern Californian, Jessica has been recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for her work bringing literary arts to the community. (She’s even been nominated as Angeleno of the Year !) In April of 2014 Jessica was elected into the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council(HHPNC) as a Director At-Large. As a writer, her work has most recently appeared in Cultural Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, YAY!LA, LA Examiner, La Boga, Hinchas de Poesia, Haight Ashbury Journal, EAP Journal #1, The RPB – LA Anthology, and RA, among others. She has featured at venues throughout Southern California, often with musical accompaniment. recently she’s collaborated with El-Haru Kuroi, Taco Shop Poets & Los Illegals and an LA-based jazz trio featuring Emile Porée, Aaron McLendon, and Isaias Elpes at the Grand Park stage. 

As a member of the Hollywood Institute of Poetics, Jessica co-founded (along with Rafael Alvarado), organizes, and hosts the Bluebird Reading Series at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, CA. In the past, she has hosted a monthly reading at Beyond Baroque and has co-facilitated their 20th Century Latin American Poetry Workshop. In 2013, Jessica was invited by Avenue 50 Studio to curate the Poesia Para La Gente reading series, taking place throughout the North East LA area.

CARLYE ARCHIBEQUE is the director of publicity and special events at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California, a poet, and a journalist. A Los Angeles native, she writes poetry in the confessional vein. She is currently working on a series of autobiographical prose poems for a new book due out on Punk Hostage Press scheduled in 2014. In her time on Earth she’s held many jobs that provided inspiration for a career in writing: weapons and tactics trainer for the Navy Seabees, Bob’s Big Boy waitress, fry cook, postal carrier and visual effects coordinator for Spider-Man 2, to name a few. Her poetry has been anthologized widely with work appearing in: Spillway, Beyond the Valley of the Contemporary Poets, So Luminous the Wildflowers, Social Anarchism, and News Clips and Ego Trips. Her interview with graphic artist Dan Clowes was reprinted in both the English and French volumes of Dan Clowes: Conversations. She is the author of three chapbooks: Why I Shop (Nightgaunt Press); Dry Goods (Laguna Poets Series); and Live at the Cobalt (Cassowary Press). She is two units shy of a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles and will get to it when she has time.

DAVID GONZALEZ is a writer, blogger, taco enthusiast and broken-hearted Miami Marlins fan living in Los Angeles, California. His writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Plots With Guns, Yeti, Jai-Alai Magazine, the Southern Indiana Review, thickjam, Tigertail VIII: Selected Collective, and Tigertail IX: Florida Flash, as well as numerous other publications.

Cultivated by the sun and moon peeking past the shoes dangling from the phone lines, REBECCA GONZALES was raised and resides “one block East of El Pino.” in East La. Rebecca collects the energy of the streets with the passion of poetry and sweetness of her son’s laughter to find positivity and optimism for the future. As a mother she is humbled as a poet she is obedient, and as a woman she is unapologetic. You can Rebecca’ s work at

WENDY C ORTIZ is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (out this month from Future Tense Books) and Hollywood Notebook (November 2014, Writ Large Press). She writes the monthly column “On the Trail of Mary Jane” for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, which explores medical marijuana dispensary culture in Los Angeles. 

SAM QUINONES is a journalist and author of two acclaimed books of nonfiction growing out of 10 years he spent in Mexico as a freelance writer. He teaches Tell Your True Tale writing workshops, and a storytelling experiment of the same name. His cult classic, True Tales From Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2001) is a collection of nonfiction stories about contemporary Mexico. His second book of non-fiction stories, Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2007). It was called “genuinely original work, what great fiction and nonfiction aspire to be, these are the stories that stop time and remind us how great reading is.” (S.F. Chronicle) He now writes for the Los Angeles Times, covering immigration, drug trafficking, and gangs.

JIM RULAND is the author of the short story collection Big Lonesome and co-author with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch of Giving the Finger. His debut novel, Forest of Fortune, will be published by Tyrus Press in August 2014. He is a freelance book reviewer for San Diego CityBeat and the Los Angeles Times and a columnist for Razorcake, America’s only non-profit independent music zine. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The Believer, Esquire, Granta, Hobart and Oxford American Magazine, and his work has received awards from Canteen, Reader’s Digest and the National Endowment for the Arts. He runs the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its tenth year. 

Ruland is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has worked as a copywriter and creative supervisor for advertising agencies, entertainment enterprises, and Indian casinos. He lives and works in Southern California.

ABEL SALAS is a poet and journalist based in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared in The Austin Chronicle, ZYZZYVA: A Journal of West Coast Art & Literature, Washington DC’s Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cipactli, In Motion Magazine, Kuikatl: A XicanIndio Literary & Arts Journal and Huizache, the new literary journal published by Centro Victoria under the direction of Dagoberto Gilb. He currently edits and publishes Brooklyn & Boyle, a community arts newspaper distributed widely in LA’s East Side, and he has shared his poetry with audiences across the U.S., Mexico and Cuba, where he participated in the 13th Annual International Poetry Festival. His work as a journalist has been featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, LA Weekly, Latina Magazine, The New York Times, The San Antonio Current, The Brownsville Herald, OYE Magazine, Texas Observer, The Austin Chronicle and The Austin American-Statesman. A Co-founder of Corazon del Pueblo in Boyle Heights, Salas was also an early organizer with Poets Responding to SB1070 and coordinated a public reading on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. 

HÉCTOR TOBAR has worked as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times for nearly twenty years. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of the 1992 riots, and then served as the national Latino Affairs correspondent, the Buenos Aires bureau chief, and the Mexico City bureau chief. He currently writes a weekly column for the paper and is the author of four books, Translation Nation, The Tattooed Soldier, The Barbarian Nurseries (winner of the 2012 California Book Award gold medal for fiction,) and his most recent, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free. Available in October 2014 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of the city of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.

RON ZIMMERMAN is a writer, actor, comedian, and producer who has worked primarily in the television and comic book medium. MOST importantly, Zimmerman is a die hard Zevon fan, Zevon was a die hard HST fan… 

the circle of life….