Dirty Laundry Lit: Dangerous Women
Sa 8/23

Dirty Laundry Lit: Dangerous Women


Dirty Laundry LIT is excited to be partnering with Writ Large Press for DANGEROUS WOMEN inside UNION STATION. How perfect is that for dangerous? A train station, it’s travelers. It’s women.


The mission of Dirty Laundry Lit is to inspire the literary community and to promote reading through provocative and sensational readings.

DT•LAB is produced by Los Angeles-based publisher Writ Large Press and examines community building and the interaction between the arts and the private sector in a modern urban metropolis like downtown. The hurdles and obstacles are wide and varied but around each shines the possibility of a better way, a better path. Each challenge draws us closer to a place where cultural expression and successful business tactics are no longer mutually exclusive.

Our Readers:

DENISE L. MC IVER has written book reviews and features for Daily Variety, VIBE, Upscale, and Book magazines, and has worked as a media relations executive for entertainment companies including Warner Bros. Records, Perspective/A&M Records, Hidden Beach Recordings, and the House of Blues in Los Angeles, Chicago and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and with CBS Entertainment as a Writer’s Assistant for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Recently profiled in the March 2012 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, Denise is the author of Droppin’ Science: Straight Up Talk from Hip Hop’s Greatest Voices (Random House) and the essay “Black Like Me…?” which appears in the collection Family Affair, and is the Research Librarian for California African American Museum (CAAM) where she is the editor of Museum Notes, CAAM’s quarterly magazine.

Originally from New York, Denise attended and graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Anthropology and Philosophy. She received her Masters in Library Science (MLS) in 2011, graduating from St. John’s University with honors as an Institute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS) scholar. 

CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH is the author of the memoir The Rules of Inheritance, published in 17 countries and currently being made into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence. Claire’s second book After This follows her into a personal exploration of the afterlife, and will be published by Penguin in the spring of 2015. Claire is a therapist specializing in grief, and has written for many publications including Salon, Slate, The Huffington Post, BlackBook Magazine, and Chicago Public Radio.www.clairebidwellsmith.com

CHARLES W. HAMILTON is a former news reporter turned marketing executive turned music attorney. He hails from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and lives in downtown LA. He’s new to sharing his creative writing and it scares him, which is exciting. 

JILLIAN LAUREN is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel, Pretty. Some Girls has been translated into seventeen different languages and is currently being adapted into a Lifetime movie. Her next memoir, Everything You Ever Wanted, is coming out from Plume/Penguin in 2015. Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine and Salon, among others. She is a regular storyteller with The Moth. Jillian blogs about motherhood and writing at whatever else she feels like atwww.jillianlauren.com/blog. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

KATE MARUYAMA’s work has appeared in Arcadia Magazine, Stoneboat Journal and Controlled Burn as well as on The Rumpus, Salon.com and several other journals. Her site, Annotation Nation is a place where writers look at books in terms of craft. Her first novel, Harrowgate was published by 47North in fall of 2013. She writes, teaches, cooks and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her family. 

FREDERICKA MEEK is a writer, actor and singer hailing from the Windy City. She has recently toured as one of two “Coquettes” performing with Conan O’Brien in his “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” Tour and is the recipient of an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Supporting Blactress. One of the founders and head writers for the all female sketch comedy group, “BoomChickBoom,” she has headlined at the 2010 Los Angeles Comedy Festival and has completed 2 seasons of “Paradise Drive,” an improvisational internet series for Comedy Central. 

Also an actor, Fredericka’s TV/film credits include the TV pilots Dak Tandy and Willing and Able, guest spots on ABC’s Work It, TBS’s CONAN, TNT’s Franklin & Bash, NBC’s Tonight Show, Fox TV’s Head Cases, NBC’s Passions and ABC’s General Hospital, as well as the festival-winning films Nothing Doing, Massage Therapy and El Mariachi Negro, where she portrayed Heidi, a feisty bilingual Bolivian. 

STEPHANIE JANIS was kicked out of the kitchen at six years old and has been buying take out ever since. A Jewish American Princess and former high school English teacher, she lives in Seal Beach with her husband–a gassy garbage collector and her beautiful children. A freelance journalist and humorist, Stephanie is a regular contributor for The Seal Beach Sun and reads her work as part of the women’s literary troupe, Not Your Mama’s Mama Reading Series. For more information about Stephanie, visit her online at www.steffythestink.com. 

NATASHIA DEON is a Los Angeles attorney, writer, and creator of the reading series Dirty Laundry Lit. Recently named one of L.A.’s “Most Fascinating People” in L.A. Weekly’s 2013 People Issue, she has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Prague Creative Writing Program in the Czech Republic, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. 

A 2010 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, her writing has appeared in The Rattling Wall, has appeared in B O D Y, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, You. An Anthology of Second Person Essays, and other places. Deón has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert, and has taught creative writing at Gettysburg College, for the University of California, PEN Center USA, and 826LA.


JEFF EYRES has written jokes for Saturday Night Live and a number of late night television shows and has worked as a pundit/commentator on CNN Headline News. His sketch comedy group Mental Furniture had a sold-out run at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York and appeared in HBO’s New Performers Series. He was a member of the legendary First Amendment Improvisation Troupe – whose roll included Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Kathy Kinney and many others. His plays “Hamlet: Satanic Sentinel of the Suburbs,” “Mountain Vampire Goth Chicks” and “Mrs. Copway’s Pony” have each run multiple times in New York. He wrote and appeared in the cult classic movie “Dick and Jane Drop Acid and Die.” He is a graduate of the Second City Writers Program and the University of California, Riverside MFA program. www.jeffeyres.com