Drunken Masters – 8pm
A new works-in-progress reading series that puts you in front of established writers–who may or may not be sober.
Each session two professional writers are invited to be “first responders,” giving feedback to our readers and facilitating a conversation with the writer and audience.
We’re calling it “Drunken Masters,” becuase we’ve bribed our professional writers with the promise of booze (or in some cases chocolate) to share with us their wisdom. It will be fun and laid back, so take a risk, and share with us that new story, poem, pitch or script you’ve been working on.
If you would like to sign up to read a 7-9 minute excerpt of a new work, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first installation features two Master Mystery Writers, who are also amazing dramatists, comic book authors and essayists:
is the author of All the Trouble You Need, Understand This, and the Los Angeles Times bestseller Dead Above Ground. His newest novel, the suspenseful Monster’s Chef, was just released from Amistad. Currently he is the Executive Director of “Literature for Life,” an educational advocacy organization and Creative Director of the Pasadena LitFest. An award-winning poet, screenwriter, and dramatist, Jervey was born in New Orleans, raised in Los Angeles, and now lives in Altadena, California, with his wife and two daughters. Order Monster’s Chef.
is a critically acclaimed author of mysteries and graphic novels. Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Phillips grew up reading comics, classic pulp and detective fiction, and the likes of Iceberg Slim and took inspiration from all this when he created his first series character, Ivan Monk, in the early 1990s. A private detective adept at navigating the racial tensions of modern L. A. and beyond, Monk has appeared in four novels and one short story collection, Monkology (2011).
Phillips introduced his second series character, Martha Chainey, in High Hand (2000), and followed that rollicking tale of a showgirl’s mafia troubles with another book and short story. Besides writing several stand alones like The Jook and The Underbelly, and editing anthologies such as Orange County Noir, Phillips has found success in the field of graphic novels, penning illustrated stories such as The Rinse and High Rollers. When not writing, he spends his time smoking the occasional cigar and pondering why his poker abilities haven’t improved. Phillips continues to live and work in Los Angeles. http://gdphillips.com/