Category Archives: Venice West

Poetry Venice West

Catch-up Links to William Archila; Alexis Rhone Fancher; Alex Umlas

Saturday, January 5, 2019

I am happy to report that Eileen Aronson Ireland I are beginning to collate the poems that will go into her first book of poems. Eileen is one of the last surviving members of the Venice West poetry scene that included Stuart Perkoff, John Thomas, Frank T. Rios, Tony Scibella, Bruce Boyd, Bonnie Bratton, and Lawrence Lipton. We hope that the book will be out in the Fall of 2019 from IF/SF Books, and that it will enable those who are thinking of assembling a comprehensive anthology of Los Angeles poets to grasp how large a volume will be required. There has not yet been an anthology of L.A. poets that include the work of William Pillin, Gene Frumkin, and Alvaro Cardona-Hine along with the above poets. Perhaps it will have to be an electronic book, or at least one in which the a supplementary set of texts can be accessed through various links. My hope is that such a book appears by 2025.

In the meantime, Suzanne Lummis’s anthology, Wide Awake, does a very fine job of giving a sense of the L.A. scenes between 1978 and this mid-decade, and I would urge my readers to consult that anthology as a means of creating a context for the following links.

Alexis Rhone Fancher

“There are worse things than a dead kid,” I think, by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Anna As War Zone (a sister poem)

The last listed link to Fancher’s poetry features “My Body Is a Map of Scars.”

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William Archila

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Alex Umlas

October 8-14, 2018: Poetry from Alexandra Umlas, Debbie Hall and Angele Ellis

Venice West

Venice West Spotlighted on KCET’s “Lost Los Angeles”

Sunday, November 11, 2018

KCET has been producing and broadcasting a series of shows on “Lost Los Angeles,” the third season of which will feature programs on Yosemite and the deserts to the east of the County of Los Angeles. Several weeks ago, I was interviewed for two hours about Venice West by the producer of an upcoming show on Venice that will also examine Venice’s origins as the real estate fantasy of Abbot Kinney at the beginning of the last century, and how real estate has become the only game in its vicinity in this decade.

I have no idea how much of the footage KCET will use from the interviews it did at Beyond Baroque with Richard Modiano, George Drury Smith, and me, but I am certain the program will be worth viewing. Here are the broadcast times:

Tuesday, November 13, 8:30 PM PT
Wednesday, November 14, 1:30 AM PT
Wednesday, November 14, 11:30 AM PT
Thursday, November 15, 5:30 AM
Thursday, November 15, 12:30 PM
Saturday, November 17, 2:30 PM

Saturday, November 17, 6:30 PM