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Suitcase of Chrysanthemums, Los Angeles

  • Stories Books & Cafe 1716 W Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90026 United States (map)

Celebrate the publication of our latest anthology, Suitcase of Chrysanthemumsat the  wonderful Stories Books in Echo Park and meet an indie press looking for new voices. 

Featuring contributors and special guests including Daniel Dissinger, Tanya Ko Hong, Richard Loranger, Sophie Malleret, Yan Sham-Shackleton, Christian Georgescu, Doug Knott, and Daniel Yaryan.

Suitcase of Chrysanthemums is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains an interview with actor/director Sonja Sohn (The WireThe ChiBaltimore Rising).

Submissions for our next anthology are open October 15 2018 to January 15 2019. 


Daniel Dissinger is a member of the USC Writing Program at USC. He is a Beat studies scholar, Ph.D. from Saint John's University, and an MFA graduate of Naropa University.

Tanya (Hyonhye) Ko Hong, poet, translator and cultural curator, is the author of four books, most recently, Mother to Myself: A collection of poems in Korean (Prunsasang Press, 2015). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, Entropy, Cultural Weekly, (great weather for MEDIA), Korea Times, Korea Central Daily News, the 2018 Aeolian Harp Series Anthology, and more. Her poem, “Comfort Woman” received honorable mention in the 2015 Women’s National Book Association. She is the winner of the Yun Doon-ju Korean American Literature Award and a finalist for the 2018 Frontier Chapbook Contest. Tanaya holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Tanya, who writes in both English and Korean, is an ongoing advocate of bilingual poetry, promoting the work of immigrant poets. She lives Palos Verdes, CA. website

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, California. His recent book of flash prose, Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), has been warmly received. He is also the author of Poems for TeethThe Orange Book, and nine chapbooks. Other recent work can be found in Oakland Review, Full of Crow, and the online anthology HIV Here and Nowwebsite

Sophie Malleret is originally from Paris and now lives in New York . She has performed her poetry at numerous venues and festivals across the city and in Paris, Marseille, Prague, Brussels, and Rotterdam. Sophie’s work can be found in Vlak and Maintenant and she is also involved in film and theatre.

Yan Sham-Shackleton is from Hong Kong and currently lives in Los Angeles. She has been published in anthologies and magazines both in the United States and internationally. Her writing and theatrical works are archived in NYU’s “Riot Grrl Collection” and Reporters Without Borders nominated her previous blog “Glutter” for a free speech award. Yan is currently working on a novel.

Mystic Boxing Commissioner Daniel Yaryan Is the founder of the Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts poetry series. The late Los Angeles poet Wanda Coleman referred to Yaryan as “one of the new generation of poetry mavens.” His latest project is the Kamstra Sparchive interactive museum, honoring Beat novelist Jerry Kamstra, one of Yaryan's heroes. Other idols include the late poet William Everson and granddad Big Ray Yaryan who started the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club of San Fernando in 1938. website