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Suitcase of Chrysanthemums - Venice, CA

  • Beyond Baroque 681 North Venice Boulevard Venice, CA, 90291 United States (map)

Celebrate the publication of our latest anthology, Suitcase of Chrysanthemumsat the famed Beyond Baroque and meet an indie press looking for new voices. 

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Featuring contributors and special guests Daniel Dissinger, Alexis Rhone Fancher, CLS Ferguson, Rich Ferguson, Christian Georgescu, Tanya Ko Hong, Richard Loranger, and Yan Sham-Shackleton, plus editor Jane Ormerod.

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).

$10 General Admission, $6 Students/Seniors, Beyond Baroque members free

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


These annual anthologies and other work by great weather for MEDIA are an admirable contribution to arts and culture.
— The Compulsive Reader

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.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Hobart, Verse Daily, Plume, TinderboxDiode, Nashville Review, Duende, Wide Awake, Poets of Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Her books include: How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen & other heart stab poems (Sybaritic Press, 2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (KYSO FLASH Press, 2015), Enter Here (KYSO FLASH Press, 2017), and Junkie Wife (Moon Tide Press, 2018), the story of her first, disastrous marriage. Her photographs have been published worldwide, including the covers of Witness, Nerve Cowboy, Chiron Review, Heyday, and Pithead Chapel. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She lives with her husband on the cliffs of San Pedro, California, a sleepy beach town 20 miles from her former digs in downtown L.A. website 

CLS Ferguson, PhD, is a Pushcart nominated writer with accolades in film, academia, and creative writing.  She is author of two full-length collections: God Bless Paul and Soup Stories: A Reconstructed Memoir and two chapbooks: The Way We Were and Tumbleweed:  Against All Odds.  She and her husband Rich are raising their daughter and dog in Alhambra, CA. website

Rich Ferguson has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Wanda Coleman, Moby, and other esteemed poets and musicians. He is a featured performer in the film What About Me? featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, and others. His poetry and spoken-word music videos have been widely anthologized, and he was a winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, LA. His poetry collection, 8th & Agony, is out on Punk Hostage Press, and his debut novel, New Jersey Me, has been released by Rare Bird Books.

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 Teeth, The Orange Book, and nine chapbooks. Other recent work can be found in Oakland Review, Full of Crow, and the online anthology HIV Here and Now.

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.

Earlier Event: October 21
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Later Event: October 23
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