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Birds Fall Silent at Beyond Baroque

Celebrate the publication of our latest anthology, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, and meet an indie press looking for new voices. 

Featuring contributors and special guests Thom Cagle, Dan Dissinger, Alejandro Escudé, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Rich Ferguson, Christian Georgescu, Tanya Ko Hong, Julian Mithra, Jose Oseguera.


With great weather for MEDIA editors David Lawton and Jane Ormerod


Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea 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 musician/artist Walter Steding.

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


Submissions for our next anthology are open October 15 2019 to January 15 2020


Thom Cagle is a native of Nashville and a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied poetry with Henry Braun. In Los Angeles, he has studied poetry with Laurel Ann Bogen, and he is also a proud alumni of the long-running Wednesday night poetry workshop at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California.

Daniel Dissinger is a member of the Writing Program at USC. As a Kerouac and Beat studies scholar, he earned his Ph.D. and MA from Saint John’s University, as well as an MFA from The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

Alejandro Escudé’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013. A new collection, “The Book of the Unclaimed Dead,” was published in 2019 by Main Street Rag Press. He received a master’s degree in Creative Writing from UC Davis and his poems have appeared in publications including Phoebe, Poet Lore, Rattle., and great weather for MEDIA’s The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker. Originally from Argentina, having immigrated many years ago at the age of six, Alejandro is a father of two and lives in Los Angeles.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Verse Daily, Plume, Rattle, Nashville Review, Cleaver, and elsewhere. She is the author of four books of poetry, including Junkie Wife (Moon Tide Press, 2018) and is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly.

Christian Georgescu’s tongue-twisting, pill-popping, foot-stomping work, House of Me, tours the human condition from the floorboards of depravity to the chandeliers of the soul. As a new member of the Poetry Brothel lineup, Christian will happily give you a poetry lap dance. For a fee.

Tanya Ko Hong is the author of four books, most recently Mother to Myself: A collection of poems in Korean (Prunsasang Press). She is the winner of the Yun Doon-ju Korean American Literature Award, was a finalist for the 2018 Frontier Chapbook Contest, and 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.

Julian née Sara Mithra’s first book If the Color Is Fugitive (Nomadic Press, 2018) traces queer desire on the frontier of the American West and was a finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Poetry. They eke out a living in Oakland encouraging young people to write.

Jose Oseguera is a Los Angeles based writer of poetry, short fiction, and literary nonfiction. Having grown up in a diverse urban environment, Jose has always been interested in the people and places around him and the untold stories that each of these has to share. His writing has been published in Jelly Bucket, The Inquisitive Eater, Main Street Rag, and Sky Island Journal.


Earlier Event: October 20
Spoken Word Sundays NYC
Later Event: October 29
Birds Fall Silent in Seattle