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Fri, Apr 21


Sims Library of Poetry + Zoom

Celebrating the Seasons: 10 years of CLI

Readings from Seasons 1, 2, and 3.

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 Celebrating the Seasons: 10 years of CLI
 Celebrating the Seasons: 10 years of CLI

Time & Location

Apr 21, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

Sims Library of Poetry + Zoom, 2702 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

About the Event

Save the date! 

April 21st at 6 pm PT

Readings by CLI Poets from Seasons 1, 2, and 3:


Charlie Becker

Camari Carter

Rykiell Rhea-Turner

Angela Franklin

Bryan Maldonado

Carolina Rivera

Jessica Gallion

Julayne Lee

Ka'Lynn Youngblood


Poetess P.R.Y.D.E.

Melaina Williams

Ashay Mathieu

Kuya Paul

Hosted by Hiram Sims

$7 virtual

$10 at the door

All sales go towards supporting the library.

We also have limited "pay what you can" tickets.

All SLP Donors get free admission.

Poets will have books for sale!

About the Poets:

Carolina Rivera Escamilla lives in Los Angeles, California. A Fellow of Pen America Emerging Voices, her first book of short stories, entitled …after… was published in 2015 (World Stage Press). And her first book of poetry entitled “In a Corner of Your Country” was published in 2023 (Bellucci, palms & Carmichael. LLC Press). Born in El Salvador, Rivera Escamilla is a bilingual writer, and educator, who is currently writing a novel.

Jessica Gallion aka YELLAWOMAN is an author and poet from Natchitoches, Louisiana, raised in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of Can’t No Woman, Woman Like Me, published by World Stage Press in Leimert Park. She is also the founder and facilitator for Creatin’ After Hours (a guided writing night cap) at The World Stage. She has performed and voiced-over commercials for Coca-Cola. She has appeared in Compton College, The Broad, Cafe Con Libros, FLYPOET, The Pasadena Lit Festival, un::fade::able, The Table Lit Readings, La Palabra, and many other venues around Los Angeles. Jessica recently opened for Rupi Kaur, Ed Mabrey and is the 2016 champion of the Spoken Word Voices Heard Poetry Slam. Jessica is a graduate of the Community Literature Initiative and WATTS WRITERS WORKSHOP. Her work takes you on a journey through self discovery, affirmations, colorism, trials and over-comings all smothered in her Creole culture and Louisiana roots.

Julayne Lee is an adopted Korean poet & artivist. Her debut collection of poems Not My White Savior was on Bitch Media's Bitchreads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read in March and Entropy's Best of 2018: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections. Not My White Savior has been taught globally in Freshman Lit,  Race & Ethnicity, Asian/Pacific Islander American Women and US and Asia: Empire and Racial Liberalism university courses. Julayne has read and spoken on adoption at universities & symposiums in the U.S. & Korea. You can find her words in The Washington Post, The Nervous Breakdown & elsewhere @julayneelle

IG: @julayneelle

Marquitta Lloyd carries the stage name Poetess P.R.Y.D.E. as an acronym for Powerful, Resilient, Young, Determined,  Educated. She wanted to use the word "pride" to describe her in a positive way,  hence purposely misspelling the word "pryde" as her poetic description. She has been performing spoken word throughout L.A. county for the last ten years. In 2017 she was the winner of the Women's Poetry Slam. In 2019, she birthed her first poetry book, P.R.Y.D.E. In Print after being apart of Community Literature Initiative. Poetess P.R.Y.D.E. is consistent in writing new poetry and tries to keep an open mind about coming out with a second book. In the last two years, Poetess P.R.Y.D.E. has had the opportunity to speak as a lecturer to encourage fellow poets. She also continues to sell her books to other poets and those who enjoy poetry. The life of a poet is only dull when she stops expressing herself. So for the poet in all of us, continue to share!

Camari Carter Hawkins is the author of Death by Comb, a stellar body of poetry that seeks to normalize natural hair and find solid ground in an ever-changing world and Write Back to You, a guided journal for writing yourself back into your life. She is also the founder of Mama's Kitchen Press.


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