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Sat, May 13


Sims Library of Poetry + Zoom

Celebrating the Seasons: 10 years of CLI

Please join us in celebrating 10 years of the Community Literature Initiative. It'll be an incredible night. Readings from Seasons 7 and 8 followed by an open mic.

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

Time & Location

May 13, 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! 

May 13th at 6 pm PT

Readings by CLI Poets from Seasons 7 & 8:

Alex Petunia

Eisha Mason

Felicia Taylor E.


Aiyana Da'Briel

Daniel Anaya

Jeff Rogers

Jerome Thomas

Mike Bonifer

James Coats

Lynda La Rose

Marc Kernizan

Soul Stuf

Woodrow Bailey

Tekira Briscoe

Followed by an open mic (sign-ups available at the door)

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:

Alex Petunia released her first poetry collection Tending My Wild in 2021 through World Stage Press. She's performed throughout Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. When she's not in nursing scrubs or on the mic, she hosts Meditation Monday and Writers in the Wild with the Los Angeles Poet Society and teaches with the Community Literature Initiative.

Bonifer is a storyteller. In both his personal and professional life, he has been guided by, and guided others, with the stories he shares and his process for sharing them. His current writing includes a book about his long association with The Walt Disney Company, a screenplay about his father’s obsession with turning his family’s farm into a theme park built around horses he rescued, and several collections of poetry. He is the chief storyteller for Cryptosaurs, a metaverse story world that launches in September, 2023.

James Coats is a poet, performer, and educator born in Los Angeles and raised in the Inland Empire. He is the winner of the 2021 San Gabriel Poetry Slam. Additionally, you can take a poetry workshop with him through his organization Lift Our Voices Education which hosts an award winning workshop monthly called Be The Change: Social Justice Writing Workshop. He is the author of four poetry collections If I had Lived, All The Ways You Are Wonderful, Home Is A Voice and his most recent Midnight & Mad Dreams.

Eisha Mason is a “master practitioner,” spiritual therapist and teacher at the Agape International Spiritual Center. A community facilitator, activist and published author, her work focuses on the intersections of social justice, nonviolence, spirituality and the soul work of social change. Eisha's first book of poetry, Red Door, was published in February, 2023.

Felicia Taylor E. was born in the East Texas area. She began writing at the age of two when her Mother gave her a pencil and paper to keep busy quietly writing and drawing in church. She writes poetry, short stories, features, plays, fiction, and non-fiction. Her book Southern Spiced: A Brown Girl’s Tale, about her life growing up in the South, is a Readers Choice Book Award Finalist. As a writer, actor, arts educator, and facilitator, Felicia shares the belief that creative expression and the act of journaling and writing are therapeutic and healing. She’s passionate about sharing the gift of writing with the community and leads a monthly drop-in “ Free form” writing class every 4th Saturday at the Sims Library of Poetry in Los Angeles. And shares a monthly beverage recipe with the class to bring the community together in unity, with a collective beverage toast. When not writing or performing, Felicia enjoys Teatime and exploring with her husband and son.

Woodrow Bailey has come full circle as a writer by documenting for those who have no voice or choice in this society. His first book Freedom explores his environment through prose with a consciousness that exposes the truth about society. He reads and writes everyday as events in this world dictate documentation. He was a contributor to the 1619 AD Speaks Poetry Anthology as the emphasis on current poets standing on the shoulders of poetry giants of the past. His philanthropy blends with his creativity to form a “Man for Others”. He lives by the statement “Peace and Faith.”

Tekira Briscoe is a poet and blogger passionate about writing and storytelling. She hosts writing workshops and continues to perform on various stages around Los Angeles and elsewhere. Sown in Light, her debut poetry collection is a love letter to her youth, faith, and experience growing up in the Apostolic faith.


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