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Sat, Sep 16


Sims Library of Poetry

Pages on Stages

Join us for our monthly open mic: Pages on Stages featuring special guests curated by Chef Lee!

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Time & Location

Sep 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

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

About the Event

Save the date! 

September 16th at 6 pm PT 


Saint Ice

Larry Love

Carlos Ornelas

Sandy Shakes

ILU Johnson

Egyptian Princess8

Queen Quannie

Anthony Crespo

Andrea Lee


$6 pre-sale

$6 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.

All in-person attendees will receive a raffle ticket. We'll be raffling off books & literary journals. 

About the Poets:

Writer, Poet, and Spoken Word Artist, as a native of Los Angeles, the artist known as Saint Ice began his writing career as a lyricist and a rapper at the age of 19. He was a founding member of the 1980's pioneering hip-hop ensemble called 'The Rapper's Rap Group'. They were one of the first acts signed to the west coast label Rapper's Rap Disco Company. Aquiring the nicked-name "Ice" based on his chill, ultra-mellow demeanor and flair for fashion. The surname Saint evolved as ministry became a part of his journey. His talents have touched the creative fields of illustration, design, art teaching, publishing, voice overs, and modeling. Now resurging on the LA open mic scene, gracing venues such as The World Stage, SWAAM and other houses, Saint Ice shares his compiled work from his new book available on Amazon called "Love Is So Cool' by Saint Ice. The Book of Ice Vol I, Love is So Cool, is the first collection of relationship-driven poems and heart felt expressions from a charmingly transparent male perspective. The pieces are accompanied by art created by the artist, this is for die-hard lovers, hopeless romantics, and the precious people in rivers of relational recovery. The tone of the text reflects of the pleasure, pursuit, pain, pitfalls, and multiple perspectives of experiencing love through lines, rhyme bars and loaded love inspired lyrics. Describec as witty, -articulate, thought provoking and prolific. He states, "I am simply using the gifts that God' has given me."

Larry Love is a dynamic spoken word artist who performs powerful pieces of poetry with an urgent intent to highlight the need for social change. He is the Writer, Producer and Director of his own spoken Word musical stage plays which center on love and the dynamics of relationships. As founder of the newly formed Creative Love Network, LLC, Larry leads a talented group of poets, performers and professionals who believe that spoken word poetry and the arts can both entertain and change lives.

Carlos Ornelas is a Mesoamerican artist and author from Lynwood, California. His poetry is a vivid representation of the smiles and cries experienced growing up in Los Angeles as an underpriviledged youth. Love, loss, and hope as well as the multi flavored taste of the streets are themes that are everpresent in his works. His Mexican roots mixed with his Chicano upbringing and hiphop influence make Ornelas a unique voice in the world of poetry and words. His first book, "Ketchup", has been a part of classrooms in underserved communities throughout southern California.

Sandy Shakes is a Chicana spoken TRUTH artist home grown in Boyle Heights. Her pen chose her at 15 and has gifted her over 20 years of poetic peace and power. She has spoken her truth on stages in San Diego, El Paso and across LA county neighborhoods. You can find her hosting virtually, supporting Poetry community and proudly representing the powerhouse all women poet-international organization; TESORO.  Follow her upcoming shows and projects on Instagram: Sandyshakes_themic 

ILU Johnson is a true visionary and community leader, known for his tireless efforts to bring people together and create positive change. Born in Watts, CA, ILU has always been deeply connected to his community and has made it his life's work to help others.

Throughout his life, ILU has worn many hats, including community activist, poet, writer, author, and father. He is a true renaissance man, with a wide range of interests and talents that have made him a beloved figure in his community.

I'm CarltonTheMessenger born and raised in Los Angeles CA started rapping in 1980. Joined the group called Rappers Rap Group later Darkstar by 1982 recorded a record then By 1983 recorded Radio Activity Rapp with MC Fosty and Lovin Cee (Me) and since that time I  just enjoy the use of my talents and I love roller skating, two years back I joined into the poetry world I was starting to make a few rap songs I was gonna do videos for I had the chance to complete one by that time I learned about open mics and ever since then I get on stage as much as I can and I do what I do my style of poetry I call Stand-Up Poetry a across between stand up comedy and poetry. I love what I do,  I can be found at SWAAM, Under the mic influence, The World Stage, Sims library and any other open mic that would let me get up and perform.  I plan on doing this for a while I wanna go across country and share my thoughts my ideas my mindset and just entertain people I love to be funny but in all of my pieces I have a message that's why I am CarltonTheMessenger.  Thank You

Anthony Crespo: A Taino Puerto Rican American Poet. An organizer in the OpenHeart Artist Collective. He lives in Orange County and works in Los Angeles. He is actively working to build a strong community of poets, artists, entrepreneurs, and educators in Southern California by encouraging people to work together in fun and creative ways, so that we can inspire positive and progressive change.

Mary Tawadros, aka Egyptian Princess8, is an Author, Visual Artist, Poet, Host, Curator & Life Coach. Graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelors of Arts in Behavioral Science. Egyptianprincess8 hosted three different Open Mics from June 2013 - July 2017. She is amazing at Organizing Showcase Fundraisers bringing people together for great causes such as providing needs for the Homeless, stopping Human Trafficking, Saving Art Spaces & Black Business Community Uplift. EgyptianPrincess8 is the Author of Three Self Published Poetry Books, two of which are still available on Amazon titled “IF My Body Was A Canvas of Words” and “Cairo Meets Queens.” She was one of the Authors at the Poetry Book Fest at the LA County Fair presented by Lionlike MindState 2 years in a row; performed on Spoken Funk High Dessert; featured at S.W.A.A.M. Open Mic; she’s hosted a Women’s show and Open Mic Appreciation night at the dA Center for the Arts and Men’s show Appreciation Night at the LA County Fair. She has been asked to lead Writing Workshops and Themed Open Mics. Egyptianprincess8 has featured in several Festivals, Open Mics, Bookstores throughout Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles. As a writer, she hopes people can connect and be inspired by her words to find their own creative voices, tap into their gifts and share them with this world. Find her IG, FB Like Page, YouTube  @EgyptianPrincess8 and website at Egyptianprincess8.

Shaquan Lewis, known as @queenquannie, was born and raised in the vibrant city of Los Angeles. Her journey as a writer began as a means to cope with the profound loss of her beloved grandfather, and she has been expressing her emotions through writing ever since. Shaquan's unique talent lies in her ability to weave words into powerful poetry, captivating readers with her heartfelt and evocative verses.

Currently, Shaquan is pursuing her literary aspirations at the esteemed Community Literature Initiative (CLI), where she is honing her skills and working towards the publication of her first book. CLI provides a supportive environment for aspiring authors, offering guidance, resources, and opportunities for growth.

Shaquan's talent has been recognized and celebrated in the poetry community. She earned the esteemed title of Winner of Trap Poetry Jam Los Angeles, showcasing her ability to create poetry that resonates with diverse audiences. Her performances have captivated crowds and left a lasting impact on those who have witnessed her raw and authentic expression.

In addition to her poetry, Shaquan has also ventured into the realm of children's literature. With a keen understanding of the power of storytelling, she has crafted a captivating children's book that sparks imagination and nurtures young minds.

As she continues to grow as a writer, Shaquan Lewis (@queenquannie) remains dedicated to sharing her unique perspective and experiences through the written word. With her unwavering passion and profound talent, she is poised to make a significant impact in the literary world, leaving an indelible mark on readers of all ages.

Andrea Lee is a multi-talented poet, chef, and author known for her works such as The Power to Change the Way to Love Yourself, Us & Expressions of Love, Feelings of Love, Courage & Betrayal, and Connections Between-released in June 28, 2023. In addition to her adult-oriented works, Andrea is also venturing into the world of children's book writing. Her first children book series Cooking with Little Chef Lee & Friends. Her passion lies in helping others understand the positive connections they can foster with one another.

Andrea's writing often explores themes of love, loss, and betrayal. Her works have been featured in various publications, including The 1619 Project, Silent Spark Press, Los Angeles Poet Society and Sims Library of Poetry. As the creator of  Andrea has developed platforms like Poetry in Motion and creator of The Artist Connection to engage with fellow artists- she has also lunched her own publishing company Writing Journey 101 Press.

As a host of a weekly poetry show on Let's Talk Radio, The Artist Connection, Andrea connects with her audience every other  Thursday at 8 pm. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, she is a proud mother of four children and is dedicated to empowering her community. She achieves this by developing literacy programs for teenagers and young adults.

Andrea is an alumnus of the Community Literature Initiative in Los Angeles, CA, where she continues to be involved as a Teacher Assistant. Andrea has joined Cal Poets with Los Angeles Poet Society. Her poetry has been showcased at various venues, such as Inner Health Care Ink and Holy Grounds Cafe, reflecting her commitment to sharing her passion for writing and fostering connections with others.

Connections Between Us, her newly-released poetry collection, can be found on Amazon:


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