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Sat, Mar 16


Sims Library of Poetry

Pages on Stages: Celebrating the Release of Gia's “She Confuses Lovers, Movies, Angels and Poems”

Join us for our monthly open mic: Pages on Stages featuring Gia, Aiyana Sha’niel, Lynda V. E. Crawford, MaiJoi, Albert Starr, Jr.

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 Pages on Stages: Celebrating the Release of Gia's “She Confuses Lovers, Movies, Angels and Poems”

Time & Location

Mar 16, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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

About the Event

Save the date! 

March 16 at 6 pm PT 



with readings by:

Aiyana Sha’niel 

Lynda V. E. Crawford


Albert Starr, Jr.

hosted by Karo Ska

$6 pre-sale

$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.

About the Poets:

Gia Civerolo is a Los Angeles based poet, producer, educator, and special needs advocate.  She has immersed herself into the poetry community for the past few years and is thrilled to be graduating in June from the CLI Poetry Publishing Class with her this first full-length collection She Confuses Lovers, Movies, Angels & Poems.  She is honored to be published in Spectrum Online Editions, Once Upon a Poem Anthology, Four Feather Press Southern California Series Anthologies & E-books.  She is also featured in the Bards of Southern California: Top 30 SoCal Poets.  She can be seen performing at open mics most Wednesdays at the World Stage Anansi Poetry Writers Workshop, weekends with the Saturday Afternoon Poetry, and once a month at Pages on Stages at the Sims Library of Poetry.  Gia is most proud to be Riley and Holden’s Mother.

Aiyana Sha’niel is a 21 year old Black poet born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has been writing for over seven years, beginning at Hamilton High School, on her school’s poetry team, Hamlit, where she competed in Get-Lit competitions from 2017-2020. She was Poetry Out Loud’s 2020 County representative for Los Angeles and placed second in the State competition. Sha’niel was the Youth Poet Representative for the LA Arts Recover Fund Donors Banquet, at the Getty Museum. She was one of five poets selected for KCRW’s Young Creators concert, spotlighting youth talent throughout Los Angeles County. Sha’niel has also been the featured poet at various events including the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures ``Regeneration” Exhibition Activation, the Culver City Book Festival, and the Pan-African Film Festival Spoken Word Activation. Sha’niel has had individual pieces published nationally through various online magazines such as Rooted Minds, Black Minds Publishing, and Death Rattle. Sha’niel’s work has been published in various anthologies including the Behind the Vision’s “The Story Behind the Poems,” Sims Library of Poetry’s “Poems in Praise of Libraries,” Street Poet’s “The Burning River”. She has performed and featured for various open mics, like Da Poetry Lounge, Palms Up Academy, Junior High LA, Get Lit mic, Sunday Jump, and others. Aiyana Sha’niel hosted an open mic in collaboration with Nate Davis, The BackYart Show, from 2018 to the beginning of the pandemic. She is a 2021 graduate of the Community Literature Initiative program (CLI). She culminated from the program at 18 years old, as the youngest to ever complete the 8 month program, with her full body of work. Sha’niel signed to World Stage Press and released her first collection of poems, Little Black Poetry Book, on September 25th, 2022 at 19 years old.

Lynda V. E. Crawford was born and raised in Barbados and lives in the US. Both homes sway and punctuate her writing. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Lynda’s poems have appeared in print and online journals including Prairie Schooner, ArtsEtc Barbados, The Caribbean Writer, The Galway Review, The Bookends Review, Moonstone Arts Center (various anthologies), Exposition Review, The Halcyone Literary Journal, and in Los Angeles Poets for Justice: A Document for the People. She has work forthcoming in the California State Poetry Society’s California Quarterly. Lynda writes to sneak behind eyes, blow through ears, and stretch voices.    

MaiJoi is a poet and painter from Los Angeles California. She uses spoken word to heal herself and others and spread hope. MaiJoi was recently Featured at P-Valley, SWAAM,The World Stage, The Pan-African Poetry Festival 2023 and 2024, Poet vol.1, Creative Jucies. Spit that Poet, many on line mics and more. She is also the host and curator of “Write Yourself Free” a writing workshop designed to help empower people and push them into freedom through writing. She is honing her performance and writing abilities at the World Stage where she workshops and performs her poetry, along with many other venues. Maijoi is a lover of words, and how they can be used as a conduit to healing and restoration.

Albert Starr, Jr. is the author of Late Night Offerings & Morning Prayers.  Writing at the intersection of the poetic and the prophetic, Albert writes to capture the grace and truth inherent in both. As performer, storyteller and poet he is always seeking to bring an offering gleaned from the late night wrestling and the demands of morning prayers.   He is a native of Durham, North Carolina. Together with his wife Judy, their family calls Los Angeles, California home.


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