bruna mori, if you're not going to drive to see me in Riverside:

If you're in town this Sunday, consider stopping by Betalevel in Chinatown at 2pm to participate in an informal studio recording, part of LA-LIT's ongoing series. I'll be reading poems--most I haven't read before--and there will be dim-sum. The event will last 30 to 45 minutes--enough time for discussion. Details below.

Afterward, for those who can spare time, you're invited for drinks on a sundeck at a cabin on a hill in Echo Park surrounded by a small forest, where I'm lucky enough to be housesitting. [There may be a theremin player.] Both venues are located just off of Cesar Chavez/Sunset, but call me if you get lost: 917.650.3784.

LA-Lit interviews Bruna Mori
Sunday, May 21, at 2pm
At Betalevel (

Directions to Betalevel in Chinatown:
1. Find yourself in front of "FULL HOUSE RESTAURANT" located at 963 N. Hill Street in Chinatown. 2. Locate the tiny alley on the left hand side of Full House. 3. Walk about 20 feet down the alley (away from the street). 4. Stop. 5. Notice dumpster on your right hand side. 6. Take a right and continue down the alley. 7. Exercise caution so as not trip on the wobbly cement blocks underfoot. 8. The entrance to Betalevel is located 10 yards down on left side, behind a red door, down a black staircase.

Directions from Betalevel to the cabin, which is at 2209 Vestal, LA, CA 90026: 1. Make your way back to Cesar Chavez, and take a right. 2. Take another right on Echo Park Blvd. 3. Make a left on Donaldson [just past Baxter] and park. 4. Walk to the first corner [Vestal] and look to your right. You will notice two stairways; ascend the one on the right.

Hope to see you,


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LA-Lit interviews Bruna Mori
Sunday, May 21 at 2pm
At Betalevel ( (Directions Below)

We'd like to invite you to a live radio recording, poetry reading & conversation this coming Sunday May 21 at 2 p.m. at Betalevel in Chinatown. Bruna Mori will be the featured writer on LA-lit, a radio show co-curated by Mathew Timmons & Stephanie Rioux. The show (& hence the recording) lasts a little over an hour and will be about 30 minutes of reading & about 30 minutes of questions & answers/further questions – alternating between the two modes in hopes of creating a space for dynamic conversation.

Bruna Mori is the author of Dérive, a book of New York cityscape poems with sumi-ink paintings by Matthew Kinney, to be published this fall by Meritage Press. Tergiversation, her Ahadada Books chapbook, to be released this spring, is a series of homophonic and 'sensorial' translations, inspired by the work of the late Argentinean poet Alejandra Pizarnik.

In addition to her poetry and short prose, she writes creative nonfiction about art and architecture. Her most recent essay, for a forthcoming Semiotext[e] anthology, is on Isamu Noguchi's internment designs for Poston, the camp where Noguchi was [voluntarily] incarcerated during World War 2.

Born in Japan and raised in the U.S., Mori presently lives in Los Angeles, where she edits at the Getty Research Institute, and teaches at Art Center College of Design and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Her own BA and MFA degrees were completed at the University of California, San Diego, and Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

LA-Lit interviews poets and writers in the Los Angeles area. Reflecting the shifting nature of Los Angeles as a place, this may mean writers that have lived in LA all their lives or writers who happen to be in LA for a few days. LA-Lit is a place for the literary culture of Los Angeles to develop and exhibit itself. Co-hosted and co-produced by Stephanie Rioux and Mathew Timmons, LA-Lit is sponsored by Superbunker and recorded at Betalevel (behind 963 N. Hill St. in an alleyway in Chinatown, Los Angeles). Recordings are podcast every other Sunday at 5pm. You can subscribe to the podcast by visiting our website ( and dragging the Subscribe link from the sidebar to your podcast folder in iTunes, or download past shows by visiting the writer's page at

Ideally we will have an audience made up of people who are inclined to jot down a thought, query, doubt, or other incitement. During the second half of the show the floor will be opened for questions from the audience.

Please note the time change from our normal schedule: doors open at 1:45 p.m. and the reading/recording will begin by 2:15 p.m. – please do your best not to arrive late, so as to minimize the sounds of shuffling & stair-creaking while the show is being recorded.

Feel free to forward this invitation on to your friends and neighbors. For more information, visit

We will be delighted to see you there,
Mathew Timmons & Stephanie Rioux


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