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Can’t wait for another Grand Performances’ series?

Look no further than your local Los Angeles Public Libraries where Grand Performances and Writ Large Press are hosting SLAM IN THE STACKS a free series of poetry reading, writing and performance workshops! Open to the public, ages 13 and up.

Find out when and where at

Need some inspiration?  Writ Large  Poets  hand selected a list of works to read in prep of the SLAM IN THE STACKS Series. Dive in!


Rickey Laurentiis, “Boy With Thorn”
Terrance Hayes, “Lighthead”
Claudia Rankine, “Citizen”
Cathy Linh Che, “Split”
Ocean Vuong, “Night Sky With Exit Wounds”
Don Mee Choi, “The Morning News is Exciting”
Phillip B. Williams, “Thief in the Interior”
Robin Coste Lewis, “Voyage of the Sable Venus”
Sesshu Foster, “City Terrace Field Manual”
Luis J. Rodriguez, “Poems Across the Pavement”
Tracy K. Smith, “Life on Mars”
francine j. harris, “Allegiance”
F. Douglas Brown, “Zero to Three”
Danez Smith, “[insert] boy”
anything by Francisco X. Alarcon
Jennifer Tamayo, “You Da One”
Wendy C. Ortiz, “Hollywood Notebook”
Billy Burgos, “Eulogy to an Unknown Tree”
Kim Calder, “Who’s to Say What’s Home”
Ai, “Collected Poems”
Douglas Kearney, “Patter”
Iris De Anda, “Codeswitch”
Ada Limón, “Bright Dead Things”
Ross Gay, “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude”
Juan Felipe Herrera, “Notes on the Assemblage”
Terrance Hayes, “How to Be Drawn”
joshua jennifer, “I’M ALIVE/IT HURTS/I LOVE IT”
Anthology, “What I Say: Innovative Poetry By Black Writers in America”
*Hard Copies are available at Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune Regional Library in Exposition Park, Mark Twain Branch Library, and Vernon-Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library. Check at your local regional library for extra copies.

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.