June 21st with Patty Seyburn and J. Ryan Stradal

Book Party is back this June and  we’re doing things a little differently, just to keep you on your toes.  We’ll be hosting two amazing writers with us on the third Sunday this month, instead of the second.  Why the third?  Why not?  Poet Patty Seyburn will be joining us to read from her new book Hilarity and up and coming writer J. Ryan Stradal will be telling us a story.  It should be a literary delight, so mark your calendars, and we’ll have more details here soon.  

In the meantime . . . two Los Angeles writers you simply won’t want to miss.

Patty Seyburn’s third book of poems, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University, 2009). She has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998) which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award for 2000. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Connecticut Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast and Western Humanities Review. Seyburn grew up in Detroit, earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, Eric Little, and their two children, Sydney (8) and Will (6).

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J. Ryan Stradal is from the second-oldest town in Minnesota but has lived most of his adult life in Venice Beach. He has been published in Hobart (for which he received a Pushcart Prize nomination), McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Written By, and Student Traveler, and was a 2008 Kirkwood Prize finalist at UCLA. He also writes product copy for the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, volunteers for the literary nonprofit 826LA, works as a Senior Story Producer on the Discovery series Deadliest Catch and plays in a band called Super Duper.

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