In collaboration with the City of Los Angeles’ Big Read honoring the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest turns Dickinson’s poetry inside out with performances by Cut Chemist + Hymnal, David Prather and Mayda Del Valle. Free hands-on activities include creating your own pieces of poetic genius with PUBLISH! by Writ Large Press, constructing handmade books using dried plant specimens, a photo booth with Victorian-era props and prose, free writing advice, 826LA’s never-ending story, and pop-up bookshops for literary lovers big and small.
FAMILY STAGE PERFORMANCES: Celebrating emerging and established L.A. artists and voices:
Hosted by Mayda Del Valle
12:15pm – 12:35pm Get Lit Players
12:45 – 1:45pm Poetry by David Prather
2:00pm – 2:20pm Bernard High School Emily Dickinson Response Poems
2:20pm – 2:40pm Write Your Own L.A. Poem Workshop
3:00pm – 4:00pm Cut Chemist + Hymnal: Words + Beats
4:05pm – 5:00pm Readings of Red Hen Press Poets Brendan Constantine, Kim Dower, Blas Falconer, Siel Ju, and Ron Koerte.
ACTIVITIES BY L.A.’s BEST READERS and WRITERS:
The Writer Is In: Grand Park’s Teaching-Writer-in-Residence and LUNCHTIME! Writer’s Meetup facilitator traci kato kiriyama offers free writing consultation to dislodge any blocks, offer advice, or give words of encouragement.
Emily’s BIG READ: The City of L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs leads Big Read activities exploring the life and times of Emily Dickinson, including a book-making workshop inspired by Dickinson’s collection of 400 plant specimens, creating personal treasures with magnetic poetry in a tin box, and a poetry photo booth with Victorian-era props and prose.
Write Where You Are: Create your own L.A. poem in an activity taught by three generations of L.A. poets, including Mike “The Poet” Sonksen and traci kato-kiriyama.
PUBLISH! and Deconstruct Emily: Dickinson’s poems get refashioned, reordered, and reinvented via vintage typewriters in a activity led by Writ Large Press.
Get Crafty: Paper art-making with Ryman Arts.
Whatever Pops In: Share your stories and thoughts at the KTLA Mobile Kiosk
ABOUT GRAND PARK’S OUR L.A. VOICES: Downtown Bookfest is a part of Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices, a season-wide celebration of Angeleno expression.
Other OUR L.A. VOICES events:
Grand Park’s LUNCHTIME! Concerts // EVERY THURS MAR 2 thru MAY 25 // 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Grand Park’s LUNCHTIME! Writers’ Meetup // EVERY TUES MAR 7 thru MAY 30 // Noon – 1:30pm
Grand Park’s PROUD Story Slam // SAT MAR 25 // Noon – 4PM
PORTALS PROJECT at Grand Park // MON APR 10 thru SUN APR 23 // check webpage for daily hours
Information subject to change.
METRO RED or PURPLE LINE TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION, GOLD LINE TO LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION
Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center.