L.A. Poetry Downtown

All poets at the Poetry Train, poets selected for the 2 nd L.A. Poetry Beach Festival will be invited to take part in a Los Angeles Poetry Downtown together with local poets from LA at Saturday, September 24.

Our local poets will meet and greet our guest poets at the Morning-After Party and bring them afterwards to the following locations to read poetry together for +/- 60 minutes.

8 am - 11 am
Morning-After Party

On a secret locations near Union Station we will have our Morning-After Party. At this party all poets on the poetry train will get there great reset purple pill

LAPD Poetry Readings

L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

City of Dreams
Artist: Richard Wyatt
Photo: L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

11 am - 12 pm
Union Station
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Under the east portal arch of Union Station we have a marvellous podium in front of Richard Wyatt's City Of Dreams. At this location poets will read poems about ao the American Dream, history of Los Angeles and travelling.

Los Angeles Poverty Department
Photo: Henriëtte Brouwers

1 pm - 2 pm
Skid Row History Museum and Archive
250 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Skid Row History Museum & Archive opened on April 11, 2015. LAPD animates the space with public conversations, movie screenings, revolving exhibitions, performative events and more, all addressing issues surrounding gentrification and displacement — locally, nationally and globally. Within the museum, is an extensive archive of Skid Row History – including planning documents, articles, videos, oral histories, audios, interview transcripts + more – available for casual and scholarly research located on 250 S. Broadway in Los Angeles.

The museum and the Los Angeles Poverty Department was founded in 1985 by director-performer-activist John Malpede. LAPD was the first performance group in the nation made up principally of homeless people, and the first arts program of any kind for homeless people in Los Angeles.

Chevalier's Book
Photo: Owner

4 pm - 5 pm
Chevalier's Books
133 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

In the heart of Larchmont, you will find Los Angeles's oldest indie bookstore, established in 1940 by by book maverick Joe Chevalier. (Pronounced shi-vah-lee-ay.) Nowadays Chevalier's Books is run by Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter. In their bookstore one of LA's youngest poet will read with a miner from West Virgina the best poems they wrote.

Frank 'n Hank
Photo: Video Still Barfly

7 pm - 10 pm
Frank 'N Hank
518 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Frank 'N Hank is one of the two bars from Bukowski movie Barfly that still exist. Most are demolished, some became shops. In Silver Platter, our poets will read poems about ao dancing, partners and nightlife!