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Loose Lips Poetry Series with LUIVETTE RESTO, plus Open Mic

TAG and the Topanga Library present the Loose Lips poetry reading series, curated by Millicent Borges-Accardi and Jean Colonomos, Loose Lips is dedicated to bringing a diverse array of the best contemporary poets to Topanga, providing audiences and authors with a poetic forum and community, and to delivering literary events that are edgy, spiritual, inspiring, and at times irreverent. The lecture is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Complimentary refreshments provided by Friends of the Topanga Library.

The featured poet is Luivette Resto, a mother, teacher, poet, and Wonder Woman fanatic, who was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. Her two books of poetry Unfinished Portrait and Ascension are published by Tia Chucha Press (founded by the 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez). She is a CantoMundo fellow. Some of her latest work can be read in Entropy magazine, Coiled SerpentAltadena Anthology (2015 & 2016), and a forthcoming anthology of Afro-Latino poetry titled ¡Manteca! (Arte Público Press). She lives in the Los Angeles area with her three children.

Writers are encouraged to sign up for the Open Mic following Resto's reading.

JEAN COLONOMOS is an award-winning playwright and published poet whose works can be seen online and in print. Colonomos danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company in the 1960s, and in February 2017, five Graham alumni dancers performed the staged reading of her play, “Third From the Left,” which was written about the 1964 revival of Graham’s masterpiece, “Primitive Mysteries.” Current company members followed the reading with a performance of this historic work.

MILLICENT BORGES-ACCARDI's awards include Fulbright, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CantoMundo, and California Arts Council fellowships. She is the author of four books, most recently Only More So (Salmon Poetry 2016), and has been a featured writer at the Austin Poetry Festival, Lisbon University, Brown University, UMass Dartmouth, the Carr Reading series in Illinois, and others.