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Beyond Baroque is thriving in Venice

Aug 16, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Located in the old Venice City Hall (circa 1906) at 681 Venice Blvd, resides Beyond Baroque,

As LA’s leading literacy arts center, Beyond Baroque is dedicated to emerging, over-looked, and out-of-print poetry, books and manuscripts–especially from Los Angeles-based writers.  Beyond Baroque features film and poetry writing workshops, script writing classes, a library, poetry readings, live performances, and so much more.

It initially started as a local meeting place, with workshops and space for readings, art, and music. Now, Beyond Baroque is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.


Books and more books

If you’re looking for a place to develop your writing voice, find support, discover a sense of community, and experiment with your artistic capabilities–Beyond Baroque is where you should be.

Beyond Baroque features a Weekly Schedule chock-full full of free events

  • Monday Night Fiction – 8pm. Bring copies of sections or short pieces. It’s hosted by Angie Kirk
  • Tuesday Night Creative Non-fiction – 8pm. Bring works of your creative non-fiction, memoirs, and prose. It’s hosted by Tonga Nguyen.
  • Wednesday Night Poetry – 8pm. A legendary gathering and the West Coast’s longest running free poetry workshop.
  • Thursday Workshop (upstairs in the Gallery) – 8pm. Poesía Más Allá de Lo Barroco- Bilingual Poetry workshop. Bring 10 copies of your work. It’s hosted by Antonieta Villamil.
  • Saturday Afternoon Poetry workshop – 1:30pm. Bring 10 copies of your work. It’s hosted by Bob Foster.


Walls of Poetry

To double check the timings or events, please call Beyond Baroque at 310-822-3006 or email them at beyondbaroque [at] gmail dot com.

Be sure to mark your calendar on Friday, August 21st, for Beyond Baroque’s 2nd Annual Philomenian celebration of the poetry of Venice’s late, great poet laureate, Philomene Long.

Readings of her poetry and tributes will feature Wanda Coleman, Fred Dewey, Mariana Dietl, Michael C. Ford, S.A. Griffin, Susan Hayden, Hillary Kaye, Pegarty Long, Harry Northrup, Jim Smith and Mariano Zaro. Films and refreshments will be provided at no cost.

Travelin’ Local, poetry, film classes, script workshops, and a true artistic destination are the things that our city, Los Angeles, provides.

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