Long Beach poets headline Downey poetry event

DOWNEY – The next edition of Poetry Matters – Thursday, May 14, at Stay Gallery – will feature Nancy Lynée Woo and Lucid Moose Lit, an exciting group of young poets who will share personal and compelling poems of grit and struggle in America. Lucid Moose Lit is a socially conscious literary press publishing diverse voices in poetry, prose and art.

Their goal is to inspire conversation, spark empathy and connect diverse readers through thought-provoking books and “zines” (small hand-made pamphlets.)

The founders, Nancy Lynée Woo and Sarah Thursday, are mainstays of the Long Beach poetry scene. Nancy is a 2015 PENN Center Emerging Voices Fellow, and Sarah is editor of CadenceCollective.net and co-host of the 2nd Monday Poetry Party at Gatsby Books in Long Beach.

Their first anthology, “Gutters and Alleyways,” features over 80 of the most active poets and artists in the area. A second anthology, “Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity,” will be released in the fall.

Featured readers for this event will include Nancy Lynée Woo, Raquel Reyes-Lopez, Elmast Kozloyan, and Downey’s own Trista Dominqu.

For more information, join Downey Arts Coalition on Facebook or the website downeyarts.org.

Poetry Matters is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. and an open mike begins at 7:30.

The program is curated by Lorine Parks.



Published: May 7, 2015 - Volume 14 - Issue 04