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September 15, 2011

Mostly Dead Poets: A Halloween Poetry Reading at the Ruskin Art Club

WHAT: A scary poetry reading at the Ruskin Art Club

WHEN: Sunday, October 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. (the day before Halloween)

WHERE: Ruskin Art Club, 800 S Plymouth Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005. (Directions: Take Wilshire Boulevard to Plymouth and turn south. The Ruskin Art Club is on the southeast corner of 8th and Plymouth.) 

COST:  $10 per person. 

MORE INFO: Eric Howard, (323) 420-6954; Ruskin Art Club (323) 936-4632,

LOS ANGELES--Wear your Halloween costume a day early and come to a scary Halloween reading at the Ruskin Art Club. The reading will feature Brendan Constantine and Laurel Ann Bogen reading creepy poems, including Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," "October Knob and Broom," "Also Frankenstein," and "Postcard Written Under Halloween Flashlight." A special guest will read from "Flight among the Tombs" and from "Death's Jest Book." Refreshments served. 

BIOS: Brendan Constantine was born in 1967 and raised in Los Angeles. The second child of  two working actors, his parents named him for Irish playwright Brendan Behan. He is an ardent supporter of Southern California’s poetry communities and one of its most recognized poets. He has served these communities as a teacher of  poetry in local schools and colleges for the last fifteen years. In addition to this, he has led similar classes in hospitals and shelters for the homeless.  In 2002 he was nominated for Poet Laureate of the state.

His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably "Ploughshares," "The Los Angeles Review," "The Cortland Review," "RUNES," and LA Times Bestseller "The Underground Guide to Los Angeles." New work can be found in the spring editions of "Ninth Letter" and "The Boxcar Poetry Review," as well as the anthology "Bright Wings," forthcoming from Columbia University Press and edited by Billy Collins.  His collection, "Letters To Guns," was released in February 2009 from Red Hen Press.

Mr. Constantine is currently poet in residence at the Windward School in West Los Angeles and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Youth Writing Program in Idyllwild, California. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Hollywood at Bela Lugosi’s last address.

Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, including "Washing a Language;" "Fission;" "The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies," and "Rag Tag We Kiss."  Her New and Collected Poems is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. From 1996 to 2002 Bogen was literary curator at the L.A. County Museum of Art, and, since 1990 has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award in 2008. Well known for her lively readings, Bogen was selected "Best Female Poet/Performer" by "L.A. Weekly" and has read her work at Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The L.A. Metropolitan Transit Authority, MOCA and LACE.  Bogen is a recipient of the Pacificus Foundation’s Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize and of two Academy of American Poets awards, and her work has appeared in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies. 


Brendan Constantine and Laurel Ann Bogen are available for interviews, and photos are available on request. For more information, contact Eric Howard at (323) 420-6954. Ruskin Art Club info (323) 936-4632,