01/19/2012 7:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes poet, editor, and historian William Mohr to the store to discuss and sign his new book, Hold-Outs: The Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance, 1948-1992. This event will take place on Thursday, January 19th at 7pm.
Drawing on extensive archival research of original documents, Hold-Outs is a substantial contribution to the field of twentieth-century poetics. Revealed here are the personalities (including Stuart Perkoff, Wanda Coleman, Leland Hickman, Paul Vangelisti, Don Gordon, Suzanne Lummis, John Thomas, Ron Koertge, and Charles Bukowski, among others), the institutions, the publications, and the informal poetry groups that together formed a matrix that encouraged poetry to be written, performed, published, and acknowledged.
William Mohr is the founder of Momentum Press, who published almost two dozen books between 1975 and 1988, including Leland Hickman's Great Slave Lake Suite, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book prize in 1980. He is editor of the anthologies The Streets Inside (1978) and Poetry Loves Poetry (1985). He has been a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and for over 25 years has taught creative writing in many institutional settings, ranging from medium security prisons in Chino to the UCSD to Idyllwild Arts in Idyllwild, California. He lives in Los Angeles.