Poetry soars into the Heights

Left to Right: Johnathan Sharks and Andrew Aparicio shares a song with the crowd.

The Zzyzx Writerz gathered at Cafe in the Heights with locals and visitors for first anniversary of Poetry in the Heights event. 

Last Tuesday night, the Zzyzx Writerz weren’t in their usual hang out spot: the back room at Garfano’s Pizza.

Instead, the Writerz were in another back room at Lincoln’s Cafe in the Heights.

Lalo Kikirki shares a story with the audience.

The Zzyzx Writerz, a group of promising, young and talented people, teamed up with the folks at Cafe in the Heights welcomed and celebrated its first formal opening event with the general public.

Levi Quintana shares a story on stage from his blog: Geriatric Jenga .

The event kicked off with a music act from Johnathan Sharks and Andrew Aparicio, together known as The Mooks.

The event was followed up with locals, visitors, and the Zzyzx Writerz sharing out loud their poetry and stories with the audience.

Kimberly Cobian announces the next speaker to take center stage. In addition, she also shared her poems, "Undone at 1 a.m." and "Santa Abuela" from her Large Seed in a Small Skin book.




The audience were engaged in the spirit of spoken words as every speaker who took center stage had something different to offer. From Lalo Kikirki’s story of the desert, to Levi Quintana’s early life experience exposed in his blog, and to Kimberly Cobian’s poems based on her life experiences of growing up and being around East Los Angeles – to name a few guest speakers from several others – all offered the audience a glimpse into their work and a part of their personality that’s left in between their words.

The Zzyzx Writerz still meets informally on the second Tuesday of every month at the back room of Garfono’s Pizza, and will meet at Cafe in the Heights’ back room on the fourth Tuesday at 7pm.

Next Post: February 2


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