The year is underway and we are preparing for another monthly installment of 2nd Mondays Poetry Party at Gatsby Books. February will feature two amazing poets, Ellyn Maybe and our own Raquel Reyes-Lopez, who will simultaneously knock you off your feet and then sweep you up off of them again! If that is not enough, Raquel will be celebrating the release of her debut chapbook, Born to Electrify (Sadie Girl Press)! Pick up a copy and stick around to have her sign it. Open reading sign ups start at 6:45 and reading begins at 7:00 pm at Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street in Long Beach.
Ellyn Maybe, Southern California based poet, United States Artist nominee 2012, has performed both nationally and internationally as a solo artist and with her band. Her work has been included in many anthologies and she is the author of numerous books. She also has a critically acclaimed poetry/music album, Rodeo for the Sheepish (Hen House Studios). In addition to her band, her latest poetry/music project is called ellyn & robbie. Check out more at ellynmaybe.com
Raquel Reyes-Lopez was born in 1994. She started writing poetry at 9 years old. When her singing instructor crushed her dreams of ever becoming a singer, she knew she could not express herself through singing, her voice would be heard through writing. She is a member of the Whittier Poetry Group and assistant editor of Cadence Collective. She has an addiction to tea. From green tea to white willow bark tea to Irish Moss tea, she will drink it. Aside from tea addiction, she loves collecting Tarot card decks. She enjoys reading books on dream symbolism, numerology, and herbalism.