Welcome to the sidewalk poetry slam

Featuring spoken word and poetry readings by:

•Edward L. Canavan

•The Los Angeles Poet Society

•Jessica M. Wilson

•Rick Lupert

•Juan Cardenas

•Ruthie Marlenée

•Iván Salí

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edward l.canavan

Edward L. Canavan is an American poet whose work has most recently been published in Harbinger Asylum, Cholla Needles, and The Oddville Press.

His second poetry collection entitled "Protest and Isolation" will be released Fall 2020 by Cyberwit Press..

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, he currently resides in North Hollywood, California, where he practices Buddhism and listens to MC5.

jessica m. wilson

Jessica M. Wilson is a Chicana Poet from East Los Angeles, CA. She has an MFA in Writing from Otis College of Art and Design and a BA in Creative Writing and Art History from the University of California, Riverside. 

She began the Los Angeles Poet Society as an answer to bring the LA literary 'scene' into light -- so there would be transparency between Poets and Poetry Venues, Publishers, Musicians and Artists and all creatives.

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rick lupert

Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert has been involved with poetry since 1990. He created the Poetry Super Highway and hosted the Cobalt Cafe reading in Canoga Park, California for almost 21 years.


He’s authored 23 collections of poetry, including “God Wrestler” and “Hunka Hunka Howdee!”, and edited  “A Poet’s Siddur”, “A Poet’s Haggadah”, the Noir anthology “The Night Goes on All Night.” and “Ekphrastia Gone Wild” under his imprint Ain’t Got No Press. He is regularly featured at venues throughout Southern California and works as a music teacher and graphic designer for anyone who would like to help pay his mortgage.

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juan cardenas

Juan Cardenas was originally born in Leon, Guanajuato Mexico and raised in Van Nuys, Ca. 


He is a Poet, Flautist and Educator, the Vice President of a literary organization called Los Angeles Poet Society, a Teacher with California Poets in the Schools a husband and a father of two.

He is celebrating his new book of poetry called The Beat of an Immigrant Chicano, published by Swan World Press in Paris, France.

Ruthie Marlenѐe

Ruthie Marlenée is a California native and lives in Los Angeles with her husband. She is blessed to have her children and grandchildren nearby. A James Kirkwood Literary Award nominee, she also earned her Writer's Certificate “With Distinction” from UCLA.


She is the author of several novels: Isabela's Island, Agave Blues, and is currently working on “The Granddaughter,” the sequel to Curse of the Ninth. Marlenée is a ghostwriter, screenwriter, novelist and a poet whose work can be found in several literary publications.

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Iván Salí

Un poeta from Mexico City perdido en otra ciudad, I find inspiration in the chaotic streets of Los Angeles or in the off-beat suburbs of the San Fernando Valley. My words are a reflection, sometimes of my own grim and obscure experiences or the beautifully absurd plane of existence en la que me toco vivir.


Experimenting with words, music, and images I became involved as an artivist with the LA Poet Society empowering communities through art. My poetry has been published in local literary journals Curious Publishing, Dryland and The Luna Collective.