Group Event: Hide One Thing In Your Heart

When: Back to Calendar » March 17, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ROAR SHACK presents:


with guest readers Helena Lipstad, Bill Luvaas, Erica Blumenson Cooke, Ryan Wilson, Vicky Deger, and J Ryan Stradal, plus live music from Dylan Neal.



When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.
–Ernest Hemingway

About the readers:
Helena Lipstadt was born in Berlin, and lives in Los Angeles.
She lived in the northern Negev Desert as writer-in-residence at the Arad Arts Project. Her two chapbooks are Leave Me Signs and If My Heart Were A Desert and she has published her work in The Rattling Wall, Bridges, and Sinister Wisdom, among other journals. She is currently working on a collection of poems set in Warsaw.

Bill Luvaas has published two novels, The Seductions of Natalie Bach (Little, Brown) and Going Under (Putnam)–reissued as Ebooks by Foreverland Press–and two story collections: A Working Man’s Apocrypha and Ashes Rain Down: A Story Cycle just out from Spuyten Duyvil Press. He has published essays and over 50 stories in many publications including The American Fiction Anthology, Antioch Review, The Village Voice and others. He has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Ludwig Vogelstein and Edward Albee foundations, and has won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open Contest, The Ledge Magazine’s Fiction Competition, and Fiction Network’s 2nd National Fiction Competition. Ten of his stories have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

After earning her degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, Erica Blumenson-Cook spent several years working as an editor, proofreader, content writer, and grant writer. Erica is currently writing a script for a thoroughly dazzling dance theater production which will debut in 2013, and enjoys a soon-to-be-thriving dance career under alternate name and personality Aria Bloom.

Co-Live Write winners!:
A longtime folkie songwriter and performer haunting the minor league joints of Hollywood and the East Side, Ryan Elliot Wilson decided he enjoyed the inebriation, poverty, and subsequent defense-mechanism-integrity a little too much. So he went back to his first love, fiction. That is to say, nothing has really changed. His first novel, Spiral Bound Brother, will be released in May of this year from Perfect Edge Books. His writing has appeared in The Painted Bride Quarterly, Thunderdome, Drift, and the anthology IN SEARCH OF A CITY: Los Angeles in 1000 words. Someday he will return to writing folk songs in the middle of nowhere.

Hailing originally from the salty beaches of Australia, Vicky Deger found her way to New York in the late 1980’s. Between film production jobs, mohawks and lovers, she parked herself on 2nd and C and submerged herself in the gritty, post-punk, city life that was the east Village – a far cry from the bleached-blond beach version she’d grown up in. Intoxicated by the odd, the colorful and the uniquely real, her “life studies” transplanted her from New York to Brazil and to London. Now in Los Angeles, having raised two amazing young men, she surfs, runs marathons, travels, mentors at-risk teenage girls, and works as a costume designer in the entertainment industry. Her short stories have appeared in The Coachella Review, Ducts, The Grove Review and Golf Stream magazine. She is working on her first book, a memoir, that should be entitled “Looking for Love In All The Wrong Places”, but won’t be.

Last reader:
J. Ryan Stradal’s writing has appeared in Hobart, The Rattling Wall, Midwestern Gothic, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cedars, Facsimile, Oui RA, Trop, The Nervous Breakdown,, and in field reports for the serialized iPad/iPod novel “The Silent History.” In addition, he volunteers at 826LA, helps create products and materials for the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, co-produces the literary/culinary event “Hot Dish,” and works in TV, most recently as the Supervising Producer on the A&E series “Storage Wars: Texas.”