Salons / Classes


We hold literary salons in downtown L.A. and in New York. All salons are free and open to the public. Each L.A. program concludes with author signings, with book sales by The Last Bookstore.

2018 salons:

National Poetry Month Salon at
The Last Bookstore, featuring Erica Blumfield, Shonda Buchanan, Jessica Ceballos y Campbell, Arminé Iknadossian, Karineh Mahdessian, Luivette Resto, Nikki San Pedro, Mary Soneia and Aruni Wijesinghe

Angels Flight • literary west East Coast Salon in NYC at The Red Room at KGB, featuring Jennifer Baker, Tobias Carroll, Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, Marnie Goodfriend, Alison Kinney and Michael J Seidlinger

Black Resistance in the Time of Trump at
The Last Bookstore, featuring Shonda Buchanan, Rachel Harper, Dana Johnson, Lia Langworthy, Michelle Maltais, Jonathan Tipton Meyers, Chris Terry and Rebecca Walker

Year of the Woman: Writing for Change at
The Last Bookstore, featuring Sylvia Brownrigg, Yennie Cheung, Natashia Deón, Karolyn Gehrig, Liska Jacobs, Kerry Neville, Eva Recinos, Carla Sameth, Solvej Schou, Laura Warrell and Aruni Wijesinghe


Annabelle Gurwitch and Heather Havrilesky at The Last Bookstore

Julia Fierro and Anthony Breznican at Clifton’s

Meredith Maran and Daisy Tong at Clifton’s

Lilliam Rivera and Siel Ju at Clifton’s

Chiwan Choi and José Luís Peixoto at Clifton’s


Matthew Specktor and Tyler Malone at Clifton’s

Wendy C. Ortiz and Eileen Cronin at Clifton’s

Dana Johnson and David Kukoff at Clifton’s


2017 events included:

Wall of Resistance: A Post-Inauguration Rising Up & Reading at Clifton’s

We held an epic post-inauguration event, in collaboration with David Rocklin’s Roar Shack Live Writes, to come together as a community and share contributions from our “Wall of Resistance” issue, on Jan. 22, 2017, at Clifton’s. Readers: Dana Johnson, Samantha Dunn, Chris Morris, Robin Rinaldi, Rich Ferguson, Désirée Zamorano, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Daniel Antonio Barron, Eirene Donohue, Haneen Oriqat, Erica Blumfield, John Balma and Paradigm.


We offer writing classes led by our contributors and editors.

Our first series of workshops were given by acclaimed author Kerry Neville and by AFLW’s creative nonfiction editor, Marnie Goodfriend. Class sizes were limited to 15 students and rates varied per class size and financial need. The classes focused on nonfiction personal essay, with emphasis on expanding on new and unfinished work for publication. We currently are developing workshops for Fall 2019.

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