Christian Elder is a visual artist, writer, filmmaker, and poet living in Los Angeles. He attended then The Art Institute of Florence in Italy, intent on pursuing a career as a fine artist. Then he left school and decided to take up writing. Elder has since remained an active figure in the Southern California spoken word arena. His work has been published numerous times, most notably in Art/Life Magazine, The Saturday Afternoon Journal, Lummox, and Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. He has written and directed two short films THE BIG MEET (2013) and POLYVORE (2019).
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Garland Lee Thompson, Jr.
Garland Lee Thompson Jr.. Poet, Actor, Playwright, Producer, Filmmaker, Model, Stage Designer, former stagehand, and an occasional teacher born to a father whose life was dedicated to the Theatre. He grew up in the Theatre, first on one coast (west), then the other (east), surrounded by mad, creative people from photographers, filmmakers, and poets to actors, playwrights, painters, sculptors, writers, musicians and composers. There was even a scientist or two, and at least three certified geniuses. Many were famous, many were destined to become famous, and each left their mark on him in their own indelible way. So much so, that for Garland, going down the artistic road, one way or another, was the only rational thing to do. In addition to writing, acting, teaching and making movies he co-founded the Rubber Chicken Open Mic and Poetry Slam 14 years ago, which he still hosts at East Village Coffee Lounge in Monterey, CA. Every month or so he travels back to Brooklyn where in 2014 he took over running his father’s Frank Silvera Writers Workshop, which he started with actor and producer Morgan Freeman in 1973. The slam develops poets and performers on the west coast, and the workshop develops new plays and playwrights on the east coast.
Friday Gretchen created a chapbook of her poems titled, Tears & Snot Travel Hand-In-Hand in 1993. As an adult, she moved to the coastal community of Ventura, California where she is an advocate for the arts: literary, visual & performance. Over the years, she has run writing workshops, hosted readings and began editing for poetry journals and books. She serves on the board of directors for the Ventura County Arts Council, where she helped to establish a poet laureate & youth poet laureate for her county. Her work has been published numerous times, most notably, in Art/Life Limited Editions, Miramar, Askew Poetry Journal and within two anthologies, A Bird Black As The Sun – California Poets on Crows & Ravens and Rare Feathers – Poems on Birds & Art.