Poet Lida Parent reads at Bird & Beckett, Monday, 1/16 – 7pm
Lida ParentÂ was born in Inglewood, Â in Southern California, and raised in nearby Chatsworth. Â She writes:
I began writing when I was 9 years old. Â I learned it was a creative way I could connect my feelings to people. Â My imagination took me to a live painting of opportunity. Â I enjoyed reading literature, and began writing poetry at the age of 19. IÂ loved what balance it gave to my words and the beauty poetry instilled.
During my twenties, Â I met with a group of 9 poets at a coffeeshop in Winnetka, Â Ca. Â They became close friends and introduced me to my first open mics and poetry readings, Â where I began to embrace the art of performing. Â In 2013, I completed a course the Community Literature Initiative, Â and became a published author at the end of the year. Â In 2015, by first book of poetry was relesed entitled, Â “In Love and Grace.”
My life as a poet has taken me to various readings, Â including the Green Mill Â Open Mic in Chicago, Â The Pasadena Public Library, ArtShare LA, Â The Anna Broome Room, Â Echo Park Library, Â and Stories, Â Books, Â and Cafe’s, in Echo Park.Â I have hosted an Open Mic at Tribal Cafe, and am currently doing my own monthly event Lyrical Flames as MCAU Gallery, Â in Echo Park. Â There I plan and organize a talented mix of poets, Â musicians, Â singers, Â artists, Â and I carry an open reading on that night, Â as well. I am in the process of beginning my journey of writing a second book of poetry through CLI at USC.
Geddes Fielder reads at Bird & Beckett on Monday, January 16th – 7pm
Geddes Fielder, born and raised in England, writes:
I live in San Francisco with my partner, and we will celebrate 16 years together in July of 2003. Our little one is now 3 and a half years old and no longer a tiny baby. Â I have my own business taking care of pets and am still working on a book of chldrens’ verse and stories.
I recently became an American citizen which means I can now vote. That’s a big deal to me. September 11th changed the face of the world forever and it is a good thing to be able to have a part in electing leaders who understand the world and its climate.
I have had my poetry published in anthologies including ‘the other side of midnight’, ‘The girls’ story, and also in a magazine called gaia….a London based paper. I have also given readings at women’s events in London and here in SF at our local library and bookstore. Â My poetry is a compulsion that I cannot quite live without and I hope that you enjoy what you hear.