Devin Murphy–Featured Poet

IMG_0933Devin Murphy is a performance poet, writer, and director who moved to LA from New York about two years ago.
Check out his original comedic webseries, Here Comes Godot, about artists behaving badly in the downtown NYC theatre scene, at HereComesGodot.com, or under the “Here Comes Godot” channel on YouTube. 
You can also find some of Devin’s writing on the beta version of his website “Gone With It Productions,” soon to be updated and relaunched at GoneWithIt.weebly.com.
 Here are three of his poems. Enjoy!

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Atomic Comics by Natalia Eristavi

 

NataliaNatalia Eristavi, 21, emigrated from the country of Georgia to Southern California with her mother and sister when she was in elementary school.

In 2010, Eristavi began Swing dancing at Atomic Ballroom in Irvine, California. In 2012, she also became a dance instructor there. Although she has been drawing since she was a small girl, her two passions, dance and art, remained separate until she was asked to create comic strips for the Atomic Ballroom website weekly blog. Eristavi has developed a charming, unique style that is both witty and whimsical. Her comics offer a humorous take on partner dancing blended with subtle insights into human nature.

She said, “The offer [to draw these comics] appealed to me. Considering the amount of cynicism that floats through my head on a daily basis, I could definitely see myself spending my afternoons in the backyard drinking tea and throwing miniature ink dancers into awkward situations. As long as feet continue to be stepped on and jaws continue to be elbowed, Atomic Comics will live on.”

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Featured Artist: Linda Kaye, Poet

Linda Kaye picLinda Kaye lives in the Mt. Washington area of Los Angeles in the hills east of downtown, famous for L.A.’s very first museum—the Southwest Museum. This area of Los Angeles is also currently home to many musicians, artists, and community and political activists, including writer Jack Smith from the LA Times.

Kaye is a native Angelino who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She claims to be both a first-generation Valley Girl, and The Original Hipster. Educated at Antioch University and Cal State Long Beach in psychology and social work, her day job is working as a psychotherapist for an out patient mental health clinic, and as an adjunct professor at the USC School of Social Work. Linda also loves to travel. She shared, “Just tell me where you want to go, and I’ll join you! Hawaii, Buenos Aires, Thailand, Israel, France, Greece, Italy – all have seen my happy face. I’m down with all future adventures.”

In April 2014, Linda told Archive 405 about how she makes poetry:

How did you start writing poetry?

 In February 2012, The Eagle Rock Center for the Arts was hosting a tribute show to celebrate, Don Cornelius, famed host of Soul Train, who had committed suicide a month before. My then neighbor, DJ Peanut Butter Wolf was spinning the music and videos for the show, and he invited me to attend. While walking into the venue, I saw a very handsome, Johnny Depp-looking man enter before me. We began talking and he turned out to be a writer/poet, who shared that he hosted a monthly open mic poetry salon. After going to it, I was instantly inspired to write. My first attempt was a poem titled “20 Years Left” which was written to the song, “Whatever Lola Wants,” from Damn Yankees. Continue reading