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New Video! Ellyn Maybe – Sylvia Plath

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Video by: Nisey Jay and Riccardo Spinotti

Next Friday, October 22 I’m participating in Hen House Studios Presents…a night of Poetry and Music at Beyond Baroque!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010


Join Us Tomorrow Night for the Start of Poetry Rodeo!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


***Read about the Gig in the LA Weekly, Experience LA, RentFoodBroke, YoVenice, and VenicePatch!

Thank you Moontide Press!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

moon_tide_hen_house_iconDefinitely, it’s Ellyn Maybe

September 30 kicks off a monthly series with Ellyn Maybe and her Band performing songs from her acclaimed pop poetry album, Rodeo for the Sheepish (Hen House Studios) as well as other works. The readings will feature guest musicians and an open reading where poets can bring up to five minutes of poetry and the band will improvise with them.

Hen House Studios is proud to host Maybe and her band September 30 at 7:30pm. The series will be held at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center at 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice Beach. Tickets are $7, $5 for students, seniors and children, free for members with free parking in the lot next to Beyond Baroque.

Maybe is the author of The Cowardice of Amnesia, The Ellyn Maybe Coloring Book, Putting My 2 Cents In, Walking Barefoot in the Glassblowers Museum, Praha and the Poet and A Talk With Nature. Rodeo for the Sheepish was featured as the top album of 2010 in famed critic Greil Marcus’s column for The Believer magazine. Ellyn opened the MTV Spoken Word Tour in Los Angeles and has read widely, from Bumbershoot, the Poetry Project and the New School to South by Southwest, Lollapalooza, all over Europe and on the BBC, just to name a few. Writer’s Digest named her one of ten poets to watch in the new millennium.

Rodeo for the Sheepish Recommended by Perceval Press!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Viggo Mortensen‘s imprint Perceval Press is a small, independent publisher specializing in art, critical writing, and poetry. They were gracious enough to feature Ellyn Maybe’s Hen House release Rodeo for the Sheepish as one of their recommendations! Check out the spotlight and all the great content on their site.


Ellyn’s Poetry Rodeo in the LA Weekly!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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Thu., September 30, 7:30pm

By Falling James

In her song-poem “There Were Two Girls Who Looked a Lot the Same,” the local poet Ellyn Maybe celebrates her titular subjects with a profusion of succinct details and a steadily rhythmic accumulation of playful phrases, such as “One wore lipstick/One bit her lip” and “The astronomy was tangible” and “They had eyelashes that looked like a hula skirt made of coal.” When Maybe declared, “They wanted a bite from each world,” she was marveling about how the girls appreciated both Gidget movies and Tennessee Williams plays. However, the L.A. wordsmith could have also been describing the sinuous way she moves between the worlds of poetry and music on her new CD, Rodeo for the Sheepish . Maybe’s homages to Picasso and Sylvia Plath are infused with beat-driven, soulful trip-hop moods from her simpatico band, who’ll not only back her tonight at this monthly event but will also whip up cool grooves for adventurous poets in the audience, who’d like to marry their words with this mysterious thing called music.


Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

681 Venice Blvd.; Venice CA

Poetry Rodeo Rides on at Beyond Baroque!

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010


Sparring with Beatnik Ghost Photos

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010


Text and Photos by Daniel Yaryan.


Ellyn Maybe and Michael C. Ford inside the Beyond Baroque bookstore before the show.

Round VII: Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts on Friday, July 23, 2010, Venice, CA.



Photo by Mani Suri

ELLYN MAYBE is a dynamic performer (joined on the night of July 23rd at Beyond Baroque by two extremely talented musicians Danny Moynahan and Robbie Fitzsimmons matching her charistmatic artistry) and I’m so honored to have had her be a part of Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts. Maybe’s Rodeo For The Sheepish is getting rave reviews and her set at Sparring was filled with beautifully infectious sound and words connecting the brain to a much needed transfusion of art at its best!


Photo by Mani Suri

MICHAEL C. FORD is not merely a Language Commando but a Five Star General of poetry — once again demonstrating his craft not only to the Beyond Baroque audience on July 23rd but drawing tremendous respect from his poet peers with the highest standards. He has it dialed in impressively — as the crowd witnessed at the Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts show. Ford’s work is extremely influential and his accessibility to less-known poets earns him a place of honor among Los Angeles poet greats.

New Video for Ellyn’s Track “Being an Artist”!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Video by: Nisey Jay and Riccardo Spinotti

“Fans of spoken word CDs and lovers of slam poetry with a nerd-girl edge should seek this CD out as soon as they finish reading this review, as should anyone curious to see the highs to which this blended art form can aspire. I cannot recommend Rodeo for the Sheepish enough.” – JoSelle Vanderhooft for Pedestal Magazine

///This video was a contribution to Ellyns online zine please visit and contribute your own work to the Rodeo!

This Saturday! Food, Music, Urban Farming and Fun at “On Spring”: New Multi-Use Café Celebrates Grand Opening at LA State Historic Park

Saturday, June 5th, 2010
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Date: June 5th, 2010

Location: 1279 North Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012

The new organic café, “On Spring,” celebrates its grand opening this Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at Los Angeles State Historic Park. “On Spring” occupies the location formerly known as “Sam’s Lunch,” a 1950’s hamburger stand that was frequented by hungry rail workers from the Southern Pacific Freight Yard.

In place of burgers, “On Spring,” will feature fair trade coffee, specialty baked goods, and a selection of local gourmet groceries as well as fresh fare prepared with locally grown produce. Collard greens, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers are but a sampling of the colorful array of ingredients making up On Spring’s innovative approach to organic cuisine.

“On Spring” celebrates between 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm this coming Saturday with great food, beverages, seedlings for its grow bins, yoga in English and Spanish and an array of musical talent provided by Hen House Studios, a local label out of Venice Beach California. Performaces begin at 2:00 by Baba Alade, poet Ellyn Maybe and her Band, and Trevy Felix of Boom Shaka. Future plans for “On Spring” include permaculture classes, gardening workshops, environmental education, events and film screenings.

In all endeavors, “On Spring” strives to implement solutions to address the challenge of sustainability in the urban environment as well as explore the interrelated disciplines of cuisine, agriculture, architecture, and renewable energy. Los Angeles based social entrepreneurship Urban Green is the creative force behind “On Spring” and is committed to serving conscientious consumers and promoting green space in the urban environment.

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