Posts Tagged ‘Michael C Ford’

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


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.

This Week In Poetry…

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Hen House’s own Ellyn Maybe and Michael C Ford featured in Beyond Baroque’s poetry supershow Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts

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Friday July 23rd 7:30pm

By Falling James

Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts is a “traveling poetry supershow” of spoken-word performers and musicians that started in San Francisco in 2008 and is finally making its debut in L.A. The series presents adventurous modern-day poets in bars and venues where the early Beat poets used to hang out, in the hopes that the lingering spirits of the elders will inspire their progeny’s new work. Given its long history as a SoCal literary vortex, Beyond Baroque seems to be an ideal setting for “tapping the mystic voices and drumming the Beat haunts from their tombs in Los Angeles.” This seventh edition of the series features the longtime local poet Ellyn Maybe, appearing with a band (!), and veteran wordsmith Michael C. Ford, whose “arsenal of commando language” blows apart every last standing irrational political pie-ball cowboy who continually threatens National Nirvana.” Meanwhile, former Ringling Sister Iris Berry (Two Blocks East of Vine, pictured) leavens her tales of heroin misadventures and gangster boyfriends with a punk rock perspective and gallows humor. The show also includes Jim Bolt, Mike the Poet, Rachel Kann, Brenda Petrakos, Gary Justice, host Mani Suri and special guests known only as the Mystery Poets. (Link to LA Weekly Events)