Posts Tagged ‘spoken word’

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


Press for Upcoming Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts NorCal Tour

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010




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.

Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts Goes to NorCal!

Friday, September 3rd, 2010



Thursday, OCT. 14TH – 7 P.M.
540 Broadway – North Beach
Guest Host…Ginger Murray

David Meltzer
Ellyn Maybe & Her Band
Steve Arntson
Jerry Ferraz
Martin Hickle
Richard Loranger
Whitman McGowan
Julie Rogers
Margery Snyder
Chris Vannoy


Friday, OCT. 15th – 7 p.m.
2905 Shattuck – at Ashby
Guest Host…Mark States
Ellyn Maybe & Her Band
J.R. Brady
Tim Donnely
Q. R. Hand
Mike The Poet
H.D. Moe
A. M. Stanley
Plus: Mystery Poets (To Be Announced)sparring_text_hen_house_studios


Saturday, OCT. 16th – 7 p.m.
107 Elm Street – Downtown Santa Cruz
Guest Host…Marc Kockinos
Gary Young, Santa Cruz Poet Laureate
Ellyn Maybe & Her Band
Dennis Holt
Debbie Kirk
Ron Lampi
Erik Lawson
B.C. Petrakos
William Taylor, Jr.
Mel C. Thompson
Plus Mystery Guest

Poetry Rodeo Rides on at Beyond Baroque!

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010


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)

Ellyn on Indiefeed!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
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Photos of Poetry Rodeo Thursday’s Fun – Join us this week, same time same place!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Ellyn April Pics and Ad2

Pedestal Reviews Rodeo for the Sheepish

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The Pedestal Magazine Reviews Ellyn Maybe’s Rodeo for the Sheepish

ellyn_maybe_cover_small_hen_house_studiosReviewer: JoSelle Vanderhooft

Of all the things I review for Pedestal, spoken word CDs are my favorite, both because of their rarity (few poets, after all, have the resources to put one together) and the ingenuity with which they blend visual art, music, and, of course, poetry read aloud. The best of these CDs blend all of these disparate elements to make something that is neither music nor poetry but which uses the common roots of each to create something bold, new, and frequently difficult to categorize, save for the term “performance.” Indeed, the successful spoken word poet is one who does not just read his or her work, but performs it as if it were a stand-up routine, a monologue, part of a “Happening,” or simply as something meant to live beyond the confines of the page.

Ellyn Maybe is a poet who knows how to do just that. Not only a strong poet on paper, she is also a consummate performer with a warm, full voice that is as friendly and inviting as it is delightfully quirky. Few poets—indeed, few performers of any stripe—have the personality, honesty and, yes, unabashed geekiness which Maybe displays in her readings of the ten poems on Rodeo for the Sheepish. Her voice is not only entrancing but unforgettable; indeed, I would very much like to hear her perform live someday.