Rapp Saloon Reading Series First Fridays is proud to feature Poets L.I. Henley, Molly Bendall, and Nicelle Davis, with Music by Lilly Flor Del Valle! Curator & Host: Cynthia Alessandra Briano. +OPEN MIC. Reception with light fare to follow! Share your words and music for the Open Mic! All arts welcome. Join us for a night of poetry, literature, music, theater, comedy, and dance at the historic Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica!
L.I. Henley won the 2017 Perugia Press Prize for Starshine Road, her second full-length collection. With her husband, poet Jonathan Maule, she runs the online literary magazine, Aperçus, and the Visiting Writers Series at The Beatnik Lounge in Joshua Tree. www.lihenley.com
Molly Bendall is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently "Watchful" from Omnidawn Publishing. She has received the Eunice Tietjens prize from Poetry magazine, the Lynda Hull award from Denver Quarterly and two Pushcart Prizes. www.omnidawn.com/product/watchful/
Nicelle Davis is a California poet, collaborator, and performance artist. Her most recent collection, "Elephants," is an illustrated poetry chapbook illustrated by Cheryl Gross, which makes the leap that killing elephants marks the death of humanity. For every copy purchased $5 will be donated to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. She is the creator of The Poetry Circus and collaborator on the Nevermore Poetry Festival. www.nicelledavis.net
Lilly Flor Del Valle is a first generation Salvadoreña musician, poet and Madre with commUNITY roots in the North-East San Fernando Valley. She strives to live each day ARTfully.
Cynthia Alessandra Briano is Director of the Rapp Saloon Reading Series First Fridays in Santa Monica. She is also Founder of Love On Demand Global, which creates custom-ordered poetry for charity. www.loveondemand.org