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Re-posted from Penn Sound

The summer rolls on and we keep updating some of our most-beloved series. In the spotlight today is LA Lit, the Los Angeles-based program hosted by Mathew Timmons and Stephanie Rioux at Betalevel. Over the past two years, we've brought you thirty-three episodes, broadcast between 2005 and 2008, including wonderful, in-depth readings and conversations with poets including Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Will Alexander and Lee Ann Brown.

This week, we've updated our LA Lit series page, adding a number of new materials. First, we've added a pair of "Poetic Service Announcements" from 2006, featuring Alexander, Diane Ward and Guy Bennett. We've also posted the show's last three episodes (for the time being) — featuring Vincent Dachy, Lisa Samuels, Harold Abromowitz — which were produced in the fall of 2008 and the spring 2009. While the series is on hiatus at present, it certainly went out in style, with the two-day Clouds Conference, celebrating LA Lit's third anniversary. Recorded on November 21-22, 2008 at Betalevel and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, the conference featured a number of readings as well as two wide-ranging panel discussions, and its roster — including Sawako Nakayasu, Teresa Carmody, Mark Wallace, K. Lorraine Graham, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Stan Apps, Ary Shirinayan, Lisa Samuels, Amarnath Ravva and Christine Wertheim, along with Alexander, Bennett, Timmons and Rioux — is not only a who's who of contemporary poetics, but also a testament to the richness of LA Lit's editorial perspectives. PennSound's newest team member, Katie Siegel, has carefully segmented the conference recordings so that individual tracks are available for each reader and panelist, allowing listeners to browse at will. To begin listening, click here.

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