Oct 06

Page Meets Stage – Disassembled

Round 1

November 12th, 2016 at 7pm at Hutch Remodeling

Let the lines between page and performance poets blur as these experts share their work. MC’d by Rick Lupert who will never tell you who is Page and who is Stage.

Readers are Brendan Constantine, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Crystal Salas, and Cyrus Sepahbodi.

Special thanks to the original Page Meets Stage series in New York City!



Rick Lupert has been involved with L.A. poetry since 1990. He is the recipient of the 2014 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Distinguished Service Award and was a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets for 2 years. He created the Poetry Super Highway ( http://poetrysuperhighway.com/ ) and hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading for almost 21 years. His first spoken word album “Rick Lupert Live and Dead” featuring 25 studio and live tracks was released in March, 2016. He’s authored 20 collections of poetry, including “Donut Famine”, “Professor Clown on Parade”, “Romancing the Blarney Stone”, “Making Love to the 50 Foot Woman”, “The Gettysburg Undress”  (Rothco Press) and “Nothing in New England is New”, and edited the anthologies “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”, “A Poet’s Haggadah” and the noir anthology “The Night Goes on All Night. He also writes and draws (with Brendan Constantine) the daily web comic “Cat and Banana” and writes the Jewish Poetry column “From the Lupertverse” for http://www.JewishJournal.com/. He is regularly featured at venues all over the world.


a performance at Slam Free or Die in New Hampshire, June 2016

Brendan Constantine’s work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly, Chautauqua, FIELD, Ploughshares, and many other journals. His first book, Letters To Guns (2009 Red Hen Press), is now taught extensively in schools across the nation. His most recent collection is ‘Dementia, My Darling’ (2016 Red Hen Press). A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” KPFK’s “Inspiration House,” numerous podcasts, and YouTube. Last year he headlined at the Dodge Poetry Festival with many of the nation’s most celebrated authors. He is one of the only Los Angeles poets to ever  receive this honor. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School in Los Angeles, California. In addition, he regularly conducts workshops for hospitals, veterans facilities, foster homes, & with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.


Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems, (2014),State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015), and Enter Here (forthcoming in 2017). She is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Slipstream, Alyss, Nerve Cowboy, Rust+Moth, streetcake, San Pedro River Review, Hobart, Cleaver, Public Pool, H_NGM_N, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere. Her photographs are published worldwide. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of The Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly, where she also publishes a monthly photo essay, “The Poet’s Eye,” about her on-going love affair with Los Angeles. Find her at: www.alexisrhonefancher.com


Cyrus Sepahbodi has been writing and performing poetry for 12 years with multiple features across the US including Detroit, New York, Chicago and extensively throughout Southern California. He received his BA in English for Creative writing in 2012 from CSUN and is an alumni of the California State University Northridge Slam Team. No stranger to the stage he was co-host of The Verity Room Poetry Reading, The Worst Poetry Reading, and currently co-hosts The Lamplight Poetry Reading in the San Fernando Valley. He is a founding member of Mad About Ink, a group of poets dedicated to reviving the spirit of poetry in society. When he is not engaging in spoken-word he plays music and attempts to discover the secret to the perfect home-made burrito.


Crystal Salas is a spoken word poet, educator, and community organizer. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she earned her B.A. in Literature while facilitating a weekly poetry workshop at the local homeless services center’s emergency shelter. Currently, she teaches high school English and coaches an award winning, kick-ass, all-girl youth slam poetry team in Los Angeles. When she is not in the classroom, she works as the co-founder of Poetry Solves Problems, a literary and performing arts organization, which promotes the importance of community, collaboration, and cross-genre expression through live performances all over Los Angeles. Salas published her first chapbook, The Body Memoir, in 2012. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, YAY! LA Magazine (online), The Moorpark Review, Chinquapin (print), as well as in True Focus Theater’s original stage productions: Cat Fight and Life, Death & the Middle. She has been named one of “40 Poets To Watch Under 40” by the Ventura County Arts Council. She first began writing as a way to earn a ride from her father to the local Baskin Robbins at 7 years of age. She has been writing in the name of ice-cream ever since.