Thursday, December 02, 2010


Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Please join us for an evening of poetry, stories, and puppetry!

- Anthony Abboreno
- Nick Admussen
- Heather Dundas
- Elizabeth Wilcox

Plus, an extra-special performance of AND THE WHALE SAID..., a Moby Dick puppet show performed by Nicole Antebi, Shaoling Ma, Heather Parlato, and Linda Wei. 

Doors open at 7pm and the reading will start sometime around 8pm. 

See you there!


Nick Admussen's work appears in publications like the Kenyon Review Online, the Boston Review and in Blackbird: his first chapbook, Movie Plots, is due out this winter as an Epiphany Editions Book Kit.  He is a Ph. D. candidate in modern Chinese literature, preparing a dissertation on contemporary Chinese prose poetry.

Nicole Antebi is a Los Angeles based artist and organizer. Her work has been exhibited internationally. Recent projects include the exhibition Through the Looking Glass: The Los Angeles Aqueduct with May Jong at Sea and Space Explorations 2009, the book Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices (co-edited with Colin Dickey and Robby Herbst), published by the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press 2007, the exhibition Failure Ridiculous Terrible Wonderful at Park Projects in Los Angeles 2007 (co-organized with Robby Herbst and Irene Tsatsos), and the exhibition, Salton Sea Projects, at Kristi Engle Gallery 2007.

Heather Dundas is a College Doctoral Fellow in Fiction for the Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing at USC. In earlier incarnations, she was a playwright, producer, lyricist, teaching artist, writer of cooking shows, editor of medical textbooks, and was once hired to write a dramatic version of The Odyssey for fifth graders, but told to leave out “all sex, violence and pagan worship.” Her plays have been produced around the country.

Elizabeth Wilcox grew up in the DC area, accidentally moved to Los Angeles with no goals, and is now happily a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She was recently named a runner up in the Indiana Review's 1/2 K Prize, and she has work forthcoming there and in La Petite Zine. Her poems have also appeared in such publications as Gloom Cupboard, HazMat Literary Review, and Rhino.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Good Times Are Back, Again.

Michael Reid Busk brings back the '80s.
Stacy Gnall reads a bone-chilling poem about MURDER!
Sexual Napalm about to explode.

KZ launches her solo career.
So does Stewart Grace.
Lisa Locascio reads a Love Story (with cocaine, prostitutes, and strippers).
Aaron Belz began with his accessible poems and then read the more artistically relevant ones.

Monday, September 06, 2010


It's Autumn in Los Angeles which can only mean two things: It's time to hook up the garden hose and spray down the roof. And it's time to put on your fancy socks and slide out the door for the first LOUDEST VOICE of the 2010/2011 season.

Featuring fiction and poetry from the too hot to touch:


and special guest
AARON BELZ, author of Lovely, Raspberry (Persea, 2010)

"Aaron Belz's poetry reminds us that poetry should be bright, friendly, surprising, and totally committed to everything but itself. Reading him is like dreaming of a summer vacation and then taking it." - John Ashbery

Prepare for those fancy socks to be rocked off and your roof to be put on fire by TLV house band, SEXUAL NAPALM!!!

Doors @ 7PM
Reading @ 7:30PM

Admission is free.


AARON BELZ is is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. His second book came out in June, Lovely, Raspberry (Persea, 2010). There’s more information at his website,

MICHAEL REID BUSK's work appears or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Madison Review, Lake Effect, and The Pinch.

STACY GNALL is from Cleveland, Ohio. Her first book, Heart First into the Forest is forthcoming from Alice James Books. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, The Florida Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner.

LISA LOCASCIO is from Chicago. Her work has appeared recently in the online edition of American Short Fiction, The Northwest Review, and Fifth Wednesday Journal.

ALEX YOUNG is a poet and critic who comes to Los Angeles by way of Tulsa, OK, Westcliffe, CO, New York, NY, Cooper Landing, AK, and most recently Tangier, Morocco. Some of his recent poems and reviews can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Nejma (Tangier), and

Monday, August 09, 2010

Repeat Offenders

  • Over at the The Offending Adam, friend of The Loudest Voice and TOA Managing Editor, Cody Todd, introduces two poems and a story by another TLV favorite, Bonnie Nadzam. Bonnie's story, "Tattoo," is so good we've reprinted it in the TLV anthology, THE LOUDEST VOICE (Volume One). Copies are still available and are being stored in the back of my car until we can figure out how to distribute them online. If you'd like a copy, enter to win a free book over at, or email me

  • In other Cody Todd and Bonnie Nadzam news, check out Cody's awesome Sin City tattoo and poem "Portrait" over at the Tattooed Poet Project. And look for Bonnie's stunning first novel, LAMB, coming soon from Other Press.
  • Finally, check back soon for news on the reading series. We've big plans for 2010.

Friday, May 07, 2010

You look dazzling this afternoon, my dear

Thank you to everyone who came out and let themselves be dazzled by writers from the TLV fall 2009 and Spring 2010 workshops!

These were some radiant writers -- they actually emitted light, as you can see from the photos!

The lineup:

Zak Cheney-Rice

Laura Small

Nick Bradvica

Kimberly Newberry

Julia Cooperman

Tiffany Tsai

Bryanne Cook

Sara Edwards

Victor Luo

Watch your inboxes for announcements of the Fall workshop. And be sure to email theloudestvoice (at) if you would like to be added to our mailing list!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

TLV Student Reading: You Will Be Dazzled

Please Join TLV as we celebrate the end of the spring semester and the end of a year of poetry and fiction by our brilliant workshop members.

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Ide Room, THH 420, Taper Hall, USC
Street: 3501 Trousdale Parkway
City: Los Angeles, CA


Nicholas Bradvica
Zachary Cheney-Rice
Bryanne Cook
Julia Cooperman
Sarah Edwards
Laila Ekboir
Victor Luo
Kimberly Newberry
Laura Small &
Tiffany Tsai

These are all undergraduate students from across the disciplines at the University of Southern California.

Your hosts for the evening are:

Andrew Allport
Amaranth Borsuk
Michael Busk &
Brandon Som

Who acted as this year's workshop leaders.

Each reading will be a surprise, but we anticipate mystery, desire, talking animals, post-apocalyptic environs, scintillating dialog and witty detail.

We are not biased when we say this will be one of the best readings you attend this year.

Also, there will be food and drink.
Please spread the word and invite friends!

RSVP through our Facebook event:

And interested writers should look for us again this fall with a workshop by Bryan Hurt and Bonnie Nadzam! If you are not on the mailing list, email theloudestvoice (at) -- we would be happy to add you!