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The mission of Dirty Laundry Lit is to inspire the literary community and to promote reading through provocative and sensational readings.
 
"Dirty Laundry Lit, a nonprofit reading series, feels more like a raucous, all-inclusive party." - L.A. Weekly

  DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT: BONDAGE. We love racy titles and this go round is no different. Our theme, Bondage, is one that will be interpreted by our reader/writers



SPECIAL GUESTS:
Writ Large Press and Women's National Book Association, L.A. Chapter


DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT: BONDAGE. We love racy titles and this go round is no different. Our theme, Bondage, is one that will be interpreted by our reader/writers however they choose and could mean anything from physical bondage to mental and situational bondage and more; the bondage we choose and the bondage we want to be free from. Our readers are such an eclectic mix from diverse backgrounds—a pastor, a new college grad, a very pregnant writer, and others that you’ll have to meet when you’re there. We’re excited to hear what they’ll come up with. So COME! Guaranteed it’ll be the best reading you’ve ever been to. Good times with good folks.

 
BONDAGE READERS...
 
 
Asha Anchrum
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Asha Anchrum has studied Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Pepperdine University where she earned her degree in April.


 
 
Maggie Downs
Maggie Downs is an award-winning journalist and columnist. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the (Palm Springs) Desert Sun,


 
 
Charles Yu
Charles Yu is the author of three books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and his latest, Sorry Please Thank You.


 
 
Wayman Ming, Jr.
Wayman Ming, Jr. is a pastor and spiritual leader. Author of Re-Forming a New You, he has traveled to over thirty-five nations serving the poor, visiting inmates


 
 
Kathy West
Kathy West writes stories, some of which have appeared in Apalachee Review and Kenyon Review Online. She also writes essays which she has performed at various readings


 
 
Jesper Andreasson
Jesper Andreasson was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Nominated for the James Kirkwood Literary Prize, he received his MFA in Literature and Fiction Writing



 
 
Emile Barrios
Emile Barrios is a student at UC Riverside Palm Desert’s Low-Res MFA program. He the author of the memoir Nub: Story of an Ex-Cripple, , and is currently at work on a novel


 
 
Creator, Natashia Deón
A Los Angeles attorney by day, Natashia Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarship,


 
 
MC/Host, Jeff Eyres
Jeff Eyres has written jokes for Saturday Night Live and a number of late night television shows and has worked as a pundit/commentator on CNN Headline News.



Asha Anchrum

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Asha Anchrum has studied Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Pepperdine University where she earned her degree in April. Asha is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and she has been a news reporter, writer, and editor for entertainment, culture, political and world news on Pepperdine's student ran newscast, NewsWaves. Her work appears in Currents Magazine, The Graphic, and The Graphic Online Daily.

 
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Maggie Downs

Maggie Downs is an award-winning journalist and columnist. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the (Palm Springs) Desert Sun, as well as on the Rumpus, Punchnel's and Annotation Nation. She is a candidate in UCR Palm Desert's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. She lives in Palm Springs with her husband, a ninja cat and a blind and deaf dog. Her favorite Beatle is George.

 
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Charles Yu
Charles Yu is the author of three books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and his latest, Sorry Please Thank You. He is currently finishing a novel, unless the novel finishes him first.
 
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Wayman Ming, Jr.
Wayman Ming, Jr. is a pastor and spiritual leader. Author of Re-Forming a New You, he has traveled to over thirty-five nations serving the poor, visiting inmates, and sharing the transformation of God's love. His essays and articles have appeared in Kairos Magazine, The Pentecostal Messenger, etc. He lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Kimberly, three children--Spencer, Garrett, and Gracie, and a ferocious Cocker Spaniel that doesn't know how to bark. He loves the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers and a smooth cup of coffee. To find out more, email him at wayman@waymanming.com.
 
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Kathy West
Kathy West writes stories, some of which have appeared in Apalachee Review and Kenyon Review Online. She also writes essays which she has performed at various readings, such as Lit Lounge at Scottsdale's Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds an MFA in creative writing and has the good fortune of writing for a living. She currently lives with her family in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
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Jesper Andreasson
Jesper Andreasson was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Nominated for the James Kirkwood Literary Prize, he received his MFA in Literature and Fiction Writing at the Bennington Writing Seminars. He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the band Citrus (www.citrusmusic.com). He lives in Los Angeles.
 
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Emile Barrios
Emile Barrios is a student at UC Riverside Palm Desert’s Low-Res MFA program. He the author of the memoir Nub: Story of an Ex-Cripple, and is currently at work on a novel about his native South Louisiana. Emile’s writing career began after thirty years as a TV news producer, industrial filmmaker, corporate executive and PR consultant. He lives and works in San Diego.
 
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Jeff Eyres
Jeff Eyres has written jokes for Saturday Night Live and a number of late night television shows and has worked as a pundit/commentator on CNN Headline News. His sketch comedy group Mental Furniture had a sold-out run at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York and appeared in HBO’s New Performers Series. He was a member of the legendary First Amendment Improvisation Troupe – whose roll included Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Kathy Kinney and many others. His plays “Hamlet: Satanic Sentinel of the Suburbs,” “Mountain Vampire Goth Chicks” and “Mrs. Copway’s Pony” have each run multiple times in New York. He wrote and appeared in the cult classic movie “Dick and Jane Drop Acid and Die.” He is a graduate of the Second City Writers Program and the University of California, Riverside MFA program. www.jeffeyres.com
 
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Host Natashia Deon
A Los Angeles attorney by day, Natashia Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarship, and a VCCA Fellowship. Recently named one of 2013’s Most Fascinating People by L.A. Weekly (2014 not so much :), she has an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside, and is the creator of the popular LA-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Rattling Wall, B O D Y, The Feminist Wire, Asian-American Lit Review, You. An Anthology of Second Person Essays, among others. She has taught creative writing for Gettysburg College, PEN Center USA, University of California, Riverside, and 826LA.
 
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