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November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm @ Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House
Diane Lefer's books include the award-winning story
California Transit, and the novel, Confessions of
a Carnivore
.   She offers writing and arts workshops to some
of our most recent immigrants: torture survivors from around
the world as they seek asylum, healing and new lives in Los
.  Lefer is the voice behind the Nobody Wakes Up
Pretty blog and post news and new writing at her Diane Lefer
Lou Mathews is an L.A. based novelist, short-story writer,
playwright, former journalist and magazine editor.  He has
Pushcart Prizes, a Katherine Anne Porter Prize,
National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts
fellowships in fiction.  His stories have been
published in 40+ literary magazines including
Black Clock,
Tin House
and New England Review, ten fiction
anthologies and several textbooks.  His first novel,
, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book.  He has
taught in the
UCLA Extension Writer’s Program since
1989 and is a recipient of the
Outstanding Instructor
Award in Creative Writing
.  Visit his Wikipedia page to
learn more.
Shubha Venugopal holds an MFA in fiction and a PhD in
English. She was a winner in
The Master’s Review 2016
annual fiction competition,
Fish Publishing’s 2017 flash
fiction competition, a
2017 Katherine Anne Porter Prize
finalist, and  an AWP’2016 WC&C Scholarship
finalist. She was selected for AWP’s Writer-to-
mentorship program, for a Tin House mentorship
program, and she was nominated for a
Pushcart Prize. Her
work has appeared in
Nimrod International Journal
Awards Issue, 2017, Fish Publishing Anthology 2017,
WomenArts Quarterly Journal, The Masters Review
Volume 5, BANG!: New Guard Review, Kartika Review,
Potomac Review, Post Road Magazine, Storyglossia,
Word Riot, Mslexia
and other journals. Her stories
appeared in
A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross
Cultural Collision and Connection
and in the 2009
Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize
anthology. She
has placed in competitions given by
Nimrod International
Journal, Colorado Review, Fish Publishing, Kore Press,
Glimmer Train, The Atlantic Monthly,
and others. She
teaches at
California State University Northridge.
Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community
Beach House
is a year-round series of free arts and
culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House.
Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are
required.  To view and make reservations, getting
directions, parking and other information for this
Beach=Culture event, visit
Diane Lefer
Lou Mathews
Shubha Venugopal
Annenberg Community Beach House
is a free to the
public event,
but reservations
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to reserve
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