DRUMS_5_POSTER_copyDear friends and enemies of poetry alike,

Back in 2007 before the Write Now Poetry Society ( existed and before we really knew what we had been craving in our collective vision, I and a few local poets produced a a one-off show called The Drums Inside Your Chest ( in Los Angeles. It was such a success, we decided to turn it into an annual series.

Today, we are so proud and honored to invite you to the 5th anniversary of this amazing show that was the launchpad for our brand of swagger. What is our swagger you ask?
Read the recent review of the event, Dark Blushing at the Getty Museum written by curator Julian Brooks:

We are passionate about creating unique programming for poetry events and enriching the concept of the modern poetry experience and it all started with The Drums Inside Your Chest, a variety show comprised of the most contemporary and unusual poets, musicians and hosts.  Here is the trailer from our first show back in 2007:

This year is no exception.

Please join me, Mindy Nettifee, Keeli Shaw, April Jones, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and all the incredible producers, volunteers and friends that make this show possible every year for a shot of whatever tickles your fancy and a night of excellent debauchery at THE LARGO CORONET THEATRE on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6th at 7:30pm.

Here’s the lineup!


A poet and multi-media artist from Los Angeles who is the author and paper engineer of several pop-up books, including the LA Times bestseller “If I Were a Polar Bear.” Rives has appeared on the last four seasons of HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and he was a member of the 2004 National Poetry Slam championship team.  He is co-host of the annual TEDActive conference and he performs his work, from hi-tech to no-tech, at festivals and events around the globe.

Corrina Bain is a genderqueer writer-performer. He has worked at a rape crisis hotline, a detox ward, an abortion clinic, and as a volunteer educator responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Mozambique. A former member of multiple poetry slam teams, he was showcased on Finals Stage at the National Poetry Slam in 2004.  Currently, he is part of the staff of the louderARTS project, and lives in Brooklyn.

Jack McCarthy calls himself a “standup poetry guy.” Others call him “legend.” Poet Stephen Dobyns says he’s “one of the wonders of contemporary poetry.” The Boston Globe says, “In the poetry world, he’s a rock star.” He’s an engaging minor character in the film “Slamnation,” and he won the haiku championship at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2007. His work appears in several anthologies, including the very prestigious “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Slam Poetry,” as well as numerous magazines too unimpressive to mention. High school and college students nationally perform his work in competition. His most recent book, from Moon Pie Press, is called “Almost a Remembrance.” He now lives in the state of Washington with his wife, the fabulous Carol. He’s been in jail, but he can explain.

Matt Cook is the darkly funny author of three books of poetry (In the Small of My Backyard, Eavesdrop Soup, and The Unreasonable Slug, all published by Manic D Press). His work has been anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe,The United States of Poetry and in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places. He divides his time between Milwaukee and Memphis.

Mayda has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having “a way with words. Sometimes they seem to flutter and roll off her lips. Other times they burst  forth like a comet streaking across a nighttime sky.” A proud native of the South Side of Chicago, she has appeared on 6 episodes of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on HBO and was a contributing writer and original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. She also toured with Norman Lear’s Declare Yourself  Spoken Word Tour , a non-profit, non-partisan project created to encourage young voter registration for the 2004 presidential elections. She has appeared in Urban Latino, Latina Magazine, Mass Appeal, The Source, and The New York Times. Smithsonian Magazine chose her as one of “America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences” and Oprah’s O Magazine named her as one of 20 women for the first ever “O Power List.” In May of 2009 she was invited to perform at The White House for the President and First Lady.



Derrick is the President of Write Bloody Publishing and is a former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne, gondolier, magician, and fired weatherman, now travels the world performing his written work and is dedicated to bringing American poetry into rock and roll status.

DAVID CROSS is a comedian, actor and writer who has appeared in Mr. Show, Arrested Development and The Increasingly poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.


Emily Wells is a violinist whose style merges hip-hop and classical music. She also uses many other instruments in her work, including glockenspiels, analog synthesizers, and even toy pianos and other toy instruments. In live performances, she does not use any pre-recorded loops, rather she creates her loops while performing.  Her albums include the iconic, “Symphonies”. She is currently touring in support of her new album, “Mama”.  

Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased at:

Hope to see you there.

Amber Tamblyn and the Drums Team