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Caffeine Magazine: Poetry, Fiction, Art, Friction. Caffeine Magazine is the online edition of the Los Angeles-based literary journal established in the 1990s.

Remembering Bob Johnson – The Iliad Bookshop
05/10/2022
Remembering Bob Johnson – The Iliad Bookshop

Remembering Bob Johnson – The Iliad Bookshop

Remembering Bob Johnson January 25, 2022 Lisa Morton Blog 0 The Iliad’s longtime employee Bob Johnson passed away on January 24, 2022, of a massive heart attack. Bob was much loved for his sense of humor and his kindness; mention to him a favorite show or artist, and he’d probably come back in a...

Meet Alex Austin
02/24/2022
Meet Alex Austin

Meet Alex Austin

We have a new member of our crew in the science fiction category. Please welcome Alex Austin! Wave that blue flag high. Author Bio Alex Austin is a Los Angeles-based journalist, novelist and playwr…

Pam Ward's first book of poetry is FINALLY out!! One of the great LA Poets! Get yours NOW!! https://worldstagepress.org/...
11/12/2021
between good men & no man at all by Pam Ward (Pre-Order) - World Stage Press

Pam Ward's first book of poetry is FINALLY out!! One of the great LA Poets! Get yours NOW!! https://worldstagepress.org/product/between-good-men-no-man-at-all-by-pam-ward/

"Pam Ward shapes the distance of remembering with poignancy, a black eye, a knocked down Dinah, and blam blam. In her pen, language croons on “the corner of 43rd and pain.” Summon your courage and plunge into Ward’s truths; you’ll be glad you did." - Lynne Thompson, Poet Laureate of Los Ange...

Noir Goldilocks: An Interview with L.A. Poet Suzanne Lummis
05/29/2021
Noir Goldilocks: An Interview with L.A. Poet Suzanne Lummis

Noir Goldilocks: An Interview with L.A. Poet Suzanne Lummis

I used to be a Messenger Clerk at the Cahuenga Branch Library many years ago, still undecided about being a librarian. Back then, my favorite pit stop before my shift was over was the 979.41 area, where my book truck occasionally blocked the aisle, as I browsed through anything devoted to the histor...

Send Us Your Mini Poems For National Poetry Month
04/03/2021
Send Us Your Mini Poems For National Poetry Month

Send Us Your Mini Poems For National Poetry Month

'Tis the season to fill our feeds; need not rhyme nor reason for our poetry needs: Help NPR celebrate with your original poems on social media. Each week, we'll enlist poets to pick their favorites.

03/29/2021
The Ferlinghetti Project | College of Arts and Letters
03/27/2021
The Ferlinghetti Project | College of Arts and Letters

The Ferlinghetti Project | College of Arts and Letters

On February 22, 2021, poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti died at age 101. As a public intellectual of enormous influence, Ferlinghetti’s impact on freedom of expression…

03/14/2021
Poets on Craft: Mike James and Shawn Pavey - Cultural Weekly
02/20/2021
Poets on Craft: Mike James and Shawn Pavey - Cultural Weekly

Poets on Craft: Mike James and Shawn Pavey - Cultural Weekly

Poets on Craft is a cyberspace for contemporary poets to share their thoughts and ideas on the process of poetry and for students to discover new ways of approaching the writing of poetry.

Hike To This Graffitied Ledge With Breathtaking Views Of The Santa Monica Mountains
02/16/2021
Hike To This Graffitied Ledge With Breathtaking Views Of The Santa Monica Mountains

Hike To This Graffitied Ledge With Breathtaking Views Of The Santa Monica Mountains

At 2,375 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Topanga Lookout Trail is one of the highest points in the Santa Monica Mountains—and it’s a pretty easy hike. Hiking to this massive graffitied concrete slab, jutting out miles above Red Rock Canyon Park below, will make you feel like you’re standing at t...

Virtual Talk | A Conversation with Ai Weiwei
02/15/2021
Virtual Talk | A Conversation with Ai Weiwei

Virtual Talk | A Conversation with Ai Weiwei

In this rare speaking engagement, hear from celebrated visual artist, filmmaker, and political activist Ai Weiwei as he explores his vast body of work in the context of social justice. Imprisoned by Chinese authorities in 2011 without cause, Ai has dedicated his life and career to speaking out again...

Sad Singing Clown Puddles Pity Party Releases Coffee Blend
02/04/2021
Sad Singing Clown Puddles Pity Party Releases Coffee Blend

Sad Singing Clown Puddles Pity Party Releases Coffee Blend

The sad singing clown with a golden voice Puddles Pity Party is getting into the coffee act. The 6-foot, 8-inch American clown has released the Puddles Pity Party Blend through a collaboration with…

Bob Forrest Talks New Thelonious Monster Album and More
02/04/2021
Bob Forrest Talks New Thelonious Monster Album and More

Bob Forrest Talks New Thelonious Monster Album and More

They have played Coachella, and are known for their legendary, out-of-control shows and groundbreaking, influential albums in the ’80s and ’90s. Now, Thelonious Monster is back!

02/01/2021

"Ordinarily the death of a cat means little to most men, a lot to fewer men, but to me, and that cat, it was exactly and no lie and sincerely like the death of my little brother - I loved Tyke with all my heart." ― Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

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photo credit: Jerry Bauer

02/01/2021

Happy Birthday, Exene!
Photo by the great Ann Summa.

The Whisky a Go Go's 55th Anniversary
01/17/2021
The Whisky a Go Go's 55th Anniversary

The Whisky a Go Go's 55th Anniversary

The world famous Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. And to celebrate this milestone, I ...

Sunday Salon NYC
11/12/2020

Sunday Salon NYC

Meet DJ Snax O'Clock, aka poet Chiwan Choi, who'll be playing some beautiful music at the November 15th Virtual Sunday Salon, including our featured writers' "walk-up" songs. 💿💜📀❤️💿💚📀💛💿 Join us this Sunday at 3pm on Zoom for a celebration of powerful prose, poetry, music, and community!🌟Register through the invitation link on this page.🌟

Jack Kerouac
11/12/2020

Jack Kerouac

“I’m not the smiling type” ― Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler

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Brian Sonia-Wallace Is Named West Hollywood's New Poet Laureate
10/20/2020
Brian Sonia-Wallace Is Named West Hollywood's New Poet Laureate

Brian Sonia-Wallace Is Named West Hollywood's New Poet Laureate

The West Hollywood City Council last night officially designated Brian Sonia-Wallace as the city's poet laureate. Sonia-Wallace is the fourth person to assume the position, which was created in 2014.

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Caffeine Magazine gave me my first publication credit in 199...something or other with the poem "Ants." 23 books later, this poem is from my newest collection "Hunka Hunka Howdee!" which you can check out here: https://amzn.to/318J7Hp
The four issues I was in... classic, awesome, and cooler than I could have possibly appreciated at the time.