Monday, September 04, 2006

The Loudest Voice: Join Us September 20th

USC's PhD in Literature and Creative Writing Program Presents:

The Loudest Voice: Words and Music

Poets, fiction writers, and musicians gather for an evening of words and music at Chinatown's Mountain Bar.

You are cordially and enthusiastically invited to join us
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 from
8:00-10:00 pm at
The Mountain Bar
473 Gin Ling Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Los Angeles, CA September 7, 2006 -- USC's PhD in Literature and Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce a new reading series featuring poets and fiction writers from the University of Southern California PhD Program in Literature and Creative Writing.

This gathering will take place at The Mountain Bar in Chinatown, an eclectic night-spot co-owned by artist Jorge Pardo, gallerist Steve Hanson, and architect Mark McManus. Ensconced among the bright red decor and geometric paper lanterns, the crowd will enjoy poems and short stories by three emerging writers, interspersed with music by local bands.

The lineup for the first reading includes poets and fiction writers currently studying at USC under such luminaries as David St. John, Aimee Bender, Mark Irwin, Percival Everett, Carol Muske-Dukes and T.C. Boyle.

The inaugural event will take place September 20, 2006, from 8:00-10:00pm at The Mountain Bar, 473 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012. There is no cover charge.

Reader Bios:

Amaranth Borsuk was featured as one of L.A.'s emerging poets at the 2005 Los Angeles Poetry Festival "Newer Poets X" reading at Central Library. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, Smartish Pace, The Los Angeles Review, and Hotel Amerika.

Jillian Burcar writes both fiction and poetry. In the spring of 2006, she collaborated with composer Ben Phelps on a musical setting of her dramatic poem "Recently Living Rabbits," which was performed by soprano Rochelle Martin at the University of Southern California. She is currently collaborating with composer Isaac Shankler on a series of orchestrations of her poems.

Bryan Hurt was born and raised in Medina, Ohio. He graduated with honors from the Ohio State University where his short story "All The Way To Dallas" won the 2005 Jacobson Award for Best Undergraduate Fiction. His fiction has appeared in the journals Mosaic and dogcrash. Currently he is studying creative writing and literature at the University of Southern California and is compiling a collection of short stories.

Saba Razvi received her BA in English & Creative Writing from Creighton University and her MA in the same from the University of Texas in Austin. Some of her works may be found in Diner, Karamu, Anthology, & Crucible. She is currently a Middleton Fellow at the University of Southern California.

Musician Bio:

Andrew Allport grew up transferring his parents' vinyl Pete Seeger albums to tapes so he could listen to them at school on his state-of-the-art, four pound, Sony Walkman. Later, with money from a candy-bar scam, he bought his first Compact Disc: Whitney Houston's soundtrack to The Bodyguard. His music is neither here nor there, but somewhere between hither and thither, rhyme and reason, sound and fury. Copies of his homemade EP are available for sale or barter.

Special guests to be announced.

For additional information on The Loudest Voice, contact Bryan Hurt, director of public relations, at 614.205.6195 or e-mail at theloudestvoice [at] gmail. For more information on the Mountain Bar, call 213.625.7500, or visit


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