“She released a small cloud of telepathic butterflies…Oh my, oh my.” in “The Human Touch Journal”

Colorado vista

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Colorado for the first time, and fell absolutely in love with its snow-capped peaks, rustling Aspen, and the residents’ passion for the outdoors. But one of the most exciting parts of the trip was a pit stop at University of Colorado’s Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. No, this isn’t the story about a hiking trek gone terribly awry, this is a story of publication, of my own work, to be exact. At CU Denver, I picked up a copy of The Human Touch Journal, which features a short fiction piece by yours truly. Continue reading

Recommended Readings from Yours Truly

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Recommended readings from yours truly.

Last week in the Expo Blog, I wrote the inaugural post to our latest series: Expo Recommends. In it, the editors of Exposition Review, myself included, tell you about some of our favorite readings.

Recommended Readings from Yours Truly

As a reader and a writer, these pieces inspired and moved me, and I hope they will do the same for you.

Move these recommended readings to the top of your reading lists, and, if you’re so inclined, let me know what you think. I’d love to you hear your thoughts and continue a dialogue.

Explore Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District with Exposition Review

Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

Feeling the Los Angeles love.

As the Editor-in-Chief of the multi-genre literary journal, Exposition Review, I was lucky enough to transform my exploration of Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District into a blog about our fair city. Whether you’re a local, a visitor, or in town for AWP or BinderCon, you’ll find more than one reason to walk in LA! Get the guide (complete with map) here.

Mantra in Motion

You’ve heard your yoga teacher say it hundreds of times: “link your movement with your breath.” This key mantra in the yoga practice is crucial to letting the prana, the breath, the life force soften into our bodies and minds.

Surya Namaskara A Sun Salutation A Circle

Surya Namaskara A

This mantra in motion combines the breath and movement of Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara A with a mantra to keep your yoga practice flowing.

First off, how do you do Surya A?

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Catch Hammer Museum’s Latest Round of Exhibitions Before They Close

Mark Bradford, "Lights and Tunnels," 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Mark Bradford, “Lights and Tunnels,” 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

The summer is slipping away, and with it Hammer Museum‘s latest round of exhibitions: Mark Bradford’s “Scorched Earth,” and Hammer Projects by Mary Reid Kelley and Joseph Holtzman which close on September 20 (Bradford and Holtzman) and September 27 (Reid Kelley). The exhibitions bring issues of media, feminism, homosexuality, race, AIDS, and culture into focus.

Mark Bradford, "Untitled," 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Mark Bradford, “Untitled” (detail), 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

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What to Watch: Poldark Prepares Viewers for Downton Abbey Final Season

We’re all sad about the sixth and final season of “Downtown Abbey,” which will air in the US beginning January 3. Instead of waiting with bated breath for confirmation about rumors of a movie, dive into the next best PBS Masterpiece show, “Poldark.

Poldark Masterpiece TV Show

Find “Poldark” season 1 on PBS Masterpiece.

The series, which just wrapped its first season, acts something like a precursor to “Downton.” Set in Cornwall in 1793, the show begins with (episode 1 spoiler alert) Ross Poldark, a British soldier, a Redcoat, just returned home from the American Revolutionary war to find his father dead, his copper mine defunct, and his lover impregnated by his cousin.

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Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at LACMA

Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing Christian Marclay‘s “The Clock” at LACMA. The masterpiece, a 24-hour video counts the day away, combining thousands of film clips containing clocks, timepieces, or references to time. What might sound quite dull is one of the most mesmerizing art instillations I’ve ever encountered. The video, which ticks along at real time, makes the viewer wholly aware of the time. But, by constantly drawing attention to time, its passing becomes meditative, almost nullifying the significance of a second, minute, or hour.

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