About This Episode
Hiram Sims, poet, entrepreneur, educator-discusses his journey in poetry, creating the Community Literature Initiative-a poetry publishing course geared to give writers of color a voice and helps get poets published, and the companion World Stage Press. He also discusses the Sims Library of Poetry, the largest in Los Angeles, the first black-owned library in California, and a host to over 6000 books of poetry. Hiram has a passion for poetry and getting books out into the world. He will be one of the guest speakers at the 805 Writers Conference in November of 2021.
About This After Hours Episode
A continuation of Hiram Sims. We discuss the Library and it’s origin story plus how you can support the Largest Poetry Library in California.
The Sims Library of Poetry and The Community Literature Initiative are holding The Beach City Writers conference this coming weekend, June 24&24, 2022. For more information, you can visit https://www.clibcwc.com or check out their Instagram @communitylitla
About Hiram Sims
Born and raised in various parts of Los Angeles, Hiram Sims is a poet, essayist, and Creative Writing Professor teaching with the Community Literature Initiative. He graduated from the University of Southern California and received a B.A. in English: Creative Writing and a Masters of Professional Writing in Poetry. In addition to teaching essay writing, creative writing, and literature, he has published three collections of poetry, including Poems of a Young, Troubled Mind (2007), Write or Die: An Anthology of Poetry from the Urban Poet’s Workshop (2008), and PHOTOETRY: Poetry and Photography from South Central (2013), and his creative writing textbook, These Pages Speak (2015). He is the co-founder of World Stage Press, and founder of the Sims Library of Poetry, boasting the largest collection of poetry in Los Angeles.
For each writer on the publishing path, the journey is different. Today our guest is best-selling and award-winning author Wendelin Van Draanen. She writes YA fiction across genres in hopes that youth can find courage, relatability, and light in her stories.
Self-publishing takes a toll on the indie author’s finances. Have you ever wondered how you’re going to pull off each step, from editing to cover and interior layout design? You can’t skimp in these areas. Not to cause anxiety because there are resources out there if you’re willing to get creative.
On today’s episode, Kathleen talks with Brenda Vaca, a poet, and creator of the indie publishing house Riot of Roses. When Brenda created her book (Riot of Roses), she turned to crowdsourcing, successfully funding the entire project using a Kickstarter campaign. Come along on this conversation, get to know Brenda and what she learned through the process, so you don’t have to.
In today’s episode, our guest Kimberly Davis Basso talks about self-publishing. She has won multiple awards for her books, two memoirs (I’m a Little Brain Dead and Birth and Other Stories), plus a new book of horror short stories (Next Door). Kimberley is a wealth of information and shares it freely with our listeners.