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Los Angeles Poets, Storytellers, Comedians, Fiction Writers and Musicians Will Bring One Evening of Dynamic Presentations to Local Restaurants, Bars and Shops


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 12, 2016)—On Saturday, November 12, the first-ever Melrose Bellow literary festival will take over 13 of the coolest restaurants, bars and businesses on Melrose Avenue, including The Village Idiot, Groundlings G3 Stage and Vinoteque on Melrose. Curated by Angeleno literary mogul Conrad Romo, Melrose Bellow will feature more than 75 performers, including readings from Writ Large Press/Chiwan Choi, Write Bloody Press/Derrick Brown, ONTHEBUS publisher Jack Grapes, Melissa Chadburn and poet Brendan Constantine.


What: Melrose Bellow: A Free Literary Festival

When: Saturday, November 12 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., with pre-event activities beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Where: 13 participating businesses within the four-block stretch of Melrose Avenue from Poinsettia Place to Gardner Street.

Cost: Free



Melrose Bellow is designed to be a lit hop in the truest sense — a kinetic series of readings hosted in surprising settings for attendees to choose from. Two rounds will take place, with the first starting at 7:00p.m. and the second at 8:00p.m. Each hour will feature six different events. Several of Los Angeles’ most esteemed and longest-running literary series will present, including the nation’s largest weekly open mic Da Poetry Lounge, Bev Mickins’ Story Salon, and Romo’s own series Tongue and Groove.

Two pre-events will kick the festival off: At 5:00p.m. Artist Loren Kantor will teach a block-cutting workshop at The Village Idiot. Kantor will teach a small group to carve their own rubber blocks and make custom prints and greeting cards. At 6:00p.m. the Melrose Poetry Bureau will gather outside Spartina for an improvisational poetry face-off emceed by RENT Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace. There will be typewriters.

The idea for Melrose Bellow came through a meeting between Romo and a staff member of Councilmember Paul Koretz. Romo brought attention to his experience as host and curator of the popular series Tongue and Groove and his work as one of the founders of LitCrawl L.A. in North Hollywood. After members of the Melrose BID and Councilmember Koretz’ office attended last year’s LitCrawl L.A., they sought out Romo to curate a similar event in their neighborhood.

For press inquiries, high resolution photos or interview requests, contact Conrad Romo at or (323) 931-1200.


About Melrose Bellow

Melrose Bellow is a series of literary/reading events including all forms of writing. The writers/readers are an entertaining blend of storytellers, poets, and short fiction writers of all ages reflecting the multicultural makeup of Los Angeles with a diverse and eclectic mix of ages, races, and persuasions. Support for this program is provided through the City of Los Angeles Arts Development Free Program, Department of Cultural Affairs and in part by the Melrose BID. For more information, visit






Conrad Romo

Festival Director

(323) 931-1200