Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Thanks everyone for continuing to come out, even in the frigid weather! True Loyalty!
Writers Block 12/8/2010 from Arthur Hitchcock on Vimeo.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I know it hasn't been a whole year, but 2010 has given us quite a bit to be thankful for.
back in August, Clayton and I started sitting at what is now The Writers Block Spot every wednesday night after reading our poems at portfolio, and I still remember when we decided to "make it huge" I was sitting at my old job back when I was a carnival ride operator and I texted him...
"you know that thing we do on Wednesday nights, lets invite people, lets name it, lets make it huge"
and needless to say, we did
now that we're about to see 2011 and I will be relocating to San Francisco, I don't really think we have to worry about what will happen to TWB, not with all of the smashing support that the fine folks in Long Beach Have Shown us.
and now, maybe its sleep deprivation, or maybe its holiday cheer, but I'd like to name drop a little and thank a few people, the unsung heroes of TWB, the ones who we couldn't have done it without.
A special Thank you to:
(in no particular order)
Jon Zeilinski, Ryan Serrano, Arthur Hitchcock, Brandon Loberg, Kate Holub, Anthony Felix, Nic Burrose, Amber Brianne Bouman, and Alan Kaufman.
there are so many more people that I have to thank and so much thanks and praise that I owe, but you folks have been my support through this process, and I couldn't have done it without a team.
on a brighter note heres a song that I love.....
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Full Name and Name of work will be perfect.
Thanks to everyone for coming out, it was a great turnout and we hope that it only continues to grow.
Writer's Block 11/24/10 from Arthur Hitchcock on Vimeo.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Music & Lyrics
Rants & Raves
Visual Art (will be printed in black&white)
News & Reviews of pretty much anything
(WHATEVER ELSE YOU WANT TO SUBMIT TO US)
We're also giving out a prompt for an article I'm working on. We'd love to have anyone send us any sort of response to "what is street poetry/what does it mean to you/is it good/why?"
Monday, October 25, 2010
So, Clay & I have decided to take the next step in getting the voice of poetry & artwork into the hands of the public and the "common man"
"There's no song louder than the one in your head"
The Writers Block Review (name subject to change) is going to be a zine, and in the fashion of other independently published zines, we want to be a voice of the public, so heres what we want YOU to submit:
-Poetry (first and foremost the writers block is about poetry, I've always believed that everyone is a poet and very few people are willing to write things down)
-Interviews (know someone interesting, interview them and submit the interview with a photo if you'd like)
-Art (due to budget we will be printing in black & white but feel free to submit visual art)
-Articles (wanna be a journalist? nows your chance, articles, essays, short stories whatever about real social, political, artistic, etc issuses will all be considered for publication)
-Short Stories (this should speak for itself)
MOST IMPORTANTLY DON'T HOLD YOURSELF BACK.
all submissions should be sent to Apex or Clay at WritersBlock@CBGB.net
we dont have any timeframes or deadlines...yet, but we would like to have something coming off the presses by mid december so start submitting now.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thanks to EVERYONE who came to our one month anniversary writers block session, heres some photos of what happened.
This is the type of free form poetry jam that happens regularly at THE WRITERS BLOCK on WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 10PM, but we decided to do it at portfolio coffee house on the same wednesday night at 8pm for their open mic.
I don't know how to edit videos, so the actual poetry part of it starts at about 1 minute and 45 seconds in, sorry for the wait.
PS, HUGE thanks to our newfound Co-Conspirator Jon Z. for his guitar work.
4343 Leimert Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, October 3, 2010
so far we have had 3 weeks of the writers block "sessions".
and they have all been amazing in there own way be it an beautiful collaboration of artists, an interesting chant led by irrelevant hippies, and an intimate session of some incredibly talented people.
it seems that no matter how many people show up, no matter how many people share, no matter what it is that the people share, that the result is always positive and encouraging.
i just wanted to take this time to thank everyone for coming out to the first three writers block "sessions" and we look forward to seeing you this week and in many weeks to come.
thank you again
Friday, October 1, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
bring our your notebooks, obscure instruments, songs, poems, shenanigans, and skullduggery. lets make this one the best one yet.
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 10PM
@ the mural (on the beach) below cherry park (in Long Beach)
Ocean Blvd between cherry & Junipero
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
walk past the gaurd dogs with out blood shed....
a n d
let me in
or leave me be
because mind games distress
a n d
i dont know if i can take blood shed any more
but i think you could take me
at least take me somewhere other than
where i stand
which as it stands
is no where near you
but that could change
a n d i c o u l d as well
and i could swell with content as you disconect my internet so i
but who said i was
oh i said you
Saturday, September 25, 2010
and scream it in your face
like ghetto blasting through dark alleys
dark and high
because Ive played it safe for too long
and despite it all
everything was fine
but fines not enough when youre falling too fast for the wind to keep up
tie your shoes kid
they're bound to fall off
mind your cues kid
know when to step off
I tried to love you
but I couldnt hop on
the games gotten too tame
like benadryls gonna stop my cough
and tylenol is gonna stop my pain
substitute caffeine with cocaine
tryptophan for heroin
because chivalrys not
but recognition is dead
like punk rock
like hip hop
and talk radio
my lonely friends
wolf in sheeps clothing
pulled wool over my eyes
told me love was alive
turns out it was lies
so Im humming the blues
because I know those are true
twenty six depends on how you
cut it like grass
hundreds of blades slicing atmosphere
in perpetual motion like dust
millions of particles
floating through my room like thoughs
and I cant even count the thoughts
so she mustve been right
and here Im inadequate
but I know she was wrong
so here Ill take a stab at it
night after night
not that she knows it
too drunk to stumble up the stiars
but its the kind of block
where nobody cares
so she waits
knows damn well that soon Ill come outside
to smoke some fresh air
before I know
Im on the porch
fingers running through my hair
and thats love
boiled down to its simplest form
and thats how I want it
so I wrote a poem in pink
used words nice and gentle
swore that I loved her
mustve been mental
or my mistake might have been
loving prose more than her
when she hadnt a fuck to give
for love not bought from a store
and blamed it on me
for loving her
so Im alone
on the edge of midnight and sanity
waiting on the galaxy
to spit something back at me
anything at all
except for the apathy
thats brought on
by intangible energy
or maybe its the coctail
of blunt smoke and dramamine
I never held this over her head
but I'm about to tonight
lets go back in time
she can save her own damn life.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
The Secret Secretaries are a fixture at the 16th and Mission reading series up in beautiful San Francisco, which as many of you may know is where I got my inspiration to start The Writers Block, they have a blog too and believe it or not its even better than ours... www.16thmission.com
But back to the point. The Secret Secretaries, with their minimalist drumming, punk rock guitar, and ear piercing vocals have long been one of my very most favorite bands...and now they've gone and recorded themselves a full length album. As a long distance fan, this is truly surreal to me. I can't wait to get my copy and once you hear them, you won't be able to either. Not to mention that the first 100 fans to get their grubby little paws on a copy will also get to experience the delights of a limited edition (signed?) chap book featuring lyrics and poems from band members Shyeanne Powers, Nic Burrose, and Stellar Cassidy.
"wow, thats an offer too good to pass up! where can I get a copy?"
Well, unfortunately, they're not for sale yet, but that doesn't mean that you cant go over to The Secret Secretaries Reverb Nation page for a little sneak preview. Oh, and while you're at it you might as well check them out on facebook and myspace.
Stay updated for the album release and buy yourself a copy...it's not like you'll regret it.
"I jumped forward in time to give this album a listen, my mind was fucking BLOWN"
-anonymous time traveling fan
Sunday, September 19, 2010
We now have a fan page, I know it might seem like overkill, but I just want good coverage. Now you can "like" us. tell all your friends!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
OH YEAH, see you all next week.