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Why We Write: Roadshow – Anaheim

May 16, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Purchase Tickets / Seating Limited


We’re excited to announce our spotlight speakers and guest host for the special Why We Write: Roadshow event at Cooks Chapel, Packing House, Anaheim on Wednesday, May 16. Interested in joining the Why We Write: Roadshow? Submit your essay for consideration.

Shauna Barbosa is the author of the poetry collection Cape Verdean Blues (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, The Southeast Review, Boulevard, Lit Hub, Lenny Letter, Virginia Quarterly Review, Foundry, Wildness, The Atlas Review, PANK, and others. She is a 2018 Disquiet International Luso-American fellow. Shauna received her MFA from Bennington College in Vermont and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Amanda Fletcher is the Emerging Voices Fellowship manager at PEN America Los Angeles. A 2012 Emerging Voices Fellow herself, she is also a former writer and editor for After Party Magazine, and her travel and feature writing have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Orange County Register, Coast Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, and the Ignite Magazine blog. She previously worked with a global nonprofit for which she helped young chief executives tell their stories, and she has been a moderator for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, taught writing workshops for at-risk communities, and read sections of her memoir in progress for Tongue and Groove, Dirty Laundry Lit, Vamp, and Roar Shack. She is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Ryan Gattis is a writer & educator. His most recent novel, Safe, is a heist thriller about a DEA safecracker gone rogue, ripping off gang-owned drug safes in order to help citizens hurt during the market crash of 2008. It’s essentially Robin Hood Noir. The book is set in the same world of South Central Los Angeles as his previous novel, All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots, which was grounded in 2.5 years of research & background spent with former Latino gang members, firefighters, nurses, & other L.A. citizens who lived through it. All Involved won the American Library Association’s Alex Award & the Lire Award for Noir of the Year in France; translated into 11 languages, it has been called “a high-octane speedball of a read” by The New York Times & its film rights were acquired by HBO. Gattis is also the author of Kung Fu High School (out now in the UK as Kung Fu, to be re-released in the USA in Sept. 2017).

Nancy Lynée Woo is an incorrigible optimist, a 2015 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and the author of two chapbooks, Bearing the Juice of It All (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and Rampant (Sadie Girl Press, 2014). She teaches poetry workshops called Surprise the Line and is co-founder of the Long Beach Literary Arts Center. She holds a degree in sociology from UC Santa Cruz and works as a ghostwriter, content editor and arts organizer.



Join the community and submit, subscribe, and support the Why We Write: Roadshow and Orange County Tour. Live events will be produced throughout Orange County and feature author readings from curated essay submissions. Each event will be recorded for audio podcast and video documentary. Produced in partnership with Anaheim Packing District and The LAB.

The LAB Anti-Mall, Costa Mesa
Wednesday, April 18 / Free
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cooks Chapel, Packing House, Anaheim
Wednesday, May 16 / $9
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

1888 Center, Orange
Wednesday, June 20 / $9
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm



May 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Cooks Chapel, Packing House
440 S Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, 92805 United States
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