Los Angeles

Why There Are Words-Los Angeles takes place bimonthly second Sundays of the month, 5:30 pm, at KaffeBaren, 1000 South Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90015 (at Olympic Blvd.) Patrick O’Neil with Ashley Perez coordinate Why There Are Words-Los Angeles.

patrick-oneilPatrick O’Neil is an author, musician, and filmmaker. The author of the memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon (Dzanc Books), Patrick’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Juxtapoz, Salon, The Nervous BreakdownRazorcake, and he has been nominated twice for Best of the Net.

He is a regular contributor to AfterPartyMagazine, a contributing editor for Sensitive Skin Magazine, and a PEN Center USA Professional and a former Emerging Voices Fellowship Mentor. Patrick holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and teaches in AULA’s Inspiration2Publication program. He recently relocated from the glittery sleaze of Hollywood to live in L.A.’s monument to broken dreams, the über hip downtown district, with his fiancé and two giant Maine Coons.

ashley-with-coffee-2Ashley Perez lives, writes, and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She has a strong affinity for tattoos, otters, cat mystery books, and actual cats, but has mixed feelings about pants.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for Jaded Ibis Press, and Midnight Breakfast. Her work can be found at The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, The Weeklings, Red Light Lit, and others. Find her on Twitter at @ArtsCollide.

Contact Patrick & Ashley at wtawlosangeles AT gmail DOT com.