VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?
ESCORIA: I once went to a poetry reading in Hell’s Kitchen. The crowd was loud and drunk, causing one reader to yell things at them like, “Shut up or I’ll fucking stab you.” Strippers danced during the break, wearing black strap-ons and eagle masks, while the audience slipped dollar bills into their g-strings. Fun fact: Melissa Broder was also at that reading.
writes things for Electric Literature’s blog, The Outlet. Her story collection, Black Cloud, will be published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2014.
VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve ever had at a reading?
MAURER: At one of my first readings I was presenting my debut chapbook. I made the near-fatal mistake of eating spicy food and drinking coffee followed by some shots of tequila to soothe my nerves. When I began reading, World War III was setting off in my stomach. There was some serious heavy artillery going on. I came very close to soiling myself.
Justin Maurer is a writer and musician from Los Angeles. He was born in L.A. but came of age in the Great Pacific Northwest where he recorded 3 albums and embarked on world tours with his storied punk band Clorox Girls. After a decade of nonstop touring, the band fell apart and he worked and lived in Madrid and London. In Europe he formed the band Suspect Parts before a full-circle return to L.A. Maurer’s first book Don’t Take Your Life”(Future Tense Books) was published in 2006. His new book Seventeen Television is now available from Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He currently sings for the punk/’60s pop band L.A. Drugz and plays guitar in punk/glam band Maniac.
Come see Justin Maurer perform at 826LA Echo Park on Friday, April 5.