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Performances and Workshops Calendar

November 2021

  • 5:30-5:40 pm "Anti-Racism"

    • Presentation for the Bridge program by Russell E. Thornhill

  • 5:40-6:00 pm Documentary about photography

    • Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson​

  • 6:00-6:30 pm: "We Think She Crazy" and "Confrontation" 

    • Spoken word by Shaunteka LaTrese Curry

  • 6:30-7:00 pm: Mutant Sounds 

    • Performance by Matt​ Castille

  • 7:00-8:00 pm: Festival of 4-Minute Student Films

    • Hosted by Charley Lang ​with films by Levin Jarrett, Peter Ehrenfried, Meredith Bishop, Brewster Parsons, Madison Wilson, and Alexandra Hedison

  • 2:00-3:15 pm: “North/South/East/West: Poetry as Home” 

    • Reading by Jeri Frederickson

  • 6:00-8:00 pm: Discussion on Policy Recommendation to Repair Harm

    • Artist talk with LaRae Cantley

  • 6:00-7:10 pm: Two Hawks Quarterly Reading 

    • Performances by Sarah Lilus, Grant Clauser, and Colin Dodds

  • 7:10-8:00pm: "s t i l l", "s t u c k", and "Hush Now" 

    • Modern dance performance on film and live by Diane Tomasi

  • 7:10-8:00pm: "No Way to Be", "Though Love", and "I Hate Underwear" 

    • Adult contemporary vocal performance by Cynthia Ansay

  • 7:10-8:00pm: "Rebuilding Hearts - in honor of Dr. Lamar Smith" 

    • Reading by Debbie Odell​

Saturday, November 13th

5:30-8:00 PM PST

Sunday, November 14th

2:00-3:15 PM PST

Monday, November 15th 

6:00-8:00 PM PST

Tuesday, November 16th

6:00-8:00 PM PST

Thursday, November 18th

4:00-6:00 PM PST

  • 4:00-5:00 pm: Spacerock/Folkloric 

    • Solo performance by Ángel L. Martinez

  • 5:00-6:00 pm: “Building Resilient Dreams” and MFA student reading 

    • Hosted by MFA in Creative Writing Program​

Friday, November, 19th

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST

Saturday, November 20th

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST

  • 6:00-7:00pm: Festival of 4-Minute Student Films

    • Hosted by Charley Lang with films by Levin Jarrett, Peter Ehrenfried, Meredith Bishop, Brewster Parsons, Madison Wilson, and Alexandra Hedison

  • 7:00-8:00 pm: Online Live Comedy Show 

    • With comedy group Lucy Said Go​

  • 5:00-600 pm: Dj House Set 

    • Dj set by AJ​​​

Saturday November 13th
5:30-8:00 pm PST

"Anti-Racism" with Russell E. Thornhill @ 5:30-5:40 pm

 Documentary on Photography with Cartier-Bresson @ 5:40-6:00 pm

"Photography is not like painting," Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."

"We Think She Crazy" and "Confrontation" with Shaunteka LaTrese @ 6:00-6:30 pm

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Spoken word piece.

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"Mutant Sounds" with Matt Castille @ 6:30-7:00 pm


As musician, producer and one of the former Mutant Sounds blog contributor, Vas Deferens Organization’s Matt Castille has been tirelessly creating and advocating for adventurous, outrageous and outre’ sounds for over two decades, as a psychic bulwark against the soul sucking inertial drag of contemporary social reality. 

Festival of 4-Minute Student Films with Charley Lang @ 7:00-8:00 pm

Film Reels

Select 4-minute student-made films from the BA class ‘Documentary Film & The American Psyche’ will be featured in this mini film fest, including Q&A with student filmmakers.


Films to be screened:


"What We Leave Behind" by Levin Jarrett

"Surfridge" by Peter Ehrenfried

"Silence" by Meredith Bishop

"Quack" by Brewster Parsons

"Safer Alone" by Madison Wilson

"Tyris" by Alexandra Hedison

Sunday November 14th 2:00-3:15 pm PST

"North/South/East/West: Poetry as Home" with Jeri Frederickson @ 2:00-3:15pm

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Jeri swims in literary, visual, and performing arts as an expression of survival. She dives into art as a channel to nurture love and access beauty while questioning the experiences that hold people together. She calls Chicago home with her two cats and many plants. She

She graduated from Antioch University Los Angeles with an MFA in Writing and from Hope College with a BA in Theater and English. She is the Creative Director of a nonprofit arts organization whose mission centers survivors of sexual violence. In the Chicago theater community, she is a member of Irish Theatre of Chicago, and she spent ten years as a freelance stage manager. Her chapbook You Are Not Lost is forthcoming in October 2021 from Finishing Line Press.

Monday November 15th 6:00-8:00 pm PST

"Discussion on Policy Recommendation to Repair Harm" an artist talk with LaRae Cantley @ 6:00-8:00 pm

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LaRae Cantley is the Co-Founder of the Housing Justice LA-Podcast and summit with over 20 years of experience in advocacy as a visionary, speaker, activist, and consultant in various sectors relating to upholding human dignity. While standing for social justice, LaRae utilizes creative art expression and storytelling to operationalize tailored inclusionary practices. In solidarity with Co-Op principles and values, LaRae leads steering committees and advisory boards while centering subject matter experts' voices to co-design human/health and social services for equatable outcomes.

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Tuesday November 16th 6:00-8:00 pm PST

Two Hawks Quarterly Reading" with performances by Sarah Lilus, Grant Clauser, and Colin Dodds @

6:00-7:10 pm

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Two Hawks Quarterly (THQ) was begun in 2007 by a bold and talented group of creative writing students in the BA Program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Within a few years, the journal was attracting and publishing work from writers all over the world. Students continue to provide the life's blood for THQ, which has become a formal endeavor of Antioch University's creative writing concentration. Now published digitally twice a year, Two Hawks Quarterly remains dedicated to publishing exquisitely crafted fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and works that defy easy genre categorization which we call Genre X.

Faculty advisers, Deborah A. Lott, MFA, (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters) and Caley O'Dwyer, MA, MFT, (Summer quarter) with the strong support of Alistair McCartney, MFA, oversee the journal. We pride ourselves on our transparent and democratic review process, with submissions read by at least one faculty adviser and three students, and many works discussed passionately and read aloud in weekly editorial meetings. We're not impressed by cover letters, or where a writer's been published in the past, only by the power of their words on the page. From its inception, Two Hawks has been dedicated to publishing works that spark debate, challenge readers' expectations, and take risks.

"s t i l l", "s t u c k" and "Hush Now" Modern Dance Performance with Diane Tomasi @ 7:10-8:00 pm

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DIANE TOMASI (she/her) -performs on the ground and in the air, as a dancer and aerialist. She began as a gymnast at the young age of 2, later began to dance, and then was introduced to aerial through an inclusive, abled/disabled body workshop with Blue-Eyed Soul Dance Company in the UK. Diane has performed at Galapagos Art Space, The Slipper Room, Jacob’s Pillow, The Wild Project, Dance New Amsterdam, The Muse Brooklyn among other places and with Phaedra’s Cabaret, Ko-Ryo Dance Theater as well as in her own work. Diane is a founder of a community of artists called This Body, whose mission is to come together to ease the challenging aspects of creating work in New York City and to bring together artists who are looking for community. This Body hosts a range of events including: community potlucks, workshops, performances, and classes in dance, acrobatics and aerial, as well as Thai massage sessions. As a queer cis white woman, Diane is interested in bettering herself, building community, challenging internal and external biases and ‘social norms’ through research, performance and her community. 

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"No Way To Be," "Tough Love" and "I Hate Underwear" Adult Contemporary Vocal Performance with Cynthia Ansay @ 7:10-8:00 pm

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I have written hundreds of songs since the 3rd grade and started on a $25 black and red Gibson guitar. My biography is too long, but recently I’ve had fun making iMovie’s. You can see them on my YouTube channel. I will send one I recorded professionally in the studio and one I did at home. I am always writing new songs and exploring how to record them. It’s fun! My stage name is Anjanique Shine. I don’t use Cynthia.

"Rebuilding Hearts" in honor of Dr. Lamar Smith  with Debbie Odell @ 7:10-8:00pm

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Debbi Odell is a graduate student in the Masters of Clinical Psychology, Somatics program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, and a Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee.  She is studying Expressive Arts Therapy at the Northwest Creative and Expressive Arts Institute and incorporates her lifelong love of visual arts, poetry, writing, music, and movement in her work. 


The story behind the poem:


In 2018 I was living and working in Orange County, and applying to graduate programs for psychology, including Antioch University Santa Barbara, because I was interested in the Somatics concentration.  Then one of my favorite coworkers died suddenly, when he was in his 30s, and I began a poem for our work commemoration.  When I was researching, I found his doctorate thesis – was from Antioch University of Santa Barbara!  I didn’t know he’d attended this program, and it was an uncanny coincidence. He was an amazing clinician and beautiful human being, not clinical and detached, so I decided Antioch must be a program that supports the whole person in their learning, and their growth.  I moved to Santa Barbara and started the program that fall.  


This poem is not the poem I wrote for that service.  It is an evolved version of the original, reflecting my growth as a person and poet, from my studies in psychology and expressive arts over the last few years.  It is a tribute and witness to both him - a man who was truly loved and respected by his colleagues, clients, bosses, and friends - and to the school that shaped him, the same school that shaped me.  I am so grateful for the positive role he played in my life and lives of others, and for him bringing me here, and I miss him.  Thank you Lamar.

Thursday November 18th 4:00-6:00 pm PST

Space Rock/Folktronica Solo Performance with Ángel Martinez @ 4:00-5:00 pm

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In the beginning it was the word,

and the word was love.

“Building Resilient Dreams” with AULA MFA Creative Writers @ 5:00-6:00 pm


Poetry and prose reading hosted by Antioch University MFA Creative Writing Program.

Aman K. Batra is a nationally touring, Punjabi-American poet from Artesia, CA. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Creative Writing, and is currently obtaining her MFA in poetry at Antioch University. She is a TEDx speaker, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and a member of the 2016 and 2017 Hollywood Slam Team. Aman’s poetry is heavily tied to her work as an educator, activist, and intersectional feminist. Her work has been featured on All Def Poetry, Button Poetry, Vibe, BeSe, and The Huffington Post. She has been published in The Los Angeles Press, LA County Arts Commission, and Fight Evil With Poetry Anthology.


Ahsan Butt was born in Toronto, is of Pakistani descent, and currently lives in Los Angeles. His short-fiction and essays have appeared in West Branch, Barrelhouse, The Massachusetts Review, The Normal School, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Also, he is currently a Senior Editor at South Asian Avant Garde: A Dissident Literary Anthology (SAAG).


Antoinette M. Wiley '22 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) is a freelance writer, editor, singer, and foodie currently working on a short story collection. Although based in Cleveland, Ohio, she lives vicariously in Los Angeles. IG: @antoinettemarchelle


Nancy Lynée Woo is a poet, writer and community organizer. As the founder of Surprise the Line, a community poetry workshop, she believes in the power of the arts to bring people together. Nancy has been awarded fellowships from the Arts Council for Long Beach, PEN America and Idyllwild Writers Week. She has published two chapbooks. She is currently an MFA candidate at Antioch University, and has taught poetry in settings such as colleges, nonprofits and primary schools.


Lisa Locascio Nighthawk is a core faculty member in the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing program and the executive director of the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. Her novel Open Me was published by Grove Atlantic in 2018.

Friday November 19th
6:00-8:00 pm PST

Festival of 4-Minute Student Films with Charley Lang @ 6:00-700 pm

Film Reels

Select 4-minute student-made films from the BA class ‘Documentary Film & The American Psyche’ will be featured in this mini film fest, including Q&A with student filmmakers.


Films to be screened:


"What We Leave Behind" by Levin Jarrett

"Surfridge" by Peter Ehrenfried

"Silence" by Meredith Bishop

"Quack" by Brewster Parsons

"Safer Alone" by Madison Wilson

"Tyris" by Alexandra Hedison

Lucy Said Go @ 7:00-8:00 pm

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Lucy Said Go is a group of four improvisers and writers—Rex, Sarah, Natalie, and Marianne—who met through The Second City Conservatory program and found a shared love for exploring the world through comedy, characters, and fun. Through improvisation, sketch, and parody, Lucy Said Go explores social anxieties, cultural taboos, and relevant news with comedic satire.

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Rex Barraza is an LA native who loves true crime and fake crime genres alike. Non-profit lackey by day, writer, performer, and all-around family woman by night. If she isn't busy poking fun at how crazy life is, you can find her baking, painting, crafting or vegging on a couch in Northeast Los Angeles. 


Sarah Snedeker is a comedian, producer, actress, and writer. A world traveler, she currently lives in between New York City and Virginia Beach working on an animated show pilot.


Originally from Belarus, Natalie Truhan is obsessed with the language of state propaganda in authoritarian societies. When she doesn't program coordinate Antioch's MFA in Creative Writing program, Natalie is trying to figure out the world by writing fiction and comedy. 


Marianne Wiedeman is a producer, writer, and performer who loves laughing uncontrollably, head versus heart, and the light through the cracks. Her hobbies include cheeseburgers, embarrassing moments, and magic. A full-time unscripted television producer, Marianne aspires to tell honest, truthful, and inspiring candid stories about real life. 

Saturday November 20th 5:00-6:00 pm PST

DJ House Music Set with Ayo Jadesimi (AJ) @ 5:00-6:00 pm


"There is nothing more artistic than to love people." -Van Gogh

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