CalArtian Poets Join Reading at Des Pair Books

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On Saturday, Feb. 26, Des Pair Books in Los Angeles presents a reading of works by five writers, hosted by poet and curator Em Brill. Three of the participating readers are CalArtians: Ani Tatintsyan (Critical Studies MA 16), Leah Clancy (Critical Studies MFA 16), Julia Lans Nowak (Critical Studies MFA 17), along with Aiden Arata, and Giulia Bencivenga

Tatintsyan is a writer and filmmaker and the author of the poetry books Letters to Strangers (2013) and Everything is Magic (2016). In 2020, her essay “Eros: Repopulation and the Instinct of Self-Preservation,” a reflection on social media trends by Armenian youth in response to the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, was published in The Armenian Mirror-Spectator.

Clancy is a writer, educator, and arts advocate and co-founding editor of Potluck Mag.

Nowak is a poet, translator, and musician. Among her published works are the chapbooks Heaven Tabletop Garage and Forms.

Described by Vanity Fair as a “laid-back and buzzy” bookshop, Des Pair Books was opened in 2021 in Echo Park, California by Addison Richley. The store offers a selection of film and art books and new releases, as well as several of Richley’s personal picks. The store also serves as a gallery, with its walls “adorned with a rotating list of practicing artists each season.”

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PUBLISHED BY Taya Zoormandan

As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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