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.”

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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