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The MoE Green Poetry Dissicusion with Rafael F.J Alvarado

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Join Rafael as he talks to Iris Berry Iris Berry has been called a lot of things but one of the best is “A punk rock James Ellroy in fishnets.” One of the true and original progenitors of the LA punk scene. A native Angelino, her lifetime spent in the City of Angels has resulted in over two decades worth of astonishing literary contributions. Berry’s writing has been widely anthologized. In The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry she appears along side the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Internationally known, her wit and often dark, factual accuracy and empathy for her subjects has brought critical acclaim as well as a huge fan base. Berry is the Author of four books including “The Underground Guide To Los Angeles,” co-authored with writing partner Pleasant Gehman. Berry writes her experiences with wit, grace and deadly precision. Her lullaby-and-bedtime-story voice is like a haunting tour of Los Angeles that lingers like one of the city’s famous unsolved murders. Her writing is gritty and scarred, but loaded with details, and an ironic, wry sense of humor. Whether she is paying tribute to a deceased cat, describing the suicidal tendencies of a gangster ex-boyfriend, or matter-of-factly chronicling a string of heroine overdoses, there is always a connecting thread - survivors wisdom and a sense of universal hope. Telling stories of Hollywood as it is and was, with a nonchalance that's fragile, intelligent and tough all at once. And she doesn't hide the sometimes unpleasant scenarios beneath flowery language.