July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Michael McLaughlin is a graduate of The University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing program and founding editor of their literary journal, The Southern California Anthology, McLaughlin has written two novels, Western People Show Their Faces and Gang of One, as well as three books of poetry, Ped Xing, The Upholstery of Heaven and Countless Cinemas (University of Hell Press, 2016, Portland, Oregon).
Countless Cinemas thoughtfully explores the difficulty of genuine connection in the midst of our everyday struggles. McLaughlin’s poetic sensibility is vivid and engaging, his aesthetic dynamic and visceral. He unflinchingly examines the subjectivity of our experience, offering readers “a universe of closet-sized cinemas / each occupied by a single person / eternally viewing a different film.”
McLaughlin’s poetry and prose have appeared in numerous publications and he was selected Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo county in 2003. Additionally, McLaughlin is entering his fourth year running the central coast’s Live from the CORE poetry/performance series in Santa Maria, California.
He is an Artist in Residence at Pleasant Valley State Prison. He has worked for twenty-eight years as an Artist-in-Residence at Atascadero State Hospital, a maximum security forensic facility. He has also worked with the California Department of Corrections, the California Youth Authority, and as the San Luis Obispo county Area Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools.