Join Rick Lupert and special guests for a free online event celebrating the release of Rick’s 26th collection of poems “I Am Not Writing a Book of Poems in Hawaii.” Saturday, August 20, at 3pm (pacific). Featuring poems from the book and special guests including Hawaii tour guide and slam poet Jack Gonya, and Addie Lupert performing Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s famous melody!

This is a free event and all are welcome to watch on Facebook live at

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“Poets in L.A.” Written for and Performed at “A Day of Poetry in L.A.”

Here’s a poem I wrote for poets in Los Angeles, read at the extraordinary “A Day of Poetry in L.A.” at the downtown L.A. Central Library event organized by our poet laureate Lynne Thompson and Grant Hier. August 13, 2022. The whole program is a delicious smorgasbord of Los Angeles poets and is well worth watching here.

My First Small Reading from “I Am Not Writing a Book of Poems In Hawaii”

Thanks to Linda Ravenswood invited me to Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore to help celebrate the release of Los Angeles Press’ V6//the Dance. (Thanks Linda!) I read a few poems (including 2 from my new book!) with a great group of poets including L.A.’s poet-laureate Lynn Thompson, Christina Cha, Bernadette McComish, Brian Sonia-Wallace and Colleen Shoshana McKee. Check out the video here:

Hiroshima Day Commemoration Event

Hiroshima Day Commemoration and Reading from The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express featuring readings from Rick Lupert’s book “The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express” along with Hiroshima Tanka from Mariko Kitakubo (live from Japan), and music from Cantor Aviva Rosenbloom and Joel Siegel.

Learn more about The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express here.

Visit Marika Kitakubo on the web here.

8 Minute Set on Ireland’s Eat the Storms Podcast!

Thanks to Ireland’s Damien B Donnelley for having me on the  “Eat the Storms” podcast. In addition to an 8 minutes set of poems from me, this episode also features readings from Sinéad Nolan, Stewart Carswell, Alice Kinsella, Ben Ray, and Giovanna MacKenna. Listen in the player below or on your preferred podcast platform here.

New poem from Hawaii published at Oddball Magazine

I’ve got a new book of poems written in Hawaii coming out soon and the good folks at Oddball Magazine have published a poem from it. Check out “Factual Facts” at Oddball here.

Fried Potato Press reviews The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express

Thanks so much to E.R. Sanchez of Fried Potato Press for this incredible deep dive into my most recent book “The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express!” It’s quite a read and I couldn’t be more humbled by how much he immersed himself in the work. Thanks E.R! Check out the review here.

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