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Martin Pousson at the Shades and Shadows Reading Series

  • Shades and Shadows 11334 Burbank Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 91601 United States (map)

Martin Pousson will read from his latest novel-in-stories Black Sheep Boy. He will be joined in readings and conversation by Travis Sentell, Benzon Ray Barbin, Lilliam Rivera, Lauren Candia and Martin Lastrapes.


TRAVIS SENTELL was named one of the top thirty new writers under thirty by Random House in 2006, and was included in their bestselling publication, Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers: Best New Voices of 2006.
He has published work in such diverse places as the Berkeley Fiction Review, the award-winning collection Silent Voices, and the cult-journal Ampersand Review. His first novel, SINergy, was recently optioned for the screen with Mark Ordesky (Lord of the Rings trilogy) set to produce, and Jim Uhls (Fight Club) attached to write. His book, In the Shadow of Freedom (Atria, 2010) received positive reviews in over 200 newspapers nationwide, including the New York Times.

BENZON RAY BARBIN is a writer and photographer from San Diego, California. Ever since he was a kid, he has loved science-fiction and fantasy. Aside from the staples of Star Wars and Star Trek, Japanese anime like Macross and the video game series Final Fantasy inspired him to write. Benn has an interest in intelligent, action-oriented stories. He is currently trying to get his novel, Reflections of Destiny p ublished. When he’s not teaching English online or photographing, he enjoys listening to indie/electronic music on vinyl with his girlfriend Mary and drinking coffee from a French press. He has a love for football and will be disappointed when the season is over. He holds a B.A. in English from National University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. Find him on Twitter (@seiken1), and if you’re interested, samples of his photography can be viewed at:

LILLIAM RIVERA is a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow and a 2013 Enchanted Land Fellow at A Room of Her Own Foundation. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, The, Los Angeles Review of Books, Writers Tribe Review Spring 2013, Antioch University's Lunch Ticket, Sucker Literary, and Latina. She's currently working on a contemporary young adult novel titled My Shelf Life, an untitled speculative fiction novel, and various short stories. Lilliam can be found at

LAUREN CANDIA is a library scientist and co-creator of the Shades & Shadows Reading Series. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies from UC Riverside, and proudly claims the feminist title. Her entire life revolves around books and she wouldn’t have it any other way. When not planning literary events, she writes creepy stories and is currently working on her first YA novel. She lives in Los Angeles with the love her life and the most adorable puppy anyone has ever seen.

MARTIN LASTRAPES is a novelist and his debut novel, Inside the Outside, won the Grand Prize at the 2012 Paris Book Festival. He grew up in the Inland Empire, studied at Cal State San Bernardino, has a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Composition. He loves good pizza, watches his favorite movies over and over again, learned many a lesson from professional wrestling, doesn't think there is such a thing as overpaid, wonders if he'll ever be famous enough to be on "Dancing With the Stars," is scared of Vladimir Putin, wonders if it's too late to learn how to play the guitar, gets depressed when he hears the theme song from "M*A*S*H," wishes he knew more history, wonders why Teen Wolf never made it to the NBA, and wants Morgan Freeman to narrate his life.