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JEWS!Jewish Currents will be celebrated on Sunday, May 8th, at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice with a reading of contemporary Jewish poetry and an exhibit of some artworks by the magazine’s editor, Lawrence Bush. The program will start at 4 p.m.

As editor of the 70-year-old progressive quarterly, Bush will discuss its history and philosophy and read from his own works. He will share the program with three prominent Los Angeles-area poets. Bush is the author of several books, including Bessie, a Novel of Love and Revolution, and Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist.

The other readers will be:

Florence Weinberger, long a pillar of L.A.’s poetry community. Her books include Breathing Like a Jew and Sacred Graffiti. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies.

Carine Topal, author of Bed of Want, which won the Robert G. Cohen Prose Poem Award, and Tattooed winner of the Palettes and Quills” chapbook award. She, too, is widely published.

Sherman Pearl is immediate past president of Beyond Baroque and a co-founder of the L.A. Poetry Festival. His most recent collections are The Poem in the Time of War and Elegy for Myself.

Beyond Baroque is located at 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice. For further information call (310) 453-0183.