Short Fiction Series at The Federal Bar


Last fall I had the pleasure to meet the woman behind this series and one of her writer. Watch our interview below the announcement. Stories & great brew? What's a better combination?


 “…a night of vibrant, living art.” Forth Magazine

The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles' longest running spoken word series, presents its 10th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show featuring new fiction by Sue Coppa, Josh DuBose, Scott Fabbro, Darri Farr, James Gabriel anMel ToltzSunday, May 12, 2012 at The Federal Bar.  The performance stars spoken word artist Sally Shore, with guest cast Taylor Calmus (The Middle), Jim Hanks (Robot Chicken), Jesse Holcomb (Glee, Luck), Joshua Lamont (Homebound) and Shaun Shimoda (Grateful Crane Ensemble).  The Federal Bar is located at 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91601.  Performances begin at 7:00 pm, admission is $10.00with advance purchase, $15.00 same day, advance purchase tickets recommended.  For advance tickets and program information, or call 866-468-3399.  

Sue Coppa has spent many years writing non-fiction, with work published in books such as The Livable City and Culture Builds Communities: The Power of the Arts to Strengthen Neighborhoods.  She has been writing fiction since childhood, but only recently begun to submit stories for public consumption, and has been published in The Houston Literary ReviewCoppa has two book-length manuscripts nearing completion; one based loosely on her time in West Africa with the Peace Corps, and a second centered around the much more terrifying subject of dating in Los Angeles.

Originally from Texas, Josh DuBose has been living in Los Angeles as a writer/performer for ten years.  In 2011 he was nominated for UCLA's James Kirkwood Literary Prize and was also published for the first time in Zyzzyva's Winter issue. DuBose received the 2012 Peter K. Hixson Memorial Scholarship, awarded byWriter's Relief, Inc. His work will appear in the upcoming spring issue of Bull: {men's fiction}.

Scott Fabbro a Los Angeles native, is a motorcycle road-racer, professional racing announcer, rock-and-roll roadie, artist and a builder and restorer of antique carousels. He is a student in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program and has published articles and stories in Kelp Magazine and the 356 Registry.

Darri Farr was born in Philadelphia. She studied at New York University with Jennifer Egan and has continued, post BA, to take classes at UCLA ExtensionFarr lives in Los Angeles, where she works in photography.

James Gabriel is passionate about enlightening and inspiring people through the art of writing and storytelling. He currently has five complete novels and his current body of work is very healthy. At the completion of his first novel, Cracking CharlieGabriel’s passion and joy accelerated to an unimaginable degree. It is a rare day when he doesn’t write. Gabriel created a one person show with Ernie SilvaHeavy Like the Weight of a Flame, which won several awards and has traveled across the U.S. to New York, London and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He blogcasts at

Mel Toltz is from Sydney, Australia and has contributed as a music journalist to the Australian editions of Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, as well as other publications. She moved to Los Angeles, working as a development executive and script editor on various film and TV projects. Toltz is currently in the Bennington Writing Seminars, the MFA program at Bennington College, Vermont. 

The New Short Fiction Series is a member of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.