Ellyn & Robbie

May 4, 2013
4 pm – 7 pm

Ellyn Maybe & Robbie Fitzsimmons have a new project that I am so excited about and we get to see them here right at the beginning of their cross-country tour.

From the Ellyn & Robbie page:

Ellyn and Robbie join forces to create a fusion of poetry and music.
Collectively, these performers have played venues from the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival in the UK to Sunset Strip iconic clubs.

Ellyn Maybe is an award winning poet who has toured internationally and began working with Robbie Fitzsimmons in The Ellyn Maybe Band 3 years ago.

Robbie, a brilliant multi instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, has done various musical projects, including the amazing Rabbits Running.

Together, Ellyn and Robbie bring a unique perspective to the table of art and song.

Jackson Browne writing about Ellyn Maybe
I have started to write something about you for your site several times, and each time I am struck by my inability to describe what you do in terms beautiful enough, original enough to do you justice. But it’s always been this way. Who has ever been able to say in other words what a song says? Maybe it’s why I like your poems so much, they say what can only be said in exactly the way you say it. The best way of turning someone on to you is to play you for them. – Jackson Browne

There is a video of Ellyn & Robbie here:


Eric Morago & Kate Buckley

April 6, 2013
4 pm – 7 pm

Now look, look what we’ve done! We’ve got Eric Morago and Kate Buckley to agree to a round robin out in the garden at PondWater! OMG, I am so looking forward to this!

Eric Morago is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. Currently Eric is poet-in-residence with California Workforce Association, teaches for Red Hen Press’ Writing in the Schools program and is an associate reviewer for Poetix.net. He is the author of What We Ache For (Moon Tide Press, 2010), and most recently the chapbook, Here for the Friction (Orange Ocean Press, 2012). Eric holds an MFA in poetry from California State University, Long Beach and lives in Whittier, CA.




Kate Buckley’s poems have appeared in Bellingham Review, The Cafe Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, Slipstream and numerous anthologies. She holds an MFA from Spalding University and is the author of A Wild Region (Moon Tide Press, 2008). and Follow Me Down (Tebot Bach, 2009). A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her awards include a Gabeheart Prize and the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize. She lives in Laguna Beach.

Paul Suntup & Daniel McGinn

March 16, 2013
4 pm – 7 pm


t’s been a while since I’ve posted an event so here are the usual details: Normally on the First Saturday of each month the PondWater Society hosts an event featuring poetry, music, prose, visual art, comedy, theater, or any other fantastic form of communication we can find. There is always lots of food and wine and we have dinner after the event for anyone who would like to stay.

We’ve had to change the date this month, it’s normally on the 1st Saturday of the month, but that doesn’t mean that it will be any less than spectacular.

There is no admission fee but there is a tip jar to help defray the costs.

Here are the bios for our beloved feature poets:

Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in Field, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Rattle, Zyzzyva, and other journals. New work is forthcoming in Ghost Town. His most recent collections are ‘Birthday Girl With Possum’ (2011 Write Bloody Publishing) and ‘Calamity Joe’ (2012 Red Hen Press). He currently teaches at the Windward School and is adjunct professor with Antioch Los Angeles. Mr. Constantine also regularly offers workshops in hospitals, foster care centers and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Brendan couldn’t make it but we’ll get him here soon!

Paul Suntup’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications including Rattle, Spillway, Artlife, Cider Press Review, ISM and the anthology 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. His long-awaited collection of poetry, Sunset at the Temple of Olives was nominated for a National Book Award. He was born in South Africa and currently resides in Southern California.

Daniel McGinn has written about poetry for Next Magazine and the OC Weekly. His poems have appeared in a lot of publications, including Spillway, Pearl, Donut Touch Me, Tide Pools, Don’t Blame the Mug and Aim for the Head (an anthology of zombie poetry.) He has had several chapbooks included in the Laguna Poets chapbook series. Daniel’s first full length book of poems, 1000 Black Umbrellas, was recently released by Write Bloody. He is currently enrolled in the low residency masters in writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Coming Soon…

April 6: Eric Morago and Kate Buckley

May 4: Ellyn & Robbie

June 1: TBA

July 6: TBA

August 3: Poets in Distress

Yvonne de La Vega & Judith Terzi

January 5, 2013
4 pm – 7 pm

Oh, holy sugar cookies. You are going to fall in love on Saturday. These women will grab you by the hair and drag you around the world and you’ll be happy for it.

Poet Yvonne de la Vega was born and raised in Los Angeles and her works embody the very spirit of the city. Yvonne’s voice is one of social consciousness, compassion and humor, and she often hails the beauty she finds in most every aspect of life, be it in the backyard of a suburban neighborhood, the winding roads of Mulholland Highway or in the eyes of a homeless person heralding prophesies from the corner of Hollywood and Highland.

Yvonne has recorded spoken word with numerous great names in the music and recording industry, including tracks produced by Ray Manzarek of The Doors, she features on “Jump Street” with Herb Alpert, (A&M Records) a Spoken Word and hip hop single that showcases her poetry with Alpert’s music. de la Vega’s writings appear in a number of literary journals and collections. Her first invitation to become published was in Pearl Number 14 – Fall/Winter 1991, where she appears with Charles Bukowsi. Currently she is editing “The Sins of The Father”, the upcoming autobiography of fellow writer John Blythe Barrymore of the legendary Barrymore Family.

de la Vega’s body of work is compiled in her first book, Tomorrow, Yvonne. Poetry & Prose for Suicidal Egotists just released on Punk Hostage Press. The book’s Foreword is a wonderful contribution by Ray Manzarek of The Doors. An author himself, the foreword is a beautifully written piece of prose that is an ode to Jim Morrison’s “City of Night”, as well as a promise that all who read Yvonne are in for “a hell of a good time. ”Ray’s apparent love for L.A. is that common thread that runs through every LA Poet from Bukowski to Morrison, and he honors de la Vega’s work from that familiarity of the city they’ve both shared a lifetime in. Ray muses that, “Yvonne is the lucky little lady in the lights.”

In the “Hollywood Review”, she appears with Hubert Selby Jr., Michael C Ford, and Michael Lally just to name a few. She appears on Malcolm McClaren’s “Round the Outside, Round The Outside” album (Virgin Records), with a poem by Garcia Lorca. She has also appeared on several spoken word recordings that producer Harvey Kubernik produced for New Alliance Records, her recording peers consisting of Amiri Baraka, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman and others.

Judith Terzi is the author of Sharing Tabouli (Finishing Line, 2011) and The Road to Oxnard (Pudding House finalist, 2010). Recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Society: What Poets See (FutureCycle Press), Malala: Future Cycle Press Anthology, Poemeleon, Poetry Project Erotic Poem Anthology (Tupelo Press), The Prose-Poem Project, and elsewhere. Her poems have received recognition and awards as well as nominations for Best of the Net and Web. She taught high school French for many years as well as English at California State University, Los Angeles, and in Algiers, Algeria.

A Cure For The Wintertime Blues

December 1, 2012
4 pm – 7 pm

Let me tell you about this. I want this month to be a celebration of us. I want us to entertain each other and feed each other and make each other laugh and cry.

I think that we should have presents. I like presents, don’t you? So we should have a gift exchange and that thing where people steal your present and you take it back and some schmuck ends up with it.

Bring a wrapped gift. $5.00 max, but try to make it useful, not a joke. No one wants to be the butt of joke.

No features! Open reading, we’re going feral.

No Dinner! It’s a pot-luck, but I think that it would be fun to have all appetizers and desert. Bring one of those.

We will have a raffle and grab bags and we will celebrate like heathens in the cold!

If you want to read in the open, RSVP and leave a message on this page.

I cannot wait to see you! You know who you are, you plucky bastard.

The Mammary Chronicles: Bearing Breasts Tour

November 3, 2012
4 pm – 7 pm

Deanne and Raundi will be jiggling their way into a town near you…


who have SURVIVED them.

Will be performing pieces from their chapbook.

(A bodacious little book for anyone who
someone who does,

All proceeds will benefit
Deanne Brown and Patricia Burkhardt’s
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team


October 2nd –
Hosted by SUPERHERO Jaimes Palacio
125 N. Broadway, Artist’s Village, Santa Ana; 714.835-8840.

November 3rd -WITH HELICOPTER playing songs from their NEW ALBUM – LOVE REMAINS http://helicopterband.com/loveremains.cfm
Pondwater Society 4pm
Hosted by Ed and Joanne Baines
(The King and Queen of Raundi’s heart)
16504 E. Masline, Covina Ca

November 13th –
BARNES AND NOBLE, Marina Pacifica Long Beach 7pm
with the flipping gorgeous and talented Ricki Mandeville
hosted by G. Murray Thomas (who’s worth is about a billion G’s)
Long Beach, Marina Pacifica Mall, 6326 E. PCH, L.B. 90803; 562.431-2253.

November 14th –
SHOUT!!! , Half off books, 7pm
Hosted by Eric Morago. (The reason you will never see Spiderman anywhere on the 2nd Wednesday of every month)
6708 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier 90601.

November 27th –
Hosted by Rick Lupert. The man who contains more poetry per cubic inch than any poet alive or dead. http://poetrysuperhighway.com/PoetLinks.html

January 19th-
Saturday Afternoon Poetry 3-5pm
Hosted by Don “The King of Poetry” Kingfisher


Can’t make any of tour dates?
Stay tuned, more are being added everyday

To make a donation to the team, visit www.theyesmom.com

Deanne Brown is the lead singer in a rock band and has a tattoo of a phoenix on her left shoulder.More than just a symbol of the city from which she hails. This bird rising from the flames is also a symbol of her spirit. Whether she is homeschooling, carpooling, training for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for a Cure, or writing her anthology about her adventures in breast cancer, she emerges wiser, stronger and more empowered to find a better way of life. Her courage to say “yes” to her passions as often as possible, even if it means bucking convention every step of the way, is an inspiration to everyone who knows her. Her unique philosophy on education made the front page of the Chicago Tribune, the California Homeschooler and taught Dr. Phil a thing or two about parenting. She is also a contributing writer for Self Esteem E-Magazine and has been published on Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life blog. You can read about some of her greatest adventures with her family, friends and all-girl band “Daisy Chain” in her blog www.Theyesmom.com.

Raundi Moore-Kondo is a wife, mother, writer, teacher, bass player and body boarding buddy who is convinced the zombie apocalypse is just another metaphor for poetry–which explains her compulsion to want to infect everyone she meets. Alas, she founded For The Love of Words, offering creative writing and poetry workshops for writers of all ages. She is published in Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug on Tebot Bach, Aim For the Head on Write Bloody Press, and recently in the blog My Poem Rocks. She has been the feature at throughout Southern California as Well as KPFK’s Poet’s Café. Most recently she was the Poet of the Month for Moon Tide Press and the winner of The Lightbulbmouth Literary Adventure Part V. Her first poetry collection, Let the Ends Spill Over Your Lips, will be available in Fall of 2012.

If you would like to book THE MAMMARY CHRONICLES for show, charity ball, or hell-raising
give Raundi a call

DenniS Featuring Charles Ardinger, Sean Campeau, and YOU!

October 6, 2012
4 pm – 7 pm

It’s the 3rd Anniversary of PondWater!!! So we’re going to have a birthday party. Cake and candy and bring your poetry to perform with DenniS! Let’s Dance!

As usual, this will be an intimate gathering, very casual. It is quite possible that spontaneous extraneous entertainment will break out. If you play an instrument, bring it. If you have artwork that you would like to share, bring it!

We will be offering… horrible wine and tasty happy hour snacks as well as coffee and fresh baked goods. If you can stick around after the event, we’ll have dinner!

If you would like to contribute to this event, bring a bottle of less horrible wine. A chunk of cheese, a stick of butter, a light bulb. You know, something practical. Flashlight batteries are good.

We always have a raffle towards the end of the event. If you would like to donate something for the raffle, that would be appreciated and fun!

Be sure to click the “share” button to help spread the word and feel free to invite your friends!

From Charles Ardinger:

We find ourselves in a world that inexorably confronts a solitary individual with a society composed of similar solitary individuals that somehow construct a mutuality from their wild varieties of otherness. The poetic work of Charles Ardinger tries to explore this contradiction, asking how utter alienation can coexist with the idea of goals greater than one’s mere self. Both in style and subject matter, Ardinger’s poems inhabit the twilight zone between communication and display, between muteness and noise, in an attempt to illustrate the way that the distance between each person and every other person brings everybody closer together; he strongly believes that this illustration, pointing out this process by linguistic example, can serve as a sign that points to a cure for loneliness.

Ardinger approaches the collaborative enterprise known as DenniS in a similar way, working through this project to try to demolish the barrier between performer and audience and at the same time pointing out the distance between, for instance, ordinary and theatrical kinds of speech. The idea of two individuals coming together to produce an artistic entity other than either of them fascinates Ardinger; he believes firmly that this kind of shared enterprise can point the way to a paradoxical solution to human loneliness through participatory freedom.

Aural art by Sean Campeau

Growing up in rural Texas, Sean Campeau occupied his time taking things apart while synthesizing new ideas. His childhood tape-recorder became a mirror with which he could manipulate his environment, discovering and exploring those aspects of reality beyond the sensual experience. Led by his imagination, Campeau dissected every endeavor. His constant scrutiny, illustrated prominently in his audio journals, gave rise to a recursive semblance of self that is still transforming to this day, growing steadily like carefully controlled feedback.

The Orange County poetry scene had a profound influence on his creative approach, impressing the importance of confident scintillation, until Sean’s projects became less about clearly defined ideas and more about the interplay between medium and context, object and environment, personal identity and corporeal reality, expectations and reality.

Conspiring with artist Charles Ardinger to transform the relation between sound and observer, “DenniS” attempts to fully exploit this emaciating veil before tearing it completely asunder. It is always a pleasure to witness their dynamic performances, experiences that always washes beyond the stage and incorporate their audience in the performance.


- Support your local artist.
- Be your local artist.

* – UEVESU UDSMV writes for Wackee’s Clubhouse (copyright 2012)

Douglas Kearney

September 1, 2012
4 pm – 7 pm

Oh, we are the luckiest of people! I am so excited that Doug is coming back to PondWater! Here’s his official bio, but I’ll warn you that it does not convey the energy that he brings with him.

Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books in 2009. It was also a finalist for the Pen Center USA Award in 2010. His chapbook-as-broadsides-as-LP, Quantum Spit, was released by Corollary Press in 2010. His newest chapbook, SkinMag (A5/Deadly Chaps) is now available. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a Coat Hanger award and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Kearney has performed his poetry at the Public Theatre, the Orpheum, The World Stage and others. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, miPoesias, Southampton Review, Washington Square and Tidal Basin Review. He has been commissioned to compose poetry in response to art by the Weisman Museum in the Twin Cities, the Studio Museum in Harlem, FOCA and SFMOMA. Performances of Kearney’s libretti have been featured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Europe and he has been invited to speak on poetics in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Malmö, Sweden. Born in Brooklyn, and raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts and Antioch.

There is a lot more info, including poems and videos on his website http://www.douglaskearney.com/

Poets in Distress!

August 4, 2012
4 pm – 7 pm

Open reading, followed by Poets in Distress, followed by crazy fun. It’s a masquerade party!