Winner of the 2018 North Street Book Prize in Literary Fiction
Angela's debut novel sets itself on a single day in the life of four Los Angeles musicians, who each struggle to make their living as such, and who are faced with a plight to which each must seek a resolve. By the end of the business day, their lives will have intersected in ways much like the intersection of a musical "trading fours" that builds to a dramatic cadence.
This modernist tale of the rarely depicted Los Angeles art scene explores themes of violence and redemption. Setting its stage in the diverse boroughs of pre-millennial L.A. and climaxing in the feverish streets of Paris, this work is a kaleidoscope of violent mood and memory, a meditation on art and artists, and an existential, atmospheric, and sometimes brutal parable on the complex nature of love, which asks the question: What can be forgiven?
A lesson in brevity. Tiny starbursts. In Aleatory on the Radio, Angela uses the exacting 100-word-story form, variously known as flash fiction, postcard fiction, microfiction, drabbles, short-shorts, and bite-sized fiction, to create miniatures that manage to turn their own worlds inside out. And they do it in the span of what essentially amounts to a paragraph, where each word is scrutinized, and secrets are wrenched from the spaces between. They illustrate the ironic and sometimes cruel nature of perspective, and that we never truly know the whole story. Weaving through the vista of artists, loners, lovers, losers, dreamers, those lost, those found, this collection of microstories explores a world as baffling as it is beautiful.
Bones is a collection of poems written in 2017, the first year of a Donald Trump presidency; a year of national turbulence, and a year of personal turbulence for Angela. Bones marks the first time in the writer's life that the poet has come alive, with pieces that juxtapose the personal with the national into a poetry arc that is unafraid of courting the caves.
Desperate, hungry, angry, hangry, and slaphappy, with this tiny, jet-fueled chapbook Angela dives in without a life vest, to primally scream, through poetry, about a kidney, a rallying cry, and a young man named Hans. Viscera wades around in it, for certain, spinning a taut, lyrical suite of survival and the inexplicable life force of the young.
Postscript: Viscera released in December 29, 2019. On August 29, 2020, Hans San Juan successfully received his second kidney transplant.
On July 22, 2008, Angela successfully donated a kidney to Hans San Juan at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, during quite possibly the most profound spell of depression she had ever experienced. This trilogy of essays takes on Angela's own dark times and the surprising leaps of faith it sometimes takes to be delivered, as it depicts an extraordinary and life-altering adventure that turned out to save not one life ... but two.
With a wink to dimestore pulp fiction and film noir, Angela's novelette The Night, the City, and Miss Thing follows the adventures of Elvis Schoenberg's Orchestre Surreal (a real-life Los Angeles orchestra that Angela has fronted as lead singer under the moniker The Fabulous Miss Thing, for over two decades). The Orchestre Surreal is a deranged, seductive, Felliniesque-German-Expressionist-John-Waters-circus-of-a-wild-ride, and The Night, the City, and Miss Thing is no less a wayward midnight odyssey of playful mood, mystery, and shadow, as it unfolds the antics of femme fatale Miss Thing, conductor Elvis Schoenberg, and ultimate-fighting-champion-turned-opera-singer Dangerous Dan. Read it if you dare, Palooka.
When a sage old man shows up in an enchanting village, he changes the life of a little girl forever. In this unique children's videobook, Angela narrates her tale on the indwelling nature of friendship. Featuring over a hundred illustrations, and underscored with whimsical music by composer Chris Hardin, The Richest Girl in the World sets the stage for a timeless and quintessentially fable-istic tale. Lessons of empathy, gratitude, and seeing beauty everywhere are taught by the story's two characters, representing old/young, male/female (even the gender fluidity that has become part of our present-day consciousness), and a world of color, both in the visual-hued sense of the word AND regarding ethnic and racial diversity, creating a world where inclusion is simply a given and a power. In this new age where turning inward, self-examining, and soul-tending are no longer fringe, flower-child ideas, but are in our everyday lexicon, and namaste is now a word everyone knows, The Richest Girl in the World is right on time to offer Kid Lit for a risen consciousness.
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