Reading and Fundraiser at Caffe Bene

The Long Beach Literary Arts Center is holding a fundraiser.

Stop by Caffe Bene on Pacific Coast Highway anytime on Saturday, June 8 and when you make a purchase, say you’re with the Long Beach Literary Arts Center to help support our mission. Caffe Bene will donate 20 percent of your purchase to LBLAC.

 Or, plan to come during one of the activities we have planned throughout the day. Access to plugs is limited - make sure your device is fully charged.

9-11 am Write-In - Bring your laptop and work in progress for 2 hours of writing. 

11:30 am - 3 pm: Women Who Submit - Long Beach monthly submission party!

6- 8 pm: Reading Series - our first! Featuring new and emerging writers and open mic.


Reuben “Tihi” Hayslett is a queer writer, activist and storyteller living in Long Beach, Calif. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Splinter Generation, the Oregon Literary Review, the Surreal South Anthology 2011, transLit magazine and the Mary Sue Blog. Tihi’s debut collection, Dark Corners, was recently included in the swag bag for George Lopez’s Celebrity Golf Tournament, frequently attended by Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Eva Longoria and many other celebrities. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University.

Danuta is a Queer and nonbinary (they/them) poet and writer hailing from Long Beach, Calif. Born and reared in Western Massachusetts, Danuta grew up trying to juggle coming of age in both an American and Polish narrative and dynamic. The child of immigrants, Danuta uses their writing to explore what 'blood' and 'family' means by way of legacy, generational trauma, history, Polish identity and family storytelling. Danuta's work also explores gender, sexuality, queerness, isolation, a little punk rock and nostalgia. 

Caffe Bene is located at 5751 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803