"I really believe artists have these social and political responsibilities," says poet and festival participant Naomi Quinonez. Although she has been called an "urban lyricist," there is nothing superficial about the beauty of her work.
"I'm not from the art-for-art's-sake school. I see myself as a cultural worker, and artists have definite talents, gifts and skills. We need to be able to shed light on the contradictions and problems in society," says Quinonez, who was born in El Sereno and now lives in Alhambra.
"I really find that being part of a program like this is one way to fulfill a social responsibility. It breaks down the wall between the audience and the artist and allows for a more sincere interaction. Being an artist has its privileges--not many, definitely not monetary, but other, greater ones."
Is the ultimate goal to come away with a specific notion about what an "L.A. writer" is? Or that this convergence of writers at the events' conclusion might be dubbed a new "movement" in search of a name?