art by Luis Rubio Vargas
| Richard Beban, a December 2003 graduate of Antioch Los Angeles' MFA in Creative Writing Program, is the author of three chapbooks. His first full-length book, WHAT THE HEART WEIGHS, will be released September 15 by L.A.'s Red Hen Press. He and his wife, the writer Kaaren Kitchell, were among the five "Hyperpoets" who ran the successful three-year (1997-2000) weekly poetry reading series at Venice's Rose Café.
As The Playa Poets, they produced the 2003 Ecopoetry Festival to celebrate the new freshwater marsh at Ballona Wetlands, and also present workshops for the community by master poets in their living room once a month.