Rick Lupert has been involved in the Los Angeles poetry community since 1990. He served for two years as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets, a twenty-three year old non-profit organization which produces a regular reading series and publications out of the San Fernando Valley. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, including The Los Angeles Times, Chiron Review, Zuzu's Petals, Caffeine Magazine, Blue Satellite and others. He recently edited A Poet's Haggadah: Passover through the Eyes of Poets anthology and is the author of eleven books: Paris: It's The Cheese, I Am My Own Orange County, Mowing Fargo, I'm a Jew. Are You?, Feeding Holy Cats, Stolen Mummies, I'd Like to Bake Your Goods, A Man With No Teeth Serves Us Breakfast (Ain't Got No Press), Lizard King of the Laundromat, Brendan Constantine is My Kind of Town (Inevitable Press) and Up Liberty's Skirt (Cassowary Press). He has hosted the long running Cobalt Café reading series in Canoga Park since 1994 and is regularly featured at venues throughout Southern California.
Rick created and maintains the Poetry Super Highway, a major internet resource for poets.
Currently Rick works as the music teacher and graphic and web designer for Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, California and for anyone who would like to help pay his mortgage. Unlikely is proud to present two tracks of his spoken word poetry:
And be sure to check out the video of Rick's poem "Coffee Is Not a Drink for Pussies," directed by Monina Verano of Slacquer Films, by clicking on the pretty words below: