ATTENDANCE: book launch & dance party

Avenue 50 Studio, in conjunction with The Operating System, is excited to invite you to the book launch of ATTENDANCE by Rocío Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, featuring Rocío and Rachel, along with with very special guests Sara Borjas, traci kato-kiriyama, and Ashaki Jackson.

Stay for the dance party at 9 p.m. through midnight, where DJ Doug Brown will be playing some soul and Motown in honor of Theandrew, at Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Parking behind the building. Also accessible via Metro Gold Line. Closest stations are Southwest Museum station and Highland Park station.

ATTENDANCE is a documentary work of attending to the year. The term was born from Rocío’s description of going outside every morning to check on every thing that grows in her backyard. Together we decided one of us would attend to the flora and one of us would attend to the fauna. Of course, we found it difficult to stay in our own lanes. The whole world crept in: Family, friends and community; politics, atrocity, tragedy; literally the world. The book is presented in the notes and poems of both poets, beginning with a month in the voice of Rachel alternating with the same month in the voice of Rocío.

Read excerpts on Cultural Weekly, here:


Rocío Carlos is the author of (the other house), forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2019. She is also the author of Coyolxhauqui, Los Angeles (Archetype Press, 2012), A World Below (Mindmade Books, 2014), and co-author of ex*her*pt (wirecutter collective, 2016). She was selected as a 2003 Pen Center "Emerging Voices" fellow. She has infamous cats.

Rachel McLeod Kaminer grew up in the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. Her book of poetry As in the dark, descend was published with Writ Large Press in 2016. Rachel lives and works in Los Ángeles; she really likes to read.