PechaKucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [petɕa ku͍̥tɕa], chit-chat) is a presentation style in which
20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each(6 minutes and 40 seconds in total).
Presenters often speak about such topics as their travels, research projects, student projects, hobbies, collections, or other interests. Join us for this unique night of storytelling.
"Powered by PechaKucha" events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, and that are usually held as part of festivals and conferences, but can also act as standalone events.These events include presentations that use the PechaKucha 20 images x 20 seconds format."
Our storytellers!: Djuna Appel-Riehle, Marion Bright, Cecil Castellucci, Colleen Dunn Bates, Mark Haskell Smith, Curtis Krick, Sarah Linton, and Bill Wishner
Djuna Appel-Riehle is a freshman at Alexander Hamilton High School’s Humanities Magnet. She has been writing poetry for 3 years and performing with Get Lit – Words Ignite at theatres & schools across Los Angeles for one. She has been featured in Get Lit NOW, Get Lit’s original series with Wondros & TaskForce in which young poets respond to breaking news & world events, and she has performed at The Actors’ Gang, the Classic Slam, & more. For more information about Get Lit, an organization that elevates youth voices through classic & spoken word poetry, Join the “Literary Riot” at getlit.org!
Marion Bright, a native Kentuckian, received her B.A. from Middlebury College. She completed the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA prior to attending the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received her M.F.A. in fiction writing. She was the recipient of a Teaching-Writing Fellowship and a Lakeside Fellowship from the University of Iowa, as well as a fellow ship from the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared in an assortment of publications.
Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, and the Eisner nominated Odd Duck. In 2015 she co-authored Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. Her newest Graphic Novel is Soupy Leaves Home. She is currently writing Shade, The Changing Girl, an ongoing comic on Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint at DC Comics. Her short stories and short comics have been published in Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Womanthology, Star Trek: Waypoint and Vertigo SFX: Slam! She is the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, a two time Macdowell Fellow and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books.
Colleen Dunn Bates is the publisher of Prospect Park Books, one of LA’s leading trade publishers, focusing on fiction, cookbooks, regional, and humor/gift titles. Its books have won awards, been on bestseller lists, and won acclaim from national and international media. An L.A. native who earned a journalism degree from USC, Colleen has a wide range of experience, from radio news writing to editing guidebooks, newspaper editing to magazine feature writing, restaurant criticism (she’s the L.A. restaurant critic for Westways) to writing books. In 2006, she turned all her energies to starting Prospect Park, which is now based in Altadena. She lives in Pasadena with her husband, Darryl Bates, a television editor and producer.
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels with one word titles and the non-fiction books Heart of Dankness and Naked at Lunch. His novel Salty was made into a major motion picture called Gun Shy starring Antonio Banderas and hitting theaters September 8th. He is currently working on his next novel, Blown, to be published in 2018.
Curtis Krick is an actor/writer/producer with an MFA in directing from Purdue University. He currently makes his living as a Visual Effects Supervisor. His tv credits include Fringe, Almost Human (Emmy nom), The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and The Magicians on Syfy. He founded Biscuits & Gravy Productions with his good friend Sean Dillon. Together they have produced numerous award-winning films including two features. His production of Macbeth will be at the Studio/Stage in Hollywood this October.
Sarah Linton is a California native currently studying English and sociology at Johns Hopkins University, where she researches cyberpunk literature. She is also a writer, stage manager, runner, and cupcake baker/decorator.
Bill Wishner started his journey and career in photography more than 20 years ago as a photographer focusing on jazz. Over those years his jazz photographs were part of multiple exhibits. He was co-editor (with Bill Minor) of the 40th Anniversary book for the Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years, Angel City Press, 1997). In 2007 he founded “f8 Pasadena Salon,” a weekly gathering that explores the aesthetics and art of photography. He founded and is currently Co-Project Director of “PasadenaPhotographyArts,” a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting photography and helping emerging photographers on the east side of Los Angeles. More recently, he turned his creative lens on the urban environment as a Visual Hunter in cities around the world. The project “Art of the City Wall.” started in 2011 and focuses on the unique art present on city walls. Portions of the series have been exhibited in solo shows in Pasadena and Hollywood. The first publication “Artifacts” published by Acuity Press is due out in Fall of 2017.