COMING UP: First Fridays at TALB on Mar. 6th

Come by TALB during First Fridays on March 6th for music, poetry, sharing resources, and community building! We're located at 4362 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807.

Here at TALB starting at 6:30pm, we will be featuring musician Ozzy Walden, as well as Cadence Collective poets Laura Sandoval, Robin Axworthy, G. Murray Thomas, and Graham Smith.  Read more about our artists below. The Long Beach Free Store will set up for you to donate items in good condition and for everyone to shop for free. We'll have some information booths with our community partners too. Be sure to come on by!

Check out our First Fridays page to see videos and photos from previous events.


A well trained multi-instrumentalist hailing from Southern California, Ozzy Walden makes harmonious, yet spontaneous music. After analyzing many classical composers, such as Ligeti, Bartok,  Beethoven, and Bach while receiving his BM in Music Composition, Ozzy has used his knowledge of harmony and structure to create music that resonates personally. Ozzy has spent the last year playing around Long Beach developing his intense live performance and plans to release his first EP Soda Owl in the spring. You can find him on and hear his early demos at


Laura Sandoval has recently become reacquainted with her first love—poetry.  She has a background in social work and has a deep desire to make the world a better place.  Laura spends her days raising her children and her nights writing poems.  Laura is developing her voice as a poet, and hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams as she does the same.    





Robin Steere Axworthy is a native Californian who lived a lot of elsewhere before settling down in Southern California three decades ago to marry an Early Music musician and start teaching, which she has been doing ever since.  She has been writing since childhood, but, until recently, only in the small interstices between marriage, child rearing, teaching, dancing, reading, and various historical costumed events.  She went back to writing seriously when she earned a masters from CSUF, for which she wrote a short YA novel as her thesis, as well as various shorts stories and poem. She is now working on more poems and some short novels.  She loves Long Beach for its un-glamorous mixture of working class and culture lining the beach and looking outward to the sea.  She has had one poem published by Cadence Collective so far. 


G. Murray Thomas has been an active part of the SoCal poetry scene for over 20 years. He has performed throughout the L.A. area and beyond. His most recent book of poetry is My Kidney Just Arrived, published by Tebot Bach in 2011. His previous books are Cows on the Freeway and Paper Shredders, an anthology of surf writing. He has also published five chapbooks, and has been widely published in various literary magazines. He was the editor and publisher of Next... Magazine, a poetry calendar/news magazine for Southern California. Next... Magazine was published monthly between 1994 and 1998. News Clips & Ego Trips, a collection of articles from Next..., was published by Write Bloody Press in 2012. Thomas currently edits a monthly listing of poetry events for, the source for information about SoCal poetry. He is also the Reviews Editor for Poetix. More information can be found at


Graham Smith is an ancient rhymer whose history is shrouded in the mists of time. He may have moved to Long Beach under the cover of a marine layer. Allegedly a former lawyer, he has an affinity for brief poetry. He and his stout companions have been known to frequent coastal taverns, where he sometimes writes three line poems on bar napkins.








The Long Beach Free Store is a project of the Catalyst Network of Communities, providing a space for you to donate items in condition and also to shop for free! (You don't need to donate in order to shop.) Bring your items to TALB during First Fridays.