the book

Exit Theater
Winner of the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry

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This is a remarkable first book - sprawling, generous, angry, delicate. Through borrowed language and staged dialogues, Exit Theater asks how individual experiences of violence combine with myth to create the collective present, where we peer out from the "gun cabinet..." Lala's book tears open the velvet cushioning. 
-Catherine Wagner

In these lyrical meditations crisscrossing the fields of personal, national, and international histories, strewn with bodies, Lala confronts, without flinching, the terrible beauties born of fin de siècle pessimism and optimism.
-Tyrone Williams

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upcoming performances

Fri., Nov. 4, 5p @ NYU Lillian Vernon House, Manhattan, NY w/ Ishion Hutchinson and Ari Banias

Wed., Nov. 9, 7p - Greenlight Poetry Salon @ Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY 

Fri., Nov. 11, 7:30p - Exit Theater Release Party @ Idio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Tues., Nov. 29, 7p - Rhino 40 Cities Reading @ KGB Bar, Manhattan, NY

Dec. 3 - 18, Exit Theater Southern Tour

  • Sat. 12/3 - Baltimore, MD
  • Sun. 12/4 - Asheville, NC
  • Mon. 12/5 - Raleigh, NC
  • Tues. 12/6 - Atlanta, GA
  • Wed. 12/7 - New Orleans, LA
  • Thurs. 12/8 - Houston, TX
  • Fri. 12/9 - Austin, TX
  • Sat. 12/10 - Marfa, TX
  • Mon. 12/12 - Dallas, TX
  • Thurs. 12/15 - Fayetteville, AR
  • Fri. 12/16 - Oxford, MS
  • Sat. 12/17 - Cincinnati, OH

Fri., Feb. 3, 2017 @ The Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Thurs., Feb. 23, 2017 @ Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017 @ Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO

Thurs., April 27 @ Anne Carson’s the Tenth Muse, 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center, NYC

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Current Publications

"Points of Return: The World Killer" in The Offing

A visual piece inspired by Lucy Ives, Mark Augé, and Paolo Virno

Three Poems in Prelude

Slaying is the word. It is a deed in fashion.

Two Poems in Denver Quarterly

That unremitting siphon, Grief

"Say Goodbye to the Shores (Catullus 101)" in Boston Review

Say goodbye, microphone. Try, but do not speak.