Markus Manley was a creative entrepreneur and influencer in the Long Beach community.

In addition to The Poetry Lab, Markus helped create an art gallery, a tour management company, an event production and consulting firm, and RU Long Beach, a collection of artists that hosted events to bring local artists under one roof.

He was an important part of creating the memorable Lightbulb Mouth Radio Hour show at The Basement Lounge in 2012, curated by Write Bloody Publishing.

Markus worked tirelessly to see the arts thrive. He loved music and food. His laugh was unforgettable. His enthusiasm for life couldn’t be matched. His impact was so great that the night of his passing a hundred people gathered for a candlelight vigil in Downtown Long Beach, unbelieving that someone of such strength and passion could be taken us from so suddenly.


The community remembers…

Markus made a tremendous impact on the people around him. He is survived by his mother, Mary Charles, sister, Lauren, and darling nephews, cousins, friends, and the Long Beach tech, artistic, and entrepreneurial communities. Read more at the OC Register.

Markus was a creative entrepreneur who insisted on innovation and community effort. Read more at Longbeachize.

"Though he is currently the owner and Co-Founder of Long Beach’s first co-working space, WE Labs, Markus has made a name for himself as one of the city’s great cultural advocates—someone who believes in fostering collaboration among musicians, writers, videographers, graphic designers and traditional visual artists..."

Read more at the LBPost.





Danielle is author of the chapbook Makes the Daughter-in-Law Cry (Tebot Bach, 2017), winner of the Clockwise Prize.

Her poems have appeared in journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, apt, Eleven Eleven, Freeze Ray, Vinyl and othersHer essays have appeared on DIY MFA, The Malahat Review, and the Women Who Submit blog.

Danielle’s work has appeared in several anthologies and in the textbook Method and Mystery: A Research-Based Guide to Teaching Poetry by Tresha Faye Haefner. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of The Mas Tequila Review Editor’s Choice Award and the Mary Editor’s Prize.

An alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and a graduate of the University of Redlands with a dual B.A. in Creative Writing and Women's and Gender Studies, Danielle is proud to be the Co-founder and Director of The Poetry Lab in Southern California. Learn more about her work at or follow her on Instagram @imaginarydani.


“Not Wolf” in Poets Reading the News

“Interview Questions” in Animal

"Postcard from the House of Mirrors" in Cease, Cows

"A Poet's Revolt: Brief Guide to the Prose Poem" at DIY MFA

“The Year I Read 100 Poetry Books” on Personal Blog