About Us

WAX POETIC L.A. is hosted by Michael P. Naughton and Donna Novak, co-owners of 13 Hands Publications which was founded in 2005. At that time they compiled all of actor Michael Madsen’s poetry to date and conceptualized, edited and designed The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol. I: 1995-2005, which included new poetry and photos. On July 31, 2005, the book release was launched with a private party at the Loggia at the Highlands in Hollywood and filmed for Giada De Laurentiis’s Food Network show, “Behind the Bash.”

In 2006, 13 Hands released Madsen’s first color poetry / photography book, Signs of Life, followed by American Badass in 2009 and Expecting Rain in 2013, which included a foreward by Jerry Hopkins, legendary Rolling Stones journalist and co-author of Jim Morrison’s biography, No One Here Gets Out Alive.

Through 13 Hands Publications, Naughton and Novak hosted a successful open mic poetry reading in Palm Springs that the audience enjoyed so much, they decided to bring their format to Los Angeles. They formed Wax Poetic L.A. to encourage the writing and sharing of poetry through the spoken word.

They have since transitioned their poetry reading platform online to share their love of poetry with the world.

13 Hands Publications is based in Beverly Hills, California.

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