Literary Laureate


Meet Laguna Beach's newly appointed Literary Laureates, Lojo Simon and Suzanne Redfearn:

To read the writings selected by our Literary Laureates to share with the City of Laguna Beach, click here.

Lojo Simon is a playwright, dramaturg and published writer of prose and poetry. Recent plays include Relic (Queens Theatre), Adoration of Dora (KOLT Run, Idiom Theatre, KCACTF/ATHE David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award), One Foot (Minneapolis Fringe, Salt Lake City Fringe), Controlled Burn (MonoMyth Theatre), Love All (OC-Centric New Play Festival), Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Creede Repertory 2017 Young Audience Outreach Tour) and Nice & Slow (Old Miner Playwriting Award, Noorda Center for Children and Youth Tour).

She is a three-time winner of the Laguna Beach Poetry Contest, a former writer for Laguna Beach Magazine, and former Literary Manager at Laguna Playhouse. She also curates Bare Bones Theatre new play reading series in the canyon.


Suzanne Redfearn is an author, architect, and local restauranteur.

"Laguna Beach is truly a remarkable city, a place that not only supports the ordinary but also the extraordinary. This program is a wonderful opportunity to bring attention to the wealth of literary talent we have in Laguna Beach as well as to promote and expand the literary scene."

*Photo credit: April Brian