An L.Á. Writer and Racial Solidarity

An L.Á. Writer and Racial Solidarity

By Brian Dunlap

Last month Maylin Tu posted on Facebook about the pitch she submitted to ROCK PAPER RADIO’s Asian and Black solidarity project, #AZNxBLM. This project is a call for “solidarity and creative awareness-building” as it says on their website, in light of the surge of Anti-Asian violence, and “[sought] to fund a collection of original art and writing that responds to the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes with determination and humanity.”

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L.Á. Poet and Teacher Nurtures Young Artists

L.Á. Poet and Teacher Nurtures Young Artists

By Brian Dunlap

L.Á. native, high school English teacher and poet Alex Hohmann is passionate about her students. She’s always looking for ways to turn them into natural critical thinkers, citizens who evaluate and sort through the barrage of info society overwhelms them with, to understand the topic or issues at hand, to make informed decisions. To be able to understand themselves better.

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Los Angeles Literature Events: 05/03/21 – 05/09/21

Los Angeles Literature Events: 05/03/21 – 05/09/21

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

Wesley Brown, with Douglas Kearney, & Tragic Magic via Skylight Books – Online Event   

Wesley Brown, in conversation with poet Douglas Kearney, will read and discuss his book, Tragic Magic.

Wesley Brown is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, Dance of the Infidels, and four produced plays. Tragic Magic is the story of Melvin Ellington, a.k.a. Mouth, a Black, twenty-something ex-college radical who has just been released from a five-year prison stretch after being a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. The author structures this first person tale around Ellington’s first day on the outside, haunted by a past that drives him to make sense of choices leading up to this day.

Originally published in 1978, and edited by Toni Morrison during her time at Random House, this Of the Diaspora edition of Tragic Magic features a new introduction by author Wesley Brown.

NOTE: See site for details, and to register for this free event.     

Where: Skylight Books – Online event

Date: Monday the 3rd    

Time: 4:30 pm                           

Address: Online event

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-wesley-brown-reads-tragic-magic-douglas-kearney

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2021 LitFest Pasadena May 15-16

2021 LitFest Pasadena May 15-16

By Brian Dunlap

LitFest Pasadena returns for another year, to celebrate the Southern California literary community. However, the 2021 edition is virtual. LITFEST spans two days, Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16. Noon to 6pm. The livestreamed LITFEST will broadcast 12 50-minute panel discussions as well as 10-minute interludes between each panel with pre-recorded readings and short films.

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A Decade of Women Who Submit

A Decade of Women Who Submit

By Thea Prieto
FROM: Poets & Writers

For the past decade an international community of women and nonbinary writers have been working to claim space for themselves in an industry historically dominated by men. Known as Women Who Submit (WWS), the group supports and empowers its members to submit their work in spite of publishing’s inequities. Their achievements have been extraordinary: This July, the organization celebrates its tenth year, with twenty-seven chapters across the United States and Mexico, more than one hundred fifty successful book and magazine publication credits by its members in 2020, and a devoted community of writers, editors, and publishers.

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Los Angeles Literature Events: 04/26/21 – 05/02/21

Los Angeles Literature Events: 04/26/21 – 05/02/21

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

Speaker Series: Meet Lynne Thompson, New Poet Laureate of Los Angelesvia The Ebell – Online Event 

Lynne Thompson, since being appointed our new Poet Laureate in 2021 by Mayor Eric Garcetti, will share her path to this two year appointment, and discuss her writing and literary works.

Thompson is the author of three books of poetry: Start with a Small Guitar, Beg No Pardon, and Fretwork. She serves on the boards of Cave Canem and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and is chair of the Scripps College Board of Trustees. She has received numerous awards, and other recent work is forthcoming in New York Quarterly, New England Review, the 202 Best American Poetry, among others.

NOTE: See site for details, and to register for this free event.     

Where: The Ebell – Online event

Date: Monday the 26th                      

Time: 12 pm                              

Address: Online event

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/130483039055644

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Subterranean Lovesick Clues: Alexis Rhone Fancher’s Poetic Topography of Sex

Subterranean Lovesick Clues: Alexis Rhone Fancher’s Poetic Topography of Sex

By Angele Ellis
FROM: Cultural Weekly/Vox Populi

Alexis Rhone Fancher might be Joan Didion’s daughter turned red-hot poet. Rhone Fancher’s first-person evocations of sexual love are landscapes of intensity and danger, located with laser-point specificity in a Los Angeles whose environment (both natural and manmade) shapes the erotic autobiography of a woman—or of numerous women—as much as ‘that Donna Karan sheath…with the slit up the side” shapes the speaker’s body in “Second Chances,” or the killer stilettos in “I Want Louboutin Heels” mold her feet in the relative chill of December, as follows:

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Mycorrhizal Transmission: Review of X LA Poets

Mycorrhizal Transmission: Review of X LA Poets

By Terry Wolverton
FROM: Cultural Weekly

The poetry community of Los Angeles is built and maintained and reimagined and rebuilt anew primarily by its practitioners. These poets devote time they might otherwise spend writing to founding and running magazines and small presses, opening or staffing bookstores, curating readings and offering workshops. Through their labor they feed the community so that it might grow, become more diverse and inclusive, so that talented voices do not go unheard, and so there will continue to be a place for us to practice and to touch readers.

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Cassandra Lane: We Are Bridges

Cassandra Lane: We Are Bridges

By Brian Dunlap

Los Ángeles writer Cassandra Lane has been a writer since she turned 11 and told her mother. Since, she’s been studying and honing her craft as a journalist and editor, teaching others how to write and read deeply and crafting her own stories. Growing up poor and Black in the South—the land, the dialects, the people, the stories, the spirituality—influenced her deeply and shaped her as a writer.

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