Shonda Buchanan is editing the next Voices from Leimert Park Anthology.
This is an announcement to all LA poets because she is looking for work from all races, creeds, etc.. anyone who has attended the World Stage Anansi Writer Workshops and/or done any readings in the Leimert Park area.
Voices from Leimert Park Redux: Los Angeles Poets
Call for Submissions – Deadline August 15, 2016
Ten years ago, writers responded to the burgeoning Black Angeleno Leimert Park arts community, a camaraderie of writers, musicians, painters, singers, drummers and dancers. Voices From Leimert Park articulated Black and Brown life and love in a visual and lyrical dance. This edition became one of the first anthologies to collect the incendiary and visceral voices of the fierce Leimert Park poets in one volume. Taught in schools across the country, VFLP represents the social, political and cultural milieu of African American and Latino/Latina lives, work influenced by writers, teachers and participants of the 1965 Watts Writers Workshop.
Los Angeles-based writer Mike Sonksen said, “At just over 200 pages Voices from Leimert Park effectively captures the magic from close to two decades at the World Stage and other Leimert Park poetry venues.”
Ten years later, in the new millennium, we are seeking observers and keepers of culture of all races to submit to the next Voices of Leimert Park Redux. We want to capture new voices as well as the wisdom of the sages and elder writers. Voices from Leimert Park Redux will explore the last ten years of work from Los Angeles writers from the famous World Stage Anansi Writers Workshop (founded by literary giant Kamau Daaood and deceased jazz drummer Billy Higgins), defunct 5th Street Dick’s Coffee House (founded by Richard Fulton), Cafe Largo, and Lucy Florence Coffee House and other surrounding venues.
Please submit 1-3 poems, only 30-45 lines per poem (or 1 2 or 3 page poem), along with a 75-100 word biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on August 15. As before, the book will be published by TSEHAI Publishers–the only black publisher that is based in an American university.