Los Ángeles Literature is a website dedicated to the history of Los Ángeles literature, to listing events such as readings, book fairs, etc. of the current literary culture in Los Ángeles and to post any other Los Ángeles literary news from book reviews to author news, etc. Los Angeles’ literary history stretches back more than 130 years to the publication of Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson in 1884.

Los Ángeles Literature was created in part to celebrate the literary history and culture in Los Ángeles that does not self promote and often goes ignored by outsiders and the larger literary community. It is a culture that has also been historically ignored by its own city, as the creativity of Hollywood receives most of the city’s attention. However, the literary writers of Los Ángeles have continued to produce thought provoking and important literature from writers such as: Raymond Chandler, John Fante, Chester Himes, John Rechy, Wanda Coleman, Luis J. Rodriguez, Nina Revoyr, Kamau Daaood, Marisela Norte and Charles Bukowski.

Celebrate the literature of the second largest city in the United States.

Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño who still lives in Los Ángeles. He explores and captures the city’s stories that are hidden in plain sight. Dunlap is the author of the chapbook Concrete Paradise (Finishing Line Press, 2018), 14 poems exploring the intersection of race and place in Los Ángeles.

Dunlap received both his BA from UC Riverside and MFA from Fresno State in Creative Writing where he honed his love for writing about place and his hometown Los Ángeles. He is the winner of the 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize from december magazine judged by former L.A. Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. He’s also published poems, book reviews and articles in Angel City Review, CCM-EntropyMuse, California Quarterly, Statement Magazine, Writers Resist, Dryland, Lit Pub and L.A. Parent.

Over the years, as he has learned more and more about Los Ángeles literature and its deep, long history dating back to “Ramona” by Helen Hunt Jackson in 1884, he’s wanted to share the city’s literary tradition and its current culture and scene with the world. This website is his attempt to do just that and to prove that L.A. not only has a literary culture, but that it has culture period. Contact him at: b.dunlap2@aol.com

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