Los Angeles Literature is a website dedicated to the history of Los Angeles literature, to listing events such as readings, book fairs, etc. of the current literary culture in Los Angeles and to post any other Los Angeles 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 Angeles Literature was created in part to celebrate the literary history and culture in Los Angeles 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 Angeles 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 of Los Angeles who still lives in the city of his birth. He 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 Angeles. He has been published in Angel City Review, CCM-Entropy, Muse, California Quarterly, Statement Magazine, Writers Resist and Dryland. Over the years, as he has learned more and more about Los Angeles 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: firstname.lastname@example.org