Publishing News From The L.A. Literary Community

by Brian Dunlap

originalLast weekend, Erika Ayón held the release party for her debut poetry collection Orange Lady (World Stage Press). The collection recounts her experience as an immigrant growing up in South Central Los Angeles, where her family sold oranges on the street in order to survive.

“I have published my first book! I still can’t believe it,” she posted to Facebook after the event. “Thank you everyone for all the love and support you showed me yesterday at the Orange Lady Book Release. I am just filled with so much gratitude for all of you that were able to attend, and those that were there in spirit. It was such a magical and special evening.”

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Lamplight Poetry Reading Series Says Farewell

The following letter was posted to Lamplight’s Facebook page:

downloadDear poets and friends,

It is not without a sense of heaviness that we wish to announce that April 22nd, 2018 is the last session of the Lamplight Poetry Reading series. We have had the tremendous pleasure of servicing the Los Angeles poetry community for nearly 4 years and we both believe that it is now time for us to move on to newer horizons and projects for ourselves.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/19/18 –3/25/18

Presumed Incompetent Poetry Reading at Cal Lutheran University


Please join us for a poetry reading with Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, author and first editor of the revolutionary volume, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. She has written articles, poetry, collections, and encyclopedia entries. Her book, How Many Indians Can We Be, is forthcoming from Mango Press. She recently published The Runaway Poems with Finishing Line Press, and edited a collection of Chicana and Chicano literary criticism for the University of Arizona Press.

Where: Swenson Center 101, Cal Lutheran

Date: Monday the 19th

Time: 3:30 pm – 5 pm

Address: 60 West Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


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Cyclical Time, Slaughter, and Colonial Violence in Sesshu Foster’s Atomik Aztex

by Maia Gil’Adí

From: American Horror Stories Site

51k44v73w7l-_sx258_bo1204203200_I assigned Sesshu Foster’s Atomik Aztex (2005) as an incentive to begin work on the fourth chapter on my dissertation. In all honesty, I was using my students and our in-class discussions as a sounding board for my own ideas about this complicated novel. Unlike other readings this semester (besides Beloved, perhaps), Atomik Aztex is particularly difficult. It is formally and thematically challenging, implementing postmodern stylistics in conjunction with surrealism, Gonzo “journalism,” and the satirical, which can be baffling for readers.  Foster’s mixing of the “low-brow” and “high-art,” popular and consumer culture, Anglo-American and indigenous cultures also present a challenge for readers. My own interest in this book emerges from Foster’s “performance” of Chicanx in this novel and the possibilities that emerge from reading intra-ethnically and across racial and national boundaries.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/13/18 –3/18/18

Artist Talk at Otis College of Art and Design

downloadPlease join us for a conversation with graphic designer and editor Benedikt Reichenbach, to discuss his thoughts and work as a book designer. He is now working on an English re-edition of Pier Polo Pasolini: Corpi e Luoghi, a book that today is still what a critic called it at the time of its publication in 1981, the most Paolininan book to date.

Where: The Forum, Otis College of Art and Design

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 11 am – 12:15 pm

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045


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Application Period Open For Jack Jones Literary Arts’ Second Annual Writing Retreat

From: Jack Jones Literary Arts

downloadJack Jones Literary Arts, located in Los Ángeles, is hosting its second annual writing retreat at Blue Sky Retreat, Taos, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held October 13- 27, 2018, and is open exclusively to women of color. Jenna Wortham joins us as our 2018 Writer-in-Residence.

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