Gerald Locklin, CSULB teacher, writer, poet, dies at 79

Gerald Locklin, CSULB teacher, writer, poet, dies at 79

By Rich Archbold
FROM: Long Beach Press-Telegram

Gerald Locklin, a literary titan in Southern California, died on Sunday at 79.

Gerald Locklin, a legendary local teacher, writer and poet who helped shape the literary landscape of Southern California for decades and was friends with the better-known Charles Bukowski, died from coronavirus-related complications Sunday, Jan. 17, said his son, Zachary Locklin. He was 79.

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L.Á. Native To Be Presidential Inaugural Poet

L.Á. Native To Be Presidential Inaugural Poet

By Brian Dunlap

Poet and L.Á. native Amanda Gorman will be President Elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural poet Wednesday. She made history by being named the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of Los Ángeles, then became the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States.

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News From the L.Á. Literary Community

News From the L.Á. Literary Community

By Brian Dunlap

FlowerSong Press is quietly building an impressive roster of writers. Last December, they published L.Á. poet, Matt Sedillo’s poetry collection Mowing Leaves of Grass, about the history, struggle, tragedy, anger, joy, despair, possibility and faith in the struggles of Chicanx’s, and working class people in general, to overcome the forces of capitalism and racism. Earlier this year they published The Most Spectacular Mistake by Orange County native Anatalia Vallez. Her debut collection is a love story to herself, her roots, and the sacred ritual of chanting the past to heal into the present. Since then, other L.Á. poets such as Angelina Sáenz, Luvette Resto, Iris de Anda, Peter J. Harris, and Matt Sedillo, have announced their next books will be published by FlowerSong in the upcoming year.

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Poet Sara Borjas Wins Prestigious Award

Poet Sara Borjas Wins Prestigious Award

By Brian Dunlap

Last year Fresno native and L.Á. based poet and UC Riverside professor, Sara Borjas, published her debut collection Heart Like A Window, Mouth Like A Cliff,” from Noemi Press, to critical acclaim. It’s a poetry collection about her chicanx heritage, immediate family, and personal journey, in terms of love, chicanx gender rolls and expectations and, as she calls herself, of being a “Pocha.”

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The Need For Racial Equality Hits the L.Á. Literary Community

By Brian Dunlap

20200615_194431The United States is now in the midst of its strongest push for racial equality since the Civil Rights era. Civil unity and protests sprung up instantly after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police last month in Minneapolis. The calls for police reform have been loud and wide, including calls for justice for Breonna Taylor who was killed by Louisville police as she slept.

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Recommended Los Ángeles Literature For Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

By Brian Dunlap

apahm-logoFor Asain/Pacific American Heritage Month, Los Āngeles Literature is recommending books about Asian L.Á. written by Asians and books written by Asian Angeleños. This history of the city’s Asian American literature extends at least as far back as the 1920s, as historian Valerie J. Matsumoto chronicles in the chapter “Sounding the Dawn Bell: Developing Nisei Voices” from her book City Girls. Continue reading “Recommended Los Ángeles Literature For Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month”