L.A. Poet Announced as New Executive Editor of The Offing

by Brian Dunlap

header_offing_logoEarlier this month, Mimi Wong’s The Offing letter to the editor, she revealed all the new changes happening at the literary journal. This includes her own announcement as the new editor of the literary magazine, which is dedicated “to amplify[ing], [promoting], and support[ing] these voices often missing from mainstream spaces.” However, the change of most note to the Los Ángeles literary community is the hiring of poet Ashaki M. Jackson as The Offing’s new Executive Editor. Jackson is a champion of “women’s and nonbinary writers” as seen “through her endeavors at VIDA and Women Who Submit.”

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The Passing of Larry Colker

by Brian Dunlap

downloadNOTE: Initially I didn’t post anything on Los Angeles Literature about Larry Colker’s passing last month from cancer because I never met him and I didn’t know him as a writer. However, seeing that Beyond Baroque is celebrating his life, the life of an L.A. poet and friend, on Saturday, and the fact that Los Angeles Literature is a news, history and information site covering the Los Angeles literary community, I feel obligated to post a brief article about him.

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Irene Monica Sanchez Wins Poetry Award

By Brian Dunlap

logowithtextLos Ángeles poet Irene Monica Sanchez has won the 2018 Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award.

As stated on the Labor Heritage website the “Joe Hill Award honors leaders and artists who have contributed to the successful integration of arts and culture in the labor movement, given every year at the Great Labor Arts Exchange is awarded to persons based on their dedication, participation, and promotion of labor, labor arts, culture, organizing, and/or history.” Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award

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Community News

by Brian Dunlap

cropped-BCF-Header-2017.pngLos Ángeles poet and community activists Jessica Ceballos y Campbell announced the other week that she has been awarded one of two All Voices Fellowships, a writers retreat in Idyllwild in September. As she said on Facebook, “I’ll be at my first non-self designated all-inclusive retreat…” and her excitement was palpable. “Yay!” Ceballos y Campbell exclaimed.

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REVIEW: BARBIE CHANG BY VICTORIA CHANG

by Kitty Anarchy
From: Los Angeles Review

71rXad9D74L-123x185Victoria Chang’s poetry collection Barbie Chang looks at the complex realities of racism for third-generation children. Even as a child, the speaker, Barbie Chang, is not able to have normal friendships with anyone—she overhears a classmate’s mother advising her daughter against forging a friendship with her because it is not in her best interest in “Barbie Chang’s Daughter:” “the new girl’s / mom tells Barbie Chang / that her own daughter should not tie / herself down too fast.”

 

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An Interview With Poet Matt Sedillo

by Brian Dunlap

downloadMatt Sedillo is a hard working poet. Having no connections and little knowledge of the literary world or how to build a literary life, Sedillo’s built his career from the ground up. He was driven to write poetry as his way to speak out against the injustices he saw and experienced as a Latino and what he experienced growing up in the 1980s and 1990s in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Ángeles. The strong armed, racist police policies of former LAPD chief Daryl Gates, such as Broken Windows, terrorized his working class Latino neighborhood. Poetry became Sedillo’s first avenue to speak out against these systemic problems facing people of color in America.

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PoetryLA Interview With Sarah Thursday

From: Poetry.LA

10997379_10153123132984168_646731247364234962_nThe most recent interview by Poetry.LA. is of Long Beach Poet Sarah Thursday. She is also the founder/publisher of Sadie Girl Press, which she founded in 2014 to create “print form collections of poetry, art, and beyond,” as the presses website states. As self-declared “poetry advocate,” she hosts readings series, leads workshops, organizes literary events, and promotes poets by publishing their work in chapbooks, anthologies. Her most recent chapbook is Seventeen Poems Not About a Lover from Arroyo Seco Press.

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