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

It’s Time to Take California Back from Joan Didion

The first lady of West Coast letters needs to share that honor with the Mexican diaspora

By Myriam Gurba
FROM: Electric Lit

yannick-van-der-auwera-LpGt-TarYMk-unsplash-scaled-e1589216653613Amado Vazquez, a Mexican botanist, named an orchid after Joan Didion. While that was a chic gesture, I don’t think of her as an orchid. I think of her as an onion. She’s very white, very crisp, and she makes people cry.

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Open Letter To Los Angeles City Council Members From Los Angeles Literary Arts Organizations And Allies

FROM: PEN America

NOTE: Los Angeles Literature stands with PEN America Los Angeles and the L.A. literary comminity. Read on to find out why.

WritersEmergencyFundHeader-300x200We write as a coalition of Los Angeles-based literary arts organizations and allies committed to supporting this city’s writers and literary professionals struggling amid the COVID-19 epidemic. We support the prioritization of health and safety measures until the crisis subsides, but request that you include writers and the literary community in forthcoming funding decisions related to recovery from the pandemic, recognizing the essential cultural and economic role they play in our city.

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Will The Coronavirus Outbreak Lead to New L.A. Crime Fiction? The Jury Is Out

By Mria L. La Ganga
FROM: L.A. Times

download.jpeg-8Steph Cha doesn’t expect much in the way of good crime fiction to spring from the coronavirus outbreak. She has lots of reasons, not least of which is that the pandemic has put a damper on crime from Los Angeles and New York City.

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Virtual Arts

By Brian Dunlap

20200318_192101We have seen over the last week, artists and musicians posting videos of them singing, performing or reading from their work or livestreaming their performances and readings. It’s a chance to keep people connected to each other during a time of isolation and sickness. It’s also a chance at self care, something to enjoy and take one’s mind off the worries and stress of the Coronavirus and all its effects.

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Local Publisher Jamii Publishing to Release Anthology “Accolades”

By Brian Dunlap

FB_IMG_1583440699918Local press Jamii Publishing will release the Women Who Submit (WWS) anthology Accolades edited by Rachael Warecki and Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera. They will debut the book at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in San Antonio.

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