More Publishing News From the Los Angeles Literary Community

by Brian Dunlap

download“It’s official…” Los Angeles poet and Cave Canem fellow F. Douglas Brown said today, “Writ Large Press will publish ICON, poems centered around my namesake, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and the Harlem Renaissance painter Jacob Lawrence.”

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Voices of the City: Robin Coste Lewis’ fierce and arresting poetry has its roots in Compton

By Jeffrey Fleishman

The white fence is new but the tree she planted as a child still stands in front of the wood house, now stucco, pale yellow and cracked, forgotten Christmas lights hanging from its eaves. She laughs.

Time sucks her back, the way it does, and she talks about backyard camping, cockfights and how men dressed up in suits after dinner and strolled through Compton until way after dark, imagining what they might have become if they were another color. Not black.

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Three Laureates, One Centro

Meet and Greet 3 Laureates & A New USC El Centro Chicano

by Michael Sedano


3laureates-Billy Vela intro JFHAfter the closing of the 2010 reunion floricanto at USC, Mary Ann Pacheco, Alurista, and I had dinner at LA’s iconic The Pantry. The pair had organized the original 1973 Festival de Flor y Canto and edited the anthology. Mary Ann surprised the heck out of me with a revelation from back then.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 10/02/17 –10/08/17

Memoir Writing Workshop at download, LAPL

Would you like to write your own memoir? Instructor Erika Fernbach is offering a free, two session course to get you started. It is recommended that you attend both sessions.

Don’t forget to bring paper and pen—or your computer!

Where: Sherman Oaks Martin Pollard Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 2nd

Time: 2:30 pm – 4 pm

Address: 14245 Moorpark St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


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Los Angeles Literature Events 9/25/17 –10/01/17


Robert Lustig at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Come to hear Robert Lustig read and discuss his book, download (1). Lusitg delves into why we can’t seem to put down our phones, coffees or sodas, and how we got here in the first place. Spoiler Alert: Marketing, big business, technology, and capitalism all play pivotal roles.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004


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Available October 14, 2017: Voices From Leimert Park Redux

DJyEGkKXUAESFf0On October 18, the new Los Angeles literary anthology Voices from Leimert Park Redux: A Los Angeles Poetry will be released. That same day there will be a release party at The Vision Theatre in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Come out to hear and support the important stories from this historically Black Los Angeles neighborhood.

The anthology is a symphony of diverse voices echoing the collective heartbeat of a community. In 2006, Voices From Leimert Park revealed one of the best kept secrets of the Los Angeles literary scene: African-American and other writers of color were producing nationally known and respected poetry, fiction, and non-fiction within the Leimert Park literary community. Voices from Leimert Park Redux embraces radical new voices, and melds them with the well-seasoned tonality of Griots at home, on street corners, and in libraries. Listen to the Voices from Leimert Park Redux and realize that you have just entered that safe place where truth is still being created with every honest breath.

Check out the following sneak peak by listening to the always enjoyable Liemert Park voice poet V. Kali:

Los Angeles Literature Publishing News

Kelly+Grace+Thomas+HeadshotLos Angeles poet Kelly Grace Thomas announced today that her manuscript BOAT/BURNED has been accepted by YesYes Books.

As she said in her face book post, “My DREAM press!!!! So excited for this new chapter.” Los Angeles Literature couldn’t be happier either.” She is the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Kelly also works to bring poetry to unserved youth as the Manager of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit: Words Ignite.  She is the co-author of Words Ignite: How to Explore, Write, and Perform Classic and Spoken Word Poetry and helped develop Get Lit’s UC approved year-long curriculum.

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