Los Ángeles Writers Publish in 2018

by Brian Dunlap

41R0p7VEIAL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_As 2018 draws to a close, it’s been another year of publishing success for Los Ángeles writers and the Los Angeles literary community. As the months went by, writers published novels, essay collections, poetry collections, edited anthologies or announced their books had been accepted for publication in 2019 and even 2020. Congratulations to all these scribes and for penning important works. Some of these books, such as Erica Ayón’s Orange Lady, which recounts the author’s experience as an immigrant growing up in South Central Los Angeles, where her family sold oranges on the street in order to survive, and Lynell George’s essay collection After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame, focused on Los Angeles beneath-the-surface, both the past and the here-and-now, explores who and what L.A. is from different personal lived experiences. Showing how the political is personal.

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Daniel A. Olivas “Crossing the Border” Book Launch at Avenue 50

By Brian Dunlap

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When one attends a reading at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, one can’t help but first be drawn to all the powerful Latinx art that adorn it’s four galleries/rooms. It’s a gallery space for visual arts first and foremost. This past Saturday was no different. However, as much as I liked the art from artists such as Sergio Teran, I was there for Daniel A. Olivas’ book release reading for his debut poetry collection Crossing the Border.

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