Two Interviews With Viva Padilla and Nikolia Garcia of Dryland: A Literary Journal Based in South Central Los Angeles

By Brian Dunlap

UntitledIn the last two weeks, local literary journal Dryland: A Literary Journal Based in South Central Los Angeles, has been featured on the Podcasts’ Órale Boyle Heights ep 32: Dryland and The Badass Bookworm Podcast. Dryland was founded 5 years ago in 2015 by South Central native Viva Padilla and now includes South Central native and Compton Resident Nikolai Garcia as Assistant Editor.

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Órale Boyle Heights ep 30: Jenise Miller

By Brian Dunlap

20191215_120600-01Earlier this month, Compton poet Jenise Miller hosted the release party for her debut chapbook The Blvd. (DSTL Arts, 2019) at a packed Patria Coffee. The audience connected with her poems that depicted and celebrated the vibrant Compton community she grew up in. The book centers around the apartment complex she lived in called The Blvd. and depicts in part, her black Panamanian heritage.

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Órale Boyle Heights ep 31: Nikolai Garcia

By Erick Huerta

Screenshot_20200119-120943_DuckDuckGoErick Huerta’s guest this episode is Nikolai Garcia. He is a poet from South Central L.A. and they met up at his favorite bar, Hanks, to discuss his new poetry chapbook, what it was like growing up in the hood, his journey to becoming one of those great L.A. poets. You can follow Nikolai on Instagram and Twitter at @HelloKommie. Listen to the podcast here: https://audioboom.com/posts/7470644-orale-boyle-heights-ep-31-nikolai-garcia