By Brian Dunlap
As 2017 draws to a close, the news in the Los Ángeles literary community is one of accomplishment. As the months went by, writers published novels, short story collections, and collections of poetry or announced their books had been accepted for publication next year/2019. Congratulations goes out to all these scribes in penning important works. Some of these books, such as Vickie Vértiz’s Palm Frond With Its Throat Cut, which explores and captures often ignored Southeast Los Angeles where she’s from, and Cynthia Guardado’s debut poetry collection Endever, about survival and specifically the survival of women of color and women of color in Los Angeles, tackle themes and ideas of social justice. How the political is personal.