New L.A. Book Festival LitLit Announces Talks by Poets Yesika Salgado, Vickie Vertiz and More

By Michael Schaub
FROM: L.A. Times

EWGQUR43BFGK3ENGYAP6QJ37U4The Los Angeles Review of Books and Hauser & Wirth Publishers announced the panelists who will discuss literature, art and activism at LitLit, the Little Literary Fair, which will debut this weekend in L.A.’s Downtown Arts District. The city’s newest book festival, to be held at the Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles arts complex, will host four panels on July 20 and 21 as part of its programming, which will also include more than 20 exhibitors from L.A. and other cities on the West Coast.

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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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Kima Jones, the Founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, Is Taking the Publishing Industry by Storm

By Lovia Gyarkye
From: New York Times

merlin_142575327_77a5902c-41c4-460e-a69d-16ed6fa02b95-articleLargeWhen Kima Jones, an independent publicist based in Los Angeles, agreed to help the poet Tyehimba Jess with his publicity campaign for his second collection, “Olio,” she knew it would be a breakout work.

“I was still a baby publicist. I did not have a long list of clients. I didn’t have a long list of contacts,” Jones said. “But I believed in the book from the beginning and what I really believed in was that it was genre-defying poetry.” In 2017, “Olio” won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

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Publishing News From The L.A. Literary Community

by Brian Dunlap

originalLast weekend, Erika Ayón held the release party for her debut poetry collection Orange Lady (World Stage Press). The collection recounts her experience as an immigrant growing up in South Central Los Angeles, where her family sold oranges on the street in order to survive.

“I have published my first book! I still can’t believe it,” she posted to Facebook after the event. “Thank you everyone for all the love and support you showed me yesterday at the Orange Lady Book Release. I am just filled with so much gratitude for all of you that were able to attend, and those that were there in spirit. It was such a magical and special evening.”

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Los Ángeles Writers Publish in 2017

By Brian Dunlap

41BsE5LdhBL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_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.

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Even More Good Publishing News From the Los Angeles Literary Community

From: The Operating System Facebook page

24059035_1208628129239281_6306440403255758708_nThere is more good publication news from the Los Angeles literary community. Two Los Angeles poets, Rocío Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, are being published by The Operating System. The following was the announcement from the press’ Facebook page:

 

“More good news from behind our tight-lipped submission vaults! The OS is thrilled to announce that we’ll be publishing “ATTENDANCE,” a collaboration between Rocío Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, in late 2018!

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