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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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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