Los Angeles is home to many literary publications. Online and print journals abound. Even a nationally renown book review. This includes several journals with esteemed history. They publish Los Angeles writers, California writers, and writers from around the country and the world. Check them out. See what Los Angeles’ wordsmiths are up to. Fall in love and support the work these journals and reviews publish by subscribing or by making a charitable donation.
About: Angels Flight • literary west is for writers and readers intrigued by [Los Angeles] and drawn to – or even repelled by – its charms. Angels Flight will tell stories in unconventional ways – at length, in a flash, in a fragment – with passion and edge. Angels Flight • literary west is a new vehicle to explore uncharted stories of Los Angeles and beyond.
Genres Published: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography and Art
Subgenres: Flash Fiction and Nonfiction, Humor and Excerpts
Representative Authors: Ashaki M. Jackson, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Mike Sonsken and Natasha Deón
Angel City Review
About: Angel City Review is a literary journal that is committed to bringing the cutting edge in fiction and poetry to a modern audience. They aim to present a diverse range of both writers and genres that run the gamut from experimental narratives to grittier fiction with a literary air. They are neither afraid of, nor do we stick to, any particular style of writing. Every issue will feature a couple of more established writers; however Their main goal is to provide an outlet for new and emerging authors with an emphasis on writers based in Los Angeles. The majority of the pages will be filled with work by authors who may be new to you and quite possibly are appearing in print for the first time.
Genres Published: Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry
Subgenres: Flash Fiction
Representative Authors: Iris De Anda, F. Douglas Brown and Dan Fante.
About: Started by founding editor Alyn Warren, Faultline is UC Irvine’s Pushcart prize-winning journal. Housed in UC Irvine’s Department of English and produced by the graduate students of the Programs in Writing, Faultline features the work of emerging and established writers from the U.S. and abroad. The journal publishes new poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, and art in an annual spring issue.
About: Rattle’s mission is to promote the practice of poetry. Their goal is to promote a community of active poets. Every poem they publish starts in their “slush pile,” and has to rise through the same process of careful consideration. If they like your poem better than the Poet Laureate’s, they”ll publish yours. That’s what makes Rattle so readable. Each issue is roughly one hundred pages.
About: Rip Rap is a literary journal designed and produced annually by students in the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Rip Rap highlights new and emerging writers from across the country as well as enlightening interviews of award winning, published writers who are featured in the CSULB English Department’s Visiting Writers Series.
Genres Reviewed: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Artwork
Representative Authors: Gerald Locklin, Suzanne Lummis, Bill Mohr, Rafael Zepeda, Theresa Baxter and Lauren Green.
Santa Monica Review
About: Founded by Jim Krusoe, Santa Monica Review is a nationally distributed literary arts journal sponsored by Santa Monica College. The journal focuses on Southern California and Pacific Rim writers, both emerging and well known.
About: Spectrum is a poetry journal associated with Saturday Afternoon Poetry, a poetry event series that holds a different poetry event each Saturday in Pasadena, California. The journal primarily publishes local L.A. poets, but are open to publishing poets from around the world. Spectrum also occasionally publishes separate special issues.
Genres Published: Poetry
Representative Authors: Jackie Chou, Beverley M. Collins, Seven Dhar, Thelma T. Reyna, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Khadija Anderson and Jack G. bowman.