Interview With The Los Angeles Review

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When we think about the role of The Los Angeles Review in literature, our initial reaction, as editors, is to describe it as a journal, published twice a year by Red Hen Press, which seeks the highest quality writing…

But that’s not quite right. The word “journal” may once have defined us, but now is misleading. Literature today is so much more than words on a page, and The Los Angeles Review is in the process of embracing many of the new means of fostering dialogue among writers and readers. Yes, we seek great writing, but we also look for opportunities to take literature out of the printed volume and make it accessible in more public venues. Currently, we work with Red Hen to sponsor literary events around the country—most recently in New York City, Downtown LA, and Portland. We include podcasts of writers performing their work on our web site, and now feature a vibrant online Book Review section that introduces some of the best independently published titles each month (even including some great self-published books). We’re looking at expanding those online efforts to other sections of the journal too. Our editors also offer online writing workshops in their disciplines, sharing their knowledge and experience with aspiring writers.

Literature can still be what it’s always been—a private dialogue between author and reader, but today’s culture demands that it also be available as a public event, with poetry, stories and articles that appeal to the senses, as well as the mind—an open forum that promotes informed discussion of the ideas and emotions behind the writing. The Los Angeles Review is committed to both paradigms.

In terms of actual writing, we are open to submissions of virtually every literary genre: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essay, translations and book reviews. We publish well-known and established authors like Benjamin Percy, Natalie Goldberg, Alberto Rios, and Reginald Dwayne Betts, but always remain open to work from new writers. And yes, we really do want your best.

What all that means is creating community, inviting writers and readers, and even people who don’t read that much, to read or listen, and more importantly to participate.