S193. Outlaw Aesthetics and Publishing the Sprawl: How LA Indie Presses are Changing the Face of Publishing

Room 302, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Saturday, March 1, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Think people in LA don’t read? Wrong! Indie presses are not only flourishing in LA, they are working to create a vibrant literary metropolis from inside the sprawl. From Kaya’s collaborative book booths to Writ Large’s plans for an LA Literary Walk to Tia Chucha’s literacy hub to the aesthetic conversations between artists and writers encouraged by both Les Figues and Siglio, these presses are changing the culture of literary LA—and in the process, innovating new models for publishing.



Neelanjana Banerjee's fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in PANK, The Rumpus, World Literature Today, the Literary Review, Nimrod, and several anthologies. She is the co-editor of Indivisible, the first-ever South Asian American poetry anthology. She works with Kaya Press.

Chiwan Choi is the author of two books, The Flood and Abductions. He is also a founding editor of Writ Large Press, a downtown Los Angeles based indie literary publisher. His writing has also appeared in ONTHEBUS, Esquire, the Nervous Breakdown, and Cultural Weekly.

Luis J. Rodriguez has published fifteen books in poetry, children's literature, the novel, short stories, memoir, and nonfiction. He is best known for Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. He is also editor/founder of Tia Chucha Press and cofounder of Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore.

Lisa Pearson is the publisher and founder of Siglio, an independent press dedicated to publishing uncommon books at the intersection of art and literature.

Teresa Carmody is the author of the short story collection Requiem and three chapbooks: I Can Feel, Eye Hole Adore, and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne. She is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press in Los Angeles.


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