Just eight months ago I wrote about 12 literary journals for Los Angeles writers — and since then, I’ve discovered two more! Read, enjoy, and submit —
Sublevel. CalArts’s longtime lit magazine Black Clock folded a little while back, but in its place a newer, even edgier literary magazine has launched. Sublevel is “devoted to the nexus of literature, poetics, art, criticism, philosophy, culture, & politics,” and its editors “make no hard distinctions between creative and critical enterprise.”
In addition to (mostly experimental) writing, the zine includes conversations and art. The main issues go up online, but Sublevel also publishes a supplementary print edition — called B-Sides. The first issue was edited by Maggie Nelson and Janice Lee — but both of these CalArts faculty members are leaving the institution this year, Maggie heading to USC and Janice to Portland State University. It’s unclear who’ll head up the second issue. In the meantime, enjoy browsing the first —
Westwind. Unbeknownst to me until two weeks ago, the English department at UCLA has been publishing Westwind, UCLA’s journal of the arts, for over 50 years now!
These days, Westwind publishes online issues in the fall and winter, along with an annual print issue in the spring that you can pick up from UCLA’s English department office — or read online too. The journal has a strong focus on UCLA specifically and the LA-area more broadly. Submissions — which will reopen in the fall — are open only to “UCLA students, faculty, alumni, and members of the greater Los Angeles community.” Send in your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, and music then —
Photo of Westwind courtesy of Westwind