Look What the River Cat Dragged In

The Los Angeles Review Issue 9

My fourth baby has just arrived, and I can’t quit grinning. (By “baby,” I am, of course, referring to 300 pages of creative writing, bound up in fantastic LA river cat cover art and produced under the auspices of the fine Red Hen Press.)  In the four issues that I’ve been a part of creating for The Los Angeles Review, this issue, number 9, was perhaps the most difficult, because it was produced under our tightest deadline yet. This baby had an incubation period of a hummingbird–just four months–and about as much frenetic output of energy on our staff’s part to get it to press on time.

But the difficulty of wrangling the manuscript into printable shape was entirely worthwhile, and I’m thrilled that the final product has arrived, just in time to be formally released at the AWP conference in Washington D.C.

On the prose front, I’m particularly excited about Dawn Allison’s exquisite short story entitled “Pearls,” and Ryan Call’s “The Walker Circulation,” which had both copy editors in tears by the end of its 8 pages. (And I have to tell you, we’re not a weepy bunch.)

But as the poetry co-editor, I’m particularly invested in this issue’s poems.  I’m particularly excited about newer writers Eugenia Leigh and Linda S. Gottlieb, and I’m a more than a bit knocked out to be publishing Dana Gioia, Annie Finch, and Philip Memmer (all writers I’ve idolized for some time).

It’s also gratifying that former LAR contributors Rachel Mehl, J.D. Smith, Stephen Mills, Michael Meyerhofer, Ciara Shuttleworth, and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo liked our previous work enough to place more poems with us this time around.

I hope the conference attendees among my readers will stop by LAR’s table at AWP (We’re at G-12!) for a discounted copy. If you’re not attending, though, never fear–LAR 9 will be available for purchase at our website next week.

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