We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Gorski & Mellinda Hensley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren & Mellinda, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Community. Exposition Review is proud to be a part of the Los Angeles literary community. Without community, we would not be where we are today. Exposition Review is more than just a publication, we are a team dedicated to the success of our contributors. Besides the traditional narratives of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, we also feature experimental narratives, stage & screen, visual art, and comics. We’re a platform for established and emerging writers and artists, with the purpose to showcase their work even beyond publication. Without readings, literary festivals, events, conferences, and workshops highlighting our writers across genres, our issues year after year would not have continued to gain readership and expand our reach. Whether working with Los Angeles LitCrawl, Skylight Books, or nonprofits like WriteGirl, there are so many ways we have been able to partner and work alongside other great organizations and businesses in Los Angeles in order to grow.
What should our readers know about your business?
Exposition Review was founded by the alumni of the Master of Professional Writing Program at University of Southern California, Exposition Review maintains the multi-genre tradition and spirit of MPW, after the program closed its doors in 2016. Since then, our team of editors have grown from different pockets of Los Angeles, with readers across the globe, and a virtual internship program helping develop up-and-comers in the publishing space. We got to where we are today through long nights of reading, innovative work in website development, social media engagement, podcast launches, and event-planning across our team. Exposition Review is more than a journal, we’re the Expo family and whether you are an editor, reader, or writer contributing to an issue–you are a part of it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of our favorite places for book-shopping: Skylight Books
The Last Bookstore
For a quiet place to read and grab a bite to eat or drink:
Library Bar in Downtown LA
LiteratiCafe in Santa Monica
For the beautiful views:
Los Angeles Public Library in Downtown LA
and of course, make sure you take the Expo Line down Exposition Boulevard!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Skylight Books! Skylight Books has been a home to Exposition Review for a few of our launch events and readings. Whether in person with the amazing tree decorating the interior or virtually with Crowdcast, we love that Skylight has continued to be a space for writers to share their words and work. (And for readers to buy their favorite books, too!).
Other: Transposition Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/expo-presents-transposition/id1524722752 Transposition Podcast (Anchor): https://anchor.fm/exposition-review