We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Ravenswood and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linda, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When we started The Los Angeles Press, it was in direct response to the dearth of publishing houses helmed by women of color, especially intersectional feminist women of color. The reason we called it The Los Angeles Press was to affirm our place here in the West, and in the often cloistered world of publishing. In a sense The Los Angeles Press interrupts a previous gatekeeper mentality, and is eager to work broadly, warmly, and collegiately
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m primarily a poet and performance artist. I have a mixed ancestral heritage of indigenous, mestiza, European, and Jewish backgrounds and those intersectional pathways are negotiated in my work. I’m very excited about my new poetry collection — rock waves / sloe drags — from the Black Spring Press Group/Eyewear London coming out in 2022.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the Deukmejian Wilderness Park high in the Verdugos. We have a new exhibit there an an exquisite old barn and orchard. It’s a hidden gem here in Los Angeles
Descanso Gardens, the Huntington Gardens, the Norton Simon Museum and LACMA are also treasures.
I’d also try to make sure we visited some performance and poetry events, possibly at Beyond Baroque in Venice.
And for a really fun, all-day excursion, perhaps a trip out to Joshua Tree to visit FURSTWURLD
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Los Angeles press was born out of the Los Angeles review of books publishing symposium in 2018. Through their community, and mentorship, the little spark of an idea for a new publishing house in Los Angeles was born and fostered. They are still dear colleagues and friends.
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