California Prose Directory 2016 Launch Party, Saturday April 30, 2016

On Saturday, April 30th, come out for a glass of wine and a night of readings to celebrate the launch of the California Prose Directory 2016 (Outpost19)!

 This year’s directory, compiled by Sarah LaBrie, features journalism and fiction by 24 writers showcasing life in the Golden State.

 Six contributors—Nathan Deuel, Melissa Yancy, Summer Block, Lisa Locascio, Matthew Specktor and Lou Mathews—will read to benefit 826LA.


  • Nathan Deuel is the author of Friday Was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East. He’s written essays, short fiction, and criticism for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Paris Review, and Harper’s, among others. He teaches writing at UCLA and Mount Saint Mary’s University.


  • Summer Block Kumar is a contributor to The Awl, The Toast, The Rumpus, McSweeney's, and The Nervous Breakdown, and she has an upcoming piece on NPR's Snap Judgment. With J. Ryan Stradal, she produces the literary series Hot Dish.


  • Lisa Locascio's work has appeared or is forthcoming in n+1, The Believer, Bookforum, Los Angeles Review, Hobart, The Minola Review, and Angels Flight Literary West, among many other journals. She is the first Anglophone writer to be granted an interview by Roberto Bolaño's widow Carolina López, and her work on the late Chilean author has gained mention in The Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker. Lisa edits the L.A. and San Francisco editions of Joyland and the new ekphrastic collaboration magazine 7×7.


  • Lou Mathews has received National Endowment for the Arts and California State Arts Commission Fellowships in Fiction, a Katherine Anne Porter Prize, a Pushcart Prize and two Pushcart Special Mentions. He has short stories coming out in the Spring Issue of ZYVZZVYA and the final issue of Black Clock.


  • Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The Paris Review, The Believer, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.


  • Melissa Yancy is the recipient of a 2016 NEA Literature Fellowship, and winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press for her short fiction collection Dog Years, which will be published in late 2016. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, Prairie Schooner, Zyzzyva, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere.


  • Sarah LaBrie (Editor) has been awarded fellowships by the Corporation of Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and Writers in the Public Schools/NYU. Her writing appears in The Literary Review, Epoch, Encyclopedia Journal, Joyland the A. Weekly, the Millions and elsewhere.


Ticket Options: Pre-order the book for the cover price of $18.50 and receive free admission to the event; or event-only admission without book for $10. 


Where & When

826LA in Mar Vista

12515 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Saturday, April 30, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Doors at 5:00 p.m.