A literary journal based in South Central Los Angeles

Independently published since 2015


Based in South Central Los Angeles. Los Angeles, the land of all skin colors and all classes. We’re looking for Los Angeles. Waste…decay…rebirth and all. We are dedicated to publishing the best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of the Los Angeles literary underground, and prioritize works by people of color.

Dryland started in 2015 on the internet. We went into print February 2016 (Issue 6) under Ponte Las Pilas Press. We are an independent literary journal (not a nonprofit) and plan to stay that way. 

Read the current issue (#9) available now at:

 Amoeba Music (Hollywood) 

Skylight Books (Los Feliz)

MOCA bookstore

Sonido del Valle (Boyle Heights)

 Patria Coffee (Compton)

 Capuyo Cafe (Boyle Heights)

 Book Show (Highland Park)

the Los Angeles Public Library

 Also order directly from us through us here (the best way without feeding the Amazon beast)

Read us or ask your friends about us to get to know us. 

Interested in getting involved? Hit us up.




Viva Padilla

Founding Editor-in-Chief

Padilla is a first-generation Chicana from South Central L.A., a daughter of Mexican immigrants who crossed the border. She has been in the trenches at the L.A. Times, Red Hen Press, and Punk Hostage Press. In October 2019 she will be featuring at Casa De Las Americas in Havana, Cuba for their Coloquio Internacional Latinos en los Estados Unidos.



ig & twitter: @anotchka


Nikolai Garcia

Assistant Editor


Garcia grew up in South Central L.A.; currently works with homeless youth in East Hollywood; and has been sleeping in Compton for the last fifteen years. His first chapbook, Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees, was released by DSTL Arts. He’s a founding member of the Coleman Collective.


ig & twitter: @hellokommie

Eva Lopez

Illustrator (logo by:)

ig: @ehvahloonah