Dryland is an independent print literary journal born in South Central Los Angeles in 2015. We aim to publish the best in Black and Brown (POC) poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from around the world, established, emerging, and never-before-published writers.
Past contributors include: Barbara-Jane Reyes, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Harry Gamboa Jr., Vickie Vertiz, Matt Sedillo, and countless more. We’ve published authors from Mexico, China, India, South America, and the UK, to name a few. We’ve also featured known and emerging artists across all mediums like Patrick Martinez, Mr. Pintamuro, Iurhi Peña, Anthonyxyz, and Henry Lara of AngelenoHeart.
Contributors have gone on to start their own journals, publish debut poetry collections, win awards such as PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship (Michelle Dorame) and the Voices of Our Nations Arts Fellowship (Jenise Miller). We also nominate authors for awards like the Pushcart Prize or the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Authors have also been offered representation by literary agencies after being discovered in the journal.
We publish a new issue once a year. We are an independent publication, not a non-profit, and plan to remain so. We are funded directly through the support of our readers, contributors, and supporters.
Dryland is mainly sold in bookstores, cafes, & record stores, across Los Angeles, like at Patria Coffee in Compton, the MOCA museum store in Downtown LA, Amoeba Music in Hollywood as well as bookstores in the Bay Area and at Casa de Las Americas in Cuba.
The Dryland website is also home to Hombre Lobo series, a collection of true supernatural/paranormal stories by Xicanx. This series is published several times a year and has its own separate deadline.
Editor in Chief
Viva Padilla is a bilingual poet, writer, and editor born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. She’s the founding editor-in-chief of Dryland, and Hombre Lobo, an intergenerational book series documenting paranormal/supernatural stories experienced by Xicanx. Padilla is a first-generation Chicana, a daughter of immigrants who crossed the border from Colima, Mexico. Viva’s work has been featured in the L.A. Times, The Acentos Review, Cultural Weekly, PANK, wearemitú, and many more online and print journals/magazines. She currently works at Tia Chucha Press and lives on the Eastside in Los Angeles.
Nikolai Garcia was raised in South Central; works in East Hollywood; sleeps in Compton. He’s had poems published in places like Huizache, The Latino Book Review, Cultural Weekly, Sad Girl Review, and Razorcake. His first chapbook, Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees, was published by DSTL Arts. He’s been Assistant Editor of Dryland since issue 9.
Amanda Orozco gained a breadth of experience in academic publishing, publicity, subsidiary rights, and agenting. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Physiological Science and an English minor and worked as a fine art instructor and freelance editor for several years before moving to New York to complete the NYU Masters of Science in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. As part of the Dryland team she aims to amplify marginalized voices from the literary underground.
Iván Salí is a poet based in the San Fernando Valley experimenting with words, images, and sound. His literary work has been published in a variety of journals and magazines. He is currently finishing his B.A. in English, Creative Writing at CSUN where he’s advocated for quality education that addresses racism and social justice, and for more resources for the undocumented community. Iván was born in Ciudad de México and immigrated to LA at the age of ten. In his free time, he enjoys DJing.
Donna Liseth Quintanilla
Donna Liseth is a South Central native invested in her Guatemalan and Argentinean culture. She’s been a youth mentor for L.A. Commons and Roots for Peace. She also completed an internship for Public Allies Los Angeles. Currently, Donna Liseth is looking to go back to college and getting a degree in Ethnic Studies/ Social Studies. Aside from helping her community she enjoys creating playlists and hiking. Donna has been with us since October 2020.