July 1st, Future Now Reading: Jessica Ceballos, Tricia Lopez, & Lituo Huang

Join us this coming Thursday, July 1st, for the fourth installment of our monthly Reading & Open Mic Series, Future Now. Hosted by Assistant Editor Nikolai Garcia & the Dryland team. This month we are featuring contributors from Issue 10: Jessica Ceballos, Tricia Lopez, & Lituo Huang.

This will be our first hybrid open-mic event as it’s happening in-person at Re/Arte Centro Literario located in Boyle Heights, and virtually via Zoom.

When: Thur. July 3rd, 7-9 pm PST.

In-person location: 2014 1/2 E CESAR E CHAVEZ AVE. LOS ANGELES, CA 90033

Zoom ID: 878 8950 0444

Fill out this google form to sign up for the Open Mic. Only 10 spots available!


Jessica Ceballos (y Campbell) is daughter of Mexican immigrants of North African, Wixárika, Iberian, and US Indigenous descent. She has lived many lives and prefers the one she now occupies—writer of brand content, poetry, essays, and screenplays; publisher of poetry anthologies; significant other; and co-parent of a three year old and two cats. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals, and she has published three chapbooks. In 2019, she opened Alternative Field, a multilingual poetry library, reading room, resource center, and press that employs poetry to exercise thought around important issues. She’s currently working on a poetry-memoirish book inspired by the 80s, Disneyland, the foster care system, childhood divorce, displacement, secrets, and lies, entitled Happiest Place on Earth. Jessica was born, raised, and currently lives on Tovaangar—unceded Tongva lands.  www.jessicaceballos.com

Tricia Lopez is a Nicaraguan and Salvadoran writer from Los Angeles. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of MORIA Literary Magazine. She has had poems, stories, and author interviews published in Dryland, The Acentos Review, Rabid Oak, The Hellebore, Marias At Sampaguitas, and other places. She graduated from Woodbury University with a BA in Professional Writing and is now getting her MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Lituo Huang lives in Los Angeles with her dogs. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in TriQuarter, The McNeese Review, Dryland, and elsewhere. She is working on a novel. www.lituohuang.com


Open Mic Guidelines:

  • Be ready to unmute yourself when your name is called and please mute yourself again once you are done sharing. 
  • Open-mic readers will have three minutes to share. Please be respectful of our other readers’ time. We will use the mute button at our discretion. 
  • We will not tolerate any hate speech. (No racism, sexism, homophobia, etc). 

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Juliana Chang’s debut, “Inheritance,” wins the 2020 Vella Chapbook Contest

The editors of Dryland congratulate author Juliana Chang for the release of her debut poetry collection, Inheritance; winner of the 2020 Vella Contest and published by Paper Nautilus Press in March, 2021. Her poem, “Mom’s Makeup” was featured in Dryland, Issue 10. 

The 2020 Vella Contest was judged by Lisa Mangini, Editor in Chief of Paper Nautilus—a small press founded in 2011 as an annual literary magazine, but since 2016 it has focused solely on publishing chapbooks. Chang’s debut poetry collection is the first release out of three more co-winners of the contest, which include Jason B. Crawford, Sarah Nichols, and Marc Sheehan. 

Juliana Chang is a Taiwanese American writer and filmmaker. She is the recipient of the 2019 Urmy/Hardy Poetry Prize, the 2017 Wiley Birkhofer Poetry Prize, and a 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Medalist in Poetry. Most recently, her poems “one day when I become a museum” and “Elegy for Jane” earned her a nomination for Best New Poets 2021.  

Follow her on Instagram @julianawritespoems and on Twitter @julianawrites.

Click here to order a copy of Inheritance, available through Paper Nautilus Press. 

‘Inheritance’ Cover Art

Tongo Eisen-Martin named San Francisco’s 8th Poet Laureate

The editors of Dryland congratulate Tongo-Eisen Martin for being selected as San Francisco’s 8th Poet Laureate by city Mayor London Breed. 

Eisen-Martin is a previous contributor of Dryland; his poems “I Do Not Know the Spelling of Money” and “I Make Promises Before I Dream” were featured in Issue 10 in 2020. He joins the honorary list of Bay Area poets laureate that include Devorah Major, Alejandro Murguía, and Kim Schuck; In 1998, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder of City Lights Books, was the first poet to be awarded the title. 

In 2018, City Lights published Eisen-Martin’s chapbook Heaven is All Goodbyes for their Pocket Poet series, which won several book awards, including the 2018 American Book Award. Born and raised in San Francisco, Eisen-Martin’s latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again,” has been used as an educational and organizing tool nation wide. 

In a press conference via zoom with Mayor Breed, Eisen-Martin delivered a speech reflecting his commitment to the Bay Area community as a poet, movement worker, and educator in order to create cultural work that is transformative and conducive to liberation. “A poet of any station is secondary to the people. A poet of any use belongs to the energy and consciousness of the people,” he said, “my aim as San Francisco poet laureate is to join with that energy in order to create vehicles of unity. Events, workshops, readings, are all vehicles for unity. I will never tire building as many as this city can handle.”  

His second book in the City Lights Pocket Poet series will be released in fall 2021.

E.M. Franceschini wins 2020 Anzaldúa Poetry Prize

The editors of Dryland congratulate issue 10 contributor Eric Morales Franceschini for his upcoming chapbook “Autopsy of a Fall,” winner of the 2020 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. The annual award is provided by Newfound, a non-profit publisher based in Austin, Texas. As listed on their website, the prize awards a poet whose work “explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. Special attention is given to poems that exhibit multiple vectors of thinking: artistic, theoretical, and social, which is to say, political.” 

Franceschini is a previous contributor of Dryland; his poem “Caracoles” was featured in issue 10 in 2020.  The author was born in Puerto Rico and is a former day laborer and U.S. Army veteran who now holds a PhD from UC Berkeley. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Latin American Studies at the University of Georgia. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Somos en escrito, Moko, Chiricu, among others.

The Anzaldúa Prize panelists alongside guest judge Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (author of poetry collections Cenzontle and Dulce) chose Franceschini’s chapbook out of three additional finalists. The prize also includes a $1,500 award plus 25 copies of the published manuscript, however, Franceschini is allocating all royalties to the Undocupoets Fellowship Fund and The Colectiva Feminista en Construcción in Puerto Rico.  


“Autopsy of a Fall” will be published by Newfound in fall 2021.