Re/Arte Grand Opening Party! Sat. June 26th

Celebrate with us this Saturday, June 26th 2021, for the opening of Re/Arte, a literary space in the Boyle Heights community & the new home of Dryland Literary Journal, Hombre Lobo, & Ponte Las Pilas Press. DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM. We will have a mic set up for any poets to bless the space with their palabras.

Feel free to bring books, art prints, or supplies to donate! We are also accepting donations via Venmo @reartela. For tax-deductible donations, we are taking donations via our fiscal sponsor Tia Chucha at (please make sure to give us your full name when you donate via Tia Chucha to keep track of the donations made to Re/Arte)!

Re/Arte is a literary and art center run/owned by Viva Padilla. This is a space open to hosting a number of events such as film screenings, book readings, open mic nights, workshops, author talks, literacy programs for the youth, and more. Visit the website for more information on upcoming events and how to book the space for your event!

Time & Location

When: Saturday, June 26th, 2021. 6 PM – ???

Location: RE/ARTE: 2014 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Dryland Literary Journal Awarded Critical Minded Grant

We are excited to announce that Dryland has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Critical Minded, a grantmaking and learning initiative of The Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Ford Foundation which aims to support critics of color in the United States. The purpose of the initiative is to “build the resources and visibility of cultural critics of color through: direct support to publications and individuals, research, advocacy, and convening.”

Historically, critics of color have been pushed out of cultural and political conversations. In the article “Why Cultural Critics of Color Matter,” Elizabeth Méndez Berry, Director of Voice, Creativity, and Culture at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, wrote: “If we have been made painfully aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the industries that tell us stories, we should also be aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the places where we make meaning of those stories…the majority of full-time critics — at the few media outlets that still have them — are white.”

Through the Critical Minded grant the editors of Dryland are using these funds to publish criticisms from writers of color that challenge narratives, aesthetics, and topics in the arts while engaging in political discourse relevant to our readers. 

We are currently accepting pitches until March 1st, 2021. Accepted pitches will be published in Issue 11. For more information head over to our submissions guidelines.