A literary journal based in South Central Los Angeles

The Poetry Party Line - 2nd Edition (11/05/18)

Featuring Johnny Huerta (Buckhorn, NM), Abel Salas (Boyle Heights, CA) , and Tim "The Tater" Staley (Las Cruces, NM)

The Poetry Party Line (213) 297-8088

  • After the beep: Introduce yourself
  • Read your poem (2 min. max)
  • Send 50-word bio to submissions@drylandla.org

We post the best every other Monday

"Turkey Feather Pass" by Johnny Huerta (Buckhorn, NM)

Johnny was born in Portales, New Mexico. He is the author of three poetry books: Posole With Benefits, Acid & Menudo (Grandma Moses Press, 2017), and Sopapilla Syrup. He now lives in San Francisco.~ 

"If Time Wears A Bracelet" by Abel Salas (Boyle Heights, CA)

 Based in Los Angeles, journalist and poet Abel Salas has written for The Austin Chronicle, LA Weekly and the NY Times, among others. His poems have appeared in Zyzzyva, Beltway Quarterly, and Huizache as well as the anthologies Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Change (University of Arizona Press, 2016) and The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising From the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles (Tia Chucha Press, 2016). He is the editor and publisher of Brooklyn & Boyle, a community, arts and cultural monthly and was a co-founder of Corazón del Pueblo, a grass-roots arts, education and political action center in Boyle Heights.~ 

"Con Brio" by Tim "The Tater" Staley (Las Cruces, NM)

Tim “The Tater” Staley was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1975. He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He’s a DJ on his community radio station, KTAL 101.5 FM. He is anxious sometimes, and other times he tries to knock that feeling down. He likes to write poems and read books unless he’s watching Chicago Fire, the TV show, with his wife. Find him at poetstaley.com

The Poetry party line - 1st edition (10/22/18)

This is the first edition of The Poetry Pary Line. Featuring Khadija Anderson (Altadena, CA), Steven Gray (SF, CA), and Devin Murphy (Busan, South Korea)

The Poetry Party Line (213) 297-8088

  • Introduce yourself/where you're calling from
  • Read your poem (2 min. max)
  • Send 50-word bio to submissions@drylandla.org

We post the best every other Monday

"At The Clinic" by Khadija Anderson (Altadena, CA)

Khadija Anderson, Muslim, mother, and anarchist lives in her hometown of Altadena, California. Her poetry has been published in many online and print journals and anthologies. Khadija has two books of poetry published: History of Butoh and Cul-de-sac: an american childhood. Khadija runs Poets and Allies for Resistance Series in Pasadena. ~

"News Leak" by Steven Gray (San Francisco, CA)

Steven Gray has lived in San Francisco since the 1970s. His work has been widely published and he has a book of poems called JET SHOCK AND CULTURE LAG. He edited a literary magazine called Out of Our and his reviews are at litseen.com. His website is telepoeticsf.com. ~

"Outsider" by Devin Murphy (Busan, South Korea)

Devin Murphy wanted to be in a band but he couldn't sing, so his mom got him into poetry. He's soft AF.  Now he works all the time, but for like, other people. ~