Born in South Central Los Angeles.
We are dedicated to publishing the best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of the Los Angeles literary underground, and prioritize Black and POC artists, writers, and poets.
Our mission is to bring life to where there is potential waiting to be unearthed; we look to explore the creative spaces that have in the past been deemed unworthy.
Dryland started in 2015 on the internet. We went into print in 2016 (under Ponte Las Pilas Press). We are an independent literary journal (not a nonprofit) and plan to stay that way.
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Viva Padilla is a poet and writer from South Central L.A. She has had poems appear in places like Acentos Review, wearemitu; and has read at Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba. She is currently working on her first poetry collection.
Nikolai Garcia grew up South Central L.A., but has been living in Compton for almost two decades. His poems have been published in Latino Book Review, Huizache, Cultural Weekly, Drunk Monkeys, Sad Girl Review, and other literary journals. His first chapbook, Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees, was released by DSTL Arts.
My guests this episode are Viva Padilla, Founder/Editor in Chief of Dryland and Nikolai Garcia, Associate Editor. We talked about how Viva's love for literature and experiences in the publishing world led to the creation of Dryland, the transition from publishing online in the beginning to a physical book, and the need for independent publications in communities like South Central L.A.
LA poets join Badass Bookworm for a quick tour of the Bay Area, they all sit down and talk about their writing projects Nikolai Garcia's new chapbook Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees,(DSTLarts) he is also an editor with Viva Padilla, poet and editor of...
"Dryland is overseen by founding editor Viva Padilla, who was interested in starting the Dryland series as a platform to express what people feel now. It is not so coincidental, however, that writers choose to write about Trump or other political subjects; the intention to create these kinds of works is there."