Born in South Central Los Angeles.
We are dedicated to publishing the best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of the Los Angeles literary underground, and to prioritizing Black and POC artists, writers, and poets. We publish new, emerging, and established voices, in English and Spanish.
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 PANK, The Acentos Review, Cultural Weekly, and wearemitú; and has read at Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba. She is currently working on the summer art exhibition Every. Thing. Changes. with L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.
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.
Amanda Orozco has worked at various literary nonprofits, agencies, and publishers in New York since 2017. She has a Master's in Publishing: Digital and Print Media from NYU and an insatiable love for coffee, ramen, and tacos. Though she currently lives in New York, she is in the process of finding her way back to L.A., which will always be home.
Jenise Miller is a Black Panamanian urban planner and writer from
Compton. She is a Pushcart-nominated poet and Voices of Our Nations
Arts (VONA) alumna. She is the author of the poetry chapbook "The
Blvd' and has published work in KCET Artbound, Boom California,
Cultural Weekly, and The Acentos Review.
Arts Associate Writer
Michael Lorenzo Porter is a writer, and visual artist originally from Mid-City L.A. Looking to subvert the widely expected myth in all its forms. His essays, interviews, and fiction work can be found published in print and online with LARB, Hyperallergic, Cultured Magazine, among others.
Nidia Bautista is a writer and journalist from Boyle Heights. Reporting on immigration and gender justice. Found belonging in the transbarrios and that's often where she writes and thinks from. Collective storytelling on @PochaPunks and Pocha Punks Power Hour, a community radio show.
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."
DRYLAND, a literary journal born in South Central Los Angeles, is celebrating its 5-year anniversary this year. DRYLAND has published over 300 voices from all over the world since 2015. DRYLAND is forever grateful to all of its supporters — the readers, contributors, donors, mentors, community members — who have all made it possible to make it this far as a grassroots & independent literary journal.
Today, DRYLAND is a self-sustaining publication that regularly circulates a 500 print run between community spaces, universities, and cultural institutions alike across cities including in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Havana, Cuba.
If you'd like to make sure that DRYLAND keeps going, consider making a contribution today. Every contribution goes directly into running the journal.