Exposition Review is thrilled to share our latest issue, Vol. VII: “Flux”! This edition captures moments of change—gradual and sudden, subtle and profound, intensely personal and immensely public. Yet time still flows, carrying readers with it through the stages of life, through relationships, through grief, and through art.
The poetry, prose, scripts, and images within these pages play off these themes and each other, speaking to us individually but also talking to each other. As you explore this issue, you’ll find those reverberations within sections, echoes across genres, and perhaps, as we did, resonances in your own life.
If season one of our Transposition podcast was about sharing the voices of our contributors at a time when so many venues were silenced, season two was about inviting others in. We added Mitchell Evenson as an associate producer, and he created our new theme music and helped shape the season. We brought on more guests to expand and deepen the context of our content. We interviewed our first visual artist on the podcast, Zoe Walsh. With all of these new additions, we found a common theme.
For almost as long as we’ve been publishing, Exposition Review has hosted our free “Share Your Voice!” workshop for emerging writers with the ultimate goal of publishing their work. During the pandemic, this has taken place online, which has enabled us to expand our guests to include not only WriteGirl teens and alums but students from PEN America’s DREAMing Out Loud program in New York.
This year, we gathered via Zoom on Sunday, April 3, to help participants find literary journals to fit their voices, polish their submission materials, and submit their work.
If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic that has kept Exposition Review from gathering in person as a staff and for events, it’s that we’ve found new ways to connect that have expanded our community like never before.
For the second year in a row, our “Share Your Voice!” publishing workshop was held online, enabling our editors not only to log on from as far away as San Francisco, Chicago, and Arkansas, but to invite participants from both coasts. This year the event we’ve held for several years for WriteGirl teens and alums in Los Angeles was joined by students from PEN America’s DREAMing Out Loud program in New York, too.
October was busy for the Exposition Review team! We kicked off our reading season for Vol. V: “Act/Break,” we conquered Lit Crawl L.A., and we had our first taste of San Francisco’s famous Litquake. On October 19, we hosted our #ExpoPresents series where Lit Crawl all started—in the city by the bay.
Exposition Review is thrilled to debut our latest issue, Vol IV: “Wonder”! This volume is packed with multi-genre goodness, including more experimental narratives than any issue to date.
On Friday, May 3, Exposition Review’s editors, contributors, and community came together to celebrate the issue with our #ExpoPresents: Launch Party & Reading at one of our favorite LA bookstores, Skylight Books. Though this was our fourth issue and the second time we had the pleasure of hosting our launch party at Skylight, it was a night of firsts.
In 2017, Exposition Review had the pleasure of hosting our first seminar and interactive workshop for WriteGirl at The Hatchery. WriteGirl is a fantastic Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to mentoring young women and developing their creative writing skills as they progress through junior high and high school, while The Hatchery is a unique co-working space and community of writers in the Larchmont area.
With the success of last year’s workshop–which resulted in the publication of pieces by WriteGirls Vivian Enriquez and Angela He in our “Surface” issue–we were looking forward to once again collaborating with WriteGirl and The Hatchery, but we couldn’t resist expanding our youth-centered #ExpoPresents to another creative writing non-profit: 826LA. This amazing organization provides free programs, including mentoring, workshops, tutoring, and more, to over 9,000 students in the LA area.
The editors of Exposition Review love Lit Crawl L.A., and we’re excited to be among those chosen to host an event at this bar crawl turned literary extravaganza. On October 25, we gathered in NoHo with some of our favorite multi-genre short form writers for “L.A. in a Flash,” one of our signature #ExpoPresents micro-readings/workshops. Read on for all the flash-y details.
On August 26, we had the pleasure of debuting several new short plays for another #ExpoPresents event, our 2017 Short Play Series. We once again packed the house at the Chromolume Theater in Los Angeles for a special, one-night-only performance of four plays that originally appeared in our 2017 issue, Vol. II” Surface,” and our 2016 Flash 405 contest.
WriteGirl has long been one of Exposition Review’s favorite creative writing non-profits. Not only does it help emerging authors develop their skills and receive invaluable mentorship, but given that Exposition Review is an all-female editorial team, we also love WriteGirl’s emphasis on empowering young women. Every year they work with over 500 girls throughout Los Angeles, and since their launch 2001, they have seen a remarkable 100% (yes 100%) of WriteGirls go to college.