Los Angeles Poetry Anthology, edited by Jessica Kim
Cover art by Jessica Kim (acrylics)
As the world awakens from a year of isolation, many of us feel excited, refreshed, apprehensive, overwhelmed, lost. As youth, many of us are assimilating back into our school environment and building relationships with new and old friends. As residents of the greater Los Angeles region, we worry about the perpetuation of the pandemic, while also feeling hopeful of returning back to normalcy. We are interacting with our city again—the tables in restaurants are slowly being filled, the sculptures in museums are greeting their visitors, and downtown LA is slowly reincarnating into the hustle-bustle of a city we love. In this anthology, we beckon LA youth writers to come together and write about LOS ANGELES. Write about the loud and the unheard, the dying and the birth, the static and the moving.
This anthology is created and edited by Jessica Kim, the 2021-22 Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. Jessica (she/her) is a student from La Canada, who has recently been named a YoungArts Finalist in Poetry. Her work has been recognized by the Adroit Prizes, Foyle Young Poets of the Year, Columbia College Chicago's Young Authors Contest, and more. Her debut chapbook, L(EYE)GHT, is the runner-up for Animal Heart Press’ Chapbook Contest. Find out more at jessicakimwrites.weebly.com or @jessicakimwrites.