Literature for Life

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Celebrate the Literary Arts - A Free Resource for Teachers

Screenshot 2015-06-13 16.20.27 Save the Date for the official launch for Literature for Life Issue 3 on Saturday, June 27, from 2-4 pm at the home of Jervey Tervalon. Families, friends, writers, artists, educators and leaders in government and business! There is a suggested $20 donation for those who are not contributors to the issue, but we welcome guests regardless of their ability to donate. Readings ~ Art ~ Food ~ and More! 55 W. Manor St. Altadena, CA 91001. Authors: Doug Benerofe, Yvonne Estrada, Janet Fitch, Rebecca Gonzalez, Joel Jacobsen, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Bronwyn Mauldin, Keenan Norris, Conrad Romo, Elsa Valmidiano Artists: Walter Askin, Scott Gandell, Sherry Giang-Chen, Sandra Hunter, Alex Lee, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Christopher Perez, Ester Petschar, Jennifer Swain RSVP: Rosalind Helfand, We're very proud to announce that Literature for Life is a new program of Light Bringer Project. Literature for Life is a Los Angeles based online literary journal, salon, and resource for educators designed to spark a love of reading and writing.

Literature for Life unites writers, artists, and educators to ignite young minds with a love of reading, writing, and the visual arts. We consider ourselves to be a new kind of beast: part online literary journal, part educator’s resource center, and part community salon. Our goal is to connect LA’s youth with an open source text filled with contemporary works by local writers and artists while simultaneously sharing LA’s rich literary offerings with the world. Our site will feature two issues a year, containing a collection of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, short stories, articles, essays, and artwork created for us by writers and artists primarily from the Los Angeles region. Texts and images are paired with tailor­made lesson plans, designed to help teachers introduce locally produced writing and artwork into their classrooms so that students may better see themselves and their communities represented in their curriculum. Filling the gap left by expensive, monolithic, and often outdated textbooks, our literature and artwork are selected to resonate with L.A.­based youth and celebrate the full diversity of Los Angeles, its culture, and its people. We hope that Literature for Life will become a prestigious publication for writers and artists to showcase their work, a go to resource for teachers throughout Los Angeles, and a model for cities and schools everywhere for uniting local talent with youth to improve communities. Literature for Life is a program of the Light Bringer Project. All donations to Literature for Life are made through the Light Bringer Project, and are tax­ deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

 Jervey Tervalon, Founder & Editor & Curriculum Developer

Picture 1 Jervey Tervalon, MFA, is the award-winning, Los Angeles Times bestelling author of five books including Understanding This, a novel based on his experiences teaching at Locke High School in Los Angeles, for which he won the Quality Paper Book Club’s New Voice’s Award. His newest novel, Monster’s Chef, is due out from HarperCollins in June 2014. He was the Remsen Bird Writer in Residence at Occidental College and now is an associate professor at National University and a Lecturer at the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He’s lectured with USC and Occidental College. He is also an award-winning poet, screenwriter, dramatist, and the Founder and Editor of Literature for Life. Jervey was born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from UC Irvine and studied with Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s Ark.

Rosalind Helfand. Managing Editor & Curriculum Developer

Rosalind Helfand Rosalind Helfand works independently to create and lead innovative programs that connect and improve communities. From the arts to conservation, her focus is on doable big ideas that lead to lasting positive change and a better future. A leader in LA’s literary community, she co-founded the award-winning West Hollywood Book Fair in 2000, directing the festival for its first decade. She’s developed, curated and produced hundreds of literary programs, in partnership with leaders from LA’s diverse literary and arts communities, with a focus on multi-disciplinary collaborations with the arts, sciences, politics, and more. In addition to Literature for Life, her recent literary projects include LitFest Pasadena 2013 and Lit Crawl LA: NoHo 2013 and 2014 (coming in October!). She was also a curator of The Last Bookstore’s Indie Shelves Initiative, and curates the annual readings and performance event, A Night of Spooky Storytelling. In 2013, Rosalind produced a community wide dialogue series in conjunction with the play “Cooking Oil’s” premiere in Los Angeles, which brought together nonprofit leaders to discuss international aid, women’s rights, and education. She works with the nonprofit performance arts collective, SparkleBlob, and is the Board Chair of the education nonprofit, Seekers Unlimited. Rosalind is a past programming director of West Hollywood’s Women’s Leadership Conference and Human Rights Speakers Series, and is currently directing educational programming for NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. She was a guest speaker at the California World History Association’s annual conference, and she teaches high school writing classes in creative writing and academic writing at West Hollywood College Preparatory school. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz.    

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