Spotlight: The Los Angeles Review of Books

Here’s a great organization for any writer and/or translator to check out:

Founded by UC Riverside Professor Tom Lutz in April 2011, the Los Angeles Review of Books (or LARB) describes itself as “a nonprofit literary and cultural arts organization that combines the great tradition of the book review with the evolving technologies of the web” ( However, LARB not only features book reviews of various authors and translators, but also podcasts, video documentaries, and newsletters (among other multiplatform works). In addition, they organize physical literary readings and gatherings for their members (and anyone with an interest in the literary community).

Other Important information:

  • Started as an ad hoc Tumblr blog by Tom Lutz, following the loss of traditional newspaper book review supplements, specifically an insert for the Los Angeles Times’. That Tumblr blog took off in popularity amid the on-line literary community, leading to the foundation of the website and an actual office location in Hollywood.
    • The Los Angeles Review of Books now releases a monthly print publication as well.
  • According to Executive Editor Boris Dralyuk, one of the best articles to show LARB’s impact appeared in The Hollywood Reporter—where the organization received praise as a “hub for culture” by personages such as Cameron Diaz (famous actress) and Matthew Weiner (Creator of Mad Men). He also recommends that anyone who wants to get involved in LARB sign up for their newsletter, which provides information about their upcoming events or activities (!).

How to Submit to The Literary Serenity Blog

The Literary Serenity Blog welcomes submissions from any writers or artists who would like to share their work. This is a non-paying publication, but here is your chance for free publicity!

General Guidelines:

-Please keep in mind that visitors to this site might range widely in their ages and backgrounds. So please be sensitive with what you choose to submit (try to avoid explicit graphic material and pieces with a great deal of swearing).

-Up to 2,000 words for fiction and nonfiction pieces (multiple submissions accepted).

-Up to three poems at a time (must be less than 3,000 words in total).

-Photographs and artwork (please send as .png and .jpg files).

-Please provide a short biography attached as a separate file with your submissions to Place “Submission to The Literary Serenity Blog” in the subject line.


[Note]: If you are a Literature & Writing Studies student or faculty member at Cal State San Marcos, interested in having your work published in the Spring 2017 edition of Literary Serenity: The Journal, please follow the directions here.

Literary Blog Journal: 1/31/17

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Literary Serenity, a blog focused around the world of Literature & Writing Studies. Here are a few of my hopes for this site:

  1. To provide information on as many fascinating aspects of this ever-growing field as possible, as well as useful advice for writers, readers, and all other literary enthusiasts. That includes things like book reviews, heads-up about literary readings (specifically close to the San Marcos area), literary organizations, and relevant news flashes.
  2. To gather links to helpful tools such as the OWL Purdue website, literary contests, etc. for easy access by visitors.
  3. To offer a platform for artists to submit and publish their work (which is a great way to build a portfolio).

And most of all:

  1. To foster a friendly and supportive on-line community interested in all things literary.

Here is the planned site layout:

  • Writerly News & Updates—The latest things I’ve heard about in the literary world, including interviews with authors, interesting literature or creative writing-based websites, etc.
  • Literary Blog Journal—What’s I’m up to in terms of my own freelance writing, travels, musings on literary matters, etc.
  • Helpful Writing Tips and Sources—Posts helpful to other writers who might visit the site.
  • Reviews—Of various books, movies, plays, etc.
  • Submissions—Has information about how to submit work to the “Writing Community Portfolio” section of the Literary Serenity website.
    • Literary Serenity: The Journal—Has details about the first 2017 edition of Literary Serenity: The Journal, which will raise funds for the Literature & Writing Studies graduate program at Cal State San Marcos.
    • Writing Community Portfolio—Includes pieces submitted by other writers and artists, each with biographies, to help give them some coverage.

I’m still adding content to Literary Serenity, and you’ll find a lot of empty places. But of special note is the call for submissions under the “Submissions” tab—particularly for Literature & Writing Studies students from Cal State San Marcos (hint, hint).

Is there anything you would like to see added to the site? Please feel free to comment below, or to send any inquiries to