Who We Are





The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that publishes vanguard literary and cultural arts reviews in the great tradition of independent magazine publishing. LARB publishes both in print and online, with readers in over 150 countries and all 50 states. These include our flagship online magazine, LAReviewofBooks.org, our signature print issue, the LARB Quarterly Journal; and the LARB Channel sites. Our community of writers, artists, journalists, and filmmakers are dedicated to publishing the best in cultural critique and review, utilizing the tools of a multimedia generation, including our digital and online magazine, video and audio podcasts, community events, social media, and more.


The University of Southern California


The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

Scholarships for the 2017 Workshop were provided by USC, Amazon Literary Partners, Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, the Germanacos Foundation, the Goldhirsh Foundation, and the readers of LARB, including Sasha Anawalt, Martin Brown, Carol J. Chihara, Guy Cnop, Mary Corey, Elizabeth Gleick, Jean Granoux, Paul Grellong, James P. Higgins, Donald Kelley, Katherine Kollar, Igor Kramberger, Dylan Landis, Julia Lupton, Marisa Matarazzo, Maile Meloy, Lynne Tillman, and Barbara and David Voron.

Lecturers *

Claudia BallardWilliam Morris Endeavor

Neelanjana Banerjee, Kaya Press

Paul Bass, Online Journalism Project

Colleen Dunn Bates, Prospect Park Books

Emily Bell, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Guy BennettOtis Books

Mikyla Bruder, Amazon Publishing

Julie Buntin, Catapult

Paddy Calistro, Angel City Press

Elizabeth Khuri Chandler, Goodreads

Jaya Chatterjee, Yale University Press

Tyson Cornell, Rare Bird Lit

Brent Cunningham, Small Press Distribution

Pallavi Dhawan, POC United

Cory DoctorowBoing Boing, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kim Dower, Kim from LA PR

Boris Dralyuk, Los Angeles Review of Books

Debra Eckerling, Social Media Examiner

Emily Firetog, LitHub

Kate Gale, Red Hen Press

Betsy Gleick, Algonquin Press

Joel Goldberg, Netflix

Samantha Gorman, Tender Claws, PRY

Christie Hefner, Playboy

Chris Heiser, Unnamed Press

Matt Hewes, independent app and web designer

Ashaki Jackson, Women Who Submit

Henry Jenkins, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and School of Cinematic Arts

Dennis Johnson, Melville House

Rachel KhongLucky Peach, Taste 

Jarett Kobek, author

Eric Lach, The New Yorker

Juliet LapidosLA Times

Edan LepuckiThe Millions

Brian Lipson, Intellectual Property Group

Albert Litewka, Macmillan, Time Warner Publishing, Baker & Taylor, Creative Domain

Tom LutzLos Angeles Review of Books

Francesca Mari, California Sunday MagazineNew York Review of Books, Texas Monthly

Tim McCarthy, Sinclair Printing

Erin Mooney, Amazon Publishing

Bonnie Nadell, Hill Nadell Literary Agency

Richard Nash, Cursor, Red Lemonade, Small Demons, Soft Skull Press

Laurie Ochoa, LA TimesLA Weekly, Gourmet 

Nancy Perloff, Getty Publications

Gary Price, Library Journal, Infodocket

Russell Quinn, book design

Kim Robinson, University of California Press

Luis J. Rodriguez, Tia Chucha Press, Los Angeles Poet Laureate

Melissa Seley, branding and development

Doree Shafrir, Buzzfeed, Gawker, Rolling Stone

Joshua Wolf Shenk, Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, Moth Radio Hour, New Republic, Washington Monthly, The Economist

David Shook, Phoneme Media

Marisa SiegelThe Rumpus

Bob Stein, Institute for the Future of the Book, The Voyager Company, The Criterion Collection

Jonathan Taplin, Annenberg Innovation Lab

Tamika Thompson, POC United

Matt Timmons, Insert Blanc Press

Lucian Tucker, web design, UCLA

Mia Tramz, TimeLIFE VR

Sarita Varma, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Karolina WaclawiakThe Believer, Buzzfeed

Elias Wondimu, Tsehai Publishers

Steve Wasserman, Heyday Books, LA Times Book ReviewLA Times Festival of Books, Yale University Press

Holly Watson, Holly Watson PR

Andrew Wessels, Les Figues Press

Erin Young, Dystel, Godrich & Bourret

Lindsay Preston Zappas, Carla (Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles)


*Lecturer roster from previous years; subject to addition or change based on scheduling.