Projects

Established in 2018, PubLab is an annual journal dedicated to promoting access, representation, and creativity in the publishing world. PubLab features original essays, profiles, and interviews alongside literary and visual art. We seek to balance the voices of established industry professionals with the perspectives and ideas of emerging publishers and artists.

PubLab is the official journal of the Los Angeles Review of Books/USC Publishing Workshop, an immersive, collaborative summer program designed for students and innovators interested in publishing. As such, it also showcases independent Workshop projects, including the first English as a Second Language literary magazine, and a Mexico-based publishing concern devoted to emerging writers.

Our name, an abbreviation for Publishing Laboratory, reflects our desire for transformation and dynamic change within a historically homogenous industry, as well as our openness to experimentation and play in our featured work.


BookSwell is dedicated to growing the literary community by supporting a vibrant and thriving culture of live events and online content. We offer readers a service that helps them get plugged in to what’s happening in their area and to discover books and authors they love. For the moment, BookSwell is focused solely on the Los Angeles scene. In the coming years, we plan to expand to other markets in California and beyond.

 


CAPER™, The Convergent Arts Platform, is a unified web-based platform dedicated to revolutionizing the arts through the convergence of fields and the collaboration of diverse artists. Innovation in artistic expression arises from the collision of ideas. CAPER™ seeks to foster this innovation by encouraging artists to think differently and inventively about the means to their artistic ends.

 


Kheiro is an online magazine founded to champion liberal ideals of freedom and equality in response to growing anti-democratic and isolationist ideology worldwide. Named in honor of the voting method used in the world’s first popular assembly in ancient Athens, our mission is two-fold: to examine this “anti-liberal” phenomenon, and to propose solutions developed through a multi-disciplinary, international perspective. Kheiro is based on both sides of the Atlantic and is a proud partner of NewsMavens.com, a news round-up curated by women editors from top media brands in Europe.

 


The LA Manuscript Market showcases and premieres new, unique, diverse works of fiction and nonfiction in the manuscript stage (for fiction) or the proposal and sample stage (for nonfiction). The works chosen are unpublished but ready to be presented to agents, publishers, and others in the publishing industry. The Market’s main goal is to help writers find agents and publishers and want to help their work reach a wider audience. The Market is a platform for exciting new writing to find an audience.

 


Libro Joven’s goal is to provide an appropriate promotional space for young stories, young art, and young ideas, and to offer readers the best innovative and unique content. The web app brings together the members involved in the creation of a book: writer, editor, designer/illustrator, and reader in order to bring the product to the consumer in the simplest way possible, with the essential tools to achieve the best quality content. The project was born out of the desire to create an opportunity for Mexican writers, editors, designers, and illustrators to collaborate in a creative space and share their ideas with the wider public. Inspired by the lack of literary spaces that support new voices and the recurrent Mexican folly of ignoring homegrown talent, this online platform aims to be a space to access literary culture, find relevant and contemporary content, and encourage emerging writers to be part of the literary community.

 


The Los Angeles Press publishes the best in emerging art, literature, and political discourse, from Southern California and the West. It is committed to uplifting and focusing on Voices Yet Heard, including Women, POC, LGBTQ+, and traditionally under-represented and marginalized artists and writers. The Los Angeles Press is a Print and Online Publishing House & Imprint, introduced by The Los Angeles Review of Books and the LARB/USC Publishing Cohort. It is devoted to community engagement, and to the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice.

 


Founded in 2018, Podcast Review is an online magazine featuring in-depth podcast reviews and interviews with prominent radiomakers.

 


PLEXUS is a network; it is a web. PLEXUS collects stories from various corners of the literary and artistic world and focuses the conversation around one theme per issue in order to create a space for unexpected connections. The theme of its inaugural issue is: technology/emotion.

 

 


Sedimenta is an independent, bi-annual journal and publishing platform based in Chicago and Pittsburgh. Unfolding through dispatches and collaborations, the ongoing project de-stratifies traditional disciplinary boundaries through conversations, essays, reviews, and, in the future, online exhibitions, artist talks, and more. Surfacing from a misreading of a word split between two lines, Sedimenta investigates artistic and scholarly practices belonging to the Earth and its metabolic, cultural processes.


Soap Ear is a Los Angeles-based publication that serves the city’s musical extremities — the critics, outsiders, experimenters, dreamers, academics, sound artists, and concrete poets who will also be regular contributors to this platform. Published four times a year, Soap Ear features and critiques musical objects (pieces, shows, or installations) that touch or disrupt our editors’ creative vision. Covering shows, installations, and new music releases, Soap Ear also publishes mixtapes, artist interviews, essays, scores, poetry, and anything else that fits.


Tint – The ESL Writers Journal is the first literary journal with an explicit focus on writers who produce creative texts in English as their second or non-native language. By deliberately choosing English as their creative voice, non-native English writers have the ability to bridge borders and blend cultures without the third party of the translator. Yet, standing behind the uniquely modifying quality of their writing—their tint—is anything but easy. Tint wants to create a platform to illuminate the capabilities and idiosyncrasies of emerging and established ESL writers.