The Citadel 2019 Call for Submissions

The Citadel, a Los Angeles City College literary magazine, has been published for over 50 years. This year, the editors are looking for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that reflects the following theme: Stories from Los Angeles. The open call is extended to members of the community at large, so and non-LACC writers are encouraged to submit. The $10 reading fee is tax-deductible and all of the revenue goes to ensuring a consistent publishing future for The Citadel. You can view the open call flyer here. The submission deadline is May 30. For more information, check out The Citadel Facebook pageAny questions or submissions should be directed to    

Convening a panel on ESL/multilingual writers at AWP 2020

AWP 2019 has just swept through Portland, but the planning for the next one, AWP 2020 in San Antonio, TX, is already underway. I have submitted a panel proposal to the AWP 2020 conference organizers titled “Nurturing Future Danticats and Nabokovs: How to Engage Multilingual and ESL Students in Creative Writing.” If accepted, our panel will feature presenters from around the country – California, Kansas, North Carolina, and Texas – sharing ideas for how to engage our multilingual and non-native students in creative writing activities. The panel description is below:

Multilingual and ESL students, a sizable segment of college populations, are traditionally underrepresented in writing courses. How do we help them develop their voices? How can we tailor writing pedagogies to their needs? Community college panelists from around the country discuss teaching creative writing and publishing to migrant farmworkers, utilizing poetry translation in multilingual classrooms, refocusing grading policies to foster creativity, and tips for successful inclusion of these students in writing contests and literary journals.


Lane Igoudin
Member, Two-Year College Writing Caucus, AWP



Letter to the Editor of The Jewish Journal Published

On return from AWP, I found that my letter to The Jewish Journal (LA) got published in my absence. I’d sent it in response to a prior feature article about why the US should continue to support Israel. I suppose JJ timed it with the Israeli elections, as they put it at the very top of the Letters page, both in print and online. My letter highlights the spiritual significance of Israel in the American worldview.


Letters: Israel Respects All Faiths, Reality vs. Fiction, A Deserved Tribute

Reading “Saviors or Vultures?” at AWP 2019 in Portland

On the closing night of the conference, I read my new short story “Saviors or Vultures?” based on a chapter from my memoir Dispositions, at a reading organized by the AWP College Writing Caucus at Café Marino Adriatico in the Division district.

Such a warm, receptive crowd, and a joy to hear other writers read the work, including Maria Brandt, Beth Mayer, and Marianne Taylor.

A perfect way to cap off a writing conference.

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AWP19 Book Fair: Enormous and Exhilarating

It took me almost 2 days to get through the AWP 2019 bookfair. It is enormous, but then everything about this conference is enormous: 15,000 attendees ant-crawling through the convention center, 30 concurrent talk tracks, the enormous lines, and the ensuing networking and camaraderie.

Among my bookfair finds is a collection of Tel Aviv noir; gemlike essays on obscure figures from the Age of Enlightenment written by a shy Midwestern poet I heard earlier that day; a volume of Californian eco-poetry, which includes my friend Caryn Davidson; latest issues of the famed Virginia Quarterly Review (#VQR), all but given away to lighten the publisher’s suitcase. (And now weighing down mine.)