Tuesday, May 05, 2020

On  March 18, 2005, on this blog I published "Top 40 Novels of Los Angeles."  If you grew up as a teenager I like did in L.A., the radio would have Top 40 rock 'n roll songs. Of course, the Los Angeles has had many fine novelists with strong voices published in the last 17 years.

Now I am pulling together an Edited Collection of essays called The Many Voices of the Los Angeles Novel and I would like to invite you to consider submitting one or more chapters.

The abstract/call for the Collection is here:
Los Angeles novels began with Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1888 novel Ramona on persecution of Native Americans. Latino/as, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans have written brilliant Los Angeles novels for decades. Women transformed the Hollywood, detective, and science fiction novels. Gay writers have refashioned detective novels while men’s novels show 20th century class conflicts.
Julia Stein was an oral historian of Los Angeles. She has published five books of poetry, two anthologies of poetry, and co-authored the book Shooting Women:  Behind the Camera, Around the World.  Stein has published journalism for decades and was an English professor at Santa Monica College.
A Chapter should normally be no longer than 6000 words, and should be original and previously unpublished. If the work has already been published (as a journal article, or in conference proceedings, for example), the Publisher Cambridge Scholars Press will require evidence that permission to be re-published has been granted.
To see the Call on the Publisher’s website, please click here:
and if you scroll down you see the announcement for my Los Angeles novel collection of essays.  Click the title The Many Voices of the Los Angeles Novel” and you will get the submission form to download and fill out.
 Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.  Send completed submission form to admin@cambridgescholars.com and one to me steinjulia44@gmail.com
Or you can just send the form to me, and I can send it on to the publisher.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Fourteen Best Feminist Dystopian Fiction of 2018


1. Leni Zumas. Red Clocks. 2018- four women’s lives changed when abortions made illegal
2.  Joyce Carol Oates’s Hazards of Time Travel . 2018.-The novel opens in a future autocratic America, where students are taught that men have higher I.Q.s than women, and centers on a young woman who is arrested for treason after she raises questions about the regime in school. As punishment, she gets teleported back to 1959 Wisconsin to be “re-educated” and rendered more docile.
3. Idra Novey. Those Who Knew. Heroine on island hears that rising politician she had an affair with and was beaten by when she was a student was involved with a woman who turned up dead. 2018. She teaches at Princeton.
4.. Binah Shah. Before She Sleeps. 2018.  In an Asian country cancer destroys women’s ability to get pregnant so men have government where women are forced to have multiple husbands to get pregnant all the time, but a few brave women form a resistance movement.
5.. Christina Dalcher’s recent debut novel, “Vox,” 2018- all females have to wear bracelets that shock them if they speak over 100 words. The heroine is afraid her six-year-old daughter will never learn how to speak so fights back
6 Ling Ma. Severance.2018. Drone in NY corporation tries to survived great plague in NY and horrible workplace.
7 Alyson Hagy. Scribe. Graywolf. 2018. In the future disease-ravaged, war-ravaged Appalachia the femalle Scribe, the only one who writes, writes letters for others.
8 Rachel Heng- Suicide Club. New  York 300 years in the future. 2018.
9 Thea Lin. 2018. An Ocean of Minutes. To save her ill boyfriend,, Polly agrees to voyage into the future to rebuild the U.S. but when she awakens five years later, she can’t find her boyfriend.
10. Peng Shepherd. The Book of M. 2018. People caught up in catastrophe try to save loved ones.
11.Sophie Mackintosh’s unsettling debut novel  “The Water Cure,” 2018. a story that feels both futuristic and like an eerily familiar fable. …What if masculinity were literally toxic
12. Helen Sedgwick. The Growing Season.2018. Babies incubated outside the body.
13. Justina Ireland. Dread Nation.2018. In Civil War dead start to walk on battlefields with a black heroine.
Short Stories:
14. N.K. Jemisin. How Long ‘Till Black Future Month.  Short stories about post-human and disaster-ridden worlds by an African-American woman who wrote award-winning science fiction novels

Monday, August 07, 2017

Here's Julia Stein's new article "Los Angeles and the Nation Need a New Deal for Affordable Housing":

Here’s Julia Stein's  review of brilliant poet Amy Uyematsu’s fifth book of poetry on Rain Taxi online:    http://www.raintaxi.com/basic-vocabulary/

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

On Arts Express radio, 2:00 July 6, on WBAI radio I am introducing the brilliant Japanese-American poet Amy Uyematsu:

** "Though Grandpa loved to tell stories, he didn't talk about the camp. And when Grandpa came back in 1946, the 'closed for business' sign was gone, so was his store - and all the Issei farms waiting for his visit..."
Poetry Corner: Japanese American LA poet Amy Uyematsu reads from her work. Drawing inspiration from breaking through silence to craft personal narratives touching on her parents and grandparents interned in a WWII Japanese American concentration camp 'built on Indian reservation land.' Julia Stein reports.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 15, 2017, 2:00 pm on Arts Express, WBAI radio New York I am continuing my conversation and interview with eminent people's poet, prophet and political visionary Jack Hirschman, alias Red Poet. Touching on Haiti, Nicaragua, Venezuela, the unforgettable victory of Vietnam, May Day and Rodney King.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Arts Express, WBAI radio NY June 8, 2 pm
Poetry Corner: Julia Stein in a conversation with eminent veteran people's poet, prophet and political visionary Jack Hirschman, alias Red Poet. The designated San Francisco Poet Laureate of 2006 reads from his work as well, referencing Hart Crane, Dylan Thomas, Joyce, Haiti, communism, Plato, the Bible, and an inspiring letter Hemingway wrote to Hirschman as a young poet. Part one.

April 20, 2017, I'm on Arts Express radio show, WBAI radio, 2:00 p.m. N.Y time (11;00 am LA time) introducing the brilliant Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, the new Poet Laureate of Oklohoma, who will read her specatacular poetry about her life there

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stein reading on WBAI radio New York

I've been made part of the team
at Arts Express show WBAI NY and they
list me as West Coast desk Julia Stein.

I'm also going to be reading poems from
the Triangle Factory Fire anthology
I edited 3/23 2:00 NY time (11:00 Los Angeles time)
on Arts Express in honor of the anniversary of the
Triangle Fire 3/25. 

On 3/30 I will be reading my own
women's immigrant history poetry for women's history
month. You can hear me online 2:00 pm NY time
(11 am Los Angeles time) and I come on in the 2nd half
of the show wbai.org

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Julia Stein will be on WBAI radio New York at March 16,2:00 p.m. New York time (11:00 a.m. Los Angeles time) introducing the brilliant California poet Fred Voss. Voss has English publisher Bloodaxe Books publishing him three times, has been on BBC radio, and has been featured at a English literary festival. Voss's Whitmanesque work details everyday work like Whitman did. Check out WBAI.org now or listen to Voss on the WBAI.org archives.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Radio Broadcast for March 8th

Julia Stein was interviewed at 11:45, March 8, New York time on WBAI radio New York, International Working Women's day. She read her poems about women's strikes and mythical heroines, talked about the global Nasty Women Everywhere movement that funds women's projects, and was interviewed about her writing. You can hear her 11:45 a m, March 8th, on WBAI online and also later on WBAI's archives:


National Women's History Month: Julia Stein's essay "Margaret Atwood is the Leading Novelist in North America" is on Al-Khemia Poetica blog March 6, 2017

Al-Khemia Poetica Blog in celebration of National Women's History Month is having a different woman writer each day sharing her poetry, essay, or short fiction.