DTLAB (Downtown Literary Alchemy Laboratory) is how we experiment with publishing, with performance, with space, with books, with commerce, with writers, with readers, with community.
In the summer of 2014, there were 90 different literary events over 90 consecutive nights inside a bar inside a train station in Los Angeles. Then we did it again in 2017.
#90for90/#90X90LA was about making space, holding space, an experiment in community building. We wanted to see what happens to a neighborhood, a city, a business, and a community when we inject art into it daily.
PUBLISH! is our ongoing underground publishing project. Kicking off below ground in the Old Bowery Subway Station in NYC, PUBLISH! has traveled all over, publishing hundreds of writers from around the world through the use of typewriters, speech-to-text software, broadsides, Instagrams, and mathematical equations.
It is about more than a sentence that is true. It is about more than a book. It is about more than text.
We will understand that you are the art that you are creating, you are the narrative that you are trying to plot, you are the perfect miracle that you are writing, you are the words printed on the page, you are the pages bound into a book.
Ghostmakers is an exercise in losing and remembering. We explore what it is to remember, relive, recreate, and retell a story. And the gravity of losing it again. Chiwan Choi will write and share chapters of his new book in six installments. After reading each chapter he will publicly destroy his only copy of the work.
We, the audience, will join together to mourn the loss, to collectively save what has disappeared, and to create our own memories. We will document our collective experience of Ghostmakers, both the profound and trivial, in pictures, statuses, recorded conversations, new writing, and video confessionals.
At the end of the year, once the story has been created and destroyed, we will examine what remains. We will shape these multi-media remnants into a story, or a ghost of a story, that will endure.
In partnership with Katz’s Deli.
DTLABODEGAInstallation of an indie book shelf inside a skid row bodega, DTLABODEGA was an attempt to transform both the space and the experience for the customers, mostly SRO tenants and homeless citizens. The limited and unusual space gave birth to our 1on1 reading and performance where any person who bought any item in the store, whether a soda or rolling paper, were entitled to a personal, one on one reading from the LA poets who were present.
Grand Park Downtown BookFest
An annual book festival in Downtown Los Angeles, it focuses on Los Angeles-based authors and publishers, presenting to the community the writers and bookmakers in their midst.
Produced in partnership with Grand Park, Metro, and Music Center Los Angeles since 2013, the Grand Park Downtown BookFest continues to reinforce and showcase the literary heart of the past, present, and future Los Angeles.
LAB•FEST was an all day celebration of the independent writers, publishers, artists, intellects, and musicians thriving in Los Angeles.
From an aspiring teenaged singer to the Grammy Award winning band Quetzal, from Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez to a young writer taking her first writing workshop, the stage was a revolving magic platform for nearly 12 hours straight in 100 degree heat.
Held inside the world renowned The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles, over a thousand people attended through the course of one Saturday.
DTLAB Indie Pop-Up @ The Last Bookstore
In September 2013, Writ Large Press opened a bookstore within an existing bookstore. Taking over a previously unused 150 square foot space inside the over 10,000 square foot The Last Bookstore.
It was a space to curate local independent publishers and authors, host workshops and micro-performances, for artists, activists, and residents to develop ideas together, and to test the ability to cause change from inside the tiniest bookstore in the city.