Literature For Life

May 13, 2014

10275909_702493056478004_5904216679730202726_nAt Literature for Life we consider ourselves to be a new kind of beast: part online literary magazine, part educator’s resource center, part community salon. It’s our goal to bring writers, artists, and educators together to help ignite young minds with a love of reading, writing, and the visual arts. (

We’re only in the beginning stages, but our online site will eventually feature two issues a year, containing a collection of poetry, prose, and art work donated to us by writers and artists from the Los Angeles region and beyond.…All students deserve to see themselves represented in the curriculum that is offered to them. 

That’s why it’s our goal to offer stories, poems, essays, and more that celebrate young people across a wide spectrum of experiences. We want to offer the kinds of work that can’t always be found in textbooks or in the accepted literary canon.

We also know that a good education involves reading the classics and being exposed to a wide variety of genres and voices. Therefore it’s our aim to create a database of source, a collection of free curriculum to help teachers to build bridges…. We want to provide curriculum that front-loads the classics, introduces genres and literary devices in fun ways, assists teachers in meeting state standards, and is tailor-made to accompany each of the pieces in our library.


On May 18th, Literature for Life founder and director Jervey Tervalon and managing editor Rosalind Helfand invite the public to find out more about their organization and to welcome the launch of Literature for Life’s Issue 2 literary journal, as well as their “totally transformed” website.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan Gold has contributed his story “N.W.A.:  A Hard Act to Follow” to Issue 2, Celeste Gonzalez her “Street Trash” poems, and Tyra Lynn her story “You Remember Everything that Happened.”

Jervey Tervalon

Jervey Tervalon

Dramatic readings will be given by Andrew Nicholls, Miranda Morgan, Cheryl Klein, Lainnie Capouya, Andrew Ramirez, and Tervalon himself. Artwork by Jessica Chrysler, Scott Gandell, Allison Strauss, and Leora Wien—all featured in Issue 2—will be available for viewing and purchase. And, of course, there will be plenty of food and drink.

Artist Scott Gandell’s illustration for Cheryl Klein‘s short story “The Juggler”:

Scott Gandell art


Literature for Life
Sunday, May 18th, 3-7 p.m.; readings begin at 4:30 p.m.
55 W. Manor St., Altadena 91001
Free event; rsvp to
For more info, visit event Facebook page (possible to rsvp here, too)

The Light Bringer Project (Pasadena Chalk Festival and Doo Dah Parade) is Lit for Life’s nonprofit fiscal receiver. Light Bringer is behind such art and educational youth programs as Room 13, L.A. Futures Academy, and Expressing Feelings Through Art.


By Scott Gandell

By Scott Gandell



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