Literature for Life Concludes a Busy 2017-18 School Year!

Literature for Life is proud to conclude our busiest school year, yet! We served over 500 students at three public LAUSD schools with 17 visits from our journal’s authors and artists! Middle and high school teachers drew on the original Lit for Life curriculum written by our team to teach essays, stories, and poetry. Author and artist visits included class …

CV Independent Interviews Jervey Tervalon

Literature for Life featured in the CV Independent “At Locke High School, where students are largely African American and Latino, I’d teach American literature and photocopy work by Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Pablo Neruda. One day, I brought a fictional story about a girl being raped and a guy getting shot, and this one black kid read it, and he …

Literature for Life Featured on LA Times’ ‘Do Literary Good’ List

Over the holidays, LA Times listed Literature for Life as being one of the “12 Ways to Do Literary Good this Holiday Season.” “Founded by L.A. writer Jervey Tervalon, Literature for Life is an online literary journal designed for teachers and students to engage with creative writing.” — Jervey Tervalon Read more about it here.

Literature for Life Featured in ‘Hometown Pasadena’

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” …

From a small town in northern China.

When I attended junior high, I told gangbangers Bram Stoker’s Dracula scene by scene… Traveling with enough to read is difficult even with iPhones, iPads, Kindle paperwhite and real novels and magazines. I was a literature major as an undergraduate at UCSB, my wife a Chinese literature major at Fudan University in Shanghai. I teach at UCSB and write books, …