Slake: Los Angeles

submission by Joe Donnelly

Organization Name


Slake: Los Angeles



Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Arts & Cultural Vitality

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

Slake: Los Angeles is the first journal of narrative nonfiction, fiction, essay, memoir, photography and poetry in Los Angeles to gain worldwide recognition for its quality and design. Slake is devoted to the art of narrative storytelling in a media landscape where that mission is increasingly difficult and rare, but ever more essential. Storytelling breeds empathy and understanding, which improve community engagement and increase our civic stake.

Slake will continue to give voice to the intellectual and creative resources of Los Angeles and shows them to the world at a time when Los Angeles is becoming the most important city in America as we move further into the 21st Century. Slake's highly attended readings, events, and Slake After Dark author and musician series will continue rally the literary and arts community to Los Angeles' civic mission.

Most importantly, Slake will expand it's mission to include a publishing imprint that will bring the projects of underserved LA writers and artists to the world. There is no reason Los Angeles should rely on the permission of New York to get its creative capital disseminated.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

Most importantly, Slake proved Los Angeles can produce a beautiful, exciting, smart journal of arts and letters that bridges the gap between stagnant old-world iterations of such and the future of long-form publishing. Slake is as intelligent as it as it is lovely and its success belies the myth that people don't have time or don't want to engage with more in-depth narrative. We've raised expectations for both Los Angeles and for the world as to what we should expect from a Los Angeles journal. Meanwhile, we've provided much needed gravity around which this often diffused community.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

Our partners will be the universities (USC and Occidental) where we have established relationships as well as such cultural programs as The Hammer, where we've done successful events, and venues such as The Bootleg Theater and many other programming venues throughout the city and Pasadena at which Slake has provided rich, exciting events as well as venues such as Track 16 and Atwater Crossing to which Slake has brought hundreds to thousands of Angelenos for evenings of art, literature and music. We also collaborate with bookstores throughout the region, where our readings are often among the best attended. Slake has done highly successful programming for social and political events such as All in For the 99 and will continue to do so.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

Slake will measure success by increasing subscriptions, sales, event attendance and national and international recognitions, such as Cindy Carcamo's piece from Slake #2, "Return To Sender" winning international awards for immigration reporting and stories by Richard Lange, Joe Donnelly, Harry Shannon, Erica Wrightson, Joseph Mattson and others who have been recognized by The Best American series. Mostly, though, we'll measure our success by sustaining and growing Los Angeles' literary and artistic

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

Los Angeles, the gateway to Latin America and the Pacific Rim is criminally disadvantaged when it comes to disseminating and distributing the work of its artists, writers and intellectuals. This is primarily the means of production (and locus of prejudice towards Los Angeles) in publishing remain in New York. In it's brief history, Slake: Los Angeles, A City and its Stories, has competed with the best journalis in the world and won. Slake has been honored by press clubs, Pen Center, Livingston Awards, Franco American Foundation, and the prestigious Best Of American series five times (in two eligible issues). This is a remarkable feat and it's been accomplished because nobody know and can harness LA's talent better than Slake and its editors, Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa.

Los Angeles needs and deserves a prominent voice and forumn for its creative and intellectual talent to present to the world. Los Angeles is critical to the 21st Century, the privileges and problems of which will unfurl in LA first.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

Los Angeles, the premiere city of the 21st Century would own its own means of production for producing and publishing for broad consumption its intellectual, artistic and academic capital.

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Someone wrote 'miss slake' and I thought they were writing Miss like mr. Like there was a Miss Slake. Yeah, I definitely need Slake back so I can get my mind working right again....

by waynerey
about 1 year ago | Reply

C'mon everybody vote here!

by marnecarmean
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, Marne!!! xo

by Joe Donnelly
about 1 year ago | Reply

Slake gives me a piece of southern cal I can't get on a daily basis living on the right coast. Would like to see it succeed for my friend Joe and his merry band of so cal artists. -JD

by Jhd3
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you! Who is this, by the way? Give me a shout.

by Joe Donnelly
about 1 year ago | Reply

Slake LA is vital and must-read

by Harry Shannon
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, Hairy.

by Joe Donnelly
about 1 year ago | Reply

miss slake and want it back... here's hoping (and voting!).

by grackyfrogg
about 1 year ago | Reply

Slake misses you, Grace!

by Joe Donnelly
about 1 year ago | Reply

Sleep with literature and read people. Los Angeles feels a lonelier and desolate without Slake.
Jack Lander

by john.lander.75839
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, Jack. Spread the word!

by Joe Donnelly
about 1 year ago | Reply

slake LA

by matthew licht
about 1 year ago | Reply

Slake! Slake! Slake!

by sean.beaudoin1
about 1 year ago | Reply

Keep SLAKE alive and growing!

by ralph.s.carlson
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, professor!

by Joe Donnelly
about 1 year ago | Reply

Slake changed the waning literary and arts community in Los Angeles by producing work not js of LA but of the world. It can do it again and again, refreshing the culture globally, hitting LA neighborhood by neighborhood.

by cherrychairy
about 1 year ago | Reply

xo, big guy.

by Joe Donnelly
about 1 year ago | Reply

Slake is a voice we need to hear - in Los Angeles, in the world - powerful and transformative and true - keep it alive, and singing!

by kramey
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you!

by Joe Donnelly
about 1 year ago | Reply

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