About Us: The Collective

Los Angeles Poets & Writers Collective

sponsors classes, writing seminars, retreats, dramatic productions, and

(in conjunction with Bombshelter Press) publishes books, anthologies,

and literary journals that are distributed and sold throughout the

United States in bookstores, through amazon.com, and through our web

site at www.bombshelterpress.com. These publications include essays,

interviews, and work from nationally recognized writers such as Joyce

Carol Oats, Charles Bukowski, Tom Wolfe, Allen Ginsberg, Sharon Olds,

Arthur Miller, E.L. Doctorow, Grace Paley, James Dickey, Philip Levine,

as well as poetry and prose from writers throughout the country, many

who have never before been published.

We encourage and facilitate work that touches on the human condition,

that explores "the human heart in conflict with itself," to quote

William Faulkner in his Nobel Prize speech. Members of the Collective

are poets and writers, playwrights and actors, screenwriters and

directors, composers, designers, musicians, painters, etc.

Our purpose is to provide avenues of exposure for the poets and writers

that would facilitate the further publication and production of their

work. Three of our literary journals ONTHEBUS, RATTLE and

Spillway have been critically acclaimed and rated by Esquire Magazine

as among the top twenty literary journals in the country.

Library Journal wrote that "ONTHEBUS was destined to become a major

aftershock in American literary history." Small Press Review said that

ONTHEBUS, RATTLE and Spillway were "the most ambitious literary

magazines published since Granta." We hope you will subscribe to our


Anyone wishing more information about publications, readings, classes,

etc., e-mail Jack Grapes