Book Review News

Black Lives Matter

by on June 5, 2020

Happy Friday to all of our readers. It was our intent to post a book review today, but in light of recent events, we here at ACR have chosen to use our platform to express support for the Black Lives Matter movement, the protesters, and the defunding, demilitarizing, and dismantling of police departments in the name of racial justice and respect for human life. The country in which we live has enormous potential for greatness, but that potential will never be realized so long as our institutions remain so utterly riddled with bigotry and corruption. Worse, that bigotry and corruption are, and always have been, held up by a significant portion of people as the meaning of that greatness. These undeniable realities of American life must be opposed, without hesitation or qualification, by any means necessary.

Black lives matter.

We are donating to several organizations that protect Black lives, that protect the rights and health of protesters, and that keep the resistance strong in courtrooms, jails, and advocacy groups. We are, health permitting, marching and demonstrating alongside protesters here in Los Angeles where we are based (check out @project_846, a protest led by our poetry editor Janice Sapigao and her husband). We admit to our own inadequacies and will continue to improve, increasing our engagement with Black authors and Black publishers. We will not be silent or complicit in the face of this institutional malignancy. We add what strength we have to the fight.

Black lives matter.

We are not saying or doing these things to self-aggrandize, or out of some perceived cultural or corporate pressure. We recognize that inaction is action, that neutrality is a choice, and that silence in the face of injustice is consent. Our mission at ACR has always been, and will continue to be, sharing literature not only for the joy of art but for the immeasurable value of engaging with new perspectives. To not engage now would be a betrayal of that mission, and of the people fighting every day for hope, love, and peace. Thank you for your time, for your support of our work, and, most importantly, for the efforts you have made and will make in these trying times.

Black lives matter.


Submissions open and new addition to the team.

by on August 6, 2018

We are excited to announce that Janice Lobo Sapigao will be joining us as the new poetry editor for Angel City Review. We have been a big fan of her work for some time now, not just in writing but in the community as well, and  we are overjoyed to be able to work with her and are looking forward to seeing her mold the poetry section into her vision.

In addition to this great news submissions are now open and we are ready to start reading your work for issue 8. Read guidelines here Issue 7 was slightly delayed but will be coming out shortly.

Janice Lobo Sapigao is a daughter of immigrants from the Philippines. She was named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2017 Bay Brilliant artists (formerly known as Women to Watch) by KQED Arts. She is the author of two books of poetry: Like a Solid to a Shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017) and microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016) and three other chapbooks, one of which is forthcoming in 2019 from dancing girl press. She is a VONA/Voices and Kundiman Fellow, and the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. She co-founded Sunday Jump open mic in Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts, and she has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego. She teaches English full-time at San José City College.


Music Web Series – Call For Submissions

by on May 31, 2017

Music has an incredible ability to transcend time, space, and culture. A song can have the unique power to transport you to a moment in history, the future, a particular setting, or to a certain feeling that holds emotional weight. Music can also be a catalyst or companion for social movements and signify a change in society. At times it can be a great unifier and is found as a crucial means of expression in all corners of the globe. For a new web series on music, we are interested in publishing essays, short fiction, and poetry that explore the poetics of music and/or music composition. We are looking for pieces that burrow deep into music’s connection to places and peoples and movements. Like The Velvet Underground’s connection to New York, or the work of João Gilberto and his contribution to the bossa nova sounds of Brazil, we are looking for pieces that speak to the music that shapes us.

Send your best work to the Angel City Review music editor:

P.S. this is not limited to regional LA writers. Everyone is eligible to submit. Thank you.



Submissions for Issue 5 now open

by on January 12, 2017

Hello All, thank you for everyone who has read, submitted, and otherwise contributed to Angel City Review thus far. Over the past two years we have worked hard to build a journal that is inclusive, open, and representative of the actual community that we live in.

There is always more work to be done and we hope that everyone will help us in this process. We definitely would love more submissions from women, people of color, queer or non gender identifying individuals, writers with disabilities, and everyone in between.

We want writing that delves into the depths and gets extremely personal. Work that pushes boundaries or tries something interesting and new.

While we are primarily focused on writers in the Los Angeles County and surrounding regions, we publish work from writers across the west coast of the United States.

We accept poetry, fiction, non-fiction works.

Submissions can be sent to submissions @  and will close April 30th- Please check submission guidelines for more info.


Entropy’s Best of 2016 list

by on December 6, 2016

We are excited to share that Entropy has listed us on their best journals and presses list of 2016. It is an honor to be included with such amazing company. We hope to continue to do more of the same work in the foreseeable future. Thank you to everyone who has been around for the ride so far. Check out the list below.




Issue 3

by on June 3, 2016

Issue three will be released on July 8th 2016. We will also be having a release reading on this date. Information will be announced shortly.


Issue 2 Now Available and Other News

by on December 29, 2015

Hello everyone out there on the interwebs. Issue 2 of Angel City Review is now available for your consumption. As always it is free, but if you enjoy the issue and so choose you can donate funds via paypal through

Our release party is happening today December 29th at Ave 50 Studios in Highland Park at 7pm. 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, California 90042

Featured Readers:
Chiwan Choi
Teka-Lark Fleming
Art Currim
Estella Ramirez
Trista Hurley-Waxali
Billy Burgos

The Alex Santos Quintet will also be playing a set of Jazz afterwards for your enjoyment.


In addition to issue two, we are excited to announce that we will be posting book reviews on our website starting in about a week. We will post contemporary book reviews and some not some recent books that you may have missed. If you have a book you would like us to review you can send us the info at our submissions email. If you would like to contribute book reviews you can also email us there as well.


Final Days for issue two submissions

by on September 6, 2015

Hello everyone. I hope you have been enjoying issue one thus far. We are tirelessly at work on issue two and would like to remind you that  there are less than 10 days to submit. This issue is looking to be a very exciting one. We will also be sending out responses to all those who have already submitted shortly.

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