AllEdsPhotocrop.jpgMake/shift a magazine “representing contemporary feminist culture and action around the world,” is launching here in LA. It’ll include fiction, interviews with activists, photo essays an analysis. And, did we mention it’s launching here?

Jessica Hoffmann, one of make/shift’s three editor/publishers (along with Stephanie Abraham and Daria Yudacufski)tells FBLA, “While we aim to represent a variety of feminisms (plural), we do see ourselves as specifically representing feminist work that is consciously antiracist, informed by queer theory and its challenge to binary gender norms, and rooted in an intersectional analysis that sees the connections between feminism and, say, environmental justice, economic justice, imperialism, and more.”

Hoffman, clearly, is smarter than us. So we asked her to dumb it down — way down. Down to the East Coast-West Coast culture war. With magazine editors as smart as her, why doesn’t LA have a better rep in the literary world?

“There’s an exceptional group of LA-based contributors: Erin Aubry Kaplan, who is also a columnist at the LA Times, is doing a regular column for make/shift called ‘Centrally Located.’ Staff writer Irina Contreras is a brilliant local activist/artist/writer who has contributed a photo essay and interviews of hotel workers near LAX for Issue 1. Local writer/performance artist Raquel Gutierrez (who performs with Butchlalis de Panochtitlan) wrote a smart, funny piece about children of immigrants’ love for Ugly Betty. There are so many smart and talented writers in LA; it’s really a silly myth that they’re not here,” Hoffmann said. “And when we’re talking feminist writers and artists, there’s a thriving community — several of them, really, that overlap and do different things. You should see the list of events planned to happen in this city around the huge feminist art retrospective that will open at MOCA in March (WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution) — wonderfully exciting work is being done here by very talented feminist artists, writers, and thinkers.”

Who knew?