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Posts Tagged ‘Erica Zora Wrightson’

Slake Writer Pens ‘Notable American Essay’

Erica Zora Wrightson‘s essay “Artichoke,” published in the debut issue of Slake, was just named a 2011 “Notable Essay” in this year’s edition of The Best American Essays.

Says Slake editor Joe Donnelly: “We published this meditation on some of her final memories of her mother in our first issue, and co-editor Laurie Ochoa likes to say it was one of the first pieces she received that told her Slake was going to be special.”

Wrightson’s achievement is great news for a mag which is in the midst of a Kickstarter fundraising drive. The more attention the better.

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Over the Weekend: Gary Leonard Photo Firesale

Longtime LA photojournalist Gary Leonard celebrated his 60th birthday last Friday night at his gallery “Take My Picture Gary Leonard.” The place was packed. In the narrow confines of the gallery, it was basically impossible to move from one end of the room to the next. Your best hope to talk to anyone was to spin in circles and say “hi” to the person next to you. Those definitely in attendance: photographer Kevin Scanlon, Slake man-about-town Craig Gaines and LA Weekly‘s Erica Zora Wrightson. There were no doubt other journos of note sandwiched in the back of the room somewhere, but we suffered a mild crowd-induced panic attack and had to go outside to catch our breath.

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