David Kipen

Writer

Kipen is the former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kipen opened the Boyle Heights bookstore and lending library Libros Schmibros in 2010. The former book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle and contributor to multiple volumes of California cultural history, Kipen holds a degree in literature from Yale University. He teaches in the UCLA writing program.

Recent Articles

  • David Kipen recommends an overlooked book about a lost LA hero

    David Kipen recommends an overlooked book about a lost LA hero

    If Rachel Maddow and H.L. Mencken had conceived a child in Los Angeles in 1837, he’d be Francisco P. Ramírez. Paul Bryan Gray’s criminally overlooked “A Clamor for Equality” (published in 2012) tells the story of this trilingual teenage journalism prodigy, who editorialized against police brutality,...

  • Hate baseball? There are still seven reasons to watch the World Series

    Hate baseball? There are still seven reasons to watch the World Series

    Fellow Dodger fans, I love you, but please leave the room. The rest of you, admit it. You’re just counting the days until the World Series ends. You’re not even shy about asking: When will it all be over? The answer only makes it worse. “Well,” we say, “the series might end as early as Saturday,...

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