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David Kipen

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.
Critic at Large David Kipen on El Segundo in literature

Critic at Large David Kipen, former literature director of the NEA, looks for signs of El Segundo, the Los Angeles Times' future home, in the area's literary history.

David Kipen recommends an overlooked book about a lost LA hero

The best book David Kipen read in 2017 was published in 2012: Paul Bryan Gray’s “A Clamor for Equality," about a lost LA hero.

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