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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.
There won't be a Nobel prize in literature this year. But we readers have plenty to celebrate

There will be no Nobel Prize in literature this year. David Kipen explains where else to look, and his pick for Laureate.

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.

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