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.
  • Op-Ed
Check that shoe box full of your family letters. There are keepers that can fill in L.A.'s history

We need a way to preserve the written ephemera, the rough draft of our collective lives. I propose a library project that would do for words what "Shades of L.A." did for pictures.

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.