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LARB Books Welcomes Les Figues to the Fold for Purposes of New Imprint

By Harriet Staff
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Les Figues Press announced today that it is merging with Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)! A partnership with LARB Books means a new imprint, and new editors: Kim Calder and Evan Kleekamp officially joined Les Figues last week:

Les Figues is delighted to welcome Kim Calder and Evan Kleekamp to our editorial team. 

As editorial director, Kim Calder will continue LFP’s vision as a mission-based publisher dedicated to creating aesthetic conversations between readers, writers, and artists. In addition to fundraising and managing many of LFP’s day-to-day operations, she’ll be working with LFP’s series editors and managing editors, and our newly established editorial board, to find and publish excellent new works of poetry, prose, and translation. 


As managing editor, Evan Kleekamp will be working with our publisher, LARB Books, to handle distribution and mailings. He’ll also be a key contributor to LFP’s marketing and promotional strategies, including our social media and web presence/design.

Both Evan and Kim will be involved in the selection of the annual NOS Book Contest Editors’ Pick, which we’ll be re-launching in 2018. 

Teresa Carmody and Vanessa Place will retain their roles as editors-in-chief. But the newest news, per the official release:

“We look for every opportunity to help support the literary community in Los Angeles, and so we are very happy to be part of Les Figues’s continued success,” said Tom Lutz, Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. “Les Figues Press has been documenting Los Angeles literary experimentalism for a dozen years, and we are glad to do our small part to help it continue breaking new ground.” Les Figues will continue to produce four to five innovative works annually, with the support of LARB Books.


“This promising partnership allows Les Figues Press’s base of operations to stay solidly rooted in Los Angeles, under the management of fantastic additions to our editorial team, Kim Calder and Evan Kleekamp,” said Teresa Carmody, editor of Les Figues Press. “As publishers of queer, feminist, highly experimental books of poetry and prose, including many works in translation, we're optimistic that LARB's larger platform and international presence will help bring new readers to these excellent but often overlooked books.”


Originally Published: November 27th, 2017