All posts by Boom California

Chinese Workers and the Transcontinental Railroad

Manu Karuka The Central Pacific Railroad transformed California from an overseas possession to a continental possession of the United States. […]

City Terrace Postcard

Sesshu Foster Sybil Brand Women’s Jail sits empty, used occasionally for filming they say, at the end of City Terrace […]

LA Oil Noir: Genre, Activism, and Spatial Justice in a City Made by Fossil Fuels

Miranda Trimmier Sometimes it’s hard to see the shape of the story you’re being told. As I understood it, the […]

Los Angeles County Jail Sonnets #13

Yago Cura Don’t talk about commissary on commissary day, or the Liege of Hot Water will snatch that privilege due […]

A Chumash Line: How an old email and five PDFs revealed my Native Californian Roots

With “Postcards,” creative non-fiction stories grounded in place, we aspire to create a new cartography of California. For us, literature […]

Yemeni Farm Workers and the Politics of Arab Nationalism in the UFW

Neama Alamri Growing up in the Central Valley, the history of the United Farm Workers (UFW) and Cesar Chavez loomed […]

The Politics of Living and Dying

Rachel Grace Newman Lupe Gómez migrated to California from a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico when he was very young. […]

The Tides that Erase: Automation and the Los Angeles Waterfront

With “Postcards,” creative non-fiction stories grounded in place, we aspire to create a new cartography of California. For us, literature […]

American Empire and the Landscapes of Los Angeles

Jessica Kim A drive through contemporary Los Angeles reveals American empire embedded throughout its urban landscape. “Imperial capital” likely conjures […]

Eating Thirty in Fresno: Finding Home at Hmong New Year

Lisa Lee Herrick It starts in October with a whisper of smoke and silver tintinnabulations, with sequins flashing winter sun […]