Lilledeshan Bose
Lilledeshan Bose

Born and raised in the Philippines, Lilledeshan Bose moved to the US in 2003 and settled in Orange County. Her creative writing has been published in the US, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Finland and China, but she’s also worked as an editor at the Press-Enterprise, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and OC Weekly. Bose has dabbled in film, music and performance poetry, but these days, she’s obsessed with her 1-year-old son, Jah.


WHAT INSPIRES ME: Coffee at 2 a.m., enormous museums, airports

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: Long Beach: Retro Row, Fullerton: Downtown, Riverside: the Mission Inn

FAVORITE WRITERS: Tim O'Brien, Banana Yoshimoto, Ninotchka Rosca, Jessica Hagedorn, Haruki Murakami, Stephen Dobyns, Gustavo Arellano


MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Banksy, Shepard Fairey

LOCATION: Long Beach/Fullerton/Riverside (So I live in Long Beach right now, but we're moving to Fullerton as soon as we get word from the house we applied to, and as you know I'll be working in


WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: People talk about Orange County being sterile, but that’s a terribly inaccurate. To love Orange County, you have to be a sleuth. You have to WANT to find things. You need that inquisitive spirit, since there’s so much to discover. From the best Vietnamese food in Westminster, to garage bands practicing in industrial warehouses in Santa Ana to live artists at Fullerton hip-hop shows, you’ll see that each city has its own unique character. The best part? You (almost never) have to pay for parking.

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Art With An Agenda: An Exhibit Inspired by Kelly Thomas
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Hijabistas: Inside the World of Muslim-American Fashion
Hijabistas: Inside the World of Muslim-American Fashion
Hijabista. The word -- which fuses "hijab" and "fashionista" -- gained traction a few years ago when young Muslim women realized they could follow the Islamic rules for modest dressing without stifling creative expression. Now, in Irvine, Muslim-American women discover new ways to express themselves through fashion.
How Exene Cervenka Came to Rule Over the Boy's Club
How Exene Cervenka Came to Rule Over the Boy's Club
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Prison Dancer: A Transmedia Musical Hopes to Transcend Borders
Prison Dancer: A Transmedia Musical Hopes to Transcend Borders
In 2007, a viral video of 1500 inmates from a detention center in the Philippines dancing to Michael Jackson's biggest hit, "Thriller," inspired "Prison Dancer," a musical that seeks to gain traction on the Internet.
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