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Vickie Vértiz

Vickie Vertiz

Vickie Vértiz is a writer and educator from Bell Gardens. Her writing can be found in the New York Times magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Her book "Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut" won the 2018 PEN America literary prize in poetry. A graduate of Williams College, the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California Riverside, she teaches in the Writing Program at UC-Santa Barbara. Follow her work at vickievertiz.com.

Vickie Vertiz
A freeway crosses a concretized river bed. This is an aerial view of the Los Angeles River as it meets the Rio Hondo.
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Artbound

L.A. Residents Push for More Inclusion in Gehry-Designed Arts Center

The Southeast Los Angeles Cultural Arts Center is a great idea on paper, but locals have well-grounded fear that bright and shiny developments like these would leave their best interests out in the cold.
Men and women dressed up in rockabilly outfits and floral wear dance at Fuss 'n' Holler, held at the American Legion Hall Post #465.
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Artbound

In Bell Gardens, An Unlikely Musical Mecca

You may not recognize it at all while driving on the road, but American Legion Hall Post #465 has been host to musical legends in its long history. It continues to bring the community together in Bell Gardens.
Beto RosSela makes his way into a SELA landscape. Paint a SELA landscape alongside him at the virtual fest. | Visual Eyes LA
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Southland Sessions

Stories in the Stream: Third Annual Southeast L.A. River Arts Festival Goes Virtual

For the community of Southeast Los Angeles, this homegrown arts festival and all of the people involved are a reminder to never give up and do it ourselves.
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The Right to Live: Southeast Los Angeles Life in Three Moments

Located 20 minutes from downtown, the southeast suffers from life-threatening pollution across the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood and Vernon.
[Left] "Santa Barbara Brown Berets aka Moratorium in Maravilla" 1970. | Photo: Oscar Castillo || [Right] "Not One More (Girl with Beret)" 2016. | Photo: Rafael Cardenas
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Artbound

Photos of Latino Youth Resistance, From the 1960s to Today

Protest photographs bridge Latino youth cultures across space and time. They remind us that Chicano youth continue to not only speak out about injustice but thrive despite it.
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Departures

How Bell Gardens is Banking on Bicycle Club Casino's Luxury Hotel

Though the extravagant casino stands in great contrast to the surrounding working class communities, its relationship to the city is complicated
Departures

How Bell Gardens is Banking on Bicycle Club Casino's Luxury Hotel

Though the extravagant casino in Bell Gardens stands in great contrast to the surrounding working-class communities, it is as intimately tied to the local economy,as it is insular.
Departures

Cha Cha Economy and Alternative, Latina Business Models

Business is booming for Ana Guajardo and dozens of other local Latina and POC vendors.
Departures

Worth Gold: Feminism and Leadership at the Miss Bell Gardens Pageant

Despite dwindling numbers, the Miss Bell Gardens pageant cultivates leadership from woman to woman.
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Departures

I Can Defend Myself: a Trans Teenager's Family Clears a Path for Trans Youth

"Just think: that baby that you covered when they were cold or fed when they were hungry, that is the same one that's telling you they're trans, or gay."
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