I mentioned Cynthia Guardado’s Cenizas — she’s definitely one to look out for. Here’s a list of others who I may have forgotten at lunch:
liz gonzalez (has a lot of poems about LA—grew up in the Inland Empire, and writes much about that.)
Eloise Klein Healy (Artemis in Echo Park)
Robin Coste Lewis (To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness — an LA-based book of poetry, photo essay, commentary on race, and reflection on family)
Suzanne Lummis, reigning godmother of L.A. poetry.
Harryette Mullen (Urban Tumbleweed, collection of LA-based tankas)
Martha Ronk (Desire in L.A.)
Patty Seyburn (writes of OC & suburban L.A.)
Susan Suntree (her epic Sacred Sites is an L.A. history that reaches back literally to the creation of the universe).