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ALTERNATIVE FIELD INC

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy

Location

135 NORTH AVENUE 50LOS ANGELES, CA 90042 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Alternative The alternative to what has been is better and brighter and real. We know this because of where we have been, where our ancestors have been, and where we know we will go. There is no alternative but one that is inclusive of all of us. Poetry has drawn the map. Field No boundaries or fences, no crops, only green pastures, gardens, and plains to become proof of our potential. We know these fields, their seeds carry witness, and they carry the other side of the storm. Alternative Field is a reading room, multilingual poetry library, lab/press, and resource center for inviting poetry to influence, inspire, nurture, and create dialogue as a tool to bring awareness to and exercise thought around issues that are central to our existence and to our potential.

Description

Alternative Field was operating as a press and resource to the community since 2016 and became a library and resource center in 2019. We are now housed in a space within the Avenue 50 Studio building complex in Highland Park.

Our primary function, purpose, goal, and intention is to help others reconstruct their world not only as an affront to current oppressive violence but as a way to honor the resiliency, beauty, and strength of our communities. We do this through poetry and poetic dialogues. The library was founded by community activist, poet, writer Jessica Ceballos y Campbell, who develops multidisciplinary programming to bring people in the community together for a common cause. She uses poetry as the medium that re-associates and binds because it's what pulled her from trauma and the resulting disorientation caused by violence, abuse, and the foster system. Poetry was the clarity for her and has created access to so much. She knows it's done the same for others and can do the same for more people.

We have published many community anthology chapbooks of poetry, and we plan to publish several more this year. We also hope to open a few days a week to welcome community members to our space and share ideas, resources, books, and a love of poetry. We plan to continue public dialogue over Instagram and Zoom, and we plan to expand to physical workshops and roundtables later.

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