Jervey Tervalon was born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles, and got his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine. He is the author of six books including Understanding This, for which he won the Quality Paper Book Club’s New Voices Award. Currently he is the Executive Director of “Literature for Life,” an educational advocacy organization, and Creative Director of The Pasadena LitFest. His latest novel is Monster’s Chef.
An Entertaining Hodgepodge: On “Odd Partners”
A showcase volume of new stories from the Mystery Writers of America....
Hereditary Cultural Burdens: Steph Cha’s “Your House Will Pay”
Jervey Tervalon appreciates the ambition of “Your House Will Pay,” a novel by Steph Cha that reckons with the legacy of 1992....
Katrina’s Bullets: Ronnie Greene on Police Violence
To read Ronnie Greene’s Shots on the Bridge in the time of Black Lives Matter is to confront rage....
The Memory Hole Riot and Rodney King
Rest in Peace, Rodney....
Mentors: Marvin Mudrick
I would not tear papers apart — say they're no good and say they don't work — unless I believed that all of you are capable of writing good fiction....
Labor Power: "The Adventures of Unemployed Man"
An instructional manual on resisting oligarchic oppression, and a brief for the value of staying in shape to look your best in spandex....
BLARB BLOG POSTS
Amusements Among the Dead
Adventures in Life and Food With JGold
How LitFest Pasadena Got Rolling