--photo by anne fishbein

photo by anne fishbein

Lynell George is a Los Angeles based, journalist and essayist. Her roots are deep in newspapers, as a longtime staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, where she covered social issues, human behavior, identity politics as well as visual arts, music, literature and L.A.-culture/sense of place. Currently an arts and culture columnist for KCET’s Artbound, she has also taught feature writing and Introduction to Journalism at Loyola Marymount University. She is a Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities Fellow and a 2013 Getty/Annenberg Arts Journalism Fellow.

Her writing has appeared in various news outlets including Boom: A Journal of California, Slake, The Smithsonian, GoodReads, Vibe, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Essence, Black Clock, The Root and Ms. She is the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels (Verso/Doubleday) a collection of features and essays drawn from her reporting.


  1. Jeanine Borree · December 30, 2011

    Hello Lynell George. I have read 5 of your articles the on-line LA and each one effected me–wonderful writing and insights. However, I did not realize that they were written by one person until I read your last essay about your mother’s library, which I have forwarded (in link) to about 15 people.

    So I am slowly re-reading the essays and ones new to me. Your article on Ry Cooder had me reading his short stories and listening to his music. (Then his work got me listening to and buying a cd of the music of the Chicano Movement). Your article on the LA photographer exposed me to his fabulous black and white images. I am inspired to read Kerouac. And then your last line in the James Baldwin essay–thank you sooo much.

    I grew up in LA and have a great nostalgia for it–the LA that probably never existed but in my imagination and memory. As a teenager I wandered the side streets of Hollywood, wondering at the “spanish” architecture and gardens and the bungalow courts. LA taught me about art, traveling and observing. I loved the beach, the art, –well, I will stop.

    But I will look forward to reading your essays as they become published. I hope I don’t miss any. Thank you again.

    • nativetotheplace · January 5, 2012

      greetings, jeanine. i’ve sent along a full response via email, thanks very much for visiting.

  2. Brent Miller · January 30, 2012

    Apropos of your review on Gil Scott-Heron, I felt you might find our latest five minute internet piece entitled, “The Photographs of Your Junk (Will be Publicized)” rather interesting. And even more interesting is the genius behind it, Ronnie Butler Jr. Would love to hear your thoughts… enjoy… B

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