“From its earliest settling by Midwesterners, the Arroyo area attracted writers. One of the best known was Charles Fletcher Lummis, who in 1884 walked from Cincinnati to L.A. for a job as a reporter at the Los Angeles Daily Times. This was a brilliant publicity stunt, of course, and he arrived in town a famous man. He remained famous, writing for the Times, fighting for Indian rights, writing editorials and poetry, photographing Native Americans and founding a magazine called Land of Sunshine (later Out West), for which he recruited such writers as Jack London and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. He also built—by hand—a river-rock house on the Highland Park banks of the Arroyo; today it is one of L.A.’s most cherished landmarks and museums …. Today finds the literary culture as vibrant as ever. Southern California’s premier literary small press, Red Hen Press, is now based in Pasadena, right near book-lover-central, Vroman’s Bookstore. Among the hometown scribblers from Pasadena, Glendale, Altadena, South Pasadena, La Cañada and Eagle Rock are …”
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