From the Barrio to the 'Burbs: Crossing Borders & Finding Home in the New Los Angeles
In his remarkable and ambitious new memoir, The Opposite Field, Katz tells a story of good love and failed love, of Los Angeles and Portland and Nicaragua and Mexico and a father and son in search of a place to play baseball.
Jesse Katz has been writing about Los Angeles for the better part of three decades, first as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, then as a senior writer at Los Angeles magazine. In his fifteen years at the L.A. Times, Jesse shared in two Pulitzer Prizes and was a Pulitzer finalist for beat reporting. In nine years at Los Angeles, he received the PEN Center USA's literary journalism award and the James Beard Foundation's M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. He was also a National Magazine Award nominee. His articles have been reprinted in The Best American Magazine Writing and The Best American Crime Writing. He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, Details, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, and Food & Wine. He teaches in the literary journalism program at UC Irvine, and he has volunteered in the juvenile justice system through a program called InsideOUT Writers.