Ed Rosenthal is an author, poet and real estate broker. His newest publication is Salvation Canyon (DoppelHouse Press, 2020), a memoir about his near-death experience in the Mojave Desert in 2010.

Ed performs his poetry publicly, including at Beyond Baroque, events with the LA Community Redevelopment Agency and in old Downtown theaters like The Orpheum. In 2013, he published his collection The Desert Hat (Moonrise Press), and previous to that a hand-made chapbook, Deco Jade (Conflux Press). Most recently his poems have been published in various California journals and with the Sierra Club.

As a real estate broker in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA), Ed’s firm New Downtown Brokerage has been at the epicenter of a decades-long revitalization effort of the historic area. Combining issues as diverse as real estate deals, minority contractors and homelessness, his socially-oriented poetry has been published in venues from large to small to unusual. In 2002 the Wall Street Journal published a series of his rhyming couplets in which he admonished short-sighted developers. A 2003 LA Times feature covered Rosenthal’s “Poetic Request for an Extension of Escrow,” citing the poetry which helped foster DTLA redevelopment. Rosenthal is the only poet to be published in the magazine of the prestigious Urban Land Institute in Washington D.C., Urban Land.

He lives in Culver City with his wife, Nicole.


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Originally published as a handmade chapbook by Conflux Press in 2005.
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Whoever’s known the roots of the willow

is better trained to bend the willow’s limbs.

–Rainer Maria Rilke

For questions regarding New Downtown Brokerage contact: edrosenthal@newdowntownbrokerage.com.