Carey McWilliams, California Prophet

This week L.A. Letters examines McWilliams' classic book from 1946, "Southern California Country: An Island on the Land," as well as his towering legacy as one of Southern California's most important chroniclers.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Mapping Chester Himes: Southern California and Social Realism

Mapping Chester Himes: Southern California and Social Realism

This week L.A. Letters looks at the works of writer Chester Himes and how he candidly mapped Los Angeles and the social relationships that defined the city.
Historic South Central and the Blk Grrrl Book Fair

Historic South Central and the Blk Grrrl Book Fair

This week L.A. Letters spotlights an upcoming feminist book fair in Historic South Central Los Angeles, as well as the gallery space hosting the event.
Claiming Freedom: From Writers Week to #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

Claiming Freedom: From Writers Week to #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

This week L.A. Letters reports from three major readings in Southern California devoted to educational equality, uplifting the community and social justice.
Documenting the Rise of the Los Angeles Poetry Scene

Documenting the Rise of the Los Angeles Poetry Scene

This week L.A. Letters spotlights a two-tiered project that includes both a book and documentary.
Preserving and Honoring Literary Los Angeles

Preserving and Honoring Literary Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters meditates on the preservation of sites across Literary Los Angeles and why much more of it is needed.
Remembering Michele Serros

Remembering Michele Serros

This week L.A. Letters remembers the legacy of the celebrated Chicana writer/poet, and shares memories of her work from many of her admirers.
Garvey Avenue from Alhambra to El Monte

Garvey Avenue from Alhambra to El Monte

This week L.A. Letters examines the vibrant landscape along Garvey Avenue from Alhambra to El Monte, passing through Monterey Park, Rosemead and South El Monte.
L.A. Letters Year in Review, 2014

L.A. Letters Year in Review, 2014

This week L.A. Letters reviews many of the key developments of 2014 and also looks ahead at emerging trends for 2015.
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