Wide Awake with the Breakbeat Poets

This week L.A. Letters examines two new important poetry anthologies that capture the zeitgeist of American poetry in 2015.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Windshield Perspective: Thoughts on Invisible Los Angeles

Windshield Perspective: Thoughts on Invisible Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters highlights a new exhibit spotlighting a street in invisible Los Angeles and a mixed-media anthology that shares the same zeitgeist.
Beats and Rhymes: Arrival Stories

Beats and Rhymes: Arrival Stories

The idea of Arrival is a timeless concept because we are all in our own stage of arriving.
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Poetry & the River: EcoPoetry and Lewis MacAdams

This week L.A. Letters unpacks a new anthology on ecopoetry and examines the illustrious career of the poet-activist Lewis MacAdams, co-founder of the Friends of the Los Angeles Ri ...
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Arroyo Culture: In the Shadow of the San Gabriels

This week L.A. Letters covers the picturesque communities of Altadena, Pasadena and the Arroyo Seco.
Asian American Literary Pioneers

Asian American Literary Pioneers

This week L.A. Letters focuses on a few forgotten early Asian American pioneering poets that paved the way.
The San Gabriel River & the 562

The San Gabriel River & the 562

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We're Not Done: April 2013

This week L.A. Letters offers a quick scene report from our rich backyard. Like my old friend DJ Dusk would say, "We're not done."
Small Presses: Poetic Communities Coast to Coast

Small Presses: Poetic Communities Coast to Coast

This week L.A. Letters spotlights a few quintessential small presses and communities of poetry across the country that are redefining the art form and promoting community simultane ...
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