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Selections for Summer Reading: The Black Man of Happiness to Showtime

From a meditation on what it means to be a happy Black man, the folklore of the freeway, to the glory days of the Lakers, these four books each equally present a new perspective on well-known topics.

About the Author

Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Storying Wyvernwood: Connecting Community

Storying Wyvernwood: Connecting Community

This week L.A. Letters salutes Wyvernwood and the multigenerational coalition of residents, activists, preservationists, professors and students committed to preserving the site an ...
Phenomenal Woman: Remembering Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman: Remembering Maya Angelou

This week L.A. Letters salutes the legacy of the celebrated poet, playwright, professor, memoirist, historian, director, screenwriter, activist, and actress.
The Power of Place and Emerging Voices

The Power of Place and Emerging Voices

This week L.A. Letters pays tribute to the work of Dolores Hayden and also announces the Emerging Voices Fellowship, a major writing competition open to up-and-coming writers.
Race, Space & Place: Two Books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Race, Space & Place: Two Books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This week for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month L.A. Letters extols two important contemporary Asian Pacific American authors and their most recent books.
Two Events for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Two Events for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This week L.A. Letters spotlights several contemporary Asian American poets by previewing two events on Asian American Poetry.
Poetry Los Angeles: Four Books for National Poetry Month

Poetry Los Angeles: Four Books for National Poetry Month

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City of Poets: Four Poetry Titles from L.A. to San Francisco

City of Poets: Four Poetry Titles from L.A. to San Francisco

This week L.A. Letters spotlights four recent poetry books with connections to San Francisco, the Beat Generation, and Surrealism.
News and Venues for National Poetry Month 2014, Part Two

News and Venues for National Poetry Month 2014, Part Two

This week L.A. Letters picks up where last week's column left off, with a long list of special events, venues, and announcements related to National Poetry Month.
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