Downey in the Past, Present, and Future

The changes that occurred in Downey during the 1980s and 1990s mirror the wider regional changes that occurred across not only Los Angeles, but all of California and the nation.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Mentoring the Next Generation of L.A. Letters

Mentoring the Next Generation of L.A. Letters

This week L.A. Letters spotlights two Angeleno teen scribes who are doing important work, and also highlights several organizations in Southern California that mentor teen and yout ...
Wide Awake with the Breakbeat Poets

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.
Guide to National Poetry Month 2015, Part Two

Guide to National Poetry Month 2015, Part Two

This week L.A. Letters features another list of excellent poetry spaces along with a few of the best places to buy poetic literature in Los Angeles.
Guide to National Poetry Month 2015, Part 1

Guide to National Poetry Month 2015, Part 1

This week L.A. Letters lists an extended selection of poetry venues and special literary events commemorating April and National Poetry Month.
Something in the Water: Hip Hop History in Cerritos

Something in the Water: Hip Hop History in Cerritos

This week L.A. Letters examines the hip hop history in Cerritos and the unique conditions of this gateway city that have made it a springboard for the mobile DJ culture.
On Location: Cerritos

On Location: Cerritos

This week L.A. Letters examines Cerritos and explores the unique legacy of this gem of a city nestled in the southeast corner of Los Angeles County.
Rad American Women A to Z

Rad American Women A to Z

This week L.A. Letters highlights this important book and adds a few more names to the 26 movers and shakers featured in its pages.
Carey McWilliams, California Prophet

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 Californ ...
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