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On Location: Inglewood

This week L.A. Letters examines the legacy of Inglewood, celebrating the past, present and future of the self-proclaimed City of Champions.

About the Author

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

Heroines of L.A. Letters

This week L.A. Letters highlights a new play celebrating Latina voices, along with five iconic L.A. women writers.
The Debate Over Ethnic Studies

The Debate Over Ethnic Studies

This week L.A. Letters examines the unfolding debate at Cal State L.A. and discusses why Ethnic Studies and events like Black History Month remain important.
Poetry as Social Practice: The Luis Rodriguez Poetry Locomotive

Poetry as Social Practice: The Luis Rodriguez Poetry Locomotive

This week L.A. Letters spotlights Luis Rodriguez's distinguished career and also highlights the larger community of writers from Boyle Heights to Pacoima and Sylmar that count him ...
Richard Wyatt: Artist for Los Angeles

Richard Wyatt: Artist for Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters celebrates the important public murals of Richard Wyatt with extra close attention paid to his eighty-foot long mural in the East Portal at Union Station.
Art and the City

Art and the City

This week L.A. Letters showcases four African-American poets that have made major contributions to the city's literary community.
Love Thy Neighbor: Timothy Washington and the Black Assemblage Art Movement

Love Thy Neighbor: Timothy Washington and the Black Assemblage Art Movement

This week L.A. Letters pays tribute to Washington, and briefly highlights the groundbreaking Black assemblage art movement he came to rise within Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s ...
On Location: Burbank

On Location: Burbank

This week L.A. Letters celebrates Burbank, one of the Southland's media capitals with a small town feel.
Remembering Amiri Baraka

Remembering Amiri Baraka

This week L.A. Letters celebrates one of the greatest to ever pick up a pen, write a play or rip a poem. Long live Leroi Jones.
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