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Literary San Pedro and Long Beach

This week L.A. Letters celebrates the contemporary community of writers in San Pedro and Long Beach, and also touches the respective areas storied literary history.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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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.
The California I Love: Three Books on Early Los Angeles

The California I Love: Three Books on Early Los Angeles

The first L.A. Letters of 2014 looks at three early iconic books focused on Los Angeles.
This Year in L.A. Letters: Part 2

This Year in L.A. Letters: Part 2

Picking up where last week left off, this week L.A. Letters presents more notable books from 2013, as well as a few new developments and notes on the last year in literature.
This Year in L.A. Letters: Part 1

This Year in L.A. Letters: Part 1

Books and love for Los Angeles form the backbone of this column, along with California history, urban studies, architecture, and poetry with some selected fiction. This week L.A. L ...
On Location: Alhambra

On Location: Alhambra

Nestled between Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, El Sereno, City Terrace and Monterey Park, Alhambra is one of the oldest suburbs in Los Angeles County, dating ba ...
In Honor of Wanda Coleman

In Honor of Wanda Coleman

This week L.A. Letters honors celebrated poet and essayist Wanda Coleman, who passed last week.
Politics of Preservation: Olvera Street to Huntington Beach

Politics of Preservation: Olvera Street to Huntington Beach

This week L.A. Letters unpacks the politics of preservation via two books published by the University of California Press: "California Vieja" and "Tokyo Vernacular," and examines a ...
Marjorie Light: Renaissance Filipina from Eagle Rock

Marjorie Light: Renaissance Filipina from Eagle Rock

This week L.A. Letters honors Light, Eagle Rock and Filipino/a history in Southern California.
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