New Visions and Fresh Starts in Watts and South Los Angeles

In recent weeks there have been numerous articles on the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb by the United States Military in Hiroshima. There have been an equal number of, if not more, articles about the 50th...

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Alternative Marketplaces and Author Events for this Holiday Season

Alternative Marketplaces and Author Events for this Holiday Season

This week L.A. Letters offers a slew of alternative marketplaces and events diverging from the more crowded and traditional options. To add even more to the mix, CicLAVIA will be m ...
Gratitude in the City of Angels

Gratitude in the City of Angels

Across Los Angeles and Southern California there are many groups working together to keep the faith and make things better. This week L.A. Letters celebrates these people and expre ...
On Location: Inglewood

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.
Four Iconic Books in the Landscape of L.A. Letters

Four Iconic Books in the Landscape of L.A. Letters

This week L.A. Letters reviews four iconic and timely books that each offer special insight into the past, present and future of Los Angeles.
'Who We Be': Jeff Chang Examines Multicultural America

'Who We Be': Jeff Chang Examines Multicultural America

This week L.A. Letters reviews Chang's extensive narrative as it moves from the civil rights era to flashpoints like the birth of multiculturalism, the conservative backlash agains ...
On Location: Culver City

On Location: Culver City

This week L.A. Letters spotlights Culver City, its natural landscape, illustrious history, and the brisk redevelopment that has reenergized the city's core over the last decade.
Two Los Angeles Documentaries and the North Hollywood Lit-Crawl

Two Los Angeles Documentaries and the North Hollywood Lit-Crawl

This week L.A. Letters covers two poignant Los Angeles documentaries, and also gives a brief overview of the forthcoming literary mega-event in North Hollywood.
Celebrate L.A. from Luis Rodriguez to the San Gabriels

Celebrate L.A. from Luis Rodriguez to the San Gabriels

Angelenos are using the arts and the natural landscape to improve the city and uplift the spirit of local citizens.
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