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 California's most important chroniclers.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Two Recent Works from Interdisciplinary Los Angeles

Two Recent Works from Interdisciplinary Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters brings you the best from Interdisciplinary Los Angeles, covering recent works from Edward Soja and Michael C. Ford.
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

For the final week of National Poetry Month, L.A. Letters spotlights four books pushing the poetic envelope.
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.
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