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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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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Punk Rock, Poetry, and Public Policy

Punk Rock, Poetry, and Public Policy

This week L.A. Letters spotlights a historic Eastside punk rock venue making a return, a travelling poetry festival, and neighborhood activists sharing the same ethos to improve lo ...
Urban Blossoms: Poetry and Architecture from L.A. to Long Beach

Urban Blossoms: Poetry and Architecture from L.A. to Long Beach

In honor of Los Angeles architecture, this week L.A. Letters highlights a longtime member of the L.A. Conservancy and a few important early L.A. architects that played influential ...
Southern California's Seven Women of Vision

Southern California's Seven Women of Vision

In response to the folly of the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman by a jury of six Florida women, this week L.A. Letters presents Southern California women with vision that ha ...
Maui, Pacific Literature, and the Aloha Spirit

Maui, Pacific Literature, and the Aloha Spirit

This week L.A. Letters celebrates Maui's diverse topography, two Hawaiian poetry publishers, and the Hawaiian writer's central role in Pacific Literature.
Beats And Rhymes: Rapsody

Beats And Rhymes: Rapsody

These dynamic artists and their efforts have inspired me to catalog the art, music and poetry of our city.
Something About San Diego

Something About San Diego

This week L.A. Letters highlights important San Diego locations that help contribute to a quietly thriving community arts scene, in what its boosters call "America's Finest City."
Connecting Cultures And Building Bridges In Literary Los Angeles

Connecting Cultures And Building Bridges In Literary Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters commemorates a few organizations, venues and poets that are building bridges and connecting cultures.
Beats And Rhymes: The 562

Beats And Rhymes: The 562

The poem is my ode to not only Long Beach but the entire Southeastern quadrant of Los Angeles County, better known as a region by its area code, 562.
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