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Steven Reigns: West Hollywood's First City Poet

This week L.A. Letters spotlights Steven Reigns, West Hollywood and his plans for promoting poetry in the city he loves so much.

About the Author

Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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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.
Windshield Perspective: Thoughts on Invisible Los Angeles

Windshield Perspective: Thoughts on Invisible Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters highlights a new exhibit spotlighting a street in invisible Los Angeles and a mixed-media anthology that shares the same zeitgeist.
Beats and Rhymes: Arrival Stories

Beats and Rhymes: Arrival Stories

The idea of Arrival is a timeless concept because we are all in our own stage of arriving.
Poetry & the River: EcoPoetry and Lewis MacAdams

Poetry & the River: EcoPoetry and Lewis MacAdams

This week L.A. Letters unpacks a new anthology on ecopoetry and examines the illustrious career of the poet-activist Lewis MacAdams, co-founder of the Friends of the Los Angeles Ri ...
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