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Uptown Long Beach: Bixby Knolls and California Heights

This week L.A. Letters highlights the vibrant spirit, historic architecture and emerging bike friendly programs that are revitalizing and redefining these two great Long Beach neighborhoods.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Arroyo Culture: In the Shadow of the San Gabriels

Arroyo Culture: In the Shadow of the San Gabriels

This week L.A. Letters covers the picturesque communities of Altadena, Pasadena and the Arroyo Seco.
Asian American Literary Pioneers

Asian American Literary Pioneers

This week L.A. Letters focuses on a few forgotten early Asian American pioneering poets that paved the way.
The San Gabriel River & the 562

The San Gabriel River & the 562

This week L.A. Letters explores the landscape, built environment, and cultural history of the San Gabriel River, with special attention focused on the southern half of the river's ...
We're Not Done: April 2013

We're Not Done: April 2013

This week L.A. Letters offers a quick scene report from our rich backyard. Like my old friend DJ Dusk would say, "We're not done."
Small Presses: Poetic Communities Coast to Coast

Small Presses: Poetic Communities Coast to Coast

This week L.A. Letters spotlights a few quintessential small presses and communities of poetry across the country that are redefining the art form and promoting community simultane ...
L.A. Letters Celebrates Poetry Pioneers and Publishers

L.A. Letters Celebrates Poetry Pioneers and Publishers

Following last week's list of poetry venues for National Poetry Month, this week L.A. Letters salutes publishers of poetry and an important anthology.
L.A. Letters Guide for National Poetry Month 2013

L.A. Letters Guide for National Poetry Month 2013

This week L.A. Letters covers even more poetry venues, from the inner city to the Inland Empire, Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach and everywhere within reach.
Travelogue Through a Week of Local Music

Travelogue Through a Week of Local Music

This week L.A. Letters highlights two evenings of live music and a band of high school musicians.
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