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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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Iconic Women in Literary L.A.

Iconic Women in Literary L.A.

This week L.A. Letters discusses Iconic L.A. Women.
Three Generations of Women Thinkers: Seneca Falls to Inner-City Arts

Three Generations of Women Thinkers: Seneca Falls to Inner-City Arts

This week L.A. Letters shows the kindred ideas of three generations of women thinkers over the last 150 years.
L.A. Letters Celebrates Women's History Month: Joan Didion & Ursula Rucker

L.A. Letters Celebrates Women's History Month: Joan Didion & Ursula Rucker

This week in L.A. Letters I celebrate two towering women literary figures: journalist Joan Didion and the poet Ursula Rucker.
Building Community Through Poetry

Building Community Through Poetry

This week L.A. Letters celebrates two new books and two open mic venues that put the community over the individual in order to improve our environmental and cultural landscape.
To Live and Die in L.A.: Lionel Rolfe & Literary Los Angeles

To Live and Die in L.A.: Lionel Rolfe & Literary Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters highlights a new book and recent events that celebrate life and death in Los Angeles.
Donald Byrd and Revolutionary Words

Donald Byrd and Revolutionary Words

Music and poetry have been the ultimate mediums for expressing the wide range of human emotions since the dawn of man.
Renegade Poetics: Innovative Poetry by African Americans

Renegade Poetics: Innovative Poetry by African Americans

For African American History Month, L.A. Letters features two important books that expand, as well as question, the canon of 20th Century African-American Poetry.
Seasons of L.A. Letters

Seasons of L.A. Letters

This week L.A. Letters salutes the talented musicians that reflect the shifting range of California seasons.
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