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Artesia: From Portuguese Dairy Farms to Little India

This week L.A. Letters highlights the past, present and future of Artesia, one of the gateway cities on the southeastern border of Los Angeles County.

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