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Mike Sonksen
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Mike Sonksen, also known as, Mike the Poet, is a 3rd-generation LA native acclaimed for poetry performances, published articles & legendary city tours. Poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, teacher.
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    Following last week's list, this week L.A. Letters spotlights 10 more books, plus a poetic recording by one of L.A.'s most enduring poets.
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    This week L.A. Letters spotlights 10 standout books that epitomize the zeitgeist on the West Coast in 2014. Most of them deal directly with Los Angeles in one way or another, but the few that do not, are still very timely to the spirit of this period and Southern California.
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    This week L.A. Letters offers a slew of alternative marketplaces and events diverging from the more crowded and traditional options. To add even more to the mix, CicLAVIA will be making its debut in South Los Angeles.
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    Across Los Angeles and Southern California there are many groups working together to keep the faith and make things better. This week L.A. Letters celebrates these people and expresses gratitude for all they do to improve the future of Southern California.
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    This week L.A. Letters examines the legacy of Inglewood, celebrating the past, present and future of the self-proclaimed City of Champions.
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    This week L.A. Letters reviews four iconic and timely books that each offer special insight into the past, present and future of Los Angeles.
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    This week L.A. Letters reviews Chang's extensive narrative as it moves from the civil rights era to flashpoints like the birth of multiculturalism, the conservative backlash against it, heated debates in the art world, the 1992 Los Angeles Riots through the election of Barack Obama, to the aftermath of the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
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    Departures columnist Mike "The Poet" Sonksen offers his own artistic take on KCET's 50-year history, through an original poem.
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    This week L.A. Letters spotlights Culver City, its natural landscape, illustrious history, and the brisk redevelopment that has reenergized the city's core over the last decade.
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    This week L.A. Letters covers two poignant Los Angeles documentaries, and also gives a brief overview of the forthcoming literary mega-event in North Hollywood.