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Mike Sonksen

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Equally a scholar and performer, Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet, is a 3rd-generation L.A. native acclaimed for published essays, poetry performances and mentoring teen writers. Mike teaches at Woodbury University.

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Books of poetry on the shelves | Courtesy of Sims Library
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Southland Sessions

In Southern California's Only Poetry Library, the Spirit of Inclusion Reigns

In response to L.A.'s transitory poetry scene, Hiram Sims has founded Southern California's only library of poetry, located in South Central Los Angeles.
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Artbound

Stretching Out into the Community: Five Key Watts Artists Who Helped Shape American Art

Meet the core artists who were the vanguards of the West Coast edition of the Black Arts Movement: Betye Saar, Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge and Jayne Cortez.
Bruce Lemon Jr. playing with youth during a rehearsal break of " A Jordan Downs Illumination."| Nancy Keystone
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Artbound

A New Generation in Watts Takes Up the Mantle of Change and Justice Through the Arts

Today, a cadre of local activists and artists in Watts are using storytelling and human relationships to promote change, justice, equality and communal values.
Detail of the Great Wall of Los Angeles
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Seven Books to Help Understand Judith Baca’s Great Wall of Los Angeles and L.A. Itself

Judith Baca’s mural work asks tough questions about public art and what role it plays in a multicultural society. These seven books illuminate the intersection between Baca’s work, public histories and art practice.
A mural honoring Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash along with seven others. The mural was painted by artist Artoon | Ronen Tivony / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
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Artbound

Kobe Bryant's Legacy in L.A.'s Cultural Fabric

Kobe Bryant will forever be remembered as one of the brightest lights to ever shine in the City of Angels. His life ripples through L.A.'s collective cultural consciousness.
"Rushing Waters" mural in Pacoima. The image shows a Native American woman holding a basin of water. | Justin Cram
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Artbound

Pacoima is Home to the Largest New Mural in San Fernando Valley

In late November, a massive mural, "Rushing Waters," debuted in Pacoima. Coming in at over 10,000 square feet, it's one of the largest in the city. 
Sunset over Arroyo Seco Parkway at York Boulevard. | Waltarrrr/Creative Commons
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City Rising

Social Agency: Art, Gentrification and Reclaiming in Northeast L.A. Neighborhoods

"Taking Back the Boulevard,” a new book by Jan Lin, not only documents the current situation in Eagle Rock and Highland Park but it tells a bigger story of the artists and activists that have called Eagle Rock and Highland Park home for over a century.
The Ark playing at The Immanuel United Church of Christ on January 30, 1977, where they played on the last Sunday of every month for around 8 years. | Courtesy of Mark Weber
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Artbound

Passing the Magic: Horace Tapscott's Spiritual Jazz Music

Though Horace Tapscott died in 1999, his legacy of music and focus on community burn brighter than ever because of the rising popularity of contemporary jazz artists like Kamasi Washington.
 6978274525_f6a6053155_z-thumb-600x450-94349 'Suited for Space' exhibit at Columbia Memorial Space Center | Photo: Pam Lane/Flickr/Creative Commons
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Downey: The Cradle of the Cosmic Age

During the 1950s, a site in Downey was home to where much of the United States space technology was developed from then until the early 1990s.
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From L.A. History to Poetry: 23 Notable Books of 2018

Here are 23 recommendations for book lovers that embrace the arts and culture of Southern California.
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