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  • ... people, I was a huge and longtime fan of Juan Devis' Departures -- and then Land of Sunshine -- project. Juan invited me to ... and Laws That Shaped L.A. will be on hiatus. L.A . Letters salutes his extensive body of work and congratulates Rosenberg ...
  • ... bigoteetoe used under a Creative Commons license "The Best Minds of My Generation " is the first catalogue poem I ... book paid tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, San Francisco beats , and the 1960s New York art scene. Though he is now mostly known for ...
  • ... not only Long Beach but the entire Southeastern quadrant of Los Angeles County, better known as a region by its area code, 562. ... by districts and neighborhoods every bit as colorful as LA . Dynamic pockets include the East Village Arts District, Cambodiatown, ... is a vital slice in the vibrant topography of LA Letters . ...
  • ... Prach Ly asked me a few years ago to listen to seven of his new songs and write a poem in response. "Corruption" is the poem that ... the stories he told me about Cambodia. Ly told me tales of Cambodian corruption and also compared it to the corrupt local politics ...
  • ... two part poem has two beats , one for each section. Both beats were made by the up-and-coming ... known for his work with LMNO and Visionaries. He's one of the most active producers and DJ's on the West Coast, also known for ... later Kareem Abdul Jabbar broke the scoring record and my ultra-cool stepfather and I went to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood for ...
  • ... Amde Hamilton is one of the Watts Prophets. As noted in a previous column, he is a major pioneer ... and invited Amde. Amde came to the room I was in and heard my music. He told me about this piece 'Wisdom and Knowledge' and that he ... & Knowledge of these two titans of L.A . Letters . Courtesy of Blackbird & Cut Chemist Blackbird is an alumni ...
  • This week L.A . Letters spotlights four recent poetry books with connections to San ... The knowledge of this legacy usually focuses on the Beats and San Francisco Renaissance; however there is a parallel literary ... with a reading at City Lights. One of Kaya's best known books, "City Terrace Field Manual," is by Sesshu Foster. Foster's ...
  • I've written dozens of poems about the river. The poem recorded here is a culmination. ... used under a Creative Commons license The plight of the Los Angeles River and its concrete channel are well known. ... south towards Long Beach. My first exposure to the river was riding my bike in the 1980s on the San ...
  • ... in the city. Here's to Eastside Kings of L.A . Letters . P.S. This beat is another heater made by David Wittman aka DJ ... literary Los Angeles with spoken and written word. See his Departures StoryShare videos here and here. Keep up with his activities by ...
  • Following last week's list, this week L.A . Letters spotlights 10 more books, plus a poetic recording by one of ... of the rare poets to bridge the gap between the Venice Beats and later Los Angeles poetry scene." This record showcases both Ford's ...

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